In just under a month since the release of Apple’s iPhone 4 there has been significant controversy surrounding this product. Apple and Steve Jobs have made some missteps with comments made publicly. The apparent Marxist leanings of many who own the iPhone 4 (or populate their online world) did not take too kindly to being told how to handle their iPhone 4, what solutions could be had from their holding their phone a certain way, and the potentially fallible qualities of their sacred iPhone 4.
iPhone 4: My Experience: As I’d written about for Associated Content when the iPhone 4 was released, I did get one of these things and I returned it. I may come from a different time or I may just not see the value or function in something like the iPhone 4 or other PDA’s but I was not swayed to keep this instrument. I did though get swept up in the undercurrents of iPhone hysteria and thought I was someone I am not. My younger brother though is an Apple guy, was right on line in front of me to get his iPhone 4, and has had a great deal of success with it. I have borrowed his iPhone 4 to try and manipulate it without the undue pressure of this expensive piece of equipment being mine. I may one day get an iPhone or something like it but for now, I’ll have to demur back to my basic Motorola flip-phone.
iPhone 4: Dropping Calls: My brother is a little agitated by all the noise about the dropping calls situation. We actually did some first-person trails with actually trying to get his iPhone 4 to drop calls to me in the other room when this story broke. He was able to call me and speak to me without incident holding the phone in all manner of ways. Still, being the conscientious consumer that my brother is and knowing that you can always pick up a phone in a variety of ways (and not wanting to drop important calls in the future) he did get a “bumper” as Steve Jobs and Apple suggested. As of this writing my younger brother Alan has nothing but praise for the iPhone 4.
iPhone 4: Video Calls: I guess this is where I and my brother’s generation split. I am of the opinion that you make a call to convey information and then you get off the phone. I don’t really want to ramble on and talk about nonsense when it’s not really necessary. However my younger brother and his friends all chat on their new iPhone 4’s. It’s actually a pretty cool application being able to video chat with people; I have been in a Boston late night jazz club with my brothers friend Chris and at a bowling alley in Connecticut with my brothers friend Bobby; all from our living room in South Carolina. In the end though this is one of those useless applications which I see no real point to. Especially with computer applications like Skype available; I just don’t understand the use.
iPhone 4: Conclusion: At the end of the day the Apple iPhone 4 is a great tool with many potential applications which folks can use virtually anywhere. It would be lovely to see my mother in Florida while I’m talking to her from the cold of New York City or the pleasantness of Southern California. However for this product to really work for me the applications need to be streamlined and the technology needs to cost less.