iPhone or not..

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by cyadict, Mar 7, 2008.

  1. cyadict

    cyadict Active Member

    Aug 4, 2006
    My contract is up with Verizon, and I'm really considering the iPhone. Is the AT&T coverage as good and is the iPhone really worth the cash?:skeptical:
  2. ISUFan22

    ISUFan22 Well-Known Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    Healthcare IT Project Manager
    Denver, CO
  3. brianhos

    brianhos Moderator
    Staff Member Bookie

    Jun 1, 2006
    Computer geek
    They are fun, and it is nice to have your ipod and phone all in 1, but they still don't work with corporate email systems (announced last night that they will soon). I chose a berry for my latest phone.
  4. CycloneWarrior

    CycloneWarrior Well-Known Member

    Jan 10, 2008
    i have an iphone and its great. you should definitely get one for sure
  5. isuarch80

    isuarch80 Active Member

    Sep 25, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    everyone i know that has one loves it. they don't know what they did without it before :) and I'm pretty sure my boss has his synced with Outlook for our office... so there's something already there.
  6. alaskaguy

    alaskaguy Well-Known Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    My two-year old grand daugher has her own I-phone. Since she doesn't have a good grasp of the English language all she uses it for is to watch Ratatouille, hundreds and hundreds of times.

    The Google phone is being marketed as an I-phone killer. I don't know when they plan on releasing it though.
  7. jumbopackage

    jumbopackage Well-Known Member

    Sep 18, 2007
    The AT&T coverage is really pretty ****-poor, IMO. It depends on where you live and travel, but people I go places with that have AT&T are often incommunicado when I have a good signal with Sprint.

    I couldn't live without being able to tether my laptop to my phone via bluetooth either, so those are two major strikes against the iPhone in my book.

    I also HATE touchscreens. That's a personal preference thing though, I suppose.

    Those are all the things that keep me from considering an iPhone seriously. It'd also be nice to have GPS capabilities (ala Tomtom with my Treo 755p), and not be locked into Apple.
  8. cmoneyr

    cmoneyr Well-Known Member

    Nov 8, 2006
    Ames, Born and Raised
    I don't know which part of that statement baffles me more, that a 2 year old has an iPhone, or that a 2-year old needs a cell phone at all.

    I personally wouldn't get an iPhone, but I'm one of the people that just needs a phone that can make calls and not much else. I just don't use it for anything else. Maybe tetris occasionally when I'm on the crapper.
  9. CompCy

    CompCy Member

    Apr 7, 2006
    Paradigm Shifter
    I don't understand why the media and people on the internet feel the need to label everything as a killer of another product. It's not a bad thing for there to be competition in the marketplace.

    After all, we don't advertise Iowa State Cyclones as the Hawkeye-killer. (although that might not be a bad thing...)
  10. alaskaguy

    alaskaguy Well-Known Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    It baffles me also.

    I have never owned a cell phone myself even though my two year old grand daughter has an iPhone.

    Through an acquisition AT & T just began offering coverage in Alaska. However, they still don't offer coverage in the area of the state I live.
  11. bpmdu

    bpmdu Member

    Jun 28, 2006
    As a phone, the iPhone is pretty poor IMO. It's difficult to dial and do something else or pay attention to something else. The speakerphone is hard to hear sometimes, even at full volume. Other negative is the Edge network is very slow. Pages load at somewhat slow speeds and safari isn't exactly compatible with all web designs.
    Other then those flaws, it excels in the other areas that I've used it for. I tried the Windows Mobile based AT & T Tilt. Couldn't stand using the stylus nor Windows mobile. The 3G connection was much faster however. I kind of liked the Blackberry Curve 8310 but found it too bulky.
  12. CYdTracked

    CYdTracked Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    Grimes, IA
    I have no intentions on wasting money on one of those or even a blackberry. I'm not a big fan of text messaging either. Sometimes people just need to put down the internet and mobile devices and enjoy some of the finer things in life. I get really irked with the people that try to carry on a "conversation" over text mail too. After the 3rd text or so I'll just pick up the phone and call and say "if you have something to say just call me!"
  13. bos

    bos Legend
    Staff Member

    Apr 10, 2006
    Network and Server Admini

    "Thats about a 9 on the tension scale there Rube."

    I get what you are saying. I only text if Im somewhere that quiet is required and only if its a quick message. No conversations. I have a cell but I hate cellphones. Its gotten to the point where its a nessecity. Its sick, I know.
  14. AirWalke

    AirWalke Well-Known Member

    Aug 7, 2006
    Des Moines
    After a few months with mine (had it since December), there are definitely some pros and cons to go with it. I hate touch screens in general, but the iPhone's touch screen interface is really, really great. It's also nice having a music player and phone all in one.

    Cons, it depends on where you are, but EDGE can be slow. If you've got a good signal, you're most likely going to get great internet speeds. If you've never used wireless internet on a phone before while out and about, you're not going to notice... but don't expect broadband speeds.

    Also, my girlfriend, who has Verizon, complains about a buzz that we get on both ends during conversations. I've noticed it too, and I think it's incompatibility between networks.

    IMO, the iPhone is just going to get better from here on out. Iowa does not even have a 3G network yet (though Des Moines may get one by the end of the year). Apple just released their SDK (software development kit) to 3rd party developers yesterday, allowing people to release free or pay software to download for use on the phone. Plus, Apple is adding a host of corporate features that will heighten its appeal to businesses. The downside is that this is all coming in June, and with the possibility of a new 3G iPhone coming out by then, you should probably wait.
  15. dmclone

    dmclone Well-Known Member

    Oct 20, 2006
    There should be a lot of cool apps coming now that they have the SDK available.
  16. jdoggivjc

    jdoggivjc Well-Known Member

    Sep 27, 2006
    Publications Manager
    Macomb, MI
    I've been told by people who have them that everything works pretty great on the iPhone - except for the phone itself. Don't know whether it has to do with AT&T being a crap carrier or whether the phone in the iPhone is just that bad. From what I've been told, if you want all the toys in the iPhone that badly and still have a good phone service, buy the iPod Touch and stay with Verizon.
  17. jumbopackage

    jumbopackage Well-Known Member

    Sep 18, 2007
    Um, A LARGE part of Iowa is covered by 3G either with Verizon or Sprint. You can drive down I-80 and be 3G pretty much across the whole state (at least east of Des Moines..I haven't gone west lately).

    Also, I find it highly unlikley there's a buzz caused by conversations between networks. Maybe in the analog days, but these days the voice is (or at least should be) digital all the way through.

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