It’s no secret I’m an “Apple fan boy” and I’ve been waiting to order a proper UK iPhone since playing with one in the Apple Store in Florida over the summer.
The only decision to be made was whether to drive into town on a dark cold winter evening to buy from my local O2 store or buy from Apple online and wait a few days for delivery. No contest!
So on Friday 9th November at 6.02pm and a few seconds I logged on to Apple’s site half expecting the site to be broken but everything worked fine and a few minutes later my iPhone was ordered.
The iPhone arrived, as promised, the following Tuesday and I had my own sad unboxing and picture taking ceremony.
Apple packaging is always gorgeous and I can never bring myself to throw it away so everything ends up in the loft and I’m going to have to buy a bigger house or start a museum eventually!
I lost my previous Sony Ericsson mobile at the Latitude festival in the summer and replaced it with a Nokia N95 switching to the O2 network because I knew O2 had won the exclusive UK iPhone contract. The Nokia N95 is a nice phone, I liked the GPS feature but I couldn’t surf websites reliably on it and the camera combined with my photographic abilities were both disappointing.
As an existing O2 customer (if you want to keep your number and existing contract) activation is different so I’ve put together an O2 step by step activation series of screenshots for anyone who wants to see exactly what happens. It took around 20 minutes from start to activation but I was taking screenshots along the way so that’s a worst case scenario and it was relatively straightforward but dull.
If you’ve ordered an iPhone and you’re waiting for it to arrive read my iPhone setup Guide and when your iPhone arrives you’ll be ready to synchronise and play in minutes.
I’m not going to hack my iPhone for a couple of reasons. First of all since I have an O2 contract so the phone features work(!) and secondly because Apple have agreed to open up development early next year and I can wait a few months for some “official” widgety enhancements.
However I do hugely respect the efforts of the hacking community because I doubt Apple would have released the SDK without being pushed, it’s not in their nature.
By belatedly following the advice in my iPhone setup guide I’ve now got all my contacts, photos, music and bookmarks neatly organised on my iPhone.
I work mostly online so the most important iPhone feature for me is WiFi support and internet browsing. I prefer the Firefox browser but Safari is a capable and reliable alternative and now for the first time ever on a mobile device I can browse my websites and login and make urgent changes from the iPhone – that’s a huge step forwards in Joe World!
I have literally hundreds of passwords which I need access to on a daily basis and I normally use RoboForm on PCs and 1Password on my Macs. They’re both excellent web form fillers and password managers and I recommend everyone gives one or the other program a try – especially if you’re using the same password for all your online services.
I was scratching my head trying to figure out the best way to store all my passwords on the iPhone and was interrupted by the latest 1Password software update which now supports the iPhone – brilliant!
1Password generates a special encrypted Safari bookmark which is synchronised to your iPhone along with your other Safari bookmarks and although it’s not automatic on the iPhone it’s the best available unless you know different?
My friend Antonius has a hacked iPhone (it took him all weekend and the rest of family gave him a wide berth) so we met up to compare notes over a pint in the pub. The hacked interface is amazing with lots of toys to play with and I sincerely hope Apple takes a positive attitude to build a community of iPhone developers so we can all enjoy their efforts.
Time will tell, thanks for reading, if you have any questions fire away, I’ll try to answer them…