Yeah, I've been gone for almost a week now. Well, not gone in the physical sense, but gone from this site. Lotsa reasons why, none of them particularly important.
So what's happened since last we chatted? Well, I picked up an iPhone.
Yeah, I know what I said.
So let's look at the points that I cited when I initially passed on this phone back in June of last year.
First the software issue: since the time I wrote, Apple has created an easy way for users to make their own ringtones; they've improved several software features; and they seem to be making progress on some of the things that should be here, like voice-activated dialing (I'm surprised this one is so late) and text editing.
Then there's the space. They just released a 16gb model, and it sells for less than the 8gb sold for when I wrote my initial commentary on the iPhone back on June 26th.
The plan? Well, ATT offered me a Unity plan, which allows me free unlimited calls to any ATT line, whether mobile or landline, and that covers about 70% of my phone calls. Even better, with this plan, I get unlimited data (except for 200 text messages--while I don't use text messaging, it should be included as a data transfer) and a second shared line for Susan, and I save $60 a month over what I was paying Sprint.
The glass face still worries me, but so far the breakage rate seems to be remarkably low.
And the distribution system has gotten better--I signed up for a plan, got a phone, ported my number, and paid for everything in less than a half an hour.
So count me as one who has succumbed to the iPhone temptation...