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laurie_robey and I (well, mostly her) crunched the numbers last night and came to the conclusion that even after the costs of the early termination fee from Verizon, buying a new phone, paying for "MobileMe" to get the synch with Outlook, and all, I'd still be spending slightly less per month over the next two years with an iPhone ... and might, y'know, actually like the phone.

So I went out and bought one. :)

My phone number is the same, and tonight once I get the MobileMe account set up, I should have all my contacts etc.

Now, to start going nuts with apps! ;)

I plan to do some heavy-duty putting this thing through its paces this weekend, including tests down at the Richmond ComicCon. But if all goes well, the long national nightmare of Gneech Trying to Get a Phone That Doesn't Suck may finally be over!

-The Gneech



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Feb. 23rd, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
You are aware that unless you're already an Apple fan, you're now doomed to a life of hunting for the latest and greatest St. Jobs holy relic?


I started with a iBook back in 2005 or so...
This winter I retired the G4 PowerMac(400MHz) I was using for iTunes with a Mac Mini...
The reason I use iTunes?
An iPod Classic 120GB which replaced the old 4G 20GB iPod with water damamge, and the 1Gen 5GB iPod originally bought just for my collection but pressed into service after the water damage...

And the attic...
Apple ][ upon ][, with a III, MAcintosh Classic, LCs, G3...
Powermacs,from the 100 to the HindenBook(5300, except mine came with Ni-mh cells instead of Sony Li-ion). There are Newtons, an eMate... and even the 'toilet lid'...
I even *Sob* have the Atmark Pippin!

It'stoo late for me, but you? If you have any sense at all, get that thing as far away from yourself as possible before you're afflicted, too.

Shipping it express across the Atlantic, to be buried near the arctic circle should help keep you safe...
(Incidentally, it's not that far from where I live... ;-)
Feb. 23rd, 2010 06:27 pm (UTC)
I've had Macs before; I'm largely indifferent to 'em. One of them (the Quadra) was a real lemon and I hated it. Don't much care for the MacOS.

I will say that I'm looking with interest at an iPad ... but if the iPhone turns out to be all that some people say it is, I might not need one.

Feb. 23rd, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
Not need?

Eh... What does that mean?


I still want one of the last G5 PowerMacs, but even second(or third)hand they're still too expensive to justify for my collection.

I like the OS...
The only time my MAC OS crashed on my iBook(In all the years I used it) was when itdeveloped a HW fault on the motherboard. But that went away as soon as I removed the Airport card.
(Using a cheap USB-wifi adapter is blasphemous, but the alternative is to replace the MB. I tried replacing the Airport card but the fault stayed, so it was the MB)

Anyway, the iPad is supposedly similar to the iPod touch/iPhone, except larger and no camera.
I want it to read ebooks on.
The Sony PRS-500 I have is an insult to anyone who can read more than 5 words/minute. Besides, it can barely display .PDFs.
Also, a lot of online comics now have RSS-feeds or podcasts, which means they can be downloaded automatically.

Imagine, reading your faves on the bus to work every morning.
And in glorious colour...
Feb. 23rd, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
Yay shiny new things!

If we could justify having a smartphone plan I'd like to get an Android powered phone...but, right now, the Big Red V thinks you should pay through the muzzle for the "honor" of having one...
Feb. 23rd, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
Err... Why did you need to get MobileMe? I honestly love the service, but I don't want to see people buying stuff they don't need.
Feb. 23rd, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
Every source I checked (including the people at the Apple store) said it was the only way to get synch with Outlook.

Feb. 23rd, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC)
Hmm, okay, well, first question is: What are you using OUTLOOK with? Are you using it as an exchange client or a pop/imap client? If you use it as Exchange, the iPhone syncs with Exchange natively. Pop/Imap is where it gets tricky.

(I'm a Mac/Apple Specialist for IT, so...)
Feb. 23rd, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)
Pop, IIRC. It pulls from my Gmail account. I don't have any Exchange server access that I'm aware of (for my home account).

I use it to manage contacts, tasks, appointments, and whatnot.

Feb. 24th, 2010 02:00 am (UTC)
Dude, you can directly get the iPhone to sync to Gmail via Exchange. I do it with my iPod Touch. Google's instructions here.
Feb. 23rd, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC)
It's also a great way to back up your data AND be able to access it remotely from another machine, if you need to do so. With the phone, I can choose whether or not to lug a laptop with me on trips. Saves me so much luggage weight and TSA aggravation!
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Feb. 24th, 2010 03:25 am (UTC)
You! You, you, you, you Gneech-copier!!!

Feb. 23rd, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC)

Good... for me though... I'll wait until my current Samsung camera phone dies...

Then I'll spring for a new phone.

Have fun with yours Gneech.
Feb. 23rd, 2010 11:25 pm (UTC)
You did hear that AT&T's exclusive deal will be ending soon, and that iPhones will be available for Verizon soon, right?

Feb. 24th, 2010 12:25 am (UTC)
Announced by whom? Apple? No. AT&T? No.

When those guys say it, I'll believe it. But not until. :)

Feb. 24th, 2010 03:20 am (UTC)
NPR said it on the Morning Report last week, that AT&T's contract is running out.

Feb. 24th, 2010 01:16 am (UTC)
I liked my AT&T Tilt, affectionately referred to as "The Device." I could do so much with it. But it stopped wanting to actually send and receive phone calls reliably.

So I got an iPhone. And I LOVED it. It can do pretty much everything the Tilt could, but better.

I love to rip on Apple. But I loves me some iPhone.

And no, you don't need an iPad. It's an oversized iTouch. Your phone can do everything it can and then some, in a convenient form factor.

Look into the Kindle App. No need to buy a Kindle now.
Feb. 24th, 2010 03:23 am (UTC)
"No. That symbol isn't anywhere on the device."


Edited at 2010-02-24 03:24 am (UTC)
Feb. 24th, 2010 03:21 am (UTC)
App suggestion? Shazam is probably the one I cannot live without. No more singing that song in your head to the poor guy at the music store. It's even synched with iTunes, so you can hear a song, like it, record it, and download it within a minute.
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