iWent shopping for a new cell phone yesterday. My Treo 650 finally sprung a leak. Up to now, that phone was simply the best phone iEver owned. In spite of the numerous times iDropped it though the years, it held up solid. The tone was always clear, and iLove the Palm OS.
So, iWent to the AT&T Wireless store in Homewood, IL. Very nice people, although iSensed the clerk who waited on me was losing patience after a while. In general, the clerks at that store don’t have a great reputation for good customer relations. Nevertheless, the clerk who worked with me was great.
iArrived with a printout from ConsumerReports.org of the best Smart phones. The Samsung Blackjack II was rated the CR Best Buy. However, the iPhone 3G was in the corner by the window, all booted up and ready for play. iAsked the clerk if iCould take a look at the Blackjack, and took a look at the iPhone 3G while she ducked in the back to get the Samsung.
The iPhone 3G looked nice. At $299, it was just within reach of my budget, but not really what iWanted to spend.
iWent online with it. Very slick interface, and an extremely quick load. Opening the web browser, iDecided to load my most complex site, which happens to be this one, eNews Park Forest. iOpened up the QWERTY keypad and began to enter the URL: enewspf.com.
That’s when the problems began.
iStabbed keys with my finger, only to see the wrong letter load in the browser’s address bar. It took a good 3 or 4 minutes just to type in that simple URL. Once iDid so, iWas pleased to see my page loaded — the whole page — much more quickly than iExpected. It looked slick but tiny in that little screen. iEventually figured out how to see larger areas of the page so iCould actually navigate.
The clerk interrupted me. iAsked about the iPhone, and was told there would be a wait of 10 to 21 days for it to come in. That decided the matter for me, but iStill felt drawn to that strange little tablet. Perhaps iCould wait?
iAsked if there was a chance iCould transfer my data from my Palm Treo 650 to the iPhone. Not a chance, the clerk said. iWould have to enter all of my data into iTunes, and then upload it to the iPhone.
iThink not. After more than a decade of Palm Pilots and Palm smart phones, iHave more contacts than iCan count. iCould not see myself taking a few days out of my life adding contacts and calendar dates to a completely different system.
Battery life? Apple may be optimistic, but friends who either took the iPlunge and bought this train wreck don’t get much out of the battery. Having that much Internet in the palm of your hand takes a toll on the battery.
Could the iPhone be the phone of the future? Time Magazine loved it. iDidn’t at all.
So, enough with all this iNonense.
I ended up with a Palm Centro. I did look at the Samsung Blackjack II, but that thing was even larger and heavier than my Treo 650, and it looked, well, ugly. Additionally, the Blackjack does not use the Palm OS, but a Windows system, and that would involve hours of my life transferring data.
When the deal was done, I ended up with a phone smaller and lighter than the 650 I was hauling around all these years, and I like it. I don’t want the entire Internet in the palm of my hand. I’ve said for years that I just don’t want to be that connected. I need some “me” time, away from these fascinating machines. And the deal was right. After the mail-in rebate, my total out-of-pocket is just over $80, much less than the $400 I spent on the Treo a few years back.
It took 10 minutes tops to upgrade my Palm desktop software, synch the phone, and transfer my data to the new phone.
So, it’s back to Palm. You can have the iPhone.
Or, you might want to try the iRack: