Having worked for the competition for the past few years, I wasn't initially inclined to buy an iPhone. It caused me so many long work days that I was bitter toward it for at least the last year. Considering that I am an early adopter of all new technology, that was a notable holdout.
However, something happened that changed my opinion:
I bought a Macbook.
I had long been a PC fan and was defiant when Gramps, for decades, argued the superiority of Macs. I should have recognized his wisdom much earlier. I finally broke and bought the Macbook for grad school last October and have since become a reluctant Mac fanboy.
The iPhone is just plain slick. It was Time Magazine's 2008 Invention of the Year for crying out loud. When Apple announced the iPhone 3Gs and the iPhone 3G dropped to $99, I saw my opportunity. My contract with T-Mobile expired many months ago, so I signed us up for an AT&T contract and bought myself the 3Gs and Amanda the 3G. It was a no-brainer and reasonably affordable with a family plan.
The only problem now is that Amanda is attached to her iPhone. I haven't seen her eyes for days. Actually, I saw them once in a picture that she sent from her iPhone.
The thing is addictive, and I'm glad she likes it because a) it was expensive and b) she hasn't really liked smartphones before. The difference between the iPhone and other phones is that it just plain works, and the apps are awesome. I listened to Pandora on my iPhone the whole drive into work this morning. Amanda uses the Facebook app non-stop, which is probably why you see her more frequent updates there.
Apple announced that it sold more than 1 million iPhone 3Gs models over the weekend. “Customers are voting and the iPhone is winning,” said Apple CEO Steve Jobs in a press release. “With over 50,000 applications available from Apple’s revolutionary App Store, iPhone momentum is stronger than ever.”
Steve Jobs didn't write that quote. A PR hack like me did. But that hack was absolutely right.