Snagged Me An iPhone

iPhone’s are awesome, but I never really had the drive to buy the first generation. A friend told me the other day the new 3G ones are coming out and all the cool features it’d have so I went out and bought one.

If you think I have anything bad to say about the iPhone you can stop reading now, because I’m basically going to gush about how great it is for the remainder of the post.

I moseyed in the AT&T store Friday afternoon and they didn’t have any. A line of fanatical iPhone fans waited overnight for the first set of phones on Friday afternoon. Crazy people.

Well I turned into one of those crazy line-standing people on Saturday morning at 7am, two hours before the store opened because I specifically wanted the white iPhone (since it was the rarest) and they told me I’d most likely have to wait in line early.

I stood 12th in line Saturday morning and got the first of only 3 white phones they had at the store and have been living happily ever after since.

I knew the iPhone blows away pretty much every phone on the market, but I didn’t realize it was THIS good. I never had one before so I was mesmerized at how unbelievably intuitive this thing is. Even though it’s the most advanced phone out right now, it’s the absolute simplest to use. Everything utilizes the dragging/flicking feature which makes browsing around very easy (and fun):

If you recall I once bought a Treo 700 a while ago which turned out to be a disaster. That thing was HARD to use. It required lots of clicking, searching and tapping to do basic things like check email or play a song. For that reason the Treo ended up being more of an overpriced text messaging machine than anything. I couldn’t do too much else on it. The iPhone is like an easy-to-use computer that happens to have an amazing phone on it.

Now a top of the line device doesn’t cost a bottom feeder price (I totally didn’t mean for that to rhyme).
So let’s break down the pricing here:

iPhone: $400 (With two year contract)
Activation: $35
T-Mobile Contract Break: $200
AT&T Monthly billing: $145

So my first month of having this phone will cost: $780
Subsequent months will be $145/month (more than twice my $71.00 monthly rate for a basic T-mobile phone).

However the iPhone is so much more than a phone. You can do all sorts of things on it (and if you’re not careful, waste a whole bunch of time). When I’m not near my piano, I can now play on the go:

Or browse the web…the browser is amazing. The Treo I had could hardly load anything but Google, this thing can easily load big, ugly, un-optimized, bandwidth-hogging websites like yours truly:

For now I’m extremely satisfied with the purchase, and really glad I have all these extra features chilling in my pocket now. We’ll see if it’s worth it in the long run. However like all my previous expensive electronics I generally end up losing or breaking them in less than 6 months, so look for the “I lost (or crushed) my iPhone” post soon!

Blog posted on: July 16, 2008

18 comments on “Snagged Me An iPhone

  1. me2press

    You made a great choice. Here in Canada Roger charged to much for data use. They did offer a $30 6g data plan after the news got all over them for being overpriced. It is a very cool phone and I know you will make great use of it with your blog. Nev you can make money on the go with this phone most web 2.0 sites seem to work great. As for me I am happy with my A88 iphone clone that I got from retroslim on ebay. It does alot for an iphone clone, without the 3 year contract that Rogers would have made me get. In Canada the phone has done well, but I think many people are still trying to see if Rogers will offer a better price plan. Enjoy your phone and keep us posted on how you are using it.

  2. Cindy

    I have been on AT&T for awhile now, and I am looking to upgrade to the Pantech Duo Smart Phone in a few months. I love AT&T and the idea of the iPhone, but I think I'll be getting one way after it's cool. :)

  3. Millionster

    You should have waited for the blackberry bold ^_^! btw Treos suck – but I got mine for free! woo hoo!

  4. Michael C

    OUTSTANDING decision Nev! I’ve had one of the first generations for about 8 months now, and my friends (who have just entered into the iPhone world as well) are all trying to talk me into the 3G. I also used to run a treo 700 and the iPhone absolutely blows it out of the water.

    –Another very pleased iPhone customer
    (aka Michael)

  5. Brian

    My gosh! I could never justify spending that much money on a phone… not only is it a huge expense up front but every month thereafter… Is moving the screen with your thumb worth hundreds of dollars? Are you getting rid of your laptop due to the computer-like device in your pocket? This is seriously a way overpriced piece of equipment that duplicates features that you already have in other devices… that just happens to be cool. It’s like the moron 10 year old kid who buys $250 shoes only to grow out of them in 6 months and need new ones.

  6. Sheer Blind Luck

    I thought you wanted a white iphone? The pictures make it look like you have a black one. Did something happen at the store? Otherwise, looks like you have a pretty spiffy new toy!

  7. Jerry

    I would not deign to disparage anybody’s choice of phone. I mean, hey, people can choose whatever device suits their fancy, no matter the selling price. I would only recommend covering such toys with insurance in case of loss (or crushing, as you mentioned). It’s pretty cheap compared to having to spring for a new one out of pocket!

  8. Moneymonk

    wow! what a good plug for Apple

    Im looking at the iPod touch. same features but no contract or monthly payments

    I plan to keep my Tmobile phone

  9. Mark Nelson

    I have the all tell blackberry. Nice phone but after looking at other people’s iPhones I think I would rather switch.

  10. Kevin

    i usually don’t comment, but jeeze nev that iphone purchase seems almost irresponsible considering the cost…$780 on a phone. i’ll say it again..on a phone. what’s the return? i mean you definitely didn’t get any deals on the thing and on top of that you gave t-mobile free money. they didn’t have to do anything for you. just my opinion man.

  11. Financial Advisor

    The iPhone is great. I don’t understand why anyone else would buy any other phone if they could afford the iPhone.

  12. Doyt Miller

    Cool!! Congrats with the Iphone dude. My friend has one and its a pretty cool gadget but I would never buy one… I only use my phone to call people ;-)

  13. Robert

    Just out of curiosity, are you still using your iPhone now? Some people have speculated that it’s one of those electronics that’s cool at first, but the magic wears off after a while.

    Maybe the iPhone 3.0 update today will excite you again. :)

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