My iPhone 3G Adventure

July 12, 2008 15 Comments »
My iPhone 3G Adventure

iphone3G Over the last month there is one word that has been consistently plastered all over tech sites across the Internet.  iPhone.  If you haven’t heard anything about the iPhone 3G yet I think we need to either check your pulse or take some dynamite to that rock you have been living under.  The iPhone 3G is the much heralded next generation version of the original iPhone that was launched around 1 year ago.

After many hours of window shopping on the web and in the Apple Store I took the plunge today and purchased an iPhone 3G.  It’s been an absolute BLAST so I thought I would share the experience with you.

iphoneline1 The day started pretty early.  I left the house with a 30 minute drive this morning ahead of me to the AT&T store in Huntsville.  I arrived at the store around 6:55am which was slightly more than two hours ahead of the time the store opened.  I had no idea what to expect when I showed up but was pleased to find that there were only a handful of people in line ahead of me.  Cool beans!!

I had thought ahead the night before and re-armed my SolidWorks iPod with some great Podcasts to listen to in case I got board.  Turns out I didn’t need it! swipod The guys in line around me were a total blast to talk to so the two hours passed very quickly!  One of my co-workers was also there which made it all the more fun.  (More on that later.)  It didn’t hurt that I brought a chair with me!  (Hey – If your gonna sit for two hours why not sit comfortably?)

Around 8:30am word starts to make it through the crowd that this store did not get very many phones in yesterday’s shipment and that no 16GB models were available today.  Three out of the 4 guys around me in line were really wanting the 16GB model vs. the 8GB model.  Since I was around 9th in line (I think) I figured I was in pretty good shape to get one.

As nine o’clock approaches my wife and kids show up.  We thought we would make a day of it and involve the whole family.  Also of key importance was the fact that my wife’s iPhone needed to be there for my purchase.  Here’s why….  Last October my wife got an iPhone and I got a Samsung BlackJack.  The primary reason rickyinstoreI didn’t get an iPhone as well was due to the lack of support for Microsoft Exchange.  (Which is of course now included with the 2.0 software update.)   One of the stipulations to get the iPhone for $199 was that you were either eligible for a phone upgrade (which I was NOT) or that you owned an original iPhone (Which my wife did).  My wife (thank you dear!) pretty much gave up her upgrade so I could get one.  They essentially upgraded her phone, then swapped her number back to her original phone.  It took a little longer at the store because of this but it was well worth it as I would have had to pay $399 under any other circumstance to get an iPhone 3G.

The “line rumors” were correct as no 16GB versions were available today.  I wanted an 8GB model with a Black case.  Lucky for me this is what they received!  The folks that waited so long in line that wanted 16GB models were able to order it for guaranteed delivery so all was not lost for them.  We were in and out of the store in about 35 minutes.  Not bad!

Remember the co-worker I mentioned earlier?  He works in our IT department and was nice enough to hang around a few extra minutes to make sure my new iPhone worked properly with our company Exchange server.  (Thanks David!)

iphoneathome1 After leaving the store we went to eat breakfast and do a little shopping.  While doing this I managed to get my first tweet out on Twitter with my new iPhone 3G!  We ended up getting back home a little before noon.  This entire afternoon has been devoted to setting up my additional mail accounts, cleaning and revising my contacts database, exploring the App Store, learning about all the settings, and oh yea….writing this post!

So far I have pulled down a few FREE apps from the App Store.  Those include Twitterific Free Edition, Facebook, & Google.  I’ve got several more I’m looking at but I figured these were the “must haves” to get me started.

iphone-email Setting up my multiple e-mail accounts were pretty darned easy!  The only one that I had to do a little research on was my SolidWorks User Group mail setup.  It is an e-mail address hosted through Yahoo so I had to tinker with it a bit but got it working without much effort.  Google has REALLY got their act together on the Gmail setup.  They have GREAT instructions posted at their iPhone support site.  The only odd thing is that they DON’T have you use Apple’s Gmail link in the setup.  Nevertheless, as long as it works smoothly, it doesn’t bother me!

So far I absolutely LOVE this device!  The shear size of the display and the touch screen capability makes this a great device to browse the web without having to breakout the laptop.  Most other PDA phones (BlackJack included) have screens so small that it makes it VERY difficult to do much web browsing.  The WiFi connection has been flawless and so far the 3G connection has been “good” at my house.  All in all, I’m VERY happy with the device and am really glad I upgraded.

I’ll post updates in the coming weeks to let you know how I like it after getting some “seat time” with it.  In the future I plan to write about the “Social Experience” of owning an iPhone.  You’ll have to stay tuned to catch that……more to come!

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  • He's so unworthy of me :)
    Hehe
    5079 hits on *my* site today, how about yours? ~giggle~
    Put down the iPhone and answer your daughter…~sighs~

  • He’s so unworthy of me :)
    Hehe
    5079 hits on *my* site today, how about yours? ~giggle~
    Put down the iPhone and answer your daughter…~sighs~

  • Mike Best

    My son went to the ATT store in Savannah, GA where he lives. He was 9th in line at 4am.

  • Mike Best

    My son went to the ATT store in Savannah, GA where he lives. He was 9th in line at 4am.

  • Did he get one? I sure hope so!
    (if not, I can sneak Ricky's away and UPS it to him)
    ~smiles sweetly~

  • Did he get one? I sure hope so!
    (if not, I can sneak Ricky’s away and UPS it to him)
    ~smiles sweetly~

  • Mike Best

    Oh yeah, and he couldn't wait to call and let me know it ready to go. Like Ricky, he waited around to make sure everything worked.

    He had an 8gig iPhone that we got him for Christmas. He sold it on ebay this past week for $200 to a broker who will hack it for use in Europe. So his new iPhone cost him $12 and change.

    Well, since he attends college there, the $12 and change was prolly my money……..

    Mike

  • Mike Best

    Oh yeah, and he couldn’t wait to call and let me know it ready to go. Like Ricky, he waited around to make sure everything worked.

    He had an 8gig iPhone that we got him for Christmas. He sold it on ebay this past week for $200 to a broker who will hack it for use in Europe. So his new iPhone cost him $12 and change.

    Well, since he attends college there, the $12 and change was prolly my money……..

    Mike

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  • Indeed, I switched to an iPhone earlier this month, and it's an absolute joy to use. I never saw such a small device capable of so much. An iDevice rather than just a phone. :-)

  • Indeed, I switched to an iPhone earlier this month, and it's an absolute joy to use. I never saw such a small device capable of so much. An iDevice rather than just a phone. :-)

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  • The mobilePDM team

    You will love the device even more after running mobilePDM for SolidWorks Enterprise PDM !
     mobilePDM.com or iPhone Store ( search for mobilePDM)

    mobilePDM enables you to access critical product information from your SoldiWorks Enterprise PDM while on the go ( via WLAN or 3G)
    after registering, you will be able to access a sample PDM repository provided by mobilePDM.
    To connect to your Exisiting SoldiWorks Enterprise PDM, please contact your local VAR.

    With Best Regards

    The mobilePDM Team.

  •  Thank you for spending some time to share with you this.

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