Last year, I bought a new cell phone. I have had a lot of cell phones over the last 14 years, but the new one changed the way I view phones. It’s the Apple iPhone. I must confess, I wasn’t impressed when it first came out. A few years ago, I had a MotoQ, and was amazed at the potential smartphones had. I finally decided to take the plunge though last August. It was the first Apple product I had bought, and the first I had since the OLD Apple computers. And yet, it blew me away.
Even before you add the App Store into the equation, the phone is really nice. I have an older model, the iPhone 3G, but it still amazes me. The phone works well and I love the way its texting is set up. It’s done in “bubble conversation,” like in an old school comic book. I can see my emails right on the home screen. I have a great maps program and weather app. And my favorite pre-loaded app is the Youtube app. It’s just a great feature. Youtube is universal, unless you are a teacher and then of course it has to be blocked. But that’s a complaint for another day.
The ability to have my phone double as an iPod is a wonderful feature. I had never had a dedicated iPod. The music library is great, and even with the 8 gig memory, my music library easily fits on. I can go from listening to the Beatles to Sinatra, and then place a call without worrying about switching devices. That’s brilliant. But you also get the access to TV and movies. I know other phones can do this now too, but this is just so simple and seamless, that I can’t imagine buying a different smart phone.
When you enter the App Store though, the true brilliance of the iPhone becomes apparent. There are so many apps out there. Some are free, while many are not. The quality varies a great deal, but I currently have five screens full of apps, and most were free. I have downloaded several others and eventually deleted them. Facebook on the phone is a joy. Not that I really think many people want to see what I am up to all the time, but if something really exciting is going on it would be nice to share. Plus, I can use the IMDB on the run, when I am discussing movies and TV with other people. Games are a joy, because I am easily entertained. The comics apps thrill me to death. I have always been a big dork, and pulling out my phone and reading about the weekly adventures of the Justice League has revitalized my love for comics.
Even with all of this, it is time to upgrade phones, and I was almost convinced to get a different phone, so I wouldn’t have to re-up my contract with AT and T. And then all of a sudden, this week I discovered Netflix on my phone. For some reason, I thought it was just a way to manage my queue, instead I checked it out and realized that I can now watch some of my favorite shows and movies without even worrying about downloading them. My $10 subscription to Netflix now goes everywhere with me. I am sold now, and will be re-upping my 2 year contract with AT and T. I just have got to find a way to convince the wife that she wants one too!