*** Guest post – Joshua Schnell is the Founder of Macgasm.net, a website dedicated to providing tips and tricks to Mac users. When the iPhone came out, I had a long list of worries.  My worries were serious enough that I almost didn’t purchase the 3G model when it finally came out up here in […]
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Here’s three things I never thought I’d say about my iPhone

*** Guest post – Joshua Schnell is the Founder of Macgasm.net, a website dedicated to providing tips and tricks to Mac users.

When the iPhone came out, I had a long list of worries.  My worries were serious enough that I almost didn’t purchase the 3G model when it finally came out up here in Canada (We didn’t get the EDGE version).  But now I realize a lot of my concerns were pretty misguided.  Maybe Steve really does know us better than we know ourselves.

8GB is more than enough.

iTunes

Who was I kidding? Carrying around my entire music collection is pointless.  Sure it might mean having to adjust a little, but going from an iPod classic to an 8GB iPhone isn’t that big of a deal. We don’t need the GBs of an iPod Classic, and anyone who says otherwise is full of it.

Before you go getting your panties all in a bunch, you should know that I’m a huge music nerd.  I was pretty skeptical about 8GBs being enough space for my audio listening needs, but I have a confession to make–I haven’t filled my iPhone once.  The current number of albums sitting on my iPhone is 51. I can’t think of one road trip I’ve been on where that hasn’t been enough. I even managed a trip through Europe with just an iPhone, so anyone who tells you they need more space on an iPhone is full of crap.  I never thought I’d say it, but 8GB of space is plenty, and I’m pretty sure that the upcoming iPad hard drive space is going to be fine as well.

Things might change in the future, and maybe younger generations disagree, but 51 albums on a device is enough, and it sure beats carrying four or five CDs in a backpack.

Multitasking is over-rated.

Dashboard

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I’ve flip flopped on this point more than I’d like.  Heck, I’d make John Kerry proud. But I’ve finally settled on the opinion that not being able to multitask is fine.  There’s only one situation where I can build a steady case in support of needing multi-tasking–chat apps.  If I could run Fring, or a Meebo app in the background, I’ll be a happy camper, but other than that, I haven’t once wished for multitasking.

I might be in the minority here, but I prefer to focus on one thing at a time. I’m more effective that way.  Want to answer emails? Answer emails.  Want to waste time on twitter? Waste time on twitter.  Own it.  Jumping out of a game to answer emails and then back in again, and then switching to a browser to look something up isn’t my idea of a good time.  I’d really like to hear your arguments for multitasking, because frankly, I can only think of the one.

I’ve spent some time reading some interesting articles on multitasking, and I’d have to agree with the authors <a href=”http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=985707&dl=GUIDE&coll=GUIDE&CFID=82787119&CFTOKEN=10028955″>here</a> — the iPhone fits our needs quite well.

Buttons are stupid.

One final concern was how the practical the iPhone would be without tactile feedback?  I have small fingers, but even I was going to have difficulty trying to accurately type on the iPhone.  Turns out, I was wrong yet again.  Now that I’ve gotten used to the lack of buttons on the iPhone, I can’t begin to imagine what life would be like if I went back to device with a full qwerty keyboard.

Final Thought

I’ve spent a lot of time the last couple of weeks talking about the iPad and the parallels that were present when the iPhone was announced.  Seems most people have a short memory and failed to realize that the alot of the media outlets had written the device off before it even shipped.  Heck, most consumers had serious reservations about the device, but it turned out to be a device we can’t live without.

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