Well, I’m glad to finally say that I’m pleased to have an iPhone in my possession… amazing really that I’ve been writing about mobile technologies and LBS for several years now without an iPhone in my toolbox! For years now many of our readers here (and on GISuser, LBSzone, and SymbianOne) likely know me to be the Symbian (or S60) guy… fanatical about all things Symbian. I guess I am a huge fan of the Symbian OS – most recently I’ve been using an N95 8GB, Nokia N97, N96, N82 etc… I’ve also been a user of the very cool HTC G1 (aka. Google phone).
I decided the iPhone 3G S is a “must have” device now that the unit is faster, sports GPS (woohoo), loads of memory (32 GB), and maybe most important, has video capabilities (Geesh, about time Apple!) In order to provide blog content, articles for GISuser and in particular, LBSzone.com, I feel its now about time to have the iPhone in my possession. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been receiving almost daily notices about cool GPS-aware applications and cool LBS services for the iPhone 3G and so now its about time that I’ll be sharing my thoughts, reviews, etc… with first-hand commentary – I’m really looking forward to this. And so, if you have an interesting iPhone application that’s location-aware, please feel free to share details with me. Of note, I’m currently using the iPhone 3G until my 3G S shows up at AT&T later this week.
My initial thoughts and comments are very positive regarding this device, although I have a hunch the camera and video may not live up to my expectations (after all, I’m used to very high-quality cameras that come with the Nokia smartphones) and I have to admit that the lack of MicroSD card support is a little dissapointing as well. On the up-side though, the 3G is very fast, the auto connect to WiFi when available is very nice, and the iTunes store, well, it speaks for itself… its awesome! I’m sure as I share more with you, many of you iPhone users will be looking forward to the time when you can get your upgrade to the 3G S!
So, what does a new iPhone user do as soon as the device is powered up? Well, in my case first order was to configure email access (I’m grabbing gmail), I’ve also configured the WiFi settings not to continuously scan but the device does locate and store frequently used hotspots and then automatically jumps on WiFi when accessbile (nice), then I’m off to the app store. First apps downloaded by yours truly include a Twitter client (there’s many including Tweetie, Tweetdeck, Twitterfon, and many more) I selected TwitterFon which I’m not big on and I also grabbed TweetDeck, Tweetie appears to be the most popular and I will likely buy that one if I’m not satisfied with the freebies. I’ve also installed mobile facebook, Qik (live video streaming) the AroundMe local search, and a flickr sendr app.