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Calling All iPhone Users

July 2, 2009

I’ve been a loyal PC user my entire life.  However, I’ve never found a music player as sleek, intuitive, and reliable as an iPod.  Now of course you’re saying “but he’s talking about computers, not iPods…” and you’re right…until now.  iPhones are some blurred middle ground between the two and the fact that there is no real way to define it is a testament to it’s growth and development as a piece of technology.  So, let it be known, I am quite seriously considering getting an iPhone.  (Steve Jobs does scare me though…)

But I need help.

I need to know all that I can to make this decision.  That’s where you all come in.  Tell me your iPhone love story, hate story, neutral story…whatever it is, I’d love to hear about it.  Hopefully with the collective knowledge accumulated in the following comments anyone reading this would be able to make the best decision.

Comment link above!

-Avrin

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Cassandra permalink
    July 2, 2009 11:41 am

    I love my iPhone. I truly do.

    As you well know, I am a Mac, through and through. But I did consider other PDA/phones when I got my iPhone. But, because I have ATT and my dad gets a discount, the iPhone made sense. I wanted one to have my calendar, my email, my phone, my music, and a simple crappy camera all in one easily accessible place. I also got GPS (the MOST useful part for me, because I do not know where anything is), web browsing (next most useful – I’m a compulsive googler), twitter (don’t hate) and an assortment of useful apps: fandango, bbcreader, IM, skype, games for when I’m bored, and other useful things to help you find out what you need to know now. I am, however, not addicted to it. It’s an easy crutch when I’m waiting, etc, but it gets tiring to type and navigate on a small screen. However, they have a beautiful interface and such an intelligent auto-correct typing tool. You get very used to typing in the touch screen easily, as well as just navigating around.

    So I give you one enthusiastic yes for the iPhone. It is beautifully designed and incredibly convenient to a degree beyond what I thought possible.

    Plus, then you can play lightsabers with Mike. That’s the best reason.

  2. Hannah permalink
    July 2, 2009 12:45 pm

    I think I got my iPhone in late January or early February. It was kind of an impulse buy, but I don’t regret it. Actually, I think I’ve read studies that people regret NOT splurging on themselves more than they regret excessive purchases. Anyway, here are a few things that I love about the iPhone.

    1) Txts are shown in the form of a conversation, almost like an IM, rather than being split up between an inbox and an outbox. This makes it so much easier to keep track of conversations, arguments, etc. It will also update in real time, so if you’re typing a response but the same person txts you again, you can adjust your response accordingly. By far the best thing the iPhone has done for me.
    2) Being able to check my email without having to carry around a laptop or find a public computer, or whatever. Invaluable if you have flaky professors who like to cancel class 15 minutes before it’s supposed to begin, or if you’re trying to remember an address someone emailed you, or… you get the picture. Sometimes it’s nice to be able to check Facebook and Twitter too, but not as essential.
    3) SPORTS SCORES. Though sometimes it’s better not to know.
    4) Google maps, Yelp, AroundMe, etc. The solution to “Where am I, what can I do here, and where’s the nearest ice cream shop?”

    Some of the problems I’ve encountered: Txts show up on your screen, so everyone around you can see what you’re talking about. Some people solve this by leaving their iPhones face down. Also, sometimes the iPhone is kind of slow. Whatever. For what it does, I can’t complain.

    In conclusion, get an iPhone. It’s fun. If nothing else, it’ll piss Mike off that you have the 3GS.

  3. Ben Miller permalink
    July 2, 2009 1:28 pm

    Boo Apple. STAY AWAY!

    Check out HTC’s line of touch screen phones for a variety of providers. They run Windows Mobile (YAY!) which can do anything the iPhone does (except have lots of cool apps). But you get texts as conversations in WM6.1+ and GPS or some kind of navigation (my Sprint gets me everywhere with great accuracy). There are a lot of third party applications (free: FB, YouTube, everything Google, and so much more) that are actually useful instead of turning your iPhone screen into a colorful sequence of quadrilaterals until you seizure. And you can check email, surf the web, use MS Office programs, and travel through time. I’ll get off the HTC fan wagon now.

    WQHS4LIFE!

    • Ben Plotnick permalink
      July 3, 2009 6:04 pm

      I can’t say anything about really any of these smart phones. I have an LG VX8300 that i love. It is a tank and that’s all I need.

      If you are going with HTC, get the G1. It runs Google Android which provides many many advantages. None of which i know. In short – I have heard great things about the iPhone and the G1. Since the iPhone 3GS is coming out (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_iPhone_and_iPod_Touch_models), i would actually go with the iPhone.

  4. andrewjshults permalink
    July 5, 2009 8:06 pm

    If you get a Palm Pre you can root it and have delicious access to the linux underpinnings and run basically anything you want (with some work – although someone’s already ported a NES emulator so really what else do you need). Besides – do you want to be left out when native flash support finally comes to the mobile platform – http://blogs.zdnet.com/Apple/?p=1670 (mostly since flash seems to have become the de facto standard for streaming video these days).

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