Sans iPhone for a week

~ 14 February 2008 ~

6 of the phones I own

Yesterday I announced I was giving up iPhone for a week, returning to a less feature- and experience-rich phone to see what I miss out on. Today I’ve got the Sony Ericsson K750, one of eight phones I own (pictured second from the top above).

I’ll post a report sometime next week when it’s over. In the meantime, anyone know where I can get an iPhone patch — you know, one of those sticky things you put on your arm? I fear I’ll begin trembling soon.

In other news, Nokia and Sony Ericsson are releasing devices that appear to be targeting would-be iPhone buyers, the Nokia N96 and Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1. Early Android prototypes are beginning to surface, Texas Instruments is testing in-device phone projectors in its labs, Best Buy is among the most recent of U.S. retailers to release a mobile version of its site, and so on and so forth.

Is 2008 finally the year of mobile, specifically mobile media? (Better begin studying if so.)

15 Feb: For the next few days I’m switching to the Toshiba 903T, a handset that was sold primarily in Japan after its release in 2005.

18 Feb: Today I’m pocketing the Nokia 6680.

19 Feb: Back to the Sony Ericsson K750 today.

22 Feb: The debriefing.



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1   Mark ~ 14 February 2008

I can’t remember the model number, but I do miss that Nokia pictured (2nd from bottom).

My wife has keyboard/Internet phone-envy, so I got her a Blackberry Curve this morning. I love my iPhone, but I was a little jealous of the gadgety-ness of the Blackberry after playing with it a bit.

2   trovster ~ 14 February 2008

@Mark; 6680 if I remember correctly! I had the top two Nokias, but have a N95 now.

3   Dennis West ~ 14 February 2008

Well, I have a Blackberry Curve through my job that has email and internet. For Christmas I got my wife an iPhone and I have to say that I am a bit jealous. The thing that I envy most is the wifi enabled web browsing. I really hate the dumbed down web browsing and the snail-slow Edge network on my Blackberry. If I ever switch jobs and work somewhere that doesn’t provide me with a phone, I’ll be picking up myself an iPhone right away.

The thing that amazed me most of all about the iPhone is that my wife is very much NOT technically savvy, but she started using her phone right away and didn’t have to look at the instructions much at all. it’s all very intuitive.

4   Cameron Moll ~ 14 February 2008

Know what I miss most so far? QWERTY texting. Holy Hanna is it a pain to text on a keypad for the less-adept texters such as myself…

5   Roy Tomeij ~ 14 February 2008

The N96 is much like the N95 from what I understand, and I’m very glad I threw my N95 in a drawer as soon as I could get my hands on an iPhone. No competition whatsoever.

6   Clifton ~ 14 February 2008

I don’t think they have an iPhone withdrawal patch yet, but you can get a shot at the State Health Department for free. I’ve been going there for over a year now.

Cameron, did you find you got notably faster on your QWERTY iPhone keyboard? How many words per minute can you type on it? I keep wondering if the complaints about no tactile feedback are being validated.

7   Lee Bryant ~ 15 February 2008

Wow - brave man. Those “mobiles” in the picture look like they come from another era.

The main thing is to keep your stroking fingers working during your time away from the iPhone.

Do you have a cat?

8   Guy Carberry ~ 15 February 2008

Take some pictures with the k750 and enjoy the autofocus ability! Sharp pics and the photo light that doubles up as an incredibly useful torch.

The torch function is one reason i still haven’t upgraded my k750 for anything else.

9   Terry Sutton ~ 15 February 2008

If you find a patch, send a few boxes to Canada. I’ve never even ToUcHeD an iPhone yet and I can feel the physical dependence.

10   Cameron Moll ~ 15 February 2008

More mobile news: Google searches on iPhone 50x that of any other mobile handset. (Thanks Albert)

11   Nick ~ 15 February 2008

Eight phones? Yikes. Have you considered giving them all up for a week?

12   Mordy Golding ~ 17 February 2008

I’ll admit that someone actually bought me an iPhone as a gift, but I returned it. I’m a Sprint customer and too many people who I work with are Sprint customers, and it made zero sense for me to switch to AT&T just to use the iPhone. More so, I’m a happy Treo755p owner on a reliable EVDO network (at least in my experience). I have fantastic support for Instant Messaging and SMS texting, better-than-decent email functionality, seamless syncing with my Mac, and the ability to work with attachments like Word, Excel, and PDF files. Put another way, I don’t feel I’m missing anything other than the whimsical experience of flicking my finger to make things move. I should note I’m the biggest Apple fan, but I guess the combination of the AT&T thing and the fact that I don’t feel I’m really missing anything in my current setup, I don’t buy into the whole “I gotta have an iPhone” thing.

13   Justin ~ 20 February 2008

I think this is a great concept but I’m not sure I’m strong enough to give mine up. The other day I had to use my wife’s phone which is my old phone. It was like my brain couldn’t deal with the complexity of even having to turn the thing on.

While I still encounter people who have one excuse or another why they haven’t got an iPhone, they are becoming fewer and fewer and more and more of my friends are coming to me and saying they can’t wait to get one.

It’s changed my life in so many ways one of which is that now when I get my six year old son ready for bed he says “just one game daddy, just one game”. He loves the Castle Feud game. Somehow I can’t see him doing the same thing over snake.

14   biblicone ~ 21 February 2008

Its been a week…

15   biblicone ~ 22 February 2008

… waiting patiently for an update.


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