I'm not sure the remarks regarding Flash (Flash Lite) are entirely accurate.
As an end user, anyone can download the Flash Lite "add-on", for free
without entering IMEI, etc... as long as your device is supported. To author
specifically for Flash Lite, one has to have bought Flash as it is not a
stand alone application.
As a carrier, like Cingular/ATT, there is a "per unit royalty for each
device that ships with the Flash Player". The exact price, I don't know. For
Adobe to get some kind of ROI, I personally don't see an issue with device
licensing unless said pricing is exorbitant.
Regardless of the cost to a carrier, companies like Nokia, Verizon are
burning Flash Lite to device ROM on most of their new devices. The LG Prada
UI is entirely Flash.
It's my understanding that Vista does not ship with Flash, so I'm assuming
Windows Mobile would follow suit more as a business objective than
If I was buying and I decided to wait, I would only wait for hardware
issues. Software is completely updatable and Jobs has repeated over
and over again that he has lots of plans for FREE software updates.
Further, application specific stuff is all avaiable through the web.
Just use Ta-da if you want tasks.
As for Flash, i understand why they didn't do this. For anyone who
has looked into flash mobile, you know that the licensing of the
player is not the same model as it is for desktops. You have to pay a
per handset licensing fee. It ain't open! So until Adobe changes its
tune and realizes that flash is flash is flash and should be free to
play anywhere, I can understand why MANY vendors have resisted adding
flash to their devices. Palm and Windows Mobile don't come standard
with it either.
What I don't get is why they didn't allow for Java-based
applications. Many apps I have on my treo utilize Java and I'll miss
them whenI go over to the iPhone.
But again, this is software, so it can be temporary.
I'm more concerned about no stereo Bluetooth support (is this
firmware?), no GPS or current Location Based Servics (LBS). Can they
do LBS off the software utilizing the cell locators? wifi positions?
I'm also really upset about no clipboard support, but again this is