It’s been just shy of 3 weeks since I turned off the Blackberry and started testing the iPhone as a potential replacement. In that time I’ve had the opportunity to install/uninstall software, test accessories, and perform an operating system update (all without issue or lost data).
The iPhone is not perfect my any means (what piece of technology is?) but it’s preformed quite well during my testing phase.
While testing I made some mental notes along the way:
- Application Availability – If you can think of it there’s probably “an app for that”.
- Build Quality – Solid with tight tolerances and attention to detail.
- Screen Resolution – I can actually read PDF files now!
- Overall Responsiveness – Very little delay between user input and system output.
- Camera – Forget the Mega Pixel count, the optics are very impressive for a phone.
- Audio Output – Loud and clear.
- Messaging – iMessage, FaceTime & just about every Social App available.
- Productivity – Full Exchange Compatibility (with the addition of a 3rd party application*)
- Location Based Reminders – Arrive/leave a location and get reminded of something you need to do at that time (Example – Set the trash out every Wed when you get home from work).
- Battery Life – If you use the phone at all you’re going to have a hard time getting through the day on a single charge (I found a solution I’ll discuss below**).
- On-screen Keyboard – I’m slowly getting used to it and the auto correct has not burned me (yet).
- Data Network – I seem to lose 3G coverage more than I did with the Blackberry.
- Software Limitations – Some Apps I could use (like a Wi-Fi scanner) are not approved for use by Apple Corp. This is resolved by Jail Breaking, so I hear…
- Siri – This has SO MUCH potential if it would just do more than basic functions.
* TaskTask a $4.99 app fixed the issue with Outlook Tasks not syncing with the iPhone. This would have been a deal breaker for me if the app did not exist. I live and die by my task list (Insert GTD fanboy laugh here).
** As discussed in a previous post the PhoneSuite Elite solved by battery issues. I can use the iPhone all day without any worry of falling offline due to a low battery.
- Remote Controls – I can now control Roku, iTunes, Media PC and the U-Verse DVR from the iPhone.
- Games – Words with Friends is pretty addictive as are any of the EA Games titles.
- Dragon Dictation – This app is built in and does an incredible job of turning spoken words into text.
So there you have it, yet another move to a new platform. Let’s see, in the last 20+ years it’s been:
- Pen & Paper
- Casio Address Book
- HP Palmtop
- Motorola Pager
- Motorola 2-Way Pager
- Motorola Star-Tac
- Palm (several models)
- Windows Mobile (several models)
- Blackberry (several models)
- iPhone 4s
Who knows what the future will hold but it the past is any indication it’s going to keep getting better and better.