I guess the games that come out for it might be cool. It remains to be seen how well the processor will handle it, but with a decent sized screen we might be able to get some nice RTS games or something. Although the same reasons large, quality apps on the app store are so few and far between will apply to this thing as well. If you write and sell software for a living, it's difficult to justify the risk of spending a lot of time and money to write an app given the stories about the app store's approval process being maddeningly arbitrary. Also, I think software development using X-Code and Objective-C is a miserable pain in the ass compared with... well... any other modern programming language at all.
"Here's our cool phone that can surf the internet no matter where you are and you can download and watch videos! Buy us! Ok, thanks. Now just don't actually do that too much."
The inherent problem with the iPhone is that you can only go to one store to buy apps (namely iTunes). With Repos you can pick and choose which stores you trust and which you don't. Much like how I choose if I want to buy software from BigBoxMart or BestStolen. The Internet in general could (since I am using a store analogy apparently) be seen as buying stuff off the street. Yeah, the stuff looks cool and at these bargain prices you can't beat. But I do need to exercise some caution when I flash my wallet to some guy hanging out the back of a van.
So yes, I agree, I'm not too hip on the one store to rule them all policy. But I do believe that the store concept actually has some utility to offer if given the ability to go to another store should I so choose later. I obviously don't want to exclude the random vendor on the street that is selling hand made crafts, or even the random kisok by the bus stop selling phones. I do however what to keep in mind the burly looking thug over there selling "Snoby" Radios. I think it is all a matter of getting people to get inside a way of thinking.
To me, and that only applies to me, Mac OSX screams "Hey buy more shiny Apple stuff" (Security by insulating ones self by coolness). Linux says to me "Hey subscribe to a Repo because we are always changing stuff and you want to have the latest build." (Security by trust of subscription [or maybe sheer geekness]). Windows just looks like, "Hey we're cool with everyone, you want herpes? No problem we're cool with that. Want to do really neat spreadsheets? We're cool with that too." (Insecurity by being a software whore. We're just trying to please everyone.)
Also, college gives students an opportunity to start a job search with a little bit of experience under their belts. If you participate in research, or semester-long group projects, or SOMETHING other than just Comp Sci I, II, Data Structures, Algorithms, etc, than that's something you can put on your resume that a high school graduate with a few technical training courses under his belt won't necessarily have.
Objective studies have repeatably shown this.
suspiciously vague. care to offer a link to one?