So my cell phone finally died. I had the pretty pink Motorola Razr and I think letting Cole us it as a teething toy finally backfired on me (there’s a surprise). It just decided to stop working one day. I took it into my local AT&T store and after proclaiming that they: 1) couldn’t fix it and 2) I was beyond my warranty, I started looking at new cell phones.
I stood in front of the Blackberry and Treo section thinking that it was about time I sucked it up and bought something that would give me a means of checking email when I’m away from the house. I played around with both, not too enthused about either (and since my husband has a Blackberry he’s always glued to, I’m irrationally annoyed by Blackberrys in general) when the iPhone display came into my peripheral vision.
So it wasn’t cheap, but it wasn’t a hard sell as I’m somewhat of a techno-junkie (trapped in a Mom’s body). 15 minutes later, I walked out of the store with my new iPhone in hand.
In short, it’s the coolest thing ever. I couldn’t possibly go into every feature without most of your eyes glazing over so I’ll just focus on the major ones:
A touch screen. Voice mail that lets you touch and listen to each one without having to go through all of them. Email (free accounts and POP). An iPod. Internet browsing, Text Messaging, the Weather and more. True, it has a ton of features already available in other PDA/cells available today but I find this one to be by far the friendliest and easiest to use of the ones I’ve played with. It’s just made for a Mom! It locks (no kiddies dialing out by accident), it has nice big numbers (easy to use the touch pad when you’re in a hurry) and more.
I got the 4GB – my iPod’s 30GB so I obviously had to pick and choose what would go on the iPhone. But I basically made a couple mixes for myself, one for my kids and then downloaded a few tv shows for them if the need ever arises. I can get my email, my phone calls and entertain my kids, and it all sits in a small pocket in my diaper bag.
I’m waiting for Apple to make a product that’ll change my kids diapers too, then I’d have it all. And they need to make it in pink. It’s a little manly looking for my girly self.
The 4GB is $499, so I won’t insult anyone by saying it’s related to anything remotely resembling a bargain. The only consolation: email service is cheaper ($20 for the iPhone, whereas it was $30 and $40 a month respectively, for the Blackberry and Treo). I got it in-store at AT&T, you can also buy it at the Apple store with free shipping.


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