Having been an iPhone owner since it launched in June of 2007, many who know me assumed that I would be upgrading to future releases of the iPhone. (After all, isn’t that what an Apple Fanboy would do?).
I skipped the iPhone 3G. And although there are some pains associated with not having some of the features, I am sure that I made the right decision. There are few differences between the iPhone 2G and 3G. The cases are slightly different — the 2G shedding the silver backing for a shiny plastic one with the 3G. The only other differences are a GPS radio, connectivity to the AT&T 3G network, a 16GB version and a non-recessed headphone jack. Everything else is practically the same. Same processor, same architecture — same everything. None of these additions were tantalizing enough to make me consider extending my AT&T contract another two years.
In December when Palm sent around teasers to the technology press inviting them out to experience “Palm’s Newness”, I was intrigued. But I never even considered the thought that anything they would have to say would make me consider leaving what has been a great experience with my current iPhone.
That was until I watched the keynote.
I watched the entire hour long keynote when I got home after the presentation – twice. At first, I was simply impressed. I didn’t expect much from Palm and any device that pushes the envelope and gives other competitors a reason to stay on their toes and not play it safe benefits us all. And certainly with the announcement of the Pre, Palm was doing just that.
In the weeks that would follow after watching countless hands-on videos and imagining the possibilities, I began to consider the phone more and more. (I’m at the point now where I can probably do the demo that they have scripted for the press myself.)
Make no mistake about it — barring any monumental announcement made by Apple between now and June 29, the Palm Pre will be my next phone. And having made that decision, I realize that potentially there’s a lot that I’m losing. But for me, there’s so much more that I believe I’ll be gaining.
Before I get into the reasons why I’m probably going to buy the Pre, I want to state that it has nothing to do with some flaw or huge dissatisfaction in my iPhone experience. There are areas with my iPhone where I feel that I could have been better served. But overall, I have never had as seamless an experience as I have had with this device. All of my data (provided I have a connection to the web) is in one central location. My music, pictures, emails, contacts and calendar are all replicated from my PC on my phone. The battery life could be better, but considering how much I use it as my primary media player, I really can’t complain.
Also, before reading the list, please consider the fact that I would be coming from the 2G version of the iPhone to any 3G device (Palm Pre or iPhone 3G). There are some benefits that I’d gain by simply buying a 3G device. But casting aside the iPhone 3G, everyone knows that the smart money says between now and June, Apple will announce the next version of the iPhone. So this is a decision I’m making having not seen the next iPhone. If Apple addresses many of the benefits I outline here having observed the Pre, my decision could change. However, looking at the iPhone 3.0 press conference, I don’t think it will. Regardless of how improved the new iPhone’s hardware is and whether it has twice or three times the existing memory or a forward-facing camera or any of the other rumors I’ve heard, my concerns are largely with the software and the overall experience. The 3.0 press conference didn’t impress me at all. The benefits discussed were largely targeted towards developers, with a few bones tossed out to consumers like “Cut and Paste” and “Search”.
But I need to preface this discussion by saying that I am rather pleased with my current phone. The iPhone is still a revolutionary device when compared to other phones, and this is without any of the benefits brought in by the App Store. The addition of applications last year has really expanded the ability of the device and I would recommend the iPhone to almost anyone looking for a great multimedia phone.
So why the switch? (So glad you asked.)
As mentioned, I’ve been watching just about every video and every demo available on the web about the Pre. During that time, I did
what I normally do before I make a technology buying decision — I make a list. (Actually, I do this before I make any big decision — tech purchase or otherwise.) I pull out a legal pad and I create a list with two columns: benefits and negatives. I give myself a certain target number of benefits and based on whether or not I can name enough benefits, I either buy/don’t buy. The bigger the decision, the higher the number of benefits I have to come up with. I also put together a list of negatives. For the Pre decision, I set my benefits at “20” — that is, twenty features that I’ve noticed and which I perceive as an improvement over my current experience.
While this isn’t the most scientific approach, it has led to me making fewer decisions based solely on a whim. If there isn’t much of a reason to buy a product, looking at the slim “benefits” column often makes that amazingly clear. At the same time, I’ve bought items for which I’ve been able to name twenty-five to fifty benefits, only to discover that the list was useless because the features don’t work as advertised.
