IPHONE, IPHONE, IPHONE.
Think you've already heard enough of the iPhone? Not yet, its just starting.
Being in imaging and graphics for 25 years, I can't remember the last time I was this blown away (except maybe in college but that's another story) with a new gadget or device. Just like other iPhone reviewers, my impression of the imaging and graphics on the iPhone are that they are awesome; easy to use and fun. No, I'm not one of these guys with a picture of myself standing in front of the Apple building, and I've never owned a Mac. No, I did not wait in line on Friday, June 29, here in Boston or anywhere else.
I never really used many of the features on my old phone. This morning my 11 year old was up before me and changed the first screen on my iPhone to be a picture of himself. I was able to use almost all of the applications without a manual in about 40 minutes.
Some of my favorite iPhone features:
- Sort and select songs by flipping through pictures of the album covers of the artists.
- Camera and photos rotate when the iPhone is rotated.
- Much larger screen since there is no keyboard - just a touch screen.
- Easy to use.
- Zoom by double tapping the screen or moving your fingers apart.
- Most applications can rotate by turning the iPhone sideways.
Did I mention how easy it was to use?
I also know the criticisms of the iPhone. First off the price: $500 for the 4 Gig model and $600 for the 8 gig model, sounds like a lot, but isn't the price of Vista Ultimate $600? Of course, with Vista you get the translucent windows and Microsoft is still promising more application extras with Vista Ultimate, even though you were shipped only three. The iPhone can open .pdf and Office files too. And since it has a full web browser, Safari, you could go to Google office.
iPhone vs Vista is an interesting concept. First off, people waited in line to buy the iPhone while many people got Vista usually because they had no choice. Few people upgraded existing PC's, especially with the confusion related to upgrade choices, compatability and functionality; and even then, it was a difficult process. Vista took more than five years to come out, and it was not backward compatible with existing device drivers or many applications. iPhone is completely backward compatible with the iPod and will install all existing songs from iTunes. It also will fit with current iPod docking stations and other accessories.
The only downside to the iPhone in Boston is that the phone service is AT&T (which in Boston is probably the worst coverage). There is a $60 per month plan and a $100 per month plan and both have unlimited data. The more expensive plan just gives you more phone time. But who cares? I really don't use a cell phone much.
The bottom line is, at this time, less than a week after the introduction, Apple may have already sold 1 million units.
Don't knock this thing until you've tried it out for yourself. Try it out and you'll want one.
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