With my Centennial Wireless contract expiring I decided to discard my Palm Treo and switch to AT&T and the new iPhone. It was waiting for me when I returned home Thursday evening from the BbWorld'09 conference in Washington D.C.
Since the iPhone came out two years ago I've been watching it. Based on my experience the past 3 days I really don't think it's been overhyped. Over the past year-and-a-half my 3 lb. mobile laptop has changed the way I operate. The iPhone is going to change my modus operandi even more.
It is pretty amazing having one pocket device that functions for all these purposes: 1) phone, 2) email, 3) calendar, 4) web browser, 5) camera, 6) video camera, 7) music player, 8) video player, 9) e-reader, 10) GPS.
Add to this the list of dozens (actually hundreds) of fun apps that are available either for free or as little as $.99. I've been playing with the calculator, compass, night-stand alarm clock, flashlight, and a very readable e-Bible.
What have I been most impressed with so far?
1) Readability is excellent. The screen seems bigger than it really is.
2) Typing is easier than on any mobile device that I have tried so far (I've had an iPAQ and a Treo). It has a self-correcting feature that gets better the more you use it.
3) The interface is extremely intuitive. The only thing I couldn't figure out was the little sliding button that turns the phone to vibrate.
4) Twitter finally makes sense to me now that I have a web-enabled mobile device.
What tip can I leave new iPhone users?
1) Purchase the $19.95 Case Mate "Clear Armor". It's a protective plastic kit that applies to the front and back of your iPhone. A bit of a challenge to apply, especially around the corners, but it puts a scratch-proof coating on your iPhone (that is virtually invisible). Something it will need as it resides each day in my front left pocket with my keys.