I was able to spend about five minutes with Apple’s iPhone today. It was my first time with the actual device in my hand—I was in the Apple store picking up something else—although I’ve heard so much about it I feel like I own one.
Have to say that despite the worries from naysayers that typing on the screen would be imprecise and difficult, with just my first five minutes I was doing pretty good. After a half hour, I think even my fat fingers would be doing a good approximation of accurate typing, certainly no worse than my current rate of misspellings on my full-size computer keyboard.
My desire for the iPhone has not abated, although I’m still put off by (a) the $600 price tag for a 4 Gb model and (c) the lack of advanced features. I’m waiting to see what an eventual version 2.0 will offer or even whether the next generation of iPod gives me enough of what I want in the iPhone. I think I might be happy with a phoneless iPhone, i.e. the iPod and Internet device elements.
Also took a gander at the new iMacs, looking all sleek and brushed aluminum and glass. Very fancy. The glossy screens are very large, very bright, and very fingerprint-prone. (Not unlike my MacBook Pro’s screen.) It’s a good thing they come with a chamois. Owners of the iMac will need it.
The new keyboard is pretty sweet too, coming in both Bluetooth and wired versions. It’s incredibly thin and now has a bunch of keys for controlling iTunes and Expose and more. If I was still working on a regular desktop machine, I’d buy one in a second. Frankly, if I hadn’t just bought a new keyboard for my Windows machine at work, I’d buy the Apple one. It’s even less expensive than the Microsoft keyboard I did get. Shucks!
The purpose of the trip, however, was to pick up new version of iWork, which I use for various simple page design projects, and iLife, which a co-worker mainly uses for its photo book capabilities. I’ve only used the software for a short time so far, but I’m liking the upgraded features. Maybe I’ll do a short review later.
For now, I’m going back to imagining all the cool stuff I could be doing with an iPhone. Hmmm.