Damn, I’m behind on my blogging..my bad. So there’s probably no bigger Apple fanboy then me. Well, except for a certain fake CEO, but you get me. If the title hasn’t already clued you in, I finally got an iPhone. 6 months late. I’ve watched every unboxing video on YouTube. Seen every pic on Flickr. Read every blog on every topic from jailbreaking to SSH-ing.
Needless to say I’m experienced in iPhone-ness. So how was the experience for me the first time I opened it? Friggin’ awesome. You would think that after seeing so much of it that the thrill of actually having one would be somewhat diminished. Nope. This thing kicks ass. Like, uncharted amounts of ass.
Already being familiar with the device, I flew through the packaging and immediately began the downgrade/jailbreak process. It took alil less then an hour to have a full activated phone running Cingular, with a shiny new Installer.app winking at me. Sweet.
Installing the now common BSD-SSH-Community sources combo was cake. Summerboard is one of the cooler hacks I’ve seen for sure. The third party developers alone have truly made this phone worthy of being called Invention of the Year.
My favorite app by far is definitely Safari. I don’t know why browsing the web is so much fun on the iPhone. I mean, it’s Safari. The same browser that’s on my MacBook. The net is the net. But for some reason, it’s more fun to sit in bed watching CSI while “flicking” through Facebook rather then using a mouse.
Come to think of it, alot of things seem more fun on the iPhone then they should be. Ringtones are nothing new. I made my own like 2 years ago for my Nextel. But making ringtones for Apple’s device is, well, fun. A quick chop-up in Garage Band and I have a perfect, stereo ringtone for any contact (my family’s tone is “Family Business” by Kanye). I installed the NES emulator today, too. I had a PSP a few years back, and my Memory Stick was loaded with so much homebrew I don’t think it could possibly be any more illegal. But, stolen emulated games is more fun on iPhone. Typing? Yep, more fun. (Why can’t every keyboard have auto-correct?) Hell, I even answer calls I normally ignored now, just to talk on the thing. (*cough, Sallie Mae*.)
I’ve had all kinds of iPods before, but this one is the best by a long shot. Having music fade out when a call comes in..genius. I know it’s not the first music phone to do that, but again, iPhone makes it better.
The only thing I haven’t got to experience is the unlocking process. Since it has the new bootloader, I won’t be doing that until AnySIM gets updated. Maybe that’ll go more smoothly once the official SDK comes out. That’s the one thing that has me nervous. Apple breaks everything with new firmware updates. So far, there hasn’t really been an update that was a “must have”. That could change, and all the hard work that’s going into this stuff could be broken forever when “legit” developers start making apps. Only time will time.
So. I think it’s safe to say I think the iPhone is one of the coolest devices ever made. The only thing I’m confused about now is what case to buy..