I visited Hong Kong last week and was haunted the entire time by a desire to just give in and shell out $500+ USD for an iPhone …and it didn’t help that people all around me were using the device left and right.
So… I got one on my last night there.
Needless to say, I am totally content with my decision. I purchased an unlocked 8GB iPhone 3G model (unlocked meaning I can pop any SIM card in and can use the phone pretty much anywhere in the world on any network). I’ve been using the first generation iPod Touch for two years already, so I’m already totally acquainted with the interface. Here’s a quick pros and cons list on the phone:
- Totally scalable. Because there are so many developers all over the world passionate about Apple and the iPhone, there are literally thousands of applications built for the iPhone (kinda like Firefox).
- No better way to surf the net on-the-go. If you’ve ever used Safari on an iPhone or iPod Touch, you know damn well there’s no better mobile browser out there. Simple and awesome.
- All-in-one and all good. With most all-in-one electronic devices, the applications all end up being mediocre at best. Kinda like a restaurant that sells Korean, Indian, and Greek food. But the iPhone is a true exception. Phone, SMS, internet, games, everything works seamlessly.
- Price. The price is steep for an unlocked iPhone, and if you want to bind to a network, you get a cheaper locked phone but you’ll be paying a chunky amount every month for the service. As always, the decision to go with Apple will leave your wallet in tears. But IMO it’s worth the investment if you’ll be fully accessing its features.