Initially, I was not very excited about the new iPhone. Before it was announced at WWDC, we were sure it would be 3G, and would probably have GPS built in, too — which is nice, but faster speeds and GPS really were not that exciting for me. I was most excited for the iPhone’s 2.0 software update, which, in addition to third-party application support, brings a multitude of necessary fixes, like mass-delete in Mail and a WiFi network manager.
So I really had no intention of buying the new iPhone after it was announced, until Thursday, June 5th, days before WWDC. I was offered $350 for my year-old, 8GB iPhone. My first reaction was to accept the offer — after all, knowing that the new iPhone would most likely be $399, that meant I could upgrade for very little — but I rejected the offer, and went to bed. I decided that I loved my iPhone, and going without it for up to a month would be difficult.
When I woke up, I thought about it a little more, and decided that while waiting for the new iPhone may be hard to do, it would be worth it, so I met the person and sold it to them.
I had a feeling, though, that Apple would announce the new iPhone at WWDC and release it the next week, because iPhones had been out of circulation for so long. I did not think I would be waiting very long.
Well, as we all now know, the iPhone 3G will be released on June 11th. I am currently using my old Motorola V557, and the change is a bit like switching your BMW for a Civic, and getting kicked in the groin.
But this wait has made me realize a few things about the iPhone that I took for granted:
The iPhone’s virtual keyboard has relatively large keys and, un-intuitively, provides excellent feedback. Its clack sound, combined with the letter popping up above your thumb as you tap it, becomes a natural way to see if you hit the correct key or not. And even better, the iPhone’s predictive software actually works.
I text a lot on the iPhone, because it is a good experience — typing out a quick message is easy. I dread using SMS on the V557, though, because a number pad with T9 sucks when typing messages.
Except when I pulled the phone out of my pocket, it wasn’t the iPhone — it was the abomination-phone, fat-as-hell-phone, Creed of a phone, the V557. I kind of sunk back in my seat, and cried a little. I considered using the V557′s girth as a means of bludgeoning myself out of this misery, which it is little more effective at than using the web, but ultimately decided against it.
Or another. I will be on vacation next week at Lake Havasu, Arizona. I have two clients I am working for right now, and being in contact with them via email would be nice. The iPhone would do that, even when I have no computer access. Motorola V557? Nope. I just get the clusterfuck version of the web.
The V557, though, provides an obscene bulge,1 and consequently is a bitch to get in and out of my pocket.
This wait will be worth it, and it is making me appreciate the iPhone that much more. Only a few more weeks…