I am slightly loathe to add to the volumes that have been written on the iPhone but I was reflecting today on why I like the beast so much, and that has a lot to do wiht how I use it.
I txt every day; use the internet a lot (83 mgbt download in the last month) and have Google Maps save my life on numerous occasions. I use Google search on the run a lot, to find stuff, plus the phone is my calendar and my address book. I check names and addresses as well as names and numbers. Plus a bit of podcasting, a bit of calculating, coverting currencies, temperatures weights and more plus the time zones so i always know what time it is in San Francisco. And then I use the ‘Pocket Watch’ function to have a big clock on my desk when I am working at home, and iSolitaire occasionally keeps me occupied on a train, tram or bus. Did I mention that I use it as a phone as well.
So what makes it different? For me, it is the fact that it is delivery agnostic. The web works as well as the phone. Using numbers to dial or click on a contact is as easy as making a favourite list or checking voicemail. Therefore it works like i do. It is not a phone that struggles with the internet or a computer that can make calls at a push. And everything is one click off the home screen, using my clumsy, podgy fingers. A delight that has genuinely made my life easier and I have no intention of moving back to Blackberry or Nokia or even Palm.