So I bought (followup)

I did get an iPhone. I have my new phone and my new mp3 player. I still need to find a way to play oog files though. I also bought a Franklin-Webster Collegiate electronic dictionary. Electronic dictionary also for school. I can take out an electronic dictionary in school easier than an iPhone.

Speaking as a person who last used a Samsung Blackjack which is a windows mobile phone.

Good things about the iPhone:

1. no annoying unlock mechanism (3 buttons I think it was on the Blackjack)

2. can see the screen and read it in direct sunlight

3. phone is not too heavy, still fits in my pocket, smoother, thinner touch

4. iPhone apps – not available for other phones

5. more options, websites with iPhone specific sites

6. wallpapers are nicer/better since I can now have Digital Blasphemy wallpapers (it is worth it to buy access to his site/work)

7. camera seems to be nice, you can even make a screenshot of your phone… even when it’s locked

8. came partly charged. appears to charge quickly

Bad things about the iPhone:

1. sound customization is stupid

2. don’t like iTunes. It’s not intuitive. Do not like iTunes.

3. Going to need to buy more cables – Blackjack came with USB connector and power charger. not USB connector and power adapter for USB connector. I’m going to need a second cord.

4. There seems to be some interesting politics between AT&T and Apple. If you call AT&T about wanting something regarding the iPhone when you can’t get your iPhone in the Apple store that day then AT&T people are likely to badmouth Apple as a company in general.

Other things:

1. Spend more money on accessories, but more accessories available.

2. So far music organization is craptastic, I probably need to do more with it.

3. no personal experience with battery life yet.

4. bought my first app… books… classic literature.

5. now have a Pandora account.

6. earbuds are uncomfortable but I’ll deal to be able to have hands free phone calls.

Cell phone + mp3player + electronic dictionary

Those are three pieces of mobile electronic devices I need/want.

My oldish Samsung mp3 player got dropped and the battery shows from behind the speaker. My Blackjack (first gen!) is soon eligible for upgrade. I’ve discovered I want an electronic dictionary for school. Money is an issue.

Cell phone requirements:

1. left hand friendly touch screen

2. decent to good web browsing

3. some customization – my own ‘home screen’ picture and my own ring tones

4. GOOD battery life – my blackjack can go 2 days without a charge, definitely charge it if I spent a lot of the day texting (and I have unlimited texting plan)

5. things I don’t need – cell phone is not for work so I don’t have requirements like a good exchange server platform for emails

6. reliably able to check GMAIL

7. not too heavy. the htc fuze is a smidge on the heavy side

8. have at&t. want to keep family plan.

9. almost forgot. qwerty keyboard. I’m not sure a physical keyboard is necessary.

mp3 player requirements:

1. ogg support – in some way

2. 8 GB minimum

3. the less proprietary the better

4. no stupid software

5. battery life!

6. easy to carry in my pocket/similar

electronic dictionary:

1. more is better, need like college level

2. don’t need translator

All that being said…

Will an iphone (which I’m not sure I want) fulfill all my requirements and save me money?

fun with AT&T

I hate AT&T. But, they are the lesser of multiple evils when considering the options, the phones available and what you can do with your phone. (Verizon locks down their phones more than AT&T, otherwise I’d switch to Verizon. Probably.)

My husband and I have 2 PDA/smart phones/etc phones with unlimited data. Until today he had 200 texts/month and I had unlimited texts a month. We had old plans they don’t offer anymore. To get unlimited texts on his line I had to get family plan unlimited texts. The rep told me my bill is going to increase about 25 bucks. (She was nice by the way.)

Because I have old plans not offered anymore.

The supervisor I talked to after her to complain about how AT&T treats their customers in general seemed to think I was saving money. He told me the old line by line for unlimited texts was 20 bucks each. Well, if that’s the case how would my bill increase by 25 bucks? (I’d be adding 1 20 buck charge…)

And his best guess as to why text messaging now costs more is because of the national inflation rate. Sooooo AT&T can charge more for text messages because of inflation. Right.

It got fun when he tried to tell me I was having trouble adjusting to the new charges. Riiiiiiiight. After trying to apologize. Why are you trying to apologize when you can’t change anything? That’s when I decided to get off the phone. Cell phone companies seem to exist in a slightly different reality.

And, on a side note. When did mute turn into hold? The rep told me she was putting me on hold but I’d still be able to hear her. That’s not hold, that’s mute. And when I worked in the call center business mute was BAD. Also, last I knew, mute buttons were not 100% guaranteed to actually work. Maybe AT&T has awesome something or other…

So, AT&T = Time Warner. One more corporation that has monopolistic characteristics that someone needs to do something about that will probably keep getting worse.