One Week with the iPhone 3G

Announced a few months ago, the newest version of the iPhone was a great update. I am a HUGE apple fan, and always wanted an iPhone, but couldn’t justify the $400 price tag or leaving Verizon for AT&T service. After the announcement of a $199 iPhone with more features, Debs and I decided to make the switch. The new iPhone was finally released 2 weeks ago, and has been in high demand (and pretty much sold out) since. Once Debs and I were sure we wanted to make the switch (after playing with demo units at the Apple Store), she started calling local AT&T stores and the Apple Store daily. Saturday morning around 10AM we found out that not only did they have a ‘untold amount of 8GB units’, but that there was NO LINE!

We got to the Store and immediately started the process. Debs phone took only 5 minutes to activate, but due to my account being part of a family plan with her, I had to leave the store with a different phone number, and wait 24-72 hours for it to activate. On Sunday around 4:30am I received a text welcoming me to the network, and after switching off my Blackberry Pearl, my iPhone worked great!

Ive already started loading it up with music and applications, including:

  • Facebook – great little app that lets you work on facebook, as well as chat
  • Twitterific and Twinkle (Twinkle crashes every time now though) – twitter clients
  • Ebay – search ebay, as well as track items in ‘My Ebay’
  • Google – Phone and Web search tool, as well as easy links to Google Products
  • Remote – Apple’s remote program to let you control iTunes Libraries, well, remotely!
  • Last.fm – Stream and tag music from your last.fm account
  • Shazam – Cool way to tag and discover music. Hear a song that you dont know? Hold iPhone to audio source, and it will figure it out for you!
  • Yelp – Find local Bars/Restaturants/etc
  • WeatherBug – Another weather app, mainly got this for great Radar images
  • WordPress – Lets me post to my blog from the phone.

With the new iPhone 2.0 software, these apps work great. And having the iPhone 3G, its great for some of these apps to tie into Location Services. And while yes, its just a cell phone, its really more than that now – its practically a mobile Mac that I get to carry with me!

To not make this somewhat review too long, Ill just list out some of the pros and cons.

PROS:

  • Its an internet tablet. I can just surf the web, check mail, check twitter, and more without having to go to the office or get out my laptop. Since I first played with the Nokia 700’s, i have always wanted something like this.
  • The Apple Remote app is awesome, great to be getting ready in the bedroom with the music cranked up in the office, and just change the song.
  • The camera on here is amazing, as long as you have light.
  • I usually waste time online when waiting in lines, shopping, etc. Now I can do it much easier, and have specific apps that do their tasks.
  • I LOVE having everything (music, tasks, email, calendar, etc) in one place. Blackberry came close, but never just right
  • Its own social network -I know quite a few iPhone users now, and its almost like its own social network. I can’t wait to see more apps that may come out that could use something like Location Services (I know there is loopt, but come on brightkite!)

CONS:

  • The battery sucks. I don’t turn on 3G now unless I need it, and going to start turning off location services and wifi as well. Its just absurd that even without ‘using’ it I still have to plug in every day.
  • It crashes more than a PC. Some of these are apps, but iPhone software 2.0 is just crap. SLOWWWW at times (especially in SMS). Luckily Apple fixes these issues QUICK and 2.0.1 has already been seeded, and should be out in a week or two.
  • Location Services fails a lot – often times I have to restart my phone to get the GPS to work. It sucks when im trying to show someone the cool feature and it doesnt work.
  • AT&T – more bars in more places? Yeah, if your outside standing under a cell tower.
  • AppStore delays – its Apples fault, and they need to do something about it. I would be TICKED if I actually paid for an app, and it crashed. Apple is taking too long to review apps.

I plan to write more on the iPhone again, eventually on more specific topics. Some examples may be specific applications, what Im using the phone for, and more.

Listening To: ‘Latin Simone’ by the Gorillaz

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