Will I get an iPhone?

Well I suppose I have to eventually post, whether or not I will get an iPhone. Reading all the numerous reviews, the positives and the negatives. I have to say I will get an iPhone though not today, I will wait for one that will work on a 3G network. Let me first off say that I don’t currently have an iPod, I have a Palm Pilot (Tungsten E2) that doubles as my music/video player. I have two SD 1GB cards for it, one for music and videos and one for data and that is enough for several hours worth of entertainment. That is more than I generally need, even when flying all day, I don’t run out of something to listen to. I do have the ability to work on documents and such, however I can’t program and I can’t surf the internet or get my e-mail. This has been a real pain for me, especially since my laptop is dead and even if I got it working, it wouldn’t be useful on the go.

I think at this point, until an iPhone is released that will work with AT&T 3G network, then I’ll look at getting one, until then, no. Buying the iPhone however would be an investment, for the pure and simple reason of getting a full fledged browser on a mobile device. Although it wouldn’t allow me to access my current programing project of the month, I would be able to answer my e-mails and keep up with feeds, that would be a pleasure in and of itself.

For everyone else, it depends on what you need and want. Do you need and want a mobile web device that has a camera (although a bad one), a web browser on the go (Currently only Wifi or AT&T 2.5G network which has an average speed under 100 kbps), and doubles as a video iPod? If so then get one, myself personally I am not that much of an Apple fan, nor do I need a iPod enough to shell over $500 plus the data plan, but I do need a mobile internet device, but one with a faster connection.


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Justin Yost is a full-time Software Engineer and a part time educator. A graduate of Texas Tech University with a bachelor's degree in computer science, Justin relishes programming and learning more about anything and everything. When not working, Justin occasionally gives talks at the local PHP Meetup. In his free time, Justin enjoys backpacking and reading science fiction books.

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