iPhone 3G

So I finally had to buy an iPhone 3G.  I had talked about why I didn’t buy a first generation iPhone in an earlier post, and I’m glad I waited.  The iPhone 3G was truly worth the wait. 

I had wanted to get one of these phones back in July.  After standing in line for two hours at a local Apple store, I gave up.  But a little over a week ago, I was lucky enough to find a black 16 GB model in stock at an AT&T store.  No line to wait in, and although it took awhile to activate, it was a relatively painless process.  Plus by purchasing at an AT&T store, I was able to get my employer’s discount on cell phone service.

I’ve got to say that this is the first cell phone I’ve owned where I can actually use email and web applications.  While I’ve tried various “mobile web” enabled cell phones in the past, none of them provided a very usable experience.  Even if I limited myself to websites optimized for mobile devices, trying to surf the web on a phone was like trying to watch a movie through a straw.

Of course, the iPhone 3G isn’t perfect.  I wish it could handle flash.  I wish AT&T’s network was a bit more robust, especially the 3G coverage.  And I wish the new pricing plans included unlimited texting (something that was included in the original iPhone plans).

But I’m willing to put up with these minor annoyances for a phone that can let me read my email, surf the web, store my contacts, snap a quick photo and keep my calendar handy.  And yes, make an occasional phone call, too.  I think I’ve fallen in love.

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