Monthly Archives: July 2008

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!

Money This Blog Makes

Blogging about blogging, my most hated subject but sometimes of most interest to other people. Anyhow, I got a couple of emails asking about how much money (if any) this blog ( makes.

I’m not too interested in monetizing this blog but if I continually update something, I might as well make some cash on it. Here’s the breakdown:

Selling text links (June 2008): $800/month
There are usually between 8 and 12 text links placed throughout the site that advertisers pay $80/month for.

Google Adwords (June 2008): $116/month
They run on the header and left navigation. These just kind of sit there and make a few bucks a day.

Adify Ads (Through Forbes Network): $20
I’m part of a network run by Forbes, and they run those ads you see on the header and left navigation bar through the Adify network. I have a minimum pay-per-click clause set on my Adify settings, so if an Adify advert is lower than my Google Adwords, it shows whichever is the highest paying. So sometimes the advetisement is from Adify, sometimes from Google.

So to answer all of your questions, for June 2008 this blog made roughly $900.