So its been just over 12 hours since UPS dropped off my iPhone 4S.
It took roughly 2.5 hours to activate, since AT&T dropped the ball on having enough resources to handle the massive slamming of their activation servers. The experience so far has been phenomenal.
Compared to my iPad, everything is snappier, animations are smoother, and its just overall a much more satisfying experience. That’s saying a lot, because I love my iPad.
Compared to my Blackberry, there really is no comparison. I loved my Bold 9700, and I’m still going to miss aspects of it considerably. Most notably the battery life, keyboard, and holster. The battery life I’m almost willing to trade off, just because of how much more usable the iPhone is, but time will tell. I’m just going to have to get into the habit of never passing up the chance to charge it.
iCloud has worked beautifully thus far. Once everything synced down, I have been updating contacts and calendar events, etc., on three devices (Mac, iPad, and iPhone), and everything has been keeping up wonderfully.
Seymour is currently stuck with EDGE service, so once you get away from Wifi here the experience falls away pretty quickly. That was one other advantage of RIM’s hardware, was it was much more adept at dealing with slow networks, thanks to RIM’s constant tweaking of things up there in Canada before final delivery to the device. The theory is that we’ll see this whole region/area upgraded and bumped directly to 4G. That move should also enable 3G HSPA+ for us here, so here’s hoping AT&T gets their head out before too long.
I had ordered an OtterBox Impact case for it last week, which has proven to be an attractive and protective addition. We’ll see how well it goes, I’ll be experimenting with carry methods and cases for a while from the look of things. Its hard giving up carrying a phone on your hip when you’ve been doing it for a decade.
Siri is truly something out of science fiction. There is much work to be done with advancing the technology; improving its resistance to outside noise, its “learning” ability, and the ability to more easily correct misinterpreted phrases or words. But even with those issues, it is still an amazing feat of engineering. And with sites like ShitSiriSays, it is quite amusing as well.
One issue that i do expect to be remedied in the near future is WiFi syncing. Currently, it isn’t working for the iPhone, but works peachy on my iPad. These first few days (or even weeks) i don’t mind the extra cabling effort for the phone anyway, so its not a huge deal. I’m really looking forward to it though, not only because I’m lazy and don’t want to mess with cables, but also because of the autonomy it brings to the iPhone. Playlist updates, new music, play counts, podcasts, etc., all happen automatically, the only thing i have to do is dock my phone once or twice a day.
Thus far I’m happy with the switch. I’m glad I waited until now though, as there are several features that just arrived with iOS 5 that I’m certain I would have been unhappy without.
Once I get some more use of it, and give it a fairer shake, I’m going to revisit my thoughts on the battery life, keyboard, and holster, and post some updated ramblings.