Was pondering recently why I have an iPhone, or should I say why I have just bought a new one. In fact it’s stranger than that; I have just bought a new 3GS not a 4. First I thought about my initial purchase, this was mostly motivated by the fact that at the time only iPhone seemed to accommodate LinkedIn. I had Blackberries before and loved them but I really wanted access to this app. Of course after buying the phone I discovered that LinkedIn only seems to work when you have WiFi – darn! But I grew to like the phone. Not for the cute trick of turning it sideways – that’s fun but I rarely use it. Not for the, somewhat temperamental in truth, YouTube app. No, the thing I like is the way it feels in your hand. I have quite big hands and it sits neatly in them with its rounded corners – and this explains why I avoided the rather ugly square iPhone 4.
You see the 3GS is an E-type next to the 4’s TR7. It is a Salif Orange Juicer next to a Kenwood. But I guess it’s not all ergonomics. It manages all I need in terms of e-mail, Twitter, web and (badly) LinkedIn. There are a few games for Beth too. Of course I often hear people talk about using a phone ‘properly’ and it’s safe to say I rarely do. I maybe make one call a week – in fact my number is a closely guarded secret (as I mentioned before) and I prefer to be sent an e-mail. Humorously I once had a diner on another table complain to the management about ‘the man on his phone’ – which was amazing as I thought the touch screen was silent?
So why haven’t I waited for the 5? Well first I’m guessing it will be as ugly as the 4. It took a long time for Jag to return to a shape as pleasing as the E-type and I’m guessing Apple will take a while too. Second I doubt if it will have 4G and, even if it does, I find 3G coverage so bad I think I can wait a bit longer. And why did I buy a new one? Well the battery life, always shocking, was getting worse. So I bought myself a new one and Beth now enjoys the old one – minus the social networking capabilities - until she can figure out how to add apps!