I couldn't just keep a normal telephone, whose main task would be making and receiving telephone calls, but I had to pass to a 'smartphone', designed for anything else.
I chose the iPhone, for two reasons:
- I don't like the 'business-minded' Blackberry and
- I got used to some functions of iPod Touch (the simple web navigation, the Podcast features, some games...).
I'm missing my Nokia already.
- It worked marvel as a phone.
- Its GPS was perfect and talked to me.
- I could not only read email but also manage it (e.g. marking read mail as unread for further processing) on both professional and private accounts.
- I could set my own ringing tones (the ones I had for years and on several phones along the years) for both calls and SMS.
- I could customise it much more than the iPhone.
- I had a one-click command to switch from professional to personal mode, automatically bringing upfront the relevant mailbox, calendar and preferences ...
- It connected automatically with any bluetooth device I would want (good with handsfree) and in particular
- it connected very efficiently with computer, allowing me to
- easily choose what to synchronize and what not
- easily move files, music, pictures, videos to and from the telephone
- easily operate the telephone directly from the computer (useful for calls, a marvel for SMS!)
- Very efficient modem, so that in case of need I wouldn't need to do anything complicated to be back online with my computer: no wi-fi? I'd connect via the data of the telephone from anywhere (and via bluetooth, so no cables) and I was back online with the full power of a computer, not a telephone :)
First impressions with Apple's toy are not positive at all:
a part from the cool design, as a telephone this is really poor:
- The reception is poor and gets lost according on how I hold it.
- the quality of sound is extremely deceptive compared to Nokia
- the dam' Apple white headphones are very bad (I stopped using them years ago on iPods), don't sound good and can't fit in ears and stay there without you keeping your fingers on them to continuously reposition them (call it hands-free!)
- The Bluetooth is nearly completely blocked. You can't connect with the computer, you can't move your files from and to it, you can't operate/write from there, you can't use the telephone as a modem...
- Even the bluetooth hands free thing doesn't work properly: Should I connect it each time? Can't I pair it just once???
- I need the nightmarish iTunes to do anything (that fucking piece of crap drowned three of my computers already!)
- I can't customise my telephone. In order to personalise my ringing tone I had to look for extra software, since the only option given by Apple is buying more tones from them and only among the stuff they have. Anyway this only worked for the calls tone, not SMS. Those apparently can't be customised outside of the few silly tones it has by default.
- For changing the desktop picture I had to pass through iTunes again.
- the music function works worse than with an iPod. For example in podcasts I can't find out how to navigate back and forth through the audio. :(
- It's heavy. More than my big Nokia.
- It has no hole for tying a lace to it, both for holding it and for recognising it. I'll have to surrender and buy one of those ridiculous coloured plastic cases that will hide and make useless the cool design and make it even bigger and heavier.
Only cool thing. The design. But than again, it is so standardised that you will find tens of them at every soiree and you will risk somebody else to leave with yours and you with theirs.
and... you will need a plastic condom for it, or else it doesn't work properly. :(
I already miss my Nokia E 72.
At least I knew what it was... and it knew it too.