Since most of my radio work features my uncompromised love for gadgets, more specifically that box of possibility, i.e., the iPod, it's only natural that I'd have an avid interest in the iPhone, a first cousin to the ipod.
Troy kept 'encouraging' me to get it and a cornucopia of friends and family members kept asking me what my reaction was to such a gadget and how I rated it. They all assumed I had acquired it already. Hmm. Won't even try to do a close reading of this last expectation.
However, I did my research.
I went to the Easten Mac store, my Mac store, in Columbus, and Greg gave me the 411 on the iPhone. I played with it for an unhealthy amount of time. Actually it was so long that my vision got a tad blurry which is what happens to me after a long time of concentrated work. Yup. I played with the iPhone a whole lot and figured it out.
That it's an appealing gadget, there are no doubts about that.
The iPhone sports a healthy balance of appealing form and substantial content. It has the elegance of a well-conceptualized Mac product, with its slick, fluid, and appealing features.
It does have issues as well. Most good things, after all, come with a healthy package of issues, don't they?
The feature that I find most problematic is the internet option which, I have to say, is quite slow. Too slow for those of us who are hooked on speed and feel incapacitated by a-la-20th-century speeds.
The iPod feature of the phone itself is quite nifty since one gets to scroll through the albums with much facility. However, the iPhone cannot contain all the info I'd like to have handy due to its limited capacity.
In short, it's an appealing gadget, it's bound to make one lose track of time, it's not labor-intensive when it comes to being figured out, the phone feature delivers and it's very easy to carry since it basically weighs nothing.
But, I sure like to have fast access to my information and speed is the one fundamental thing this gadget is lacking.
Plus, if one is keen on writing emails or texting, well, it is quite difficult to master such a skill on the little gadget. Maybe the 2.0 version will be better suited for such a task.