Yes, folks, I dutifully stood in line for a couple hours and got my hands on a hot new iPhone. After a week with it, it’s time I told you how it fares in the uncluttering department.
The good news is that it lives up to the hype. It is a stunning device that is easily the best mobile phone I have ever used. The call quality is great, the interface is amazing, and the big bright screen is gorgeous. The bad news is that it really isn’t going to do much to relieve clutter, at least not totally. Because it’s a phone, a camera, an iPod, and an internet communicator, you’d think you could consolidate all of your devices. But as good as it is, it’s not going to replace a proper digital camera, a laptop, or even an iPod.
If you’re going on a road trip, for example, you’re going to want a better camera to document your journey than the iPhone’s 2 megapixel offering. If you plan to play hours of tunes over the car’s stereo, the iPhone might also not be the best choice. Although it has terrific battery life, you probably want to save that for actually placing calls and viewing maps. And if you want to take your whole music collection with you so you have options, you’ll still need a high-capacity iPod.
That said, the iPhone will reduce mobile clutter. I would often walk out of the house with a bag just because I wanted to have with me a camera for spontaneous pics, and iPod for a few podcasts, a laptop for email, and a cell phone. Now I just drop the iPhone into my pocket and I’m set. For daily urban jaunts it’s all you’ll need.
If you have any questions you’d like me to answer about the iPhone, just drop them in the comments. Any one else get an iPhone?