We bit the bullet … we got iPhones. Our Verizon cell phone contract has been up for quite a while and they’ve been bugging us to re-up for a new two year contract … but I haven’t been super happy with the service and phones, so we started thinking about what other provider and phone’s would be a suitable substitute.
My co-worker Jerome has the iPhone and is very happy to show it off. Even on the first release I have to admit, it was pretty cool. The interface was nice, the features were nice, and the sound quality wasn’t bad at all.
The only things I really didn’t like at the get go was the fact that you were tied to AT&T and the battery wasn’t replaceable.
After mulling our alternatives, we decided to go for it. Both Ginny and I got the 8gb model. We were originally thinking about the 16gb model, but the Apple store didn’t have any in stock and we figured, since we only used a fraction of our 4gb iPods, it wasn’t that big a deal.
A few observations …
- It doesn’t like the fact that I use self signed certs on my mail server. I’ll probably have to bite the bullet and get a proper cert.
- I haven’t found any ability to select which folders I show in my IMAP mail account. Wish I could, as I really only care about a handful on an ongoing basis.
- One feature that’s missing, and was almost a deal breaker, was the lack of voice command dialing. On my old moto phone I could just tell it “Call James Rich Mobile” and it would call James Rich’s cell phone (in my address book). Nice for talking while driving.
- As one would expect from an Apple product, the user interface is slick. The screen is a bit over sensitive though. I suspect it’s just something to get used to.
- The pseudo GPS functionality is very cool … I really want to figure out how they do it, because it was able to figure out where was I better than my GPS can.
- Porting of both the phone numbers on my Verizon account was smooth and fast. It only took 30 minutes to complete. I’m going to verify that Verizon cancels my account just in case.
One annoyance, unrelated to the iPhone itself, was the fact that it seems kind of hard to find accessories at stores that don’t actually sell the iPhone. Woodfield mall, and the Apple store, were both very crowded … and both Ginny and I were in a hurry to escape (yeah, so we could play with the new toys) … so we skipped getting protective skins for the new phones. We stopped at Best Buy on the way home, but they only had 2 or 3 skins & cases for the iPhone. I’ll probably stop at Frys on my way home tomorrow to pick something up.
I’m kind of interested to see what the SDK is all about … I’ve got some ideas for apps that could be fun.
I’m planning on going to the health club today after work … but before I leave, I wanted to make sure my IPOD had the latest podcasts on it.
When I plugged the IPOD into my laptop I was informed that it had a very low battery … must have been from sitting around in my back pack with the lock switch off.
Anyways, I get it synced up to the laptop … but I want to let it keep charging. So I plugged it into my desktop system here at work. Because I don’t have the iTunes software installed, the IPOD just shows up as a USB drive. But it’s assigned to drive D:. And the volume name is “DAVID’S IPO” … so it shows up as “DAVID’S IPO (D:)”.
Kind of apropos, don’t you think?
Ok, yes, I’m easily amused.
Ok, maybe ‘Hate’ is too strong a word.
Dislike, maybe … prefer to avoid, yeah, that’s pretty close.
Mind you … I don’t hate the generally poor layout of the store, nor do I hate the fact that non-name-brand merchandise is generally garbage … I don’t even dislike the throngs of people who, while pushing a huge cart down the isle, stop (in the middle of the isle) to chat with someone.
What I don’t like about CostCo is the checkout lanes … and the fact that, on any given weekend, there is just not enough of them open.
Today I went into the Schaumburg CostCo to purchase three things. Toilet paper, A copy of Photoshop Elements 4, and maybe a portable dock-able speaker unit for Ginny’s iPod. I found what I was looking for within 10 minutes.
As I was wandering down to the checkout lanes … I realized that I would be there another 30 minutes just standing in line. I also noticed that they had at least FIVE unmanned checkout lanes (that didn’t include the two that were practically buried under junk).
Maybe I’ll stop by tomorrow on my way from work.
[tags]costco, rants, stores, crowds[/tags]
Yes, it’s true. I’m officially an IPODder.
For reasons I won’t go into, my good friend Steve gave Ginny and I a $500 gift card to ABT Electronics (he’s a VERY good friend).
Today we decided to go over to ABT to see what we could get.
Talk about a madhouse … I thought Frys was crazy, but ABT was insane.
Steve showed us some of his the kitchen appliances he’s getting for the house he’s building … and then left us to make our purchases.
After looking at various items, we decided to get the following …
- IPOD Nano 4gb for me, including
- Apple care 2 year warranty
- Arm band & protective skin
- Bluetooth headset for Ginny’s cell phone
- Clock Radio IPOD dock for Ginny
I chose the IPOD because my current MP3 player only has 256mb of memory … and I find it quite frustrating that it runs out of space when I try to put more than a few songs on it.
I wasn’t too thrilled with the size of the nano … but with the skin it’s got enough bulk (and protection) to satisfy me.
Oh yeah … even if you’re not shopping for electronics, I do recommend at least one visit to ABT to see some of their art installations. They have a huge fish tank, a granite globe that floats on water, and this really cool piece that has marbles rolling around tracks. Ginny and I stared at it for about 10 minutes.
Ok, I know I told Ginny that I wasn’t going to get an IPod (after she got her IPod mini as an early birthday present) … but this IPod Nano looks pretty cool.
I had thought about getting an IPod Shuffle at one point … but I didn’t like the idea of not being able to control the song that is playing. This new entry in the IPod family looks like a good cross between the mini & the shuffle.
Of course $250 is a bit much to spend on a MP3 player … but who knows. Maybe the price will drop soon. 🙂
Who would have thought that getting Ginny an early birthday present of a IPOD-Mini necessitates a 2nd mortgage on the house? 🙂