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iPhone 3GS: I Don't Ever Wanna Be Without You.

  • Oct 26, 2009
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I've only had my iPhone 3GS for about a week, yet I'm already totally addicted to it, not to mention kinda snobby.  Whenever I see someone with a phone other than an iPhone now, I think, "What the *bleep* is that?  A phone that you have to flip open?  With buttons that you actually have to take the effort to push?  You might as well be dialing from a brick.  Wait, does your phone come with a Stylus pen?  What year is it?  2007?".  Okay, okay, I'll stop.  I'm only kidding, by the way. 

Well... Kind of ;P

This past week, I decided to purchase my very first smart phone since I was finally eligible for an upgrade.  I was deadset on getting an iPhone, and not just any iPhone, but the newest iPhone 3GS.  Between the 3G and the 3GS, it was no contest.  It's much faster with so many more features for a price tag that's just a tad bit more, so it was definitely worth it.

Oh, and did I mention how slick it looks?  I've been showing it off like a hot boyfriend.  It's so pretty!

Apple, and technology in general, have come such a long, long way in the past decade.  Just last week, thinkgeek tweeted out, "Today in Geek History: In 2001, Apple presents $400 5 gig iPod; RIAA calls it fad & majestically backflips into pool of cds".  RIAA's probably swallowing their words.  Who'd've thought that in 2009, the iPod would evolve into this amazing piece of technology with all these great features, and be available at such a reasonable price? 

These are a few of my favorite features so far:
  • Map -- my most used features.  Can give directions, too, and show you what direction you're facing.  GPS can be downloaded as an app.
  • Email -- I can keep track of my emails in a really simple way and it can sync all my email accounts.
  • Text Messaging -- Thread style.
  • Cut, Copy, and Paste -- I can do this between apps.
  • 3MP Camera -- I can autofocus and even do macro.
  • Video -- I can edit and upload straight to YouTube.
  • Spotlight Search -- I can search for ANYTHING on my phone in seconds.
  • Screenshot -- Super useful especially since I work for a website.
  • Shake Sensor -- Shaking your cellphone can do several things depending on what app you're using.  One of the main things that it does is give you the choice to undo typing.
  • Visual Voicemail -- How handy is this?  No more listening through a bunch of unimportant messages!
  • Voice Control -- not only for dialing contacts and numbers, but I can tell it what artist, song, album, or playlist to play, as well as tell it to create a genius playlist based on a song.
  • The Nike+ Sensor -- I love the concept of it, and my Nike+ Pegasus 26 running shoes have a slot in the insole for this, so I'll be taking advantage of this soon.
  • Oh, and did I mention that it's SUPER fast?

Of course, the total icing on the cake are the thousands of add-on apps that I can download.  There's an app for EVERYTHING.  Nowadays, instead of asking "There's an app for that?", the better question is, "Wait, there... isn't an app for that?"  From zit-popping games to drunk dialing prevention, to even an app to annoy teenagers and to keep one's girlfriend, there doesn't seem like much that hasn't already been thought of. 

I'm still discovering apps, but here are the more practical, useful ones that I downloaded straight away:
  • Facebook -- Can easily like and comment on posts, as well as upload mobile pics.
  • FourSquare -- I like documenting and sharing where I go.
  • Pandora -- I can listen to more than what's on my iTunes and discover new music!
  • Shazam -- Can identify songs in just seconds.
  • TweetDeck -- I'm a twitteraholic, so of course!
  • Yelp -- Really impressive monocle feature to help me find local businesses.

I do have a few complaints though...
  • Battery Life -- Though the battery life is longer than ever, it's still not long enough.  But with all its capabilities, that's inevitable.  At least for the time being.
  • It's AT&T Exclusive -- Why?  If Apple opened it up, I'm sure tons more people would have an iPhone.
  • Inability to Block Numbers -- Even my oldest and most archaic of cellphones had such capabilities.  Now if I want to block numbers, I have to sign up for AT&T's Smart Limits program for $4.99 a month.
  • No Themes -- Again, my most archaic of cellphones allowed me to customize colors.  There's not even an app for this.  If I want a theme on my iPhone, I have to jailbreak it and get it through Cydia.
  • No Flash -- Seriously, how does such an advanced phone not have something as simple as a flash?
  • No other kind of Flash -- That's right, no Vimeo videos, or... Louis Vuitton website :(
  • Animosity with Google -- They could have a lucrative relationship, but Apple doesn't seem to be warming up to Google, so much in fact, that Apple rejected Google's official Google Voice app.  Why???

Despite those few complaints, my acquiring an iPhone was an informed purchase.  I can accept the downsides of an iPhone.  If you still need some convincing on why to get the iPhone, or you have just acquired one, you should check out this Apple Guided Tour video, as well as this page on even more iPhone 3GS features.  Really helpful stuff.

There's not much that's hotter and sexier than my iPhone 3GS.  Well, there is just one thing that would make my iPhone hotter... a Lunch iPhone app (is it here yet? Is it here yet?).  Oh, and of course, I've got this sexy green Lunch iPhone cover so that I can show off my love for Lunch wherever I go!  By the way, if anyone has any other app suggestions, I'd love to hear them or read more about them in the iPhone Applications Community.

