Regular readers of this blog know that I love gadgets especially mobile devices.
Over the past few years, Iâ€™ve had great enjoyment from a wide range of devices â€“ ones Iâ€™ve either purchased myself or which have been given or loaned to me by companies via their PR agencies â€“ which Iâ€™ve written posts or produced video reviews about, recently over on Next, my tech blog.
The latest device I have for such a purpose is an iPhone 3G which arrived by courier late on Friday evening, thus giving me much of the weekend to get to know it a bit.
I do plan to write some commentary during the coming weeks, and maybe do a video or two. Meanwhile, here are a few initial immediate impressions as my Twitter comments this weekend remind me:
- Undoubtedly the iPhone is a beautiful-looking and -feeling device. Apple set the form and function bar very high indeed for competitors to follow (although I think the Googlephone comes pretty close).
- The icons and touch screen combination are so intuitive, I am certain even a very young child could figure out what to do with the device within a very short time, without opening the manual.
- Choosing and installing an application from Appleâ€™s App Store is so simple and easy to do I just canâ€™t figure out why only Apple seem to understand that whatâ€™s important to users about their devices is simplicity and ease of use.
- The particular model I have is the 16Gb capacity one. How would I ever fill that up with content? (Do I hear â€œ640k of memory is enough for anyone.â€)
- The results from using the camera are not bad for a 2.0 megapixel device, although no match at all for cameras like the 5.0 megapixel one sported in the Nokia N95 8GB (which, ironically, is the camera I used for the pic you see above). Even 5 megapixels are looking distinctly entry-level now, though, compared to Samsungâ€™s 10.0 megapixel SCH-B600 cameraphone. And wait for 12+ megapixels coming soon from Sony Ericsson.
- Itâ€™s not all peaches and cream about the iPhone, though. For instance, figuring out how to do things like transferring photos to a PC or uninstalling an app should be a whole lot easier than it is, as should be some of the choices for synchronizing content PC<->iPhone.
- The biggest negative for me so far is the iPhoneâ€™s inability to shoot video, with no native app for that, and no versions of Qik or seesmic (that I use on my N95) for iPhone.
In any event, I have an open mind about the iPhone and intend to keep that open focus as I use it over the coming weeks.
How I got this device might be of interest as much as any review of it, as it didnâ€™t come from Apple, their PR agency or any organization, but from an individual.
That individual is Adrian Melrose, an entrepreneur and investor, someone Iâ€™ve known in the blogosphere for quite a few years, and who is probably best know in the online PR community as the man behind The Truth About the Land Rover Discovery 3, a blog with which an individual â€“ call him a passionate citizen journalist â€“ could use as his public platform to take on an automaker over product quality and customer service issues.
The bottom line: Adrian became an ex-customer â€“ and Land Rover lost a passionate brand advocate â€“ and went and bought an Audi Q7 SUV. You can read Adrianâ€™s concise summary as well as the posts I wrote as events unfolded during 2005 and 2006.
So why did Adrian decide to provide me with an iPhone on loan (a pay-as-you go deal with O2 with me doing the paying and going for usage after Adrianâ€™s initial set up) to use and think about? As he said in one of our email exchanges:
[â€¦] after reading you for so long, I cannot believe that you are still on a PC and loyal to Vista! So, as I said to you on the phone, I want to slowly "Applefy" you! Secondary to that, I’d genuinely like to know how the iPhone compares to the G1.
I love a challenge and this is a good one!