December 15, 2008

I love my iPhone and it loves me

Filed under: Productivity — Tags: — Jack @ 2:00 pm

I love my new iPhone

I’ve discovered a solution for getting more work done: don’t play with your new iPhone all day.  After being the unenthusiastic owner of a no-frills cell phone for many years, I was looking to get something a bit more aptly suited for a technically-minded individual such as myself.  I have to say that I felt the same way I did when I bought my first Mac: overwhelmingly satisfied!

I was either going to get the iPhone or the new G1 by Google, but I didn’t like how the G1 forces you to use Google’s services exclusively (GMail, Google Calendar, etc.).  For example, rather than letting you access all of your email accounts as the iPhone does, you can only pull up a GMail account on the G1.

In addition, the iPhone is already in its 2nd generation with the addition of 3G enabled network support while the G1 is still in its early release stage.  Ease of use, echoed in all of Apple’s products, was clearly one of the main objectives when the iPhone was designed and I seriously doubt the G1 will be more user-intuitive.  Besides, the G1 is ugly and clunky-looking compared to the sleek and sexy iPhone.  Oh, did I mention that Mac Mail is hands-down the best email client you can use and the iPhone comes with it’s own version of it.

My only complaint so far has been the lack of voice guided turn-by-turn GPS.  The turn-by-turn is there incorporated with Google Maps, but no voice.  People should have their eyes on the road and not on their phones while driving.  Apple knows this, but has still prohibited iPhone app makers from developing this feature.  Bummer! This is just a hunch, but I’m thinking that Apple is probably developing its own proprietary navigation system with plans to release it for free (this would be great!!!) to iPhone users or as a monthly paid serivce through AT&T (this would suck big time).

If you own a Mac and love it, GET AN IPHONE and form a love triangle!!!

3 Responses to “I love my iPhone and it loves me”

  1. Daryn St. Pierre
    11:15 am on March 21st, 2009

    Hi Jack

    I know I’m a bit late to answer. I recently purchased a G1 and I have to say that I really like it. I think the fact that I handle loads of everyday things using my Google Account though. Calendar, email, documents, contacts. Google even offers a voicemail system.

    Setting up email on the G1 was extremely simple. I was able to use the GMail app and once I setup my email account, everything else was done. It automatically pulled in my contact list from my Google Business Mail account and I was set. The next step was to export my BlackBerry Pearl contact list to the Address Book app on my Mac, and then from there (with a tiny application that exports the Address Book as a CSV) I was able to import THAT contact list into my Google Mail account. Pretty handy.

    Also, there is an alternative email application available that comes bundled with Android. It allows you to setup a third-party email account like you would on any other smartphone. Of course, Google cleverly makes this application far less appealing than they do their GMail application because they want users to signup for their services instead.

    Competing with the iPhone is a huge endeavor but for me, I think Android and the G1 do it well. The new 3.0 software for the iPhone will definitely up the ante as well, but watch out for the “Cupcake” software update for Android. It will add video recording as well as some other awesome features.

  2. Daryn St. Pierre
    11:16 am on March 21st, 2009

    Whoops. Meant to say “I think the fact that I handle loads of everyday things using my Google Account helps though.”

  3. Jack
    1:32 pm on March 21st, 2009

    Daryn,

    Thanks for the input. I finally got a chance to play around with a buddy’s G1 the other day and I must say that android looks really promising. The barcode scanner is cool, too. Also, it had slipped my mind that you could set any of your emails up as a Google account, so that you could still use those emails through the phone.

    Google and Apple will continue to sharpen one another. Thanks for the great response!

    Jack