So, after 18 months of waiting, I got an iPhone. Which seems like a good excuse to embed my favorite David Pogue video of all time:
After a week and a half, the verdict? I love it.
- The screen is terrific. It is bright and (apparently) high resolution — easy to read even at very small font sizes. (I actually think it is generally true that Apple’s sub-pixel rendering is easier to read at small sizes than Microsoft’s. But I was recently accused of being an Apple fanboy… Read more about Apple versus Microsoft font rendering here.)
- The always-on internet connection is terrific. The main thing that I’ve been looking forward to is the ability to do at least some of my mindless internetting (Twitter, Facebook, Google Reader, etc.) in my interstitial time. That seems to be working out pretty well.
- Generally, the UI is great. It is especially good, as John Gruber mentioned a long time ago, for consuming media — somewhat less so for creating it, with the touchscreen keyboard. The touchscreen scrolling is surprisingly amazing, though.
- The most pleasant surprise? The clicker on the earbuds. It pauses the iPod, answers the phone, and generally makes it possible to leave the phone in your pocket when you aren’t fully engaged with it.
- The App Store is nice, though it does have some (widely noted) flaws. I have gotten some nice applications, although I haven’t quite figured out which ones will be long-term “keepers” for me. While many have complained about the lack of trial versions on the AppStore, I have been surprised by how many pay applications have a free, ad-supported or feature-limited version. So, to some extent I think developers have been able to route around this limitation.
- My biggest complaint? The inability to sync text files with my laptop. I put all kinds of stuff in text files, and I’d really like to access (read/write) some of that on my iPhone. I see no perfect solution, third party or otherwise, at the moment. I think I’m going to use Evernote, but I dislike moving my data out of text files on my laptop. (Particularly as there is no (good) Quicksilver integration with Evernote at the moment.)
A while ago, I read through some old blog posts. And the ones I liked least were those where I blather on about technology. So, I think I’ll stop right here.