Just a short post to say that I am now the proud owner of an iPhone3G – indeed this post has been made using it. Of course it will take a little time to get used to the keyboard, but I’m loving it!
How long should I wait for an iPhone? It’s been over 3 months since I put my name on the waiting list at my ‘local’ store and still no sign of a 16GB black one, so I rang customer services to see if they could speed things up a bit. It didn’t go well.
Let me be clear about this: I’d like to buy an iPhone3G but I don’t really want to lose my current number. It’s not rocket science.
I’ve been an O2 customer for well over 8 years now. In that time I think I’ve had one upgrade, probably about 5 years ago. My monthly bills are small, but I was eligible for a silver upgrade, at least until everything changed in the ‘O2 Upgrade Fiasco’ a couple of weeks ago.
So the iPhone 3G is here. As I said in a previous post, I really want one. I wanted the original iPhone, and now I want the 3G.
I’ve also said to friends that I’m at that age where I have to be convinced that the product is right and the time is right. As you may know I’m a huge Apple fan and until the iPhone no other smartphone had really attracted me. Having the latest/smartest gadget doesn’t do it for me, but that’s a personal thing. I need to see real utility and ways in which my life will be made easier, even if the product design is dreamy.
Isn’t it great to be able to take your music library with you when you fly somewhere? Let’s face it, flying is one of the few occasions left when you are expected to do no more than just sit there (ok, and buy lots of expensive coffee, food etc.). So you don’t have to feel guilty about sitting back and enjoying some tunes.
The brainboxes in the tech industry are making it even easier to do this by merging our iPods with our mobile phones – one less gadget to carry, one less charger, so much smarter.
Except that I was shocked at the announcement on a recent flight to the effect that, although iPods etc could be used once airborne, mobile phones must remain switched off even if they have a flight safety mode and you just want to use them to listen to a bit of Bach.
Oh dear. So much for convergence.
The iPhone has arrived in Ireland – last Friday actually – and I always said I’d be one of the first in the queue. Every time I’ve visited the UK since it’s launch there I’ve made a point of spending some time in an O2 shop playing with it, and what a fabulous device it is! So easy to use (even with my stubby fingers) and such a gorgeous thing to hold. It’s the first mobile phone that I’ve really wanted.
So have I bought one? No. Why? O2 Ireland. OK, so there are several minor issues: I’d like to have more memory (32GB minimum) and maybe 3G, and clearly the software is going to develop very, very quickly over the next few months; but no, it’s the incredibly mean package from O2 that is making me wait.