OK, so I’ve had the new iPhone for over 24 hours, and because I’ve had the time off from work, I’ve had plenty of time to get acquainted with it, download Â a bunch of free apps, and just mess around. Â Having had all this time to play, Â I can safely admit that I love it. Â I love it way more than I ever intended to love it.
Let’s be honest , there was a part of me that didn’t want to love it (as much as one can NOT want to love an expensive new toy). Â I didn’t want to join the herd and Â morph into an iPerson. Â I felt like I was just too cool and at the same time not cool enough to just jump on board with the rest of the sheep. Â I’ve always considered myself to be a little bit of a sort of rebel geek (really more of an Android person, I guess, than anything) and getting an iPhone would just totally not fit with who I thought I was. Â I do love it, though, nonetheless.
AT&T just doesn’t have any Droids at the moment (though I do hear that should be changing soon) and my Blackberry was becoming a constant disappointment to me – slow and sluggish, clumsy when getting in and out of apps – sort of uncoordinated all around (the kind of disappointment I expect my future children to Â be at the playground). Â I was also frequently getting the White Screen of Death that could only be remedied with a battery pull – I don’t think that’s normal. Â It did what it did well – e-mail and messaging. Â It was awesome with those two tasks all the time. Â And that was great, but so much more is expected from a smartphone these days, and it just wasn’t cutting it anymore.
It was time for an upgrade and when it’s time for a new toy, I just do not have the kind of Â patience to wait for AT& T to get their act together and send in the Droids. Â I did a lot of thinking about it over the last couple of months and a TON of research and in the end, I just had to do it. Â I joined the herd.
Having spent some time now with the iPhone (I really hadn’t had the opportunity to play with one before), I can see why they are so wildly popular. Â They just work. Â An idiot could use it. Â Set up was ridiculously simple, it’s really really user friendly, and everything just… well… it just sort of works -seamlessly. Â Everything is synced up with my Google stuff – that’s something I was worried about. Â Would it work as well as it did on my Blackberry? Â Yes. Â It works just as well – although, I do miss the little flashing notification light at the top.
Even web browsing is perfect- and speedy – way better than I ever imagined it could Â be on a smartphone. Â Let’s not even begin to compare it with my old Blackberry,Â becauseÂ that’s just not even fair.
And the apps… oh, the apps. Â I downloaded about 15 free ones… and they’e keeping me pretty busy for now. Â A few games, a weather app, a couple of news apps, Pandora (of course), Â Facebook, Â TweetDeck, Â Hello Vino (a wine app), Epicurious, Urbanspoon, WordPress (so I can now blog mobilely) and a few others… enough to entertain me for now.
So yes, I Â love it… Â It’s very quick, simple to use, and really quite beautiful. Â I joined the herd. Â Am I proud? Â No. Â Do I feel like a little bit of a sellout? Â Yes. Â Is it worth it, though? Â No question.