Okay, I’m not really that much of an Apple fan. I honestly don’t see much of a difference between Apple and Microsoft, Jobs and Gates, but if there is one thing Apple is good at, it’s coming up with some coolish tech. The iPhone is no exception.
I’ve been thinking about getting one for a while now, kinda umming and ahhing between buying one and saving my money for a bit longer.
But what clinched it, was that I was talking to someone at a networking event, that I was at for my business, who strongly hinted that if I were to look into iPhone App development that I might find myself with some work. Well, with that kind of encouragement to a techead teetering on the edge of a buying decision, there’s not much arm-twisting necessary. That, and the fact that I needed to upgrade my phone plan to an unlimited (calls not data) plan anyway which had the additional benefit of a free iPhone. Sold!
The thing that impressed me was the ease-of-use factor. All the apps are pretty much intuitive to use, although I did do some to-and-froing trying to work a couple of things out, but not much.
There are a couple of things that don’t work all that well. I was able to initially connect the eMail client to my eMail server and download my eMail, but that’s now stopped working. It also appears that the iPhone will shut down and require a hard reset if I use the eMail client. That’s not all the time, but it hasn’t happened if I haven’t used eMail beforehand.
The App Store is cool. I’m not a big spender though, I’ve downloaded Seesmic, a Twitter client that is free, and Bejeweled 2 which cost a couple of dollars.
I know, I probably should hand in my MMO card for admitting to playing Bejeweled, but hey I like it. It seems to have that just-one-more-go quality that makes the hours fly. On the first night I bought it I actually got to Level 17, my highest ever score. I’ve never got over 9 in the past.
One thing that I’ll be looking into, other than the boring business apps you don’t want to hear about here, is the apps that are being put out for MMORPGs. The Fallen Earth guys have announced their App recently; there are a couple for WoW, as well as an App for Eve if I’m not mistaken. I’m wondering if anyone (SOE perhaps) are going to do an App for Everquest 2, or EQ1 for that matter.
I think one of the biggest things that I love about the iPhone in particular, and smartphones in general, is that they are taking human interaction to a whole new level. I recently finished reading Halting State by Charles Stross, which depicted a near future technological society and what could be one of the directions that phone technology could go. I’ll do a quick review soon since it’s not only SciFi, but also hands down depicts massive online gaming more accurately than I’ve seen in a story before.
I’m still not an Apple fanboi, I won’t be getting the iPad anytime soon unless there’s a business reason to do so; I’ll be waiting a few generations I think; but I do so love my new iPhone.