Iâ€™m not sure if youâ€™re already aware, but Ewan has sent me a first generation iPhone for me to have a play around with. But also, Iâ€™m not too hung up on the device either!
Iâ€™ve mentioned this before (and no, Iâ€™m not complaining), but the iPhone really isnâ€™t my cup of tea. Iâ€™m not that bothered about what people think of my mobile phone; I mean I was walking around with a Nokia 3200 until September last year. In fact, if my Nokia 3310 wasnâ€™t dead, I would happily use that, with no care about its age or looks.
The iPhone to me, just screams â€œlook at me, Iâ€™m expensive, and glamorous; come and feel my touch screen! You know you want too.â€ â€“ And to put it bluntly, this isnâ€™t me. My mobile has to be practical, and it has to do what a mobile should do, to a good standard, and importantly at a good price.
Okay, the iPhone may work well (I canâ€™t yet vouch for that yet), but is it worth what you have to pay? And yes, Iâ€™m aware you can get iPhones for â€œfreeâ€ on contracts; but does paying Â£75 for a contract sound like free to you? Or maybe more importantly, is it practical for a sixteen year old?
In simple terms that is a straight-forward no!
Then there is the fact itâ€™s trying to be an MP3 player. I, unlike many people, do not like iPods. I once did, but after hearing the sound quality, and even having to endure using iTunes on my computer, I quickly realised what a horror it was. There is also the fact; I like to have separate devices for my MP3 Player and mobile.
I want my MP3 player to sound amazing, and my experience of listening to music on mobile phones, is horrible. I love my music, donâ€™t get me wrong, but when I listen to it, I want it to sound good, not half-arsed, and distorted. iPods, as far as I have heard (and Iâ€™ve had the horrible pleasure of using and listening to quite a few), sound horrific. So surely it canâ€™t sound much better as a mobile device either?
Then there are the applications. My mobile phone is used for texting, making calls, and for the radio when Iâ€™m out and about. I rarely use the internet due to the cost, and because Mobile sites drive me insane; and I donâ€™t require much else. I like to have a camera in case I donâ€™t have my Digital Camera on me, but thatâ€™s it really.
At tops my mobile phone requires a camera, a phone book, the ability to send and receive texts, calendar, FM Radio, Alarm and a torch.
Basically, Iâ€™m a normob at its best!
Maybe you can see why I donâ€™t like the iPhone. Itâ€™s not because itâ€™s crap (it may not be), but itâ€™s because the iPhone isnâ€™t a phone I require in my life. It draws too much attention to itself, and doesnâ€™t suit my general purpose or needs. I donâ€™t like phones which are designed purely to make other people, and their mobiles feel bad. Remember those cute Carphone adverts with the lonely phone? Well, I see the iPhone as the creator of that phone; itâ€™s too brash and it tries to put other mobiles to shame.
Should I mention too, that I think itâ€™s too big, the camera is wrongly positioned, and I donâ€™t like touch-screens too?
However, despite this ramble which may just sound like a moan and it isnâ€™t, Iâ€™m more than willing to admit that Iâ€™m wrong. I may be stubborn, but I will admit when Iâ€™m wrong. I want to see if the iPhone can win me over! Can I even be persuaded to buy myself one? Or, is it going to make me realise I was right, and in fact there are a collection of other annoyances about the device too?
Well, weâ€™ll see in a couple of weeks, and see if I was wrong after all!