I watched the Apple keynote which was released yesterday and as soon as I saw the iPhone I knew I wanted one. This ‘device’ looks absolutely gorgeous, it’s fit well in the hand unlike some of the other bulkier smartphones out there) and as you come to expect from Apple, it lets you perform the tasks you want to perform without being overcomplicated.
I’ve been an Apple user for over 18 months now and I have to admit I wouldn’t actually go back to using a Windows machine now, there’s a bit of a misconception that Macs are for people who ‘don’t need the power of Windows’ but from my perspective that’s simply not true. I would certainly say that I was a ‘Power User’ type of Windows user, I’ve used Borland Delphi to work on all sorts of Windows development projects over the years, I’ve read about, eaten and slept the Windows API, I’ve written multi-threaded Windows services which handled millions of transactions per hour and whats more….I enjoyed it.
However, about 18+ months ago my Windows laptop began showing signs of age and I rather than go out and buy a new one, I decided to go for a Powerbook instead (yep, I bought a G4 powerbook right before Apple announced they’d be moving to Intel chips). I’d say (looking back) that within a couple of days I’d gotten used to the new user interface, within a couple of weeks I’d got used to the new Operating System (OSX) and within a month or so I felt completely at home as a ‘Mac Switcher’ (as we’re known apparently).
I have been completely impressed with the way that using a Mac just lets me get on with doing whatever I want to do, my productivity has definitely increased (that’s a general feeling, I haven’t quantitatively measured it!), I no longer need to ‘hack around in the registry’ or hunt around to ‘find the right drivers’, things ‘just work’ and ‘work nicely’.
I have met or talked to a few people who said they tried a Mac and didn’t like it, although this usually turns out to mean they used one for a day or tried one out in an Apple store, or even worse they didn’t try one out themselves they just read someone elses review on one. However I have yet to meet someone who has used a Mac and has taken the time to learn how to use it properly and has then regretted the decision and gone back to Windows.
So, I know that getting an iPhone will mean that it integrates well with my existing setup and my ‘workflow’ (I can’t say I ever really had a ‘workflow’ when I was a Windows user). My contacts, appointments, notes etc will all seamlessly sync between my laptop and the phone, which is exactly what I need (or should that be ‘want’?).
Unfortunately being in the UK it means that I’ll have to wait until close to the end of the year before it arrives over here, the upside is that it gets to be tested in the wild by lots of people in the US before it gets here. Another potential issue is which network provider will pick the iPhone up over here (Apple have partnered with Cingular in the US), it would be nice to have an unlocked device which I can use on any network that I chose without having to sign up for a contract, but we shall see.