Yeah, last month Patricia and I both got the latest greatest iPