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On Thursday I went to Verizon store with my New Every 2 credit. Told them I've had a Windows Phone since they came out. What phone should I buy and why? I am primarily a “Business” user, I’m on the road 2-3 weeks a month.
I really wanted a phone with a keyboard I miss my Touch Pro 2. Assurion replaced it with the Imagio, I hate my Imagio, I had to restart it at least once a day and I can't type on that crappy keyboard.
Anyway went through every phone in the place spent an hour with the guy. Didn't like the HTC Trophy or Droid, then played with the iPhone. Told the guy I wanted to play with it for a little bit and he left (didn’t try to pressure me at all) came back 15 minutes later and asked if I had any questions.
I then found out my NE2 wasn't good till Friday and since I don’t like to make big decisions like that quickly, it worked out. Spent the rest of the day at the computer reading about the iPhone and talking with people I know who have it. Unlike the Imagio users I couldn’t find an iPhone user who didn’t like their phone.
On Friday I bought an iPhone, black 32GB. It took 4 or 5 hours to transfer my 2,700 songs. It transfers the MP3’s without a problem. You have to convert the WMA songs to the Apple format, itunes does it using Drag and Drop.
I'm getting used to iTunes, don't really like it but it works. VZ transferred all my contacts without a problem. I didn’t need him to do that as I have MS Exchange.
The 2 things I use the most on my phone are Microsoft Exchange for email, calendar contacts etc and Audible.com for listening to books.
Exchange setup was the easiest I've ever done.
1. What is your email address?
2. What is your password?
Next thing I knew it was downloading email and it wanted to know if i wanted to replace the contacts with the ones from exchange. Not trusting the transfer at VZ I said yes. I took about 30 minutes.
Audible.com has an iPhone App that is great!!! 10 times better than the Windows one.
So here are my impressions so far:
1. The screen is GREAT really like it, easy to read, pictures look super
2. Camera is a camera
3. Can’t see my schedule on the screen unless I run the calendar program they say that will be fixed in the version OS 5 release due in a couple of months
4. Phone is a phone
5. Keyboard is better than the Imagio keyboard still wish it had the TP2 style
6. SPELLCHECK built in!!!! Works in Texting and email
7. Headphone jack works with my Bose Headphones. It’s not different which surprised me I figured that apple would have a special headphone jack
8. Battery life is better than the Imagio
9. Email is easier to read you get more lines on the preview
10. With my contacts, music and books I’ve used 11 GB so far. Glad I got the 32GB version
11. Wish it had a removable memory card
12. No Tethering without paying for it or Jail breaking the phone my laptop has a VZ card in it and the pricing has dropped. I may get the $20.00 option for the laptop and forget about using tethering. That way I can talk on the phone and send email at the same time.
13. Had to buy all new JUNK, 110 volt charger (wanted 2), USB cables, 3 car phone chargers, Case (got the Otterbox Defender big but protects it.
14. Assurion costs more, but I went ahead and did it. I’m hard on my stuff. Damn Gravity, causes all kinds of problems
15. You can only use one computer to “Sync” to. I decided on my laptop since I have it with me all the time. At home I use my desktop but can hook up the laptop if needed. I haven’t had to hook up my laptop to the phone other than the first day. Everything was done over the air.
Here is what I've done trying to learn about the phone.
There is a learning curve, everything is different
Read the Manual
Then read iPhone 4 forums like they have here
Check some of the iPhone websites any suggestions?
Asked other users what tricks they use
I've asked other users what Apps they have and really use. I’ve found a lot of people have a LOT of apps but don’t use them. Here is what I have:
Amazon Price Check This is scary let’s say you’re at Best Buy and see something you like. All you have to do is scan the barcode click a button and you bought it from Amazon
Redlaser (scan’s barcodes and gets prices)
World Card Business Card Scanner with OCR
Delta Airlines
Flight Tracker
Weather Channel
Radar Scope shows weather radar anywhere in the country
Quick Office Let’s you open, create & edit Word, Excel & PowerPoint files
Any other suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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