The whole process of transferring things just sounded cumbersome, and I never trust utilities like this to do a good job. There’s something a little liberating about being able to fully, completely remove many of the stock applications - something it took years of griping from users for Apple to allow.It would be easier, I decided, to just start fresh on my new phone. It works quite well sometimes, and it’s far more forgiving than, say, Samsung’s rather finicky iris scanning technique. I’ll never use i Movie, and it takes up a fairly massive amount of space, so away it goes. I had already told myself I wouldn’t be fully dropping into the “Apple Ecosystem” during this experiment. I have countless hours and many gigabytes of data invested in the company’s products, with years of learned behaviors, tricks, and shortcuts that help me make the most effective use of them.
Download Your questions answered: How to protect your data in the cloud The number of successful cyberattacks per year per company has increased by 46% over the last four years. But what really needs to be considered when exploring a solution? Sure, Siri can do a lot of the same things Google can (e.g., “where’s my car,” “tell me what song this is”), but there’s no doubt that Google just does a lot of this stuff better. That’s where the conversation ends for me - meaning I will be using Siri. Many of the people I text on a regular basis have i Phones, meaning I do tend be a heavier use of SMS than dedicated chat services.Anyway, I guess I could use the Assistant app for i OS if I really wanted, but I can’t say I see that happening much. Switching to an i Phone means those conversations now support rich integration for media, web and app links, and (groan) animoji.Sometimes I would go on AT&T’s website and look at the 3GS some more, only to once again face the cold, hard reality that I did not have 0 - plus sales tax and activation fee - to spend on a phone.
When I say I’ve never used an i Phone, I don’t mean I’ve never held one or played around with one for a few minutes. But I do mean that I’ve never actually used one for any extended period of time (even more than 15 minutes), let alone used one as my personal phone.
It’s only been a few days, and I plan to continue this experiment for a full month, but I already have many, many thoughts about the experience.
I plan to share those thoughts in a series of five posts (I promise, we’re not becoming the Apple Police) over that time, starting with this one, and culminating in a larger reflection on how the whole thing went.
I asked about early upgrade pricing - 0 on top of the 9 AT&T already charged for the phone - but I was a student, and my meager checking account balance could barely withstand the regular on-contract price and accompanying increase in the monthly service fee.
I walked out of the store with my dinky little flip phone feeling defeated.
On a fall day over eight years ago, I walked into an AT&T store in Davis, my college town, to see the i Phone 3GS.