Well as you can see I got myself an iPhone. Now I said before that I would not be getting an iPhone and originally I was not planning on it. Over the past month I have been looking at getting a new phone. The Audiovox SMT5600 I was using was so old that the battery life on it was horrible and sometimes it would just die out of nowhere. So I needed something new. I was looking at a bunch of blackberry’s, the Samsung BlackJack, and possibly a Treo. But with Apple’s new iPod releases and the price drop on the iPhone it made it very easy for me to decide on picking one up. I would never pay the $599 they wanted before, $399 is a little more reasonable of a price.
So after I got home and opened the phone up the first thing I realized is that it is a lot smaller than it looks in pictures and video. I actually thought it would be larger and thicker, but it isn’t at all. It is perfect size. Powering it up and activating was very easy (I was already an AT&T customer). Once activated I played around on it for a few hours. The interface is just amazing, at first I was not sure if I was going to like the idea of no buttons, but I really like the touchscreen. It only took me a few hours to get used to using the touchscreen keyboard and controls.
Besides just being a phone you also have mail, a web browser, and the iPod. Although Safari is horrible on PC, I was impressed with it’s capabilities on the iPhone. All of my sites look perfect on it, even the image popups work on the phone whereas they don’t work at all on the PC version of Safari, go figure. The browsing experience is the closest I have seen to a real browsing experience on a PC. The iPod is also very cool. I really like the ability to slide through my albums. Also the large screen really helps with song and playlist navigation.
A lot of people hate on the iPhone because they say it does not support 3rd party apps. Well I had no problem loading 3rd apps on the iPhone. There is a very easy to use installer that actually has a list of available apps and will download and install them directly on your iPhone. Another reason people don’t like the iPhone is that they say you have to have purchased music to make ringtones or buy ringtones. I also found another program iBrickr that easily let me put my own custom ringtones on the iPhone.
Overall I am very impressed with the iPhone so far and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a new phone. If you a skeptical about the touch interface then give it a try. You can check out the iPhone at any AT&T store on Apple store.