With that said, I’ll share my list of reasons why I’m willing to step away from a decent phone experience and try something new:
1. The Keyboard – I am not as dramatic as other folks are about the iPhone not having a physical keyboard. Honestly, I type just fine with the on-screen keyboard. However, there are many tasks which lend themselves to having a keyboard. Search is one of them. Often with my iPhone I’ll decide that I want to make a call. With the iPhone this involves me pushing the green phone app button, then hitting the favorites button (if it’s someone I call who I’ve designated to my “Favorites”). But most of the time I have to scroll through the contacts, etc., remembering the person’s last name just to be able to dial them. In short, it isn’t as easy as it should be.
With the Pre, it appears as if all I need to do is slide down the keyboard, then type, “Dwa” and after my friend Dwan’s name comes up, put my finger on his phone number or e-mail address and I’m dialing.
There are many other instances where a keyboard just makes for a better experience. With the iPhone, the phone determines when you need to have a keyboard available. With a slide down keyboard, it’s always there. Much of the implementation is up to Palm, but I see the possibilities. Control and “F” might switch to a “find” mode where you can type to search for text within the currently displayed document. How about just pushing and holding a key to dial a contact (a feature that I had on many older phones and miss.) The possibility for functionality improvements with this device having a keyboard are limitless. But much of whether this is realized is dependent on how Palm implements the OS.
2. Built-In Search – When I eagerly watched the iPhone 3.0 presentation, I walked away severely disappointed. Jumping from 2.0 to 3.0 should make this a major release. But it really isn’t. There are a few features that are added – some of which had already been promised before (like the management of notifications for other applications.) iPhone 3.0 feels much more like a 2.5 release than 3.0.
One of the features that they did add was search. Sadly, looking at how it was implemented, it feels rather tacked-on. The way that Palm handles search ironically reminds me of how Mac OS X handles it. In OS X, I go to the Spotlight icon and just start typing and the computer searches all of the data that’s on my hard drive. With the iPhone, I’m sliding to the first page and typing in the search area. Not bad, but just sliding down the keyboard and typing to search is a lot more intuitive and I can see it leading to a much faster experience.
However, what’s more important is the way that the software handles the search results. When you begin to type, the Pre searches the device’s local memory first. For instance, I may begin by typing, “Lowe” and I’ll get my colleague “Chris Lowe”. However, if it was the Lowe’s Hardware Store in Westbury, NY that I wanted, I can keep typing. Since no local matches are found, it presents the choices of searching on either Wikipedia, Google or via Google Maps. While this seems simple, I think it’s incredibly elegant and trendy that the developers thought to include the Web-based tools which are most common to users. And while I might be getting ahead of myself a bit, looking at the search window reveals room for other choices. Perhaps in a year something will come along that will eclipse Wikipedia? Or maybe another search company will develop something that will rival Google? I can totally see the ability to change these items to display whatever search choices are the most popular.
These are design decisions that make this device seem even more hip and forward thinking than most other devices available now.
3. The Notification System – While I don’t have many complaints about the iPhone, one area that drives me insane is the notification system. If you receive a call or a text while in the middle of another task (let’s say, searching the web or writing in the Memo application), the phone brings up a very intrusive overlay on screen. Let’s say I was looking at some news on Engadget and a friend called. The phone will gently fade away my current screen and bring up the phone screen with the number of the caller (and name, if I have it stored in my contacts) as well as the buttons for “Answer” and “Decline”. Sounds basic enough. However, what if I was in the middle of commenting on a post? Or downloading a song? This can get very frustrating at times.
The way that the Pre handles notifications is much more elegant. (See the “Lauren Knox” e-mail notification to the right while the user was on the phone.) For instance, if I am going to make a call, as in the image to the right and an e-mail comes in to the phone, it simply displays the notification below my task. This is the same behavior regardless of whether it’s an SMS, calendar notification, chat, etc. The phone allows me to continue what I’m doing until I’m ready to respond to the notification. It’s easy to dismiss it and then handle it when you’re done. Sounds basic, but this is such a huge win over the current iPhone notification system.
What’s most troubling about the iPhone 3.0’s notification system is that it appears as if the obtrusive notifications are going to get worse in 3.0. Apple is going to allow 3rd Party developers to send notifications to the phone via their ‘Push’ system. It looks like every time an application gets an update or wants to let you know that you got some new data, you’ll get these overlay interruptions. Imagine how many times this prompt will display if you’re using a Twitter app? Wouldn’t it be more elegant to have Twitter notifications displayed in the status bar below, if anywhere?
