Why I Love my iPhone and Do Not Miss My Blackberry
It is no secret that I’m a huge fan of Apple Inc. formally known as Apple Computer. I bought my first Apple computer, the Apple IIc back in…wow…let’s see now…it was 1985 or 1986. I bought my first Macintosh in 1987 or so. I’ve used PCs all these years too, not by choice, though. I fondly recall the passionate debates I got into with fellow seminary students who told me that a graphical user interface, a GUI, as we called it back in the day, was “stupid” and “would never catch on.” I fondly recall how those debates halted abruptly and with only embarrassing silence when Microsoft rolled out their Windows operating system. I’ve owned nearly every gizmo that Apple came out with, both the hits and the clunkers. I dodged the Newton bullet, fortunately. But there has been one thing I’ve avoided and swore I’d never use: an iPhone. Why? Simple really. I thought I would not like the fact that it has only a virtual keyboard, no real buttons to push. And so, I’ve had a Blackberry for several years and even when others around me started using the iPhone, I declared, when asked if I wanted an iPhone, “No thanks.” But that ended recently when I started using an iPhone 3GS, 32 gigabyte model.
I can’t believe how stupid I was in refusing one earlier. For anyone who has been following Apple for as long as I have (and you know who you are), you will agree with me when I say this, the iPhone is the epitome of what makes Apple one of the most innovative and consistently successful companies in the world. The iPhone is nothing short of a masterpiece of design and functionality, engineering and innovation, creativity and practicality. It is simply amazing. The fact that I have everything on one small device: a large music library, all my contacts, my phone, my e-mail system, text messaging, and a large e-book library to boot in a system engineered to be nearly idiot proof is powerful evidence of why Apple remains the innovator, and everyone else the follower. And, oh yea, I almost forgot: the apps. The iPhone is all about the apps. They are amazingly helpful and useful. I now have a talking GPS system better than my Garmin NUVI. I have apps that help me read more news than I have in years: the New York Times app, the CNN Mobile app, the Weather Channel, the stock market app. I’ve got an app that is helping me track my eating habits (we manage what we measure!).
I thought I would miss my Blackberry, but I do not. The keyboard on the iPhone is remarkable. As everyone told me, you just have to learn to trust it. The touch screen’s sensitivity is simply amazing, and I find that I can thumb-type almost as quickly on my iPhone as I did on the Blackberry. Everything about my iPhone is better than my Blackberry: better/sharper image, better sound, easier to use and navigate, etc.
What would I suggest as improvements to the iPhone? First, a multitasking operating system so I did not have to effectively quit one app, to launch another. Second, I would like a better way to activate the phone and place a call with a speed-dial, though, I must admit, I have not tried the voice recognition as much as I should, and used it successfully yesterday. Battery life? Yup, definitely needs to be improved, but I’m managing just fine with proper power management techniques and not using it obsessively. Other than that, I haven’t noticed anything I’d improve.
And that is why I love my iPhone and do not miss my Blackberry. Let’s hear it from iPhone and BB users out there. What is your take on the iPhone?