I knew that the new iPhone 4 was going to be a winner the moment I saw it. I thought to myself: "Hey, even Tim Wilson's going to end up getting one of these." That's saying something, because even though Tim has been a fan of the iPhone, in principle, he also has resisted the iPhone siren call because as he says: "It runs on AT&T, doesn't it?"
But not even AT&T could stop the irrepressible Mister Wilson from getting in line at his local AT&T store for Day One of pre-orders for the new iPhone 4. (Man, he must have had his skin crawling as he stood there!) But the iPhone 4 looks to be *that* cool, and about 650,000 pre-orders in 24 hours on the first day -- enough to crash Apple's servers due to the heavy load -- attests that many others agree.
Will many others argue ad nauseum
that the iPhone sucks for this reason and that reason? Undoubtedly, and they can have their opinion while they justify using phones far less fun because they point to AT&T or other reasons.
Who cares what the naysayers think? I sure don't.
I'm walking around with my desktop office machine, my iPhone, my iPad, all synced through the cloud -- with each having much of the same exact stuff on all of them. Yes, it's "Cloud Computing v1.0," but it's quite compelling and is what I hoped computers would be like one day.
But hey, we only went for the WiFi iPads because, as Tim Wilson will soon learn and to which we always say: "One AT&T account is quite enough, thank you."
Yes, my iPad makes MUCH better calls and is a FAR more pleasant experience, than trying to use my iPhone for calling. Not only is the clarity much better but the volume (when needed in louder situations) is much better and has greater "presence," as well.
While talking with Tim Wilson on the phone the other day, we began talking about Skype and wondered if there was a Skype app that would work on an iPad. So while on the phone talking with Tim, I went to the iTunes Store and downloaded the Skype app. Within a minute or two, we were talking via the iPad.
I didn't wait for the 3G iPad. I didn't want one. I sometimes joke that "I already have one more AT&T account than I want." The only thing I truly hate about the iPhone is that it is on AT&T. I never knew what a dropped call was until I got onto AT&T. But talking across a WiFi connection, using Skype on the iPad, is quite a nice experience.
And once the soon-to-ship iPhone OS 4 is delivered to users this Summer (up here in the northern half of the planet), multi-tasking comes to both iPhones and iPads and then the fun really starts.
That Apple sold so many of these things so fast that they had to delay their introduction of the iPad in other countries around the world, is no surprise to those of us who use them now. It's a remarkable invention and for use around the office and the home, I prefer to route my calls to the iPad and let my iPhone sit ready for road trips.
Wait, I use GM's OnStar hands-free calling in my car when I'm on the road. I guess that leaves AT&T to fill in those rare moments when nothing else is available or better. And seeing as how there's little that isn't better than AT&T, that doesn't leave the iPhone used for much.