4. Local Access to Files – It’s funny – I thought that this would have been implemented on the iPhone by now, but no where is Apple’s death grip on the phone more evident than when you want to do something simple like keep a document on the phone. There are some 3rd party applications that allow for saving of documents or retrieving of documents over the web. But I still find it incredibly draconian that you can’t simply drag a file to the phone to store it and access it when you want. If it’s not a song or a movie that’s specifically in iTunes, forget it (unless you jailbreak the phone.)
With the Pre, we’ve been promised direct access to the phone’s (paltry) 8GB of storage.
5. A Better 3G Network (with hints at a 4G Network!) – With my iPhone 2G, any increase in broadband speed is an improvement over the EDGE network. However, I’ve spent time playing with iPhones on the AT&T 3G network. Like any other network, the performance varies depending on the area that you’re accessing the network from. However, I live and work in the NYC tri-state area and during Gizmodo’s most recent test of wireless broadband networks, Sprint was revealed to be far and away the better 3G/EVDO provider (particularly in New York City.) Most of the heavy lifting I do with my iPhone I do at home on Wi-Fi, mostly because I’m forced to. And when Wi-Fi is available when I’m on the road, I feel like a king. But I’d like to use the phone not worrying about getting connected to Starbucks’ or AT&T’s 802.11 network. I’d like to just connect wherever I am.
Couple this with the fact that Sprint is talking about the implementation of a 4G network and I’m liking what I’m hearing from what might be my new mobile phone provider.
6. Less Closed/More Open – This was touched on a bit with regard to the Pre’s search, but one thing you notice when looking at the Pre is that Palm and Sprint are leveraging the existing leaders in web technology for much of their phone’s features. The interface reveals interaction with Facebook, LinkedIn, Google/Gmail/Google Maps and Wikipedia. This is a promising sign for the future. While there are no indications as to how much Palm will support the phone once we’ve paid our hard earned money for the device and signed our lives on the line with Sprint, I can totally see partnerships with more companies that will become the Twitters and the Googles of 2010 and 2011.
The iPhone approach is to give you an app that handles the task. And for the most part, this has been nice. However, it seems more enticing to me to let the big players have a more prominent role in the OS. Not everything should be handled with a 3rd party app.
Even with the iPhone’s vast application library, Apple has been very selective with regard to the approval process for applications. While I like the idea of them being selective, this closed approach has hurt the progress of the phone. Safari and the iPod app are pretty good, but I am sure that there are companies who can develop something that might work a bit better, or maybe even just differently. Apple isn’t letting any companies develop browsers or music players to compete with Safari or the iPod app.
Maybe Sprint/Palm will do some of the same things, but I can’t see them being this controlling.
7. Multi-tasking – If I had to choose a single aspect of the phone that would improve my experience, this would be it. The iPhone experience is a very siloed approach. The most multi-tasking that I’ve been able to do is listen to music and do one other thing. Often I find that while I’m writing an e-mail that I’d like to check something in a web page. The notion of moving from the e-mail app, sliding through the pages to get to Safari and then going back to the e-mail application can be clumsy. Palm’s “card” approach where multiple applications are running at the same time appears to be a more useful approach to fast-application switching.
One huge caveat with the Palm Pre is the fact that this phone hasn’t been stress tested yet. For all intents and purposes, these devices are essentially little computers. With my iPhone, Safari is always crashing, but powering down my phone and turning it on will resolve the crashes. Basically, the iPhone, like most devices with limited memory, suffers from memory leakage. (Memory leakage is when applications use the available system memory and after they are closed, never release the memory back into the OS for other apps to use. Rebooting releases the memory.) There’s no reason to think that this won’t be the case – or even worse – with the Pre. But we’ll see.
Also, all of this multi-tasking could prove to be a huge draw on the phone’s battery life and performance.
8. Synergy – Innovative Approach to Contact Management – Here’s another one to be filed under the category, “…if Palm can implement this properly”, but one of the things that really and truly impressed me and let me know that this was a forward-thinking design was the way they talked about contact management. Since I owned my very first mobile phone, the process of moving contacts from one device to another has always been punishing. It’s gotten easier over the years, but Palm’s approach may make it flawless.
Palm’s approach to contact management (and calendar and e-mail management) they are labeling “Synergy”. But unlike the 90s business buzz-word, this actually means something. The Pre will allow you to log into other social networking sites like LinkedIn and Facebook, but also your Exchange account and presumably other sources of contact data and pull all of the data from those places into one place. They also make claims of being able to insure that duplicates aren’t listed. So, if you have Bill Cosby in Facebook and he happens to also work at your job and you have him in Exchange, somehow the system will pull that data under the same profile. Look to the right — “Elizabeth Reinhardt” has an Exchange profile, but the phone also links her Gmail contact here… and delightfully there’s a button to “Link more profiles”.
