After having a late lunch at Olive Garden on July 1, 2007, I walked over to the AT&T store and bought my first iPhone. All that was left from the biggest launch in Apple’s history was a 4GB model and I took it. (No waiting, no lines)
I must admit, my friend Andy twisted my arm to give it a chance. I have to thank him for pushing me to try it. Who knows, I might have given Android a chance like most of my other friends avidly use & recommend. Yuk!
I was undecided at the time because I didn’t want to give up, of all things, the QWERTY keyboard on my Blackberry Curve. Can you believe that? Makes me chuckle everytime I reminisce about it.
Needless to say, the iPhone was the best electronic device I’ve owned by far! I’ve kept my original iPhone thinking it will some day be a collector’s item. I have it on display in my living room, since it is the most expensive art piece I own. Well, other than the other Apple products in my home.
I have been upgrading every two years to the latest model. I currently own a 32GB iPhone 4 running iOS 5.0.1 with 1,709 songs, 10,273 photos and 91 apps. Waiting for upgrade eligibility in Feb. 2012 for the 4S.
I won’t make this into a post of why I believe the iPhone is simply the best choice out there. There’s about 90 million iPhone users and countless stories on the web to convice you of that.
It’s about a question I’m asked from time to time: What phone do you recommend? I simply say, “Get an iPhone” and it usually results in one of two things:
1) A follow-up visit a few months later thanking me for the recommendation and them sharing their favorite features they didn’t know a phone could do. (Demonstration included)
2) A text message asking me to guess what phone they just bought. This is my favorite of the two. Since iOS 5, it’s been a pleasant surprise to receive that first iMessage from someone who just switched to an iPhone. It’s made it easier to identify the switch.
By my count, the number of converts is at 15 and rising. Their ages range from 17 – 58 years of age. The list includes friends, family, married couples, college students, teachers & my mom.
Thanks to subsidies, owning an iPhone has become fairly affordable. For those new to the iPhone, there was no such thing when the original came out. It was either $499 or $599 cash money! Also, it’s now available on all relevant carriers with a variety of plans to suit every need.
So if you’re in the market for a new smart phone, just get an iPhone! I’ll see you or reply to your first iMessage soon.