There has been a great deal of rumbling around the release of the new iPhone 4; I caved and did what everyone else has been doing and I got one of these things. My last phone went through the laundry and I’d wanted to switch networks so I did get an iPhone 4…and I took it back. While my little brother has been giddy over all the useless doo-dads and other “Aps” which come with the new iPhone, I have to say I was less than impressed. However my complaints may be (and I can’t beleive I’m saying this, but) that I’m too old for this thing. Other Apple users are furious over the comments by Apple, Steve Jobs and have made the declaration that they want their iPhone to be as close to their bodies as possible. Which is a little weird.
iPhone 4: Gripes: According to Bloomberg, some iPhone users say if they cover the bottom left corners of the iPhone 4, they can sometimes drop calls. Apple told users to use a case or just “avoid gripping (iPhone 4) in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band.” Seems reasonable, right? Apple CEO Steve Jobs called this a “non-issue;” Apple users responded with outrage; I can hear the blogs clicking now; “Who the heck does Steve Jobs think he is to tell us how to hold our iPhones?!” Still, this wasn’t the problem I had with the iPhone 4; problems which my little brother could not disagree with more.
iPhone 4: Praise: My younger brother is one of these Apple heads; he love his iPhone 4. It “has the best resolution of any phone screen I’ve seen in my life!” he told me, “it looks like a picture!” He and his geek friend from Boston had a video chat on their new iPhones; “the camera’s good, processing is fast, the chats are great; I’ve had no issues thus far.”
iPhone 4: My Gripes: I got this thing and I just didn’t understand the utility of any of it. I’m sure I could have learned it all; I could have been remotely doing…whatever it is people do remotely. Twitter? Sending out blanket picture messages? Showing friends and family the world through my eyes? What I want to know is who cares about any of this? Don’t my own words do the trick? I think it’s just one of those things I just won’t ever really care about enough to want to invest the time or energy in. Learning the applications and programs on my computer were challenging enough.
I thought that maybe the iPhone 4 would have been it for me; I thought that I would get one and end up like everyone else. What I’ve come to discover is that I’ve found a way to communicate with people absent a Smart Phone. And that’s just fine with me.