The advantages to something like this (provided it works) are incredible. For one, the ability to have your contacts who have pictures on Facebook and other sites have their picture show up in your contacts is worth the price of admission alone. But to be able to pull all of that data in seems almost impossible. While I want to believe this works as seamlessly as they claim, I’ll believe it when I see it.
But there are other problems even if this ends up working as advertised. What if I don’t want all of my Facebook contacts in my address book? Many of those are folks who I knew a long time ago and although I appreciate the fact that we are in contact, I don’t necessarily plan on calling them. And then there’s the fact that I don’t like having my number on a place like Facebook. Forget it. I want to have a Facebook profile that’s open and viewable (to me, there’s nothing worse than clicking on someone’s profile and not knowing if that’s the person until you “friend” them.) But they’ll never get my number from Facebook. Or from LinkedIn for that matter either. E-mail is another matter – perhaps I’ll share e-mail. But not phone numbers.
Synergy appears to be a neat and revolutionary idea, but I need to see how this works in real case uses to determine how practical it actually is.
9. A Better Camera – I also am not one of these iPhone people who complains about how bad the camera is. Very few point and shoot cameras take great pictures indoors. The iPhone camera, just like any other phone based camera, is suitable. It isn’t perfect, but it is available during opportune moments, and it has served me quite well.
But it’s always nice to upgrade. And the camera on the Pre is alleged to have several improvements over standard phone cameras. While they don’t have a way to zoom, they have built in software that is supposed to make focusing easy. It’s a 3-Megapixel camera and it has an LED flash. I tend not to like taking pictures with flash, but everything else sounds like an upgrade over what I already have. And that’s a good thing.
10. A Better Speaker/Speakerphone – I don’t use my iPhone’s built in speaker that often. (When you have a headset or a pair of headphones, why disturb the rest of the world with your phone call or your music?) But the few times that I have wanted to share a video with a bunch of friends crowded around the device, it was painfully obvious that the speaker was pretty bad. And considering the size of the phone, that’s not something that I should really be complaining about. (Just the other day, I wanted to show a friend the “Tap Tap – Coldplay Edition” game and the only way to really appreciate the game was to give my friend the device with my headphones. Otherwise the music sounded horrible.)
Palm puts a bigger speaker on the back of the phone’s case. The folks who have held it (and that’s a small group) have reported that the sound is loud and the quality is good. Perhaps it will be incrementally better than what I have, but I’m thinking with a bigger speaker that perhaps the sound will be more full than the current iPhone speaker.
11. Gesture Bar – Smudges – The Pre has a 3.1 inch screen, but the actual touch area extends below the viewable screen into the area where the “Center button” is. (Apple calls their button the “Home” button). So why is this important? Well, clearly with a touch device, you’re going to need to put your grubby little fingers on the screen at some time. And boy does that smudge up the display. With a gesture area below the display, there is less need to swipe the screen. This isn’t actually that big an advantage since much of the gestures Palm demoed require actually touching the display. But anything where I’m touching the screen less is an advantage.
I’m also thinking that if handled properly, perhaps creative gestures can be used to avoid having to touch the display quite so much. (But this is up to Palm.)
12. Touchstone Charging – We don’t know what the phone will cost (or for that matter what the accessories will cost), but Touchstone is an awesome addition. Touchstone is a small circular base that will magnetically hold the phone in place and charge the device without having to plug the Micro USB cable into the phone. (The Micro USB plugs into the Touchstone.) Also, the Pre will automatically recognize that it’s on Touchstone and function accordingly. For instance, if you are speaking on the phone and you put it on the base, it will change from a call through the receiver into a speakerphone call. And when you lift the phone, it switches back. Also, if the phone is resting on Touchstone and it rings, you can see who’s calling and when you pick it up, the phone will automatically answer. Pretty neat.
If this accessory is ridiculously expensive (and by that I mean anything more than $99), they can forget it. But if they get reasonable with the pricing of this thing, I can see myself buying a few of them.
13. Removable Battery – Another complaint people have made en masse of the iPhone has been with regard to replacing the battery. (The iPhone is designed such that it isn’t easy to open. To replace the battery, it’s usually easier to just take the phone to Apple.) Bear in mind that I’ve been heavily using the phone on a daily basis to play at least 3-6 hours worth of music and podcasts, not to mention three or so calls a day plus the occasional movie. I have yet to see an appreciable decrease in overall battery performance since 2007. And when I do, the $99 charge to replace the battery would be acceptable.
