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2 weeks with an iPhone

Posted: Friday, April 4th, 2008 by marcus

I’m quite the Windows Mobile fanboy, but when I was presented with the opportunity to use an iPhone for a few weeks, I jumped at the chance. Sadly, this morning I have passed along the iPhone to Ted, so that he can put it through its paces. I’m sure he will have something to say about his experiences at some point in the future.

To mark my return to using my beloved Moto Q phone, I have compiled a list of the iPhone’s pros and cons.

Pros:

  • It’s a phone first and foremost. All of the phone functions of the device are very well thought out and simple to use.
  • The UI is dead simple. I have no doubt that I could hand the device to my parents, and they would be able to use it without any hand holding.
  • Safari works great. It never stopped working for, like Pocket IE does all the time. And having a PC like browser experience is great.
  • Bluetooth is integrated perfectly. Adding my Bluetooth headset was easier than any other phone I have used.
  • In two weeks of very heavy usage, I only had to reset the device once, and never had to perform any additional reboots.
  • The battery life is great. With heavy usage, I could regularly get 1 1/2 or 2 days on a charge.
  • Having the iPod function automatically fade out and pause when the phone rings is awesome.
  • The switch on the side of the phone to change from vibrate to ring is very handy.

Cons:

  • When syncing with Outlook Contacts, there is no option to exclude subfolders. So I had lots of contacts on my device that I didn’t need.
  • No voice dialing or voice command.
  • No speed dialing. The “Favorites” screen is a nice option, but is too difficult to use while driving.

While I would like to compare my Moto Q to the iPhone, it would be a bit difficult because I think the goal of the two devices is quite different. I would never suggest that my Mom, Dad or wife go out and get a Moto Q because it just isn’t intuitive enough for a non-technical user. While the iPhone is a very user-friendly device tha tis also trying to also be a business tool for the tech crowd.

I have no problems giving up the iPhone for my Moto Q, because I am very happy with the device. And, after two weeks of telling everyone about how great the iPhone is, the only feature that I find myself missing is the browser experience. Pocket IE is okay, but the experience you get with Safari on the iPhone is just incredible.

I am hopeful that the promised feature updates in Windows Mobile 6.1 will see the light of day sooner rather than later, because it only serves to make the platform stronger, and allow it to better compete with the iPhone. You can watch a video of these new features here: Video of Windows Mobile 6.1


2 Responses to “2 weeks with an iPhone”

  1. Eltawil says:

    I have been using an iPhone for a month now after being both a Symbian S60 and Windows Mobile 6 user. To be honest, I think it’s quite a revolutionary device, as Jobs has described it, but I am quite used to owning devices that are somewhat ‘open’ (install applications, external drive, drag and drop capability to store docs/music/video). The iPhone is just like an iPod when it comes to storage. You just can’t put store or backup anything on it. I think, as you have mentioned, it’s for the less technical individuals (or less tech savvy). As for myself, I am a power user, the iPhone just doesn’t give me what I need.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I have to admit, I have been tempted by this device, but I understand that there is no flagging of email messages, as in WiMo6…deal killer for me!
    Another problem for me is the
    I am thoroughly impressed with the browser, though, I love that!

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