So about six weeks ago, I plopped down $500 for the "Jesus Phone." Now that the new phone smell has faded, has it lived up to the hype?
In short: absolutely. I am a bit overwhelmed simply because I haven’t had a smartphone since my ancient VisorPhone back in 2001. So lots of the bells-and-whistles like having all my contacts, calendar, and a decent camera on a phone are still blowing me away. Beyond that, it still impresses me with the ease-of-use, slick interface, and convenient form factor. Here’s how I’ve been using mine:
- My favorite stuff to do with my iPhone: read through my email, send text messages, watch video podcasts, listen to my music, check Google maps for directions, post tweets to my Twitter account using pockettweets, show off pictures to my friends.
- Stuff that works just fine: standard phone calls, websurfing (yes, it’s slow and hard to read at times, but it works), take pictures (I have a couple of real cameras for that), YouTube (not a huge selection, and slow).
- Stuff I hardly ever do with the iPhone: check my stocks (what stocks?), teleconference, use the notepad.
Lots of people have been complaining about all the things that the iPhone doesn’t have (GPS, faster wireless data connection, videocamera). For me, the only thing I’m really missing is Instant Messaging. I’m hoping some resourceful hacker cracks that nut soon. Otherwise, a simply amazing little device.