I have to start by stating up front I am a huge Apple fan boy. I will pretty much buy anything coming down the pike with an Apple logo on it. That being said, I have been waiting patiently for the coming of the new iPhone. Okay, maybe not so patiently. In the meantime I have been looking at ll the other amazing new smart-phones being released by the likes of Cingular and T-Mobile. Phones like the Treo 680, the Blackjack, and the Dash. All of these phones reaching out the the consumer, not so much the power business users. But I was determined I was waiting for that holy grail to come from Apple.
Understanding that all of this is pure rumor and speculation, I have to say I was initially turned off the the iPhone after hearing Kevin Rose and another analyst drop hints as the the specs on the iPhone. From what I heard, it is basically going to be an iPod that had phone capabilities as well. This could not be farther from what I want in an Apple phone. What I wanted was what all the other carriers were offering. I have iPods and I could never really get the convergence idea between merging your phone with one. As I sit back and think, I begin to understand what Apple is trying to do with the phone. While I am not a power business user, I am going to want more than what the speculation is saying. I want to be able to have a quad band phone to use anywhere I am in the world. I want to be able to use the phone as a modem to connect my laptop to the phone via bluetooth and reach the edge data network in a pinch. I want to use Skype Mobile to make cheap calls over the net while sitting in a Starbucks in England if I need to. These are things I just didn't get a good feeling the iPhone was going to offer. I am not placing blame, or saying Apple is doing the wrong thing. They have a niche market they want to hit. So if they offer cool text messaging, music, ring tones, and their usual good user experience, they will do great. There is definitely a market for this out there, it is just not my market.
So I made the horrifying decision that I would have to use a Windows Mobile device ... it was by no means an easy decision. And once I had made that decision, it was then one to decide which one I would finally settle on. I was basically down to the three mentioned above Treo 680, BlackJack, and the Dash. In the end it came down to one very small, yet significant spec, wi-fi. The Dash, while it does not offer the faster 3G data network only the slower EGDE, offers wi-fi. To me this meant that in the event I was somewhere I could not find an EDGE network, I could always find a wi-fi hotspot. Its terrible how I agonize over these decisions, but I made it and today went to the T-Mobile store and made the leap.
And I could not be happier. I have only had my hands on it for several hours today and it is AWESOME. The feel of it is great. It feels very natural in my hand. The features are great. I was worried the EDGE from T-Mobile was going to be sluggish, but it is really not. The wi fi is great ! I bought The MIssing Sync from MarkSpace to sync the Dash with my new MacBook and works perfectly and also allows me to install apps on the device as well. I can say that I installed the new Skype Mobile and made a call, it couldn't have been easier. Overall, my first impressions are wonderful. My next step is the SlingBox and the mobile client and we will see how that goes. But for now, I am going to enjoy my leap into the world of smart-phones and sit back and cry when all the speculation on the iPhone was wrong ......
Republished from East Coast Blogging