You’re probably used to politicians going back on their word, but may be thinking “If I can’t trust a mobile barbarian, who can I trust?” Well, permit me to
justify explain. Two things happened.
First, my BlackBerry 8700c fell into a sink full of water. Don’t ask how. Let’s just say I’m coordinationally challenged. And while berries benefit from water, BlackBerries (and other mobile devices) do not. So I needed another device.
I didn’t want to buy another 8700c since the BlackBerry Bold is right around the corner. However, the Bold isn’t available just yet either. Yet, I might have resisted the siren song of the iPhone 3G except …
The same weekend as my 8700c entered its watery grave, I was consoling myself by reading my feeds on Google Reader using my Dell Latitude XT. The XT’s screen is beautifully readable, and I love its capacitive touch and the multi-touch. The screen (protected by a screen protector of course) is very responsive to finger scrolling, and multi-touch enables me to zoom in and out by flicking my fingers. Of course, the iPhone also has capacitive touch and the multi-touch, as well as that beautifully readable 3.5″ screen.
rationalized reasoned that (1) I would be trying this phone out for my wife and (2) the iPhone 3G is a hot mobile device topic and having it would make it easier for me to write about it. So bright and early 7:30 am Monday morning, I arrived at the local Apple store, expecting a large line. I was the second person. By 8:00 am when the doors opened, there only were 5 people in line. There were more salespersons than customers. So I bought the iPhone 3G, a sleeve case and a screen protector, and I was out the door within 30 minutes.
I’ve only played with the iPhone 3G for a few days. Here are my initial reactions:
– The 3.5″ screen is wonderfully readable.
– Capacitive and multi-touch makes navigation and zooming a piece of cake. Indeed, I can use it one-handed like a BlackBerry.
– The device is very responsive.
– Battery life is poor, a circumstance aggravating by the battery not being removable.
– I can sync email, contacts and calendar with my Exchange Server, but not tasks! What’s up with that?
– Apple’s locking down of the device is frustrating. Even installing a custom ringtone not bought through the iTunes store requires gyrations.
As I said, these are my initial reactions. I will write more when I have more time to play with the iPhone. For as long as I am able too; my wife already is eyeing it enviously. Yes, I could tell her no, but there is the ancient Chinese adage: “Never anger someone who can kill you in your sleep.”