I resisted for a couple of weeks, but after a more detailed look at my actual mobile usage I figured I would try out the iPhone 3G. I had to drive on to work on Friday anyway so I went to the University Village Apple store at 7:55 am and found about 40 people in front of me. I was amazed that there were still lines like this after almost 3 weeks. They had employees outside handing out vouchers so you could get one and come back by 6 pm if you had to go off to work. I chose a black 16GB model and was ok the store after about 35 minutes. I then saw black and white side by side and switched to a white one, which made someone happy since they ran out of 16GB black models. I wasn’t quite sure if this was a good choice, but now I find I really like white.
I have been hemming and hawing about whether or not I was going to keep the device, but I have to admit it is pretty amazing in many respects. The RF signal is a bit iffy, battery life is not great, and I have had some issues with 3rd party apps. However, it is easy to use, quite responsive, and the large display is awesome.
I picked up the tether app when it was available so I do have that ability. I found I rarely copy/paste and wonder of this missing feature really is that big of a deal. I am pretty fast ok the keyboard and need to test my speed against the E71 and other devices.
I was very happy to find that Mantis offline Bible with notes support and this made the iPhone much more valuable to me. I am also using it instead of my Sony Reader for eBook reading. Give me background app support for IM and Last.fm and I will be very happy.