Like I said, I'm in love.  I my iPhone and never wanna be without it ever again *swoon*
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February 07, 2010
You about covered the pros and cons...with the pro list last seen nearing the milky way! If there ever was a choice between giving up my husband or my iPhone, it would be a no-brainer, take my man, but leave my iphone alone! For real, my husband is JEALOUS of the time I spend with my iphone. Well its true, he always finds us (my iphone and I) in bed together! I have it plugged into the wall socket directly behind my pillow, so it lies between my husband and I....I love to listen to its cute little beeps and chirps, puts me to sleep in no time! Seriously, I have never loved a phone as much as this one ever before! Just ask my fav APPLE man, "gee Cindy, I think you win the award for having the most apps!" Anyways, thanks for your review!
February 07, 2010
Haha, you are too funny, lady!  I wrote this review when I first got my iPhone.  Now a few months later, that pro list really is about to launch into space!  And I'm with ya -- with an iPhone, you don't really need a man ;)  I sleep next to my iPhone, too, and it even has its own pillow on my plush satin sheet covered bed!  Geez, how many pages of apps do you have?  I have four pages so far, looking to expand that as I discover more apps.  You might be interested in the iPhone applications content that are on the site.  Heck, you can even share some of your own!  Thanks for your comment, Miss Cindee :)
 
November 03, 2009
Love this! It's like you read my mind in paragraph one. I actually had to replace a friends "flip phone" after dumping it in my wine...hey, I thought she's finally get an iPhone :)
November 03, 2009
Haha, thanks, lady!  Glad someone else can relate :)  And you got your friend's flip phone drunk?  Well, I don't think you have to worry about dropping an iPhone in wine, unless it's a huge bowl of sangria or something ;P
 
November 03, 2009
couldn't help snickering after I read your title, Devora. I see I've found anothe iphone addict LOL! nice going with this review, really entertaining and informative.
November 03, 2009
Thanks, Woo! I'm glad that you're digging the titles of my iPhone-related reviews! Are you an iPhone addict, too? If so, you've been holding back iPhone reviews from us!
November 08, 2009
uh yep I am. But I cannot reveal my secrets yet with the iphone. The company is going to kill me!
November 08, 2009
as for Sharrie's comment...Most Asian cell phones do have the capability to have 2 sim cards (especially when they're prepaid) The U.S. regulates the cell phone area of communication, makes you wonder why.
November 08, 2009
Whoa, I was just asking if you had an iPhone, I didn't know that you actually worked with iPhones, but now that I do, I'm gonna start prodding for classified information! ;D
November 09, 2009
I'll message you some links when I get home.
November 09, 2009
Awesomeness! :)
 
October 29, 2009
Hahaha... you're funny. So, now I guess the boyfriend has to upgrade himself, eh? ;-) I'll get the iPhone only IF Apple comes up with a dual SIM card slot which I'm already using with one of these cheap Chinese phones but certainly looks better than Motorola or Samsung or even Nokia's. The best thing about a Chinese phone is I can play Mahjong on it. That's pretty addictive for me. :-)
October 30, 2009
Who needs a boyfriend when you've got this? ;P  There are phones with dual SIM card slots?  I had no idea!  I just switch out the SIM card when I travel.  I bet I can download Mahjong on my iPhone!
October 30, 2009
Yes, many of the phones in China have dual SIM card so I could have 2 different country cards on at the same time. U can receive/call from either. No need to switch card at all.
October 30, 2009
There are also SIM card that has 2 different numbers in just 1 card. Say I've a card with both a China and HK number. So when in China & if someone call me on my HK no., the call is automatically rerouted to China & vice versa. When it comes to cell phone, US is lagging behind Asia & Europe.
October 30, 2009
Wow, that's simply amazing to me. I always have trouble keeping track of my SIM cards when I travel, so this is really handy! Thanks for enlightening me :)
 
October 27, 2009
Congrats on the purchase. Here is my list of some essential iPhone Apps to help get the most out of your iPhone.
October 27, 2009
Thanks, Jim. I will definitely check out your list of apps! :)
 
October 26, 2009
Great review. I just got the 3GS as well and I can't live without it. I've had it for less than a week and I've already downloaded the stupidest apps. Turn my friends into spooky halloween photos? SIGN ME UP!
October 26, 2009
Thanks, lady! I haven't gotten any strange apps yet, but it's only a matter of time! ;D
 
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iPhone 3GS, The Fastest iPhone Ever offers:


Video- Now you can shoot video, edit it, and share it — all on your iPhone 3GS. Shoot high-quality VGA video in portrait or landscape. Trim your footage by adjusting start and end points. Then share your video in an email, post it to your MobileMe gallery, publish it on YouTube, or sync it back to your Mac or PC using iTunes.

 

3-Megapixel Camera- The new 3-megapixel camera takes great still photos, too, thanks to built-in autofocus and a handy new feature that lets you tap the display to focus on anything (or anyone) you want.

Voice Control- Voice Control recognizes the names in your Contacts and knows the music on your iPod. So if you want to place a call or play a song, all you have to do is ask.

 

Cut, Copy & Paste- Cut, copy, and paste words and photos, even between applications. Copy and paste images and content from the web, too.

 

Landscape Keyboard- Want more room to type on the intelligent software keyboard? Rotate iPhone to landscape to use a larger keyboard in Mail, Messages, Notes, and Safari.

 

Messages- Send messages with text, video, photos, audio, locations, and contact information. You can even forward one or more messages to others. MMS support from AT&T coming in late summer.

 

Search- Find what you're looking for across your iPhone, all from one convenient place. Spotlight searches all your contacts, email, calendars, and notes, as well as everything in your iPod.

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