A few months ago I posted my thoughts on getting a new phone, and asked people their opinions on the Blackberry and iPhone. At the time, I was using a Motorola Q, which is a fine-enough phone, except that it uses Windows Mobile and crashes frequently. I had just about enough, and was eager to find a suitable replacement before I smashed the Q against a wall.
I was very happy with the reader interest in that post. The poll and comments were pretty much evenly split, with half recommending a Blackberry, and most of the others recommending an iPhone. While there was some initial interest in Google’s Android-powered phones, I wasn’t willing to explore that possibility quite yet. Perhaps when the operating system becomes a little more entrenched. As for Windows Mobile, I thought that the platform was dead, until I heard that there is a Windows Mobile 7 available. After my experience with the Q, never again will I go anywhere near Windows Mobile. I wouldn’t wish that pain upon my worst enemy. (well, maybe one)
So after careful consideration of my handheld usage needs, I finally opted to go with the Apple iPhone 3GS. And all I can really say is “What took me so long?”…
It’s not perfect by any means, but I think that it’s a near-perfect fit for me. For the most part, I’ve been able to figure out how to type coherently on the flatscreen, although there are times when I repeatedly hit the wrong key and back up, only to hit the same wrong key, and back up, and again… you get the idea. I get a little frustrated at times, but I’m getting better. Not to mention, the phone seems to be learning what words I like to use most often, and correcting my spelling as I go along. Generally, this is a good thing.. but there are times when I really DO mean to type an acronym, and don’t want the phone to automatically change it to something else.
But the positives far outweigh the negatives. For music lovers like me, the integration with iTunes and the iTunes Store is remarkable. This isn’t anything new. It was one of the things that people told me that I would enjoy the most… and they were right. Whether I’m connected to the Internet through my cell account, or a Wifi connection, I can easily download a new song and have it playing within minutes. And my music videos look fantastic on it. I’m not at the point where I want to replace my iPod completely, but the iPhone is generally all I need most days.
But how is it as a phone? I’ve seen some pretty bad things written about the overall phone quality of the iPhone 3GS, and I have to say that I don’t agree at all. I’m not sure what all the fuss is about because I have never had any problems. Maybe it’s the US carrier that is the problem, but here I talk regularly on my iPhone without any problems, and no one has ever mentioned not being able to understand me. So I’d say that it works perfectly fine as a phone.
And of course, there’s the whole “App” discussion, but I think that I will leave that for another day.
So far, so good… very pleased! Maybe my biggest concern is that Apple is expected to release the 4th generation of the iPhone this summer, so I may have purchased mine at the wrong time.