At the same time, it is a rather nice prospect to be able to replace your own battery. One of the best things I ever did with my Moto Q was get the extended battery. I had an awesome amount of standby time, so much that I could make it 3-4 days without a charge. (Then again, I wasn’t playing music or watching video on that phone.) If innovations are made regarding a better battery, it’s great to know that I’ll be able to swap it out.
14. Combined Messaging – I kind of chuckle at my Blackberry friends (misguided as they are, but you gotta love em) when they talk about sharing their pin number with other Blackberry users so that they can direct message each other. Oh great – another walled garden. Just what we need. Palm’s approach (and the iPhone’s approach, for that matter) has been to support more open standards. Why create another standard with regard to inter/intra-device operation? Why not simply adopt a standard that people are already using? Part of the reason why SMS is so great is because it doesn’t matter what service or phone you’re on – you can message someone.
What’s great about the Palm Pre is that the design appreciates the fact that you are going to have conversations with people that span over different mediums. I may talk to my friend William via our Exchange messaging system and then when we leave work, I may send him an SMS message. Then when he gets home he may replay to me in Gmail via Google Talk. The Pre is making an attempt to keep the entire thread of this type of conversation in one place. A bold attempt, yes, but I like they way that they’re thinking. And having watched the demo, they just might pull it off.
15. Ergonomic Design – Initially when I saw the Pre, I wasn’t that thrilled with the shape of the device. Palm says that the design was “inspired by nature” and they likened it to “the shape of a stone”. The phone seems a little chunky at first glance, but that was until I saw it being demoed. I haven’t held it yet, but it looks to be just the right size. However, it wasn’t until I watched another demo that I understood why the size had to be the way it is. When the phone opens to display the keyboard, it takes on a very usable and elegant form. This is a perfect design not only for typing on the device, but for holding the phone to your ear.
The nice thing about the flip-phone design was that it could still be small in size, yet when it opens it works much more like a traditional phone – separating the mouthpiece and the speaker for easy talking. Candy bar-shaped phones benefit from having all of their information displayed typically on a larger screen and without having to open the phone to see the display. Yet with a candy bar phone, the mouthpiece doesn’t quite make it close enough to the user’s mouth. (Consequently, you see those people who feel the need to alternate between moving the phone between their ear and mouth when speaking. Ugh.)
When the Pre expands, the curve of the phone seems like it would be the perfect fit for a comfortable call. It curves to find it’s way around your head from your ear to your mouth. Maybe it won’t be so “perfect” once I use it, but even with my iPhone, this has been a constant concern. (Hey, can you hear me ok?) Or maybe it’s just my mobile phone service? Which brings me to my next point…
16. Anything is better than AT&T’s Phone Service – AT&T was my first phone carrier back in the mid 90s and I laugh when I think back to those days. It was a marvel that any of us were able to make calls back then with so few towers in existence. But even then, there was a stark difference between my AT&T service and people who had service on other carriers (namely Bell Atlantic Mobile, which became Verizon). I would be so certain that I’d miss calls that walk down the street holding the phone between my thumb and forefinger out in front of me… and still end up hearing the voicemail signal for a call that came to me but never rang.
I was a Verizon Wireless customer for five years. And having used four different devices on their service, I must say that their phone network is exemplary. I almost never dropped a call. Never. I would make hour long conference calls in my car driving from Queens, New York to Central New Jersey over bridges and at speeds of 65 mph and my clients would never know that I wasn’t in my office until I told them. Now, that’s service. Now while I don’t quite know how well this stands up to Sprint’s service, I’m told by their customers that it’s similar. (I sort of have a bias towards CDMA Networks like Verizon and Sprint… I don’t know why, but they tend to have better coverage for customers that I speak to who are based in the East.)
Another thing I won’t miss (and this isn’t AT&T or Apple’s fault – just a fault of the technology, I guess) is the incessant GSM buzz that haunts me whenever my device gets close to another electronic device.
17. Just the Web, Please – When I think about all of the applications that I have downloaded over the past year with my iPhone, I’d honestly have to say that only about a tenth of them are truly regularly used. Many of them are novelty apps (Lightsaber, Flashlight, Beer drinking simulator) and some of them are great games (Trism). But many of them are “just in case” applications. If I ever needed an app to convert measuring standards, I’ve got one. If I ever wanted to check to see what theaters are available within my GPS-positioned location, I’ve got an app for that too. But many of these tasks are already done well on the Web. Often times I’ve wished for less apps and an overall improved Web experience. If Safari didn’t crash quite so much, I’d be less concerned about applications and more focused on just getting information. I never understood apps like the multiple Wikipedia apps. If the web experience works well, I shouldn’t need to have a Wikipedia application. Even something like Facebook (which has a popular app that I use) is a culprit. I’d spend less time in the app if I had a browser that was more stable. I’d just go to the site.
I have no reason to think that the Pre experience is going to be any better. The Pre browser is based on the same Webkit browser that the iPhone uses. However, the Pre uses a different processor. I’m hoping that this coupled with the Pre’s new architecture (which is supposed to be designed for multi-tasking) equals a more stable experience.
I appreciate apps, but I’m hoping for a better web experience.
18. Mojo SDK = Good apps? – With all of the advertisement dollars and marketing that’s been put into the iPhone’s App Store, I don’t see any device competing on the same level at this point in the game. That goes for any competing store – Palm included. But just as I mentioned above, just having a massive quantity of apps doesn’t insure a good experience.
Many people think of the iPhone as this great game machine. I enjoy some of the games. However, the lack of a tactile button controller will keep it from being a real gaming experience for me (other than maybe puzzle or card-based games.)
So far there have been only a few applications that I’ve seen Palm show from 3rd party developers and all three were solid. Naturally Palm is they are exhibiting the best that the development community has to offer, but the FlightView application alone impressed me. (I’m trying to find out whether they have a similar app on the App Store.)
19. Google Chat Built-In – This was mentioned a bit earlier, but it deserves it’s own benefit line for me. I use Gmail more than any other application – desktop or otherwise. It seems as if just about 90% of my friends and family are on Gmail. Being able to see their status on Gmail Talk (the Pre shows the availability status with the red/green/gray/yellow indicator light) is huge for me. There are a few 3rd party chat applications for the iPhone, but I’m looking for a chat experience that is integrated within the OS. This feature looks like exactly what I wanted.
20. “Phone as a Laptop Modem”? – This last one is very dubious, but I’m only reading what’s available on the Palm website. Given all that the iPhone and the Palm Pre offer, there are only two features that keep either of these from being my dream device. The first is having Flash native on the phone. (This seems like it might never happen, but I’m still hoping, regardless of what platform it’s on). The other feature is being able to tether my device to my computer for the Internet access. What a wonderful world this would be if I could just use the Internet access I’m already paying for on the phone to get Internet access on my computer. I’d pay $99 a month for that. There are many times when I have my laptop at a meeting but just need to access the outside world.
Well… on the Palm website (http://www.palm.com/us/products/phones/pre/index.html#tab2) there’s a line that says, “Bluetooth Tethering – Phone as a laptop modem.” I’m sure that Sprint is going to charge extra for this. However, if this comes at a reasonable price, I will be one happy camper. (And by reasonable, I consider no more than $30 bucks extra… and even THAT is a bit much.)
There were quite a bit more points that I had on my list, but many of those were personal points (e.g. There’s a Sprint store on my way to work – easy to pay the bill. I have family members that are on Sprint. etc.) However the above points are the critical features which stand right now as my primary decision making factors for the switch.
However, it’s not without hesitation that I make this switch…
I can’t stress enough how pleased I have been with my iPhone. Usually at this point – the end of my two year mobile phone contract – I’m itching to get another device. Yet if I were forced to stay within AT&T, I’d have no problem signing up with the iPhone for another two years.
There’s a whole separate list – the dark list – of about ten or so concerns with my move… There are many features which I have now that I’m taking for granted and will only realize how valuable they were when I don’t have them anymore… Things like the simplicity of having everything backed up and synched in one great application (iTunes). Or the fact that Apple has a tradition of adding value to the phone with these OS upgrades like 3.0 that bring the entire community up to the same level. All of these courtesies that I am sure that I’m taking for granted make me a little more cautious about the move. Nonetheless, I’m anxiously looking forward to the announcement of the formal release date and the pricing for the Pre. I’m also anticipating what Apple will announce in May or June regarding the iPhone’s future.
One consolation that I have is that I’ll be able to continue to use my iPhone as an iPod Touch. And for that matter, I might just go out and buy an iPod Touch with more memory. But I’m hoping that the Pre can serve as my all-in-one device to simplify my life as my iPhone has for the past two years.