OK, I admit it, I’m a bit of a technophile. I love gadgets, and that’s something I don’t like about myself. It’s embarrassing to feel such love for an inanimate object.
But there. I said it.
That being said, to reward and prepare myself for the new job, I ordered an iPhone 3G a couple weeks ago and finally got it last Thursday. Upon my first use of the device, I fell in love.
I mean, what’s not to love? It’s sleek, easy to use, the quality of the calls are great, and I have the internet in my pocket, so I can win any argument at any time simply by pulling up the web sites that support my assertions. It’s an elegant device.
I also love having the ability to download 3rd party applications (software programs) that allow me to customize the phone in ways that meet my needs. I’ve added some applications that really are useful: the WordPress app is the first one that comes to mind, and I love Pandora (from the website that learns your musical preferences and creates digital radio stations that play the music that you love or might love, given your tastes), and a few other applications that are either quite useful, or just silly fun.
There are a lot of other apps that are complete trash.
But that’s OK. Download the free apps that you think will be helpful and delete the ones that suck.
On the downside —
The battery: So far, if I use the iPhone pretty heavily through the day, it’s almost out of juice before 5:00 PM. I know they are trying to do a lot with a small device, but geez…at least allow me to get through the end of the day before I have to charge it.
The touch screen: Normally, the touch screen is great and easy to use. But if you make a sweaty call (the AC in my car is down), it’s hard to control the screen. I spoke with my sisteer today from my iPhone and after we hung up, I must have called her three times after we ended the conversation since I couldn’t get control of the phone because it was wetish.
Overall, I’m really happy to have the new phone, as it usually does what it is supposed to do and it’s so damn elegant.
It will be an asset for me when I take my new job, as it really has the ability to remind me to stay me on-task through some reminder technology. The games are really good. The GPS will be a great tool when I have to find new places.
If it’s easy for you to get or renew your cell contract, by all means, get an iPhone. If it’s a hassle for you, don’t worry about it.