As I mentioned over at Mamapundit the other day, I am now officially an iPhone person. And after having had possession of this wondrous Apple device for about two weeks now, I have to admit that I have developed a huge, Tiger Beat-level crush on my iPhone. I just really, really love the thing.
Now I am well aware that some of y’all don’t want or need a multipurpose mobile gadget of any sort, and don’t really understand why anyone would (see comments below my first post about the new iPhone), but ever since I switched from super-basic cellphone to my first smartphone – a Blackberry Curve – about five years ago, I’ve found that having the right mobile thingamajig in-hand makes my very busy life run a lot more smoothly. Given that I work full time, do a lot of freelance writing (you’re reading some of it right now), and that I also have a passel of children to keep up with, my smartphone is like my other brain. I can get online for my job while sitting at my kid’s after school ball practice, and I can check my calendar in the checkout line. I can keep up with email as it comes in instead of facing a mountain of messages the next time I sit down at my laptop, and texting with my kids, friends and family helps me be in touch throughout the day. My kids know that even when I am in a meeting, I can usually get and respond to a quick text if something comes up. Basically, I’d be pretty well lost without my mobile gadget.
While I’ve listened to my little sister and brother (who bought the very first iPhone within 24 hours of its release and has been an iPhone evangelist ever since), as well as many friends sing the praises of the iPhone for some time now, I was never fully convinced that using the Apple smartphone as opposed to the Android I used for almost two years, and the Blackberry before that, could be very different. But boy was I wrong. My new iPhone 4 is the all-purpose, multitasking force of technology that this working mama has been waiting for all her life.
For starters, I can’t mess anything up on it like I could on the ‘Droid. A lot of people (like my tech geek husband love the ‘Droid because it allows you to get all technical, and fool around with the way it works, and change a lot of things about it. Jon has his ‘Droid all customized with the same kinds of geeky, Open Source kinds of things he has on his actual computer, like Linux. He is opposed on principle (albeit a principle I admit to not fully understanding…) to buying any sort of tech device or gadget that locks you into using the software that comes with it or that’s sold by the company – meaning Apple products. But for me, a gadget that allows me to mess around with the way it operates is a problem waiting to happen. I was always accidentally changing settings and functions on my ‘Droid without meaning to. But my iPhone is very straightforward. It works the way it works – which is very well -and I like that. Basically, some people want some kind of car with a stickshift, or even a car with a stickshift with which they can tinker on weekends. I, on the other hand, want an automatic that does exactly what the salesman told me it would do without me ever having to think about it, and does it really, really well.
I was also able to get the hang of using the iPhone in just a few days. It’s very simple and intuitive to use, while the Android was just trickier overall. The screen icons on the iPhone are, well, iconic, meaning it’s very simple for me to find what I am looking for on my iPhone, and then get that thing to work.
When I finally killed my long-suffering ‘Droid off once and for all by dropping it one too many times, I still had not figured out exactly how everything on it worked. I was always having to get Jon to help me fix settings or explain some function to me. Also, to the very end, I remained confused about where things like music, photos and PDF files would end up on the ‘Droid when I downloaded them from some online destination. It seemed like I could never find files after I downloaded them. On the iPhone, it’s very clear where all photos go, where all music goes, etc, etc, etc
I wish the screen on the iPhone were substantially bigger, but I know I am an outlier on that. Most people like their phones as small and thin as possible instead of bigger. But the screen it does have is incredibly clear and bright. Things just look better on the iPhone screen. And in case y’all haven’t noticed, I’ve become just the teensiest bit obsessed with the incredible camera on the iPhone 4, plus all the cool camera apps you can get in the App Store.
And that leads me to another point – while the Android App store does have more and more stuff in it all the time, it still has waaaay fewer apps than the iPhone app store, plus the apps I’ve now tried on both phones are much better designed in their iPhone version. As an example, my preschooler never had any interest in playing any of the games I downloaded for her to play on the ‘Droid, but now that I have Fruit Ninja and Monkey Preschool Lunchbox installed on the new iPhone, I can barely tear her away from it. That’s gonna be a good thing for both of us during long stretches in, say, the pediatrician’s waiting room.
So yes, I am now smitten with my iPhone. It’s just a much better fit for my personality, habits and needs. I wish I’d figured out a way to hook up with an iPhone much sooner, but now that my iPhone and I have finally found each other, I predict a long and happy marriage.
How about you? iPhone or Android? Or something entirely different? If you are an iPhone person, do you find it as fantastic as I do? Tell me in the comments below.
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