For the last three or four years my girlfriend has been using a Motorola V360 cell phone… two of them, to be exact. The first took a nose dive into the bathroom sink while she was doing her makeup one morning before work. I think the phone willed itself to fall in and die after sustaining an unbelievable amount of physical abuse over the years. That thing had more divots in it than a golf ball. Her second V360 actually used to be mine, and I passed it along to her after I got a new phone as part of a contract renewal deal with T-Mobile. And that phone has been on its last leg for quite some time now; showing cracks, chipped cosmetic paint everywhere and an overused vibrate ringer that is a whisper of its former self. The time has come again for her to get a new phone.
Her birthday was last Friday and I decided at the last minute to get her a new phone she’d be sure to appreciate. I had to make my mind up between having her stick with T-Mobile and get her a Google Phone, or go for the gusto and get her an iPhone with her family’s minute plan they have with AT&T. Her brother and sister both have iPhones and love them and I’ve envied them myself only holding off on getting one for myself because of the long term cost of owning one. Being a penny pincher, I’d personally opt for a Google Phone with Android Linux running on it so I could save a few dollars every month while feeding my inner nerd; owning a phone that gives you access to a Command Line Interface of all things. But I felt that in my girlfriends’ case, the best choice would be the iPhone. It’s just easier to use and looks nicer that any other phone out there. An added bonus is that her brother and sister already have one, and this relieves me of having to show her how to use the phone to its fullest extent. I’m proud to say she loves it.
Now I’m keeping myself in the loop with the latest updates regarding the iPhone and I was happy to learn that in about a month or so iPhone’s OS version 3 will be officially released. And with that release comes several major new features, the most important (in my opinion) being the integration of MMS messaging. For years we’ve been able to send pictures and video to each other with plain old text messaging. I was surprised to find out in the introduction of the iPhone, this feature was not built in. Excuse me for saying this, but it seems pretty lame of Apple to leave something so common out of the feature list. What’s more sad is owners of the first iPhone still will not get this MMS feature among many others, and will be subsequently be inclined to purchase a new phone just to take advantage of features they rightly deserve. Considering the amount of money they paid when the iPhone first flew out the door before dropping in price by over 100 dollars in just a few months time, forever being called a “nerd tax”… anyway, I’m glad I didn’t buy into the first generation of the phone.