It makes calls, browses the inter-web thingy, checks email, has SMS and I can keep a few notes and dates on it with contacts, etc. It also has a decent camera and can record, store and play videos and things - although I don't use it for that. I also read books on it - I have 20 or 30 loaded from my collection at any given time and it has a really efficient interface. The battery lasts a long time and the back light works fine.
It has a keyboard (with real buttons) and a very good screen. I got it a year ago after I accidentally broke my previous Blackberry (two+ years old) - which did exactly the same and looked almost exactly the same. I am quite happy with what I have and I won't bother changing it unless it breaks or AT&T goes down - even then I can switch out the sim card to a new provider. What more do I need - I don't use half of what it can do. I don't need a million, or however many, "apps" - all the ones I have were free and came with the phone or were freely downloaded (Google maps - which is excellent and MobiPocket Reader for the books) - I have DropBox but I am going to dump that as I don't need it on my phone.
Oh, it also works with Tether to give me a wireless modem for my home PC (I used that when my cable went down for few days). It just works.
I defy anyone to convince me that any iPhone is worth the effort, never mind the money! BTW. I dislike touch-screens on phones, they get dirty and unresponsive and I don't want to do things just because I put the phone in my pocket, sit down or stand up. My friend constantly calls me on fast-dial because of that!
- Life in the fast lane is only fun if you live in a country with no speed limits.
- Of all the things I have lost, it is my mind that I miss the most.
- I vaguely remember having a good memory...
When compared to the Galaxy Epic in my pocket for example, no iPhone has a camera or screen that nice, and the performance and quality of iPhones just doesn't stack up. The Galaxy is smooth and fast, all the time. Look at my Facebook... the photo of the airplanes is a Galaxy photo - the photo of me flying the pink airplane is an iPhone photo. I think you should be able to see the quality difference there... it's not about fashion for me, I need stuff that works.
It's no wonder Apple is pissed off... Samsung makes a better iPhone than iPhone does. I don't believe in patents on discoveries though - Samsung and Apple both discovered the same thing... it's not an invention.
I had a series 2 ipod - it was the single least-satisfying electronics item I ever had the displeasure of owning. It was $800 yet sounded worse than my Sony walkmans of the early to mid nineties. (which I spent no more than $315ea on)
I've been similarly unimpressed by the specs vs price on all of their computing gear before and since. I just don't get it, really I don't.
As for the photos, absolutely no comparison. Your photos look like 'normal' photos, the one your friend took looks like all of those horrible iPhone videos - grainy, poorly exposed, awful colour balance and fidelity.
But then again, I guess popular culture never was particularly brilliant - just popular.
Thought I recognised you! Lovely to see another fellow RCer hanging out here. If I ever see Chellie here I'll just about die from shock!
(I'm user# 42959 over there)
I used to think that phones were only to place calls and be done. Now that the enterprise has given us Windows Phone 7.5 Nokias, gotta say my life has changed. I will never in the foreseeable future use any phone without Windows Phone.
Apple recently patented a method for disabling its phone (camera and comms) based on the their geographic locations. This means the government can do it when it wants to stifle civilian reporting of specific events.
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