I’ve had my iPhone for over a year now and here’s why I’m still using it.
I think the most used application (besides phone and sms) on my iPhone is mail. In the morning if I’m in a rush I’ll just download all my unread emails with a touch of a button and read them on the go. I can also reply emails while I’m away from a connection and they’ll be sent when I’m reconnected. Mail also reads word and excel documents so attachments on the email can be read right on the iPhone itself.
I hate bringing multiple devices around. Now with the iPhone, I can leave my portable multimedia player at home. On a fully charged battery, it can give 24 hours of music playback. I have all my songs and movies from my iTunes library on my iPhone. I once watched the entire 4 seasons of the office in class during breaks.
My iPhone keeps me connected. It’s so simple. Everything just works. No complicated configurations or settings to deal with everyday. When I come home and get within the range of my wireless router, my iPhone automatically connects me. With a press of a button, I can be reading my emails even before I reach my computer in my room. I can be downstairs cooking and at the same time chatting with my friends.
Yesterday I woke up in the middle of the night so I reached over for my iPhone to check the time and went to a couple of sites and read some blogs before going back to sleep again. All in the comfort of my bed. My iPhone keeps me connected 24/7.
The home button keeps everything within 2 touches away. No annoying lags or long waiting times. Everything is fast and responsive. Keeping the iPhone turned on for days will not slow it down. In fact, I never have to turn off or restart my iPhone ever. The secret? The iPhone runs on a version of Linux FreeBSD. It’s so stable that if an application crashes, you can pretend that nothing happened and continue using your iPhone.
I like to make notes every time I think of something because I tend to forget them later. The touch keyboard with its excellent dictionary function makes it very easy for me to do that. I can now type even faster on the iPhone than on a normal keyboard. In fact, this entire blog post was written during my lunch break! After using this, I can’t find myself going back to multitap. Maybe I’ll settle for a blackberry or a nokia communicator. Something with a full size keyboard.
This point really cannot be overemphasized. If I have new songs in my iTunes library, I just need to plug my iPhone to my computer and it automatically syncs with it. If I want to put in new photos, I just need to plug my iPhone to my computer and it automatically copies the new photos over and organizes them according to their folder name. Movies? No problem. Just sync and watch.
The iPhone is designed for those who just want to get things done. I can for example take a photo with the built in camera and send it to my flickr account instantly. Or I can send that photo through email with the touch of a button. It’s so easy.
The iTunes music store, although not available in Malaysia yet, is a good place to go to sample new music. Every song on the iTunes music store has a 30 second preview. So you can listen to the top songs on the iTunes store and discover new music. A good place to be when you are bored of your current songs.
8. Apps and flexibility
Towers of Hanoi. Can you beat my Towers of Hanoi robot?
With thousands of apps available for the iPhone, you can make it do anything you want. From downloading youtube videos to getting your guitar tuned, there’s an app for everyone. Forgot your inclinometer at home? No problem, your iPhone can help you determine how level a surface is. Bored? Try Spore or Super Monkey Ball and 1001 other games available for the iPhone. You can even turn your iPhone into a web server (mine is)!
Multitouch is indispensable for web and photo browsing. I can go through a webpage quickly and easily by using my fingers to scroll and zoom onto content that I want to read. I can’t tell you how nice it is not to have to use scroll bars or buttons.
Photo browsing is effortless and I can find photos easily as they are organized properly. I can browse photos with the flick of the finger and zoom in easily with the two finger gesture. Photos load instantly so you can now show your friends the 1000 photos you took during your vacation in one teh tarik session.
10. Large touch screen
Large high resolution screen. Picture from my old iPhone post.
The screen is made of glass. Once you turn it on you’ll see the gorgeous 3.5″ display. Incredibly bright, it can be seen clearly even under the afternoon sun. I usually have the brightness set to half to prevent burning my retinas out. With 320×480 resolution, everything looks great on it, especially movies and photos. The capacitive touch screen is really responsive and a joy to use. Unlike resistive touch screens, no pressure on the screen is required, just a light touch.
Clear under bright sun light. Picture from my Hong Kong Trip post.
There, 10 things that I love MOST about the iPhone. There are many other aspects of the phone that I like but the above concerns me the most.