The Adventure Life with Steve Casimiro: Is the iPhone to be MyPhone?

Text by West Coast Editor Steve Casimiro

For years, I have resisted the Apple hype, defended the lower-cost
and more widely available software for PCs, and done everything I could
to separate reality from marketing. But a year ago, after almost
throwing my ThinkPad against the wall in frustration, I bought a
MacBook Pro. Days of wine and roses, baby—I’ve been nothing but
thrilled with it. And for the last two months I’ve been testing the
MacBook Air (verdict: amazing. review: next week). Now comes the 3G
iPhone
3G
iPhone
3G
iPhone
with GPS and bazillions of third-party software apps on the way.
Is this the one to make me toss my Nokia N95?

The MacBook has everything I want and more; the 3G iPhone, less so. But bit by bit Apple is adding features to make it a compelling choice. The new higher-speed internet capability is the first—though ATT’s 3G network coverage is still spotty, when you can jump on it your surfing speeds are twice that of the first-generation iPhone. There’s the GPS—though it’s not accurate or fast enough to use for navigation, it’s still great to have for finding food, coffee, or the nearest bike shop. Voice clarity of the phone is MUCH better. And then there’s the price: $200 for the 8GB, $300 for the 16GB.

Resistance is crumbling.

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