Picture this. Sitting in the Corte Madera mall's Peet's Coffee which just opened a couple days ago. It's big and it is 20 feet from Apple's door. I'm sipping a Dark Chocolate Carmel Mocha Freddo on Apple. They are handing out free tickets for any drink you want at Peet's.
I agonized and recently wrote about my fear (hope) that Apple will release a 32gb iPhone in September along with an even larger 65 gb iPod touch. In the end, I'll survive without paying an additional $100 to get 32gb. The 8 gb model I have been using seemed big enough and an extra 8 gigs will just have to do.
I decided since I had a problem with my gen 1 iPhone after upgrading to 2.0 that I would just do this new iPhone 3G virgin and set it up from scratch. Ultra easy!
I got my 4 email accounts up and running in about 8 minutes.
I got the black 16 gb version. I think that is the one that will be most likely to sell out. I'm leaving tomorrow to go to the FileMaker Developer's conference. A tech conference. I'm pretty sure I could have gotten someone to drive me to the Apple store in Phoenix to pick up an iPhone 3G on Sunday, but the line didn't look too bad when I came by the Apple store at 1:35 pm.
I got in around 3:45. A longer wait than I hoped for but not too bad. I would say, the line was not as festive as last year. I attribute that to the preponderance of *casual* cell phone users and PC users in line. All 3 of my closest line mates were PC users. They didn't really get how cool the iPhone 3G is or at least didn't act like it.
By the way, I talked with a genius at the Apple store about my problems with my old iPhone. He wanted to persuade me that the screen hardware had suddenly failed and that I need to pay $199 to get my 1g iPhone replaced. It does make a cheap and more powerful iPod touch at the moment but I'll first see if there is indeed a software failure going on.
When I plugged my new iPhone in to my MacBook Pro, iTunes knew this was a new phone and asked me to register. I tried but was unable to register. Then it asked if I wanted to restore from the other iPhone that was already synced to this computer. Then it started installing the new applications I bought yesterday at the App store. Cool!
Just to be on the safe side, I checked out the cases and found this really nice Belkin red and black case for $25. It fits the 3G shape and feels good in the hand. The shiny black plastic on the back of the 3G iPhone does seem sturdy, but I didn't want to scratch it on day one. I'm having too much fun right now.
I bought: Super Monkey Ball $9.99, Acid Solitaire $9.99, Anna Karenina 99¢ and Texas Hold'em. And downloaded several free apps: AIM, Evernote, Facebook, Loopt, Remote, Twitterific and WeatherBug. Now that I have 16 gb, I may download a few more. These are very small apps for the most part so you don't really have to worry about the space that much.
So far things are going great. This new iPhone has some subtle niceties including it's more eye-catching and hand-friendly shape. There are little silver grills over the speakers on the bottom and where you listen on a call. The sound is much improved!