So, why am I starting a blog about the iPhone when just about every other tech pundit with more writing and tech savvy out there in the blogosphere already writes one?
Simple – I LOVE the iPhone.
Here’s the background. I have been a PDA power user for years. My first PDA was a Handspring Visor which I purchased in 2001. It ran the Palm OS, which I found incredibly useful. It was portable, which meant that I could track my calendar and to do items wherever I went. Once I found the Sprint cell phone add-on, I had my first smartphone. I eventually upgraded to the Palm Tungsten T in 2002, which had a slide-out bottom that covered the writing area of the Tungsten, making the PDA even more compact when you weren’t using it.
The problem with Palm, for me, began with the Tungsten T3, which I upgraded to thanks to my wife at Christmas of 2003 . By this point, the Palm OS was pretty stagnant. What’s more, the T3 had technical issues which required me to reset it at least once a day. By this point, my wife had moved away from Palm and was the owner of a Dell Axim x50. I got jealous and it was only a few months after I got the T3 that I had made my switch to Windows Mobile. I found a Dell Axim x30 on eBay and snatched it up as soon as possible.
The x30 blew away all of my other PDAs easily. It was the fastest processor out there, had a great screen, and had Bluetooth and wi-fi, which meant I could get online either by connecting to my phone or via the wireless router at home. An SD card slot also meant I had plenty of storage space available. I used the Axim faithfully until March of 2008. This is when the Tilt came to my awareness.
The AT&T Tilt, also known as the HTC TyTN II, had a major benefit over my Axim – It was a full-out smartphone. I no longer had to carry both my PDA and phone on my belt. I loved my Tilt, especially the slide out keyboard and tilting screen, which is what gave the Tilt it’s name. Unfortunately, the Tilt was so good, it showed the cracks in Windows Mobile which version 6 and, to a larger extent, 6.1 had. Like Palm’s OS before it, Windows Mobile was showing it’s age, and it wasn’t pretty.
Of course, by this time, the iPhone was THE must have tech item. By the time I bought my iPhone, just over a week before this blog began, the iPhone’s OS was on version 2.2.1 and both the phone and the software were highly praised for what they could do, which was a lot. I already owned an iPod (2, in fact), and the ability to combine my PDA, phone, and mp3 player in such an attractive hardware package was too good to pass up. Only a year after getting the Tilt, I moved on yet again.
Now, after all of that, here’s the reason I am writing this blog. The iPhone does many things, but I need my iPhone to take care of specific functions:
1. mp3 player
- Car Charger – Kensington LiquidAUX
- Car Mount
- Bluetooth Headset
3. Personal information manager
- To-do list/tasks
- Contact/address book
- Email – Work and personal
- Budget tracker
- Sync with Windows version of Quicken 2009
5. Task Manager – Free Memory 1.4
6. Streaming Audio
- Baseball – MLB At Bat 2009
This is just the short list. As I think of more uses for the iPhone, and there are many, I will add to the list. For starters, however, I’ll be focusing on the above list and finding the apps which do what I want, which includes the built-in options if they suffice.