Tweet Today Apple showed a sneak peak at what is coming in the iPhone 3.0 software updated (read iTalk Magazines list of iPhone 3.0 updates). I recently had a chat with a friend here in the office. A while back I won myself an iPhone & around the same time my friend bought herself an [...]
Today Apple showed a sneak peak at what is coming in the iPhone 3.0 software updated (read iTalk Magazines list of iPhone 3.0 updates).
I recently had a chat with a friend here in the office. A while back I won myself an iPhone & around the same time my friend bought herself an HTC Touch (Diamond I think). She talked to me at length about how she’d weighed up the two and her partner (an IT geek) and told her that the iPhone was lacking things like:
- Cut & Paste
- Push Notification
- Background Alerts
- and more …
I commented that I’d have a fully fledged Windows Mobile phone with many of these features and that I just didn’t really use them. I’ve never really missed them with the iPhone (aside from once or twice wanting to copy and paste a URL – and maybe wanting to send a pic of my daughter to my father via MMS once or twice -okay so I’ve missed some of them). I loved my iPhone and she enjoyed her HTC.
Two days ago she came to me and we were talking gadgets & she made a comment in passing “I hate, I detest my HTC”. The vengence with which she said this caught me off guard & she’s now thinking of buying a new phone.
Why I love the iPhone
Here is one HUGE reason why I love the iPhone. My friend has to throw away and replace a very expensive phone because she wants new feautres. Apple today announce a massive update of features including:
- Full bluetooth support for applications
- Background alerts for applications
- Push notification for applications
- Full MMS & SMS messaging support
- Full hardware integration and control for applications & accessories
- Cut & Paste
- Updated search functionality
- and more ….
But I don’t have to think, oh crap I have to spend more on a new phone to get this? No, I simply download (when it’s ready) the new operating system. This unlocks more of the feautres of this device.
iPhone 3.0 = iPhone 1
It does feel like Apple are finally at a point with iPhone 3.0 that they really should have been with the first round of OS for the iPhone. Many of these features that are being released are fixes to existing holes, upgraded interfaces and patches for functionality that was … well just lacking.
I feel the Smart Phone battle has just been restarted with this announcement today, the iPhone OS is now at a point where you can compare Apples to Windows to Palm WebOs, instead of Apples to Oranges like before. Finally it feels like we have a “level playing field” with the iPhone now having the full range of “expected” features a Mobile Phone should have … PLUS … the amazing features it has that are leagues ahead of competitors.
Sure, the iPhone is still just a device. Sure it’s taken Apple 3 years to get the OS to where they should have had it from the begining. I still love my iPhone, and I’ll love it even more with iPhone OS 3.0
If you are in the market for a new phone – take a good look at what’s on offer, then go buy and iPhone, you won’t regret it.