I am such a weak person - I bought an iPhone

I am such a weak person - I bought an iPhone

Summary: I know... I know... I said I wasn't going to do this. I had all the completely valid reasons to stay of the RDF and avoid being swept up in the iPhone madness. But yesterday morning I succumbed to the iPhone's siren song and drove over to the ABQ Uptown Apple Store where iPhones were in plentiful supply. Three minutes later (yes, I timed it) I walked out with an 8GB iPhone.

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iPhoneI know... I know... I said I wasn't going to do this. I had all the completely valid reasons to stay of the RDF and avoid being swept up in the iPhone madness. But yesterday morning I succumbed to the iPhone's siren song and drove over to the ABQ Uptown Apple Store where iPhones were in plentiful supply. Three minutes later (yes, I timed it) I walked out with an 8GB iPhone.

I got home, plugged the iPhone into my already updated MacBook (the latest system update to 10.4.10 and iTunes 7.3 are required to activate and sync the iPhone) and, with trembling fingers (based on some of the activation horror stories I'd been following on Twitter, Jaiku, and via RSS), began the activation process. Guess what? No problema. Picked my plan (the 450 minute bucket with unlimited data), added more SMS (1500/month) for an additional $10 and clicked the Submit button. And then, less than two minutes later (yes, I timed this too), I had a new AT&T mobile number and a fully functional iPhone. While I understand that many, many people have a had a less-than-stellar activation experience, mine was as painless as can be.

It's an amazing device. Typical Apple OMG experience. The display is gorgeous. The performance over WiFi is every bit as good as what I get with my Nokia N95. The EDGE performance is a little slower than the 2.5G I get from T-Mobile with the N95 and a lot slower than the EVDO I had been getting with my Treo 700p (which I'm returning to my now-former employer). That's OK. I've been tethering both the MacBook and Lenovo X61t to the N95 and find the performance adequate for checking mail and light surfing. With the iPhone's widescreen display, I have less reason to need to do that for a quick info fix.

Syncing up my contacts, calendar, photos, and a bit of my iTunes library (it's only got 8GB and I have a 30GB iPod) went smoothly. Not sure if I'll keep the iPod. One of my kids may be getting a great hand-me-down shortly. I can probably live with shuffling video and podcasts on and off the iPhone.

Text input is easier than my T9 fumbling on the N95 (I suck at T9 even though I've tried hard to get used to it). The predictive text is already learning my favorite words and I'm getting the hang of sliding my relatively big fingers when I initially touch the wrong letter to hit the one I was aiming for. The rotational function for iPod and Safari usage is fantastic – I wish it was available for all apps as it's a lot easier to enter text on the wide onscreen keyboard.

I'm weak. I have no impulse control. My wife and my son are looking at me like I've taken complete leave of my senses. And I have yet to face the scorn of my daughter who will most likely roll her eyes and scathingly dismiss me as a complete geek. That's OK. Their scorn will pass. I'm grinning like an idiot and having a blast with my new shiny bauble.

I'm off to San Jose for a quick overnight trip. I'll post about the on-the-go experience with the iPhone in the next couple of days.

Topics: iPhone, Mobility

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  • Marc, have you considered a 12-step program?

    Gadget-holics Anonymous, maybe?
    dave.leigh@...
    • I'm already in a program

      Dave - I'm already in the recovering graphic designer program. Nit sure I can fit 24
      steps into my crowded life!
      morchant
  • Welcome

    Marc Orchant walks up the aisle and steps up to the podium...

    "tap tap...is this Mic on? ah hem.

    Hello my name is Marc Orchant and I am a compulsive gadget freak."

    The crowd answers back in a chorus:

    "Hi Marc. Welcome!"

    Get Help.
    ;)
    D T Schmitz
    • You're a fine one to talk

      You've been pretty compulsive lately if I recall correctly...
      morchant
  • I LOVE IT, welcome to the club

    Marc,

    I hear you buddy. All of my detailed side-by-side feature comparisons and spreadsheets tell me that many other devices I have (like the N95 and T-Mobile Dash) are more functional than the iPhone. However, as you know I couldn't resist either and am actually leaning towards keeping it and carrying around both an AT&T device and T-Mobile device. Man, we are sickos, huh?

    But is sure is FUN!
    palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
    • Yes we are but we're highly amused

      Matt - sickos we may be but we're highly amused sickos. You should see the looks
      I'm getting in the Sky Harbor airport. Lots of people pointing and whispering.
      Finally some 15-year-old Scottsdale girl with an iPod and a MacBook looks over,
      almost chokes on her gum, and lets out a shriek the likes of which I haven't heard
      since my daughter was all excited about the Bay City Rollers

      "OMG! Is that it? Can I see it? Can I try it? Can I have it?"

      Too funny. Now everyone wants to see it.
      morchant
  • Not Sure How Much Longer I Can Hold Out

    Marc! I was counting on you to hold out! I blogged that I was not going to buy one
    either, but now it's taking every ounce of will-power I have to resist the tractor-pull
    from the iPhone. I think they are using some kind of special marketing technology to
    suck otherwise rational people into the vortex!
    Michael Hyatt
    • Give it up Michael - resistance is futile

      The Reality Distortion Field is strong with this one.
      morchant
      • Halo effect?...

        From the "God phone"?
        T25
  • Syncrhonization with Outlook/Exchange and push email?

    I spent way too much time looking around the web for thoughts from Windows/Exchange users on Outlook synchronization and that's my main motivation for sticking with a Smartphone. I suppose you're not using Exchange anymore--but how do you find the email downloads and other synchronization--is it really good?

    I wrote about what I find out on Exchange sync with the iPhone here (http://www.technotheory.com/2007/06/iphone-and-activesync-exchange/) but I could be inaccurate--let me know your thoughts (you don't need to read my link, but I think it'll fill in some background on Exchange sync).

    Thanks for any insight; maybe I'll give in and toss out my Sprint plan...

    Jealous,
    Jared
    technotheory.com
    • I don't use Exchange server

      Jared: I don;t use Exchange and can't comment on how well it might work. What I understand is that the Exchange admin needs to turn on the server's IMAP functionality and that only mail is synchronized.
      morchant
  • not weak...

    Marc,

    How cool - congratulations! Yeah, the phone is awesome, huh? I haven't gotten to use my wifes other than playing demo-guy for some of her friends. I'm going to break down and buy one of these wonderful devices as well. The local stores are out, so I'm going to try when when we're down in Maryland later in the week, otherwise I'll just order on online.

    Again, congratulations - it is truly a lustworthy little piece of design.

    Jon
    jstrande
    • Thanks Jon

      I don't regret the purchase at all. I'm really enjoying using this device and every time I poke around I find more nuances and nice touches that all contribute to a very nice, very different experience from any other phone I've used.

      Do let me know when you're equipped with your own. If you run into a snag, they seem to have plenty here in New Mexico.
      morchant
  • Cool device, but I'll wait...

    ...to see if Apple will up the storage, provide a removable battery and offer 3G service. A fellow co-worker just got one (4GB) and I must admit, it is nice but I'll wait for a v1.1.
    jmiller1978