Today marks the 30 day anniversary of me getting my first iPhone. As many of you know, I have been a die hard Windows Mobile fanboy for a long LONG time. All the way back before the Dell Axim X5 pocket pc that really lit a fire under me about mobility. I had a lot of fun with Windows Mobile and I exited the platform on a real high with a Telstra HTC HD2. I loved the device, I loved HTC Sense, loved flashing ROM’s, loved XDA, and loved blogging about it. But that ship has sailed off. We waved goodbye to the last Windows Mobile device worth owning, and ushered in the new kid on the block. Windows Phone. Mobility Digest was right there bringing you all of the latest news, rumors, device launches to make sure our readers were on top the long awaited fix to Windows Mobile. Gone would be the days of constant soft resets, apps furiously fighting our best efforts to get them to work, and an outdated operating system.
All Hail Windows Phone! Rejoice and be glad!
It’s a pretty cool phone alright. But I didn’t buy one. Ramon “The General” Trotman worked hard to steer me into the Windows Phone. Ramon has written some brilliant articles by the way to support his opinions that I cannot recommend to you enough. First, if you are a Windows Mobile guy thinking of buying an iPhone then you really need to read this first:
My iLife: my experiences with Apple
This is everything you need to know if you are coming from a Windows Mobile background on deciding to buy into the iLife. I have never met anyone so adamantly apposed to Apple or Android before in my life than Ramon, but this is the fairest write on the iPhone I have read so far. The bottom line is that the iPhone does a lot of things very well, but it also has some things to consider before buying if you have been used to running Windows Mobile and HTC Sense. It is basically, and to quote our own David K: “A glorified App Launcher”. Yeah, I suppose you could say that. But the Apps work, they are polished, and there are a ton of them! The games ROCK too by the way. I have Angry Birds both for the iPhone and Android, and even though I had to pay for the iPhone, I would rather pay than have the Ads to look at like on the free version for Android. I downloaded Infinity Blade yesterday and have not been able to put it down.
I have totally gotten off base here haven’t I? I don’t do editorials well. So where we? Oh yes, I was recapping my many discussions with Ramon about what phone to buy. The iPhone or the Windows Phone. So Ramon goes on to write a few more articles about Windows Phone. They are compelling, but, I still could not get myself to buy one. At the end of the day, I found myself standing in an AT&T Corporate Store with both devices in my hand. The Samsung Galaxy S…er…Focus, and the Apple iPhone. I walked out with a 32gb iPhone 4. I had to return the first one because of some very troubling call quality issues that were not able to be resolved. But my second iPhone 4 has worked perfectly and I have beat on it for two solid weeks while traveling on business. Call quality is excellent, but it does drop calls more often than my old HD2 did. But nowhere near the extent that others have suggested.
So I am keeping my iPhone 4. I like it. It works, and it’s fun. There are some user interface things that I don’t like but for the most part, I like it. If you haven’t noticed, I have been writing a lot more with an iPhone slant. Apps and accessories. Mobility Digest has some iPhone owners on staff besides me. Chris Leiter and James Schneider. Chris has a done a lot of reviews already and James has been helping as much as he can. Which now leads me to the point. Are there any iPhone owners out there reading Mobility Digest? If there are we need you to comment more often and make your voices heard! We could also use some more writers with an iPhone slant. If you got some extra time, please join us and share your knowledge and news about the iPhone with our readers. Contact me if you have any interest, we need you!