Let’s face it: iPhones are fun. If they weren’t, other companies wouldn’t be rushing to make phones that do what iPhones do.
My iPhone is a 32-GB 3GS. Marched myself to the Apple Store in SoHo the day it came out, and waited in line for about 3 hours to get my hands on one. Sadly, my first experience, after kvelling over the shiny, new device I had, was finding out that, in direct opposition to what had been advertized, my phone numbers could not be ported from my old Palm Centro to my new phone. In order to get my information onto the iPhone I would either have to pay extra to buy “Cloud” software, or manually reenter the information into my email program (GMail), and sync it to my phone. I also had to learn that – unlike the Centro – when I synced my phone to my computer, the numbers I had entered on the phone directly stayed there as separate entries, which made updating info something of a chore.
Nonetheless, and notwithstanding AT&T’s exorbitant data plan pricing, I love my iPhone.
The largest way it has changed my life is that it has turned me back from being a not-so-small pack animal into a human being. It means, among other things, that I do not have to lug my laptop or netbook around to stay connected. With one pocket-sized device, I can surf the ‘Net, read books, listen to music, take online classes, find restaurants, stores, what’s showing at my favorite museum or theater, or find my way around a strange area. I can avoid having to pay at various internet “hot spots” or places where only proprietary internet access is available (such as some of the cafes in the New York University area). I can grab a quick snapshot of something, so that if I’m not actually planning a photography excursion, I don’t have to schlep my digital camera around . I love that I have been able to download e-readers for all the major book chains offering them and not have the programs clash. I love the capacity to load music via iTunes or my computer, so that I don’t have to carry a separate music device.
Not only that, one of my favorite things about the iPhone is that one manufacturer makes cases for iPhones that are actually spare batteries. While I’ve long been used to carrying a spare phone charger in my purse or backpack, I don’t have to do that with my iPhone. It sits quietly in its case, and if the battery starts running low, I just hit the on switch on the case, and it will fully recharge.
So, it is in terms of convenience that I would have to say the iPhone has made the most changes in my life. Try one, and see if it does the same for you!