I had so much fun with my "Tranformers: The Movie" Top Ten, I decided to do another one...
Top Ten Reasons I love my iPhone
10. Apple, Inc.: I'll get the obvious one out of the way. Steve Jobs can do no wrong in my book. With that being said, I would still love this thing.
9. 3" Video iPod Screen: As much as I [heart] my green shuffle, not having video (for movies/vid podcasting) was a serious drag for me. The screen is huge, easily watchable, and builtin speakers are decent for a phone. Earbuds sound great. This REALLY is the best iPod ever created.
8. Durability: PC World did some field tests on the iPhone, intentionally trying to damage their iPhone. It survived. Check out the video. The most common comment I get is "Heavier than I thought it would be". To which I ask "Is it too heavy?" The comments I get back typically are "No, I like it." "It's just different." "I wasn't expecting it, but it feels good in the hand."
7. Spellcheck: I've always tried to place faith in technology. To type on this thing you really have to. It spellchecks everything automatically, and if you "mispell" a word by pressing the wrong key, it will correct itself automatically. For instance, when I type "wurhim", it automatically recommends the word be changed to "within". Even though I typed 50% of the letters correctly (thus 50% incorrectly), iPhone gathered that the mistaken letters were "mispressed keys" and created the actual word by scanning what letters are physically on the keyboard surrounding the letters... It knows I meant to press "i" instead of "u". Dang!
6. Poke and Pinch: My wife's joke, not mine. Want to zoom in? Press the area you want to zoom in on, or try a pinch method. Honestly, you really need to go to an Apple Store and pinch this thing. It really is unbelievable.
5. Syncing: I have synced my phone to my computer via bluetooth for years. I was syncing my Sony Ericsson phone (TI-80 I think... it was the first Sony Ericsson phone made after the merger). What I love about this is the data gets there correctly. Addresses go in the address fields. Multiple e-mail addresses go correctly. Notes get synced without miscellaneous data getting dumped over. Bookmarks. Photos. Groups. It is all structured exactly like it is on my computer.
4. Real Web Browser: When I searched for movie times for Transformers the Movie, I went to the "real" Google.com, not some hacked up version.
3. UI: What makes Apple different is their User Interface. Most devices become so complex and feature loaded that they cease being usable. Or they have so few features they have no usefulness. Apple has done a phenominal job of creating a simpe interface that is easy to adapt to. I've had non-technology people tell me they have adopted/felt comfortable with the phone in less than 24 hours. Honestly, it's not that difficult.
2. Bye Bye Laptop:
Sadly, Other than blogging and remote accessing work, there's very little I use my laptop for anymore at home. Now, when I break out Photoshop at work, that's another story.
1. Updates: The best news I have heard is Apple's announcement that they will be updating the iPhone through iTunes/Software Update Application. What you see now will not be the final product. But the thing that makes Apple unique is they continue to build on a product, from the firmware up!
It's not all "peaches and cream" for Apple (pun intended) in iPhoneland. I could probably put together a Top Ten: I [don't heart] iPhone list, but if I do that will certainly be for another day.