So I preordered my iPhone last week from a friend of mine who works at an ATT store. I had to put my name down on the slip of paper and all that, but it was done and I was on the list. I was honestly surprised I got it on launch day as I was told it could be from the 25th through the 28th that it would come in, but I’m not complaining.
Walked in Thursday, it was pretty busy but I recieved my phone and was out the door in 20 minutes, it didn’t activate itself for about 45 minutes or so, and when I got home I restored from the backup on my 3GS. That took a good amount of time, so I didn’t actually get to use the phone until about 7pm.
The phone works just like any iPhone before it, but it is noticeably faster, especially compared with the 3g, and a bit faster than the 3GS. The looks are absolutely great, I love the design. The screen is as good as anyone has told you, it’s almost like you’re just reading a piece of paper, no pixels to speak of really. The speakers are better, and the speaker phone sounds great and I believe noise cancelling is greatly improved. The camera is fast and responsive, the video look pretty good, but when you watch video on the phone it isn’t greatly improved over the 3gs, but I haven’t uploaded it to my computer to see if it is higher quality there.
After using it over the weekend, I can attest to the extended battery life, as it lasted me 2 days of regular use without recharging, thats a big upgrade from the 3g/3gs.
Now for the bad stuff. The connectivity to ATTs network does go down if you hold the phone by the bottom left hand corner. This is bullshit. How do you design a phone where the person using it blocks the antenna just by holding it in their hand? This is the reason why phones had antenna externally for years, so that you couldn’t interfere with the signal. But Apple designs the antenna into the bottom corner, where just by touching the phone, you ruin your own signal. And their reply to this? You’re holding the phone wrong.
Also, it’s made of glass. I treat it as such. I still believe the first iPhone with the aluminum/rubber back was one of the best designs I’ve seen and would still hold up as a modern phone and they shouldn’t have strayed away from that, although this phone does look better. Durability will suffer just because of the materials used, which seems like a step back in terms of usability.
All in all, I don’t have buyers remorse, but I’m unhappy with some of the choices Apple made. It feels like they went for a great design, but didn’t concern themselves with any of the real world issues that we might deal with, and now they’re telling us that’s not their problem. It’s a great looking phone with good power, I hope that it doesn’t come back to bite me in the ass that I was suckered in to the great design and it implodes on itself because I looked at it wrong.