January 19, 2010 at 9:01 pm #31835TigerbladeParticipant
It's about that time where I start thinking about upgrading to a new phone. I've had a Nokia E71x for about a year, and it's generally pretty great, but I'm not entirely satisfied with it. Application support for Nokia Symbian phones is pretty limited, etc.
So… iPhone owners – thoughts? Pros? Cons? What does the iPhone do really well? What does it do really badly? Is it worth the hype?January 19, 2010 at 9:58 pm #176639DavidParticipant
I got the iPhone a month after launch, and then the 3G at launch. Overall the iPhone is definitely a good device, and up until recently it has clearly been the best phone on the market.
The mobile landscape isn't as it was in 2007 anymore though, Android 2.0 is polished and intuitive. The Motorola Droid is a fantastic device, Google's Nexus One running Android 2.1 is a pretty big deal.
Palm's WebOS on the Pre and Pixi is pretty decent, albeit slow on the Pixi.
Windows Mobile 7 is supposedly debuting in February, likely a huge upgrade over the current Windows Mobile 6 software and devices. Low-end Windows Mobile 7 phones will be running some of the fastest hardware you can get today.
Apple usually announces products around this time of year. The Apple Tablet is rumored, along with big iPhone OS4 updates. OS4 may be a large update, and it's unknown whether it will be fully compatible with the 3G/3GS generation.
I would definitely wait for more of this story to unfold before buying a new phone (and that's what I'm doing, since I'd like to get rid of my iPhone 3G)
– More apps than any other mobile platform.
– Web Browsing is fantastic
– Very intuitive
– With OS3 it has most of the features it lacked in OS 1/2 (Copy/Paste, MMS)
– Simple, lacks a lot of customization without jailbreak
– Jailbreak + add-ons will certainly lower the battery life, so you'll want to be very choosy about whether you use themes, or other extensions.
– Apple restricts app store apps that would be useful. (They really control the environment)
Overall the iPhone is good, although mine always seem to start falling apart after the warranty runs out.January 19, 2010 at 10:59 pm #176640TigerbladeParticipant
Yeah, I'm definitely going to be waiting a bit before getting a new phone. I'm just curious what the real story is on the phone that's apparently made of cocaine unicorns as far as most of the media is concerned.
The Droid looks interesting, but doesn't appear to be available through AT&T (and I'm not quite ready to switch, especially since I share a family plan).January 20, 2010 at 12:27 am #176641Doris KenneyParticipant
I've got the iPhone 3GS and I gotta admit (with a sheepish grin because I really didn't want an iPhone) that I've really come to like it.
I'm crazy for the apps (most of the ones I use are freebies). The talk quality is fine – I don't actually talk that much on it but it's certainly acceptable. Browsing is much faster than any other phone I've had. Did I mention I like the apps?
I tend to keep mine plugged in a lot both at home and work so I can't speak to the battery life on a long day but I've never had any excessive drain on it when I'm just out and about for an afternoon.January 20, 2010 at 3:24 am #176638Jeff HesterKeymaster
I bought the first-gen iPhone on the day they came out, and they upgraded to the 3G when THAT came out. I've skipped the 3GS upgrade for now (not eligible for upgrade pricing yet), but I'm very happy with my iPhone.
Rumor has it that Apple will be announcing the next version of their iPhone OS on January 26th, and possible some new products. Historically they have released new iPhone models every year around June, so I personally will probably wait until then.
I did jailbreak my first-gen iPhone, because at the time, there was no “app store” yet. Jailbreaking was the only way to add apps. Since I've upgraded to the 3G, I have not bothered with jailbreaking it.
I love my iPhone, and use it constantly. The only time battery life is a problem is when I use it as a GPS device on hikes. Works great, but drains the battery in about 4 hours.
The whole “multi-tasking” thing is not such a big deal now that they allow apps to send you “alerts” even when they aren't running. For instance, Trillian keeps me “logged in” even though it's not technically running. When someone sends me an IM, I get an alert (essentially a pop-up message, similar to a text message). If I want, I can click “reply” and Trillian is automatically launched, taking me directly to the chat conversation. This is an extremely smart way of managing power and resources.
The Droid looks interesting, but not enough that I'll switch. I'm eligible to upgrade in March, and I'll probably wait even longer if there's a new iPhone coming in June.
Let me just say that if you get an iPhone, you won't regret it.
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