iLiked it. iCraved for it. iWaited for it. Finally, iGot it ? my brand new 32 gigabyte 4G Apple iPhone 5. It was Christmas gift from my friend, the best Christmas gift ever, that came early this year. Isn’t it nice to have a ” Chroropathi” friend, who has been my best friend since school days, and who’s now a successful entrepreneur in Mangalore. When I had come down from US to Mangalore few months back, I had purchased a brand new iPhone 4S – but for my bad luck it couldn’t get unlocked here to avail service since it had CMD and not a SIM card. So I had to sell it to my friend’s son for peanuts, who is using it as a iPod now. Knowing my iPhone situation, and also that I was looking to buy a new Apple iPhone 5, my friend surprised me with a gift of brand new Apple gadget-iPhone 5. This iPhone is iFun ? iLove it and iEnjoy every bit of it!
I remember the day, June 29th, 2007 ? the day many gearheads marked on their calendars as iDay, when Apple delivered its newest prodigy, the iPhone ? a slender fashion phone, a slick iPod and an Internet experience unlike any before it on a mobile handset. This expensive, glitzy wunderkind was indeed worth lusting for, and many Apple fans took the iPhone iPlunge on that day.
But I didn’t go so far as to bring my sleeping bag to the local AT&T store in Chicago Suburb to be the first in the line for this coveted iPhone when it went on sale on its inauguration day. I didn’t wanted to plunk down $599 for this device within hours of its debut. I knew the price would go down later. Two years later, the same iPhone was selling for $199 – and that’s when I bought my first iPhone.
For starters like me then, iPhone was a breeze to set up and fun to use, evident from the moment you slide your finger across the screen to unlock it. It was a wonderful wide screen iPod and fabulous picture viewer. Once you get the hang of it’s “multi-touch” interface ? give it a few days ? you won’t have to schlep a separate iPod and cellphone in your pocket.
The iPhone is more than just a gadget. It’s a genuine handheld computer, the first device that really deserves the name. The iPhone is striking. The revelation is that it’s also comfortable to hold and touch. The scratch-resistant glass-top surface protects iPhone’s gorgeous touch-screen display, which I found visible even in direct sun. No stylus is provided. Your fingers control everything; you tap, flick and pinch. Though you’re frequently touching the display, I didn’t notice fingerprints when iPhone is on. Really amazing!
The iPhone 5 which is the sixth generation of the Apple iPhone and succeeds the iPhone 4S, is a slimmer, lighter model that introduces a higher-resolution, 4-inch screen to the series with 16:9 wide- screen aspect ratio support. The phone also includes a custom-designed ARMv7 processor called the Apple A6, an update to Apple’s mobile operating system known as iOS 6, and support for LTE. It is beautifully crafted and stands nearly a centimeter taller than the older iPhones. It has lots other features, and this iPhone uses a nano SIM that’s even smaller than a micro SIM. Still, the premium pricing that’s higher than any other smartphone in the market today – makes it a handset only for those who’re willing to spend that extra moolah.
The iPhone is the closet thing to the real-deal Internet that I’ve seen on a pocket-size device. You can view full Web pages, browse through your e-mails. You can access Google maps to search for pizzerias, movie theatres, restaurants or whatever. One of the best features is visual voice mail. It lets you prioritize the messages you hear first ? from your spouse or boss, for example ? rather than making you listen in the order in which messages arrived. Just tap on caller names to hear their message; tap “call back” to return the call. iLove it!
I never had a cell-phone till I started working. Nowadays, its tough to even find a kid without a phone. When the cell phone was introduced to my world, it was more for safety. Its purpose was in case something happened and help was needed. You were afraid to use too many minutes and the charge for overages was obscene. Now, if I leave the house without my phone, I am lost. It’s a lifeline. I mean, if I have to wait in line at the store, I can check my Facebook or get in a quick round of Angry Birds.
We are such a society of impatience and instant gratification. But are these really conveniences or nuisances? With helpful tools like GPS, calendars at the touch of a button and Apps for just about anything you can think of, it’s hard to imagine life any other way. But there were times we weren’t so dependent on that lifeline. I would leave the house on my bike early morning and not return until the streetlights came on without a call on a cell phone. A simple drive-by on my bike, a quick wave to my grandma, was good enough that I was OK.
My point is: I love technology. I love my iPhone. I love the fact the Internet allows me to research any information at the touch of a key or go shopping while still in my pajamas. I love it! However, I hate the fact I love it and am so dependent on it! Yes, there has been a lot of hype written about the iPhone, and a lot of guff too. But all I can say is that Apple’s iPhone is still the best thing ever invented. iPhone is pretty; it is touch-feely; it will someday make other phones better. And in the years to come iPhone will have a new look. It’ll be very cool. And it’ll be even cheaper. Got iPhone 5? iDo now.
Author: Alfie DSouza- Illinois