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So yeah, I made the plunge Sunday morning. Drove over to the CambridgeSide Galleria a little before 11, planning to wait in line til the doors opened at 11... Found them already open; lots of stores were already open, actually, so I'm not sure what the hours actually are over there. Or maybe the Apple store opened early for iPhone weekend.

Anyway, I walked in, said "got any 8G phones?" and they said "Yep." I paused... said "give me a minute to think" and went over to the display to play with one again. And was once again amazed at the UI on the thing. And the screen. The screen is sooooo beautiful. So anyway, I went back over to the counter and got one. It was really easy! No Wii-like pain of waiting repeatedly in lines only to be thwarted at the rising of the sun.

This, my friends, is the first phone in the history of mankind that doesn't suck. Plain and simple.

But there are things I'll miss about my Nokia 6682. Primarily the powerful IM client I had for it - it handled all the protocols (though it only supported a single Jabber account at once). Also missed will be the ability to use my phone as a bluetooth modem for the N800 Internet Tablet, and the general ability to load it with new software. To be honest, the difficulty signing up on Sunday wasn't about the cost of the iPhone, it was about the loss of the 6682. If I could move the SIM back and forth between the devices I'd be ecstatic right now.

On the other hand, the sealed-ness of the iPhone makes it feel truly solid, and I see why they did it. It is amazing how fragile it doesn't feel.

I could go on about it, but Jered's post says a lot of what I would say about it, and he said it first. His post was one of the things that really helped me decide to jump.



Jul. 3rd, 2007 01:42 pm (UTC)
The tactile feedback had me going for a while too, until I realized the reason I dial like that so often. It's because all other phones suck.

Hear me out.

When a phone's UI is bad, it's painful to bring up the contacts list, find a person in it, and pick one of their numbers to call.

Click contacts, wait a second while it loads. Type the first couple letters of the name using T9, wait while it narrows. Click arrow keys until the right name is highlighted, select, arrow down to the right phone number for that contact. Every time you press an arrow key there's a small delay in response from the phone before you see the results of the keypress. Unless you're confident that four "down arrow" clicks is the right number, you're clicking, waiting to make sure that you end up pointing at the right name, then pressing select. Latency in UIs is death.

If you happen to already remember the number you want to call, it's much, much less painful, and more to just dial ten digits and press "talk." In that case, latency doesn't matter, since you can simply type ahead.

Now, with the iPhone, there's no latency in the UI, and thus the contacts list is the fast way to call someone arbitrary. If you're dialing a number you don't have memorized, you need to be looking at what you're doing anyway, I believe.

I guess it's missing tactile access to Speed dial numbers... but It has a favorites list which is comparable. Don't really think it's usable without looking at the phone, though. One can't even unlock the thing without looking at it.
Jul. 3rd, 2007 03:32 pm (UTC)
I haven't carried a mobile for a good three years, but I seem to recall the interface being near-enough-instant as hardly matters. Some of the stuff for which tactile feedback was really useful was being able to hit the ignore call button on the phone while it was still in my pocket, or the other way around.
Jul. 3rd, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC)
Hm, there are a couple physical buttons on this thing. I wonder if they mapped them to functions like that. I haven't looked at a manual yet :)
Jul. 3rd, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC)
see now that I had no idea of. And really, there's a lot to be said for not having to read the manual! This speaks volumes for the design of the UI. Still, I should probably swing by the Apple store next week and pick the brain of one of the folks there about all my questions.
Jul. 3rd, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC)
No, see, I do not assert that that's true, about the buttons. I hope that's true, and say I don't know whether it's true, because I haven't read a manual :)
Jul. 3rd, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC)
Right, I caught that part. I'm just thinking that if there is sufficient anticipation by the apple engineers of my personal concerns, that I might drink this particular flavor of koolaid.
Jul. 3rd, 2007 08:58 pm (UTC)
Push the sleep/wake button on top to silence the ringer, and second time to divert the call to voicemail. I like the "silent ringer" switch being a hardware switch (and not a toggle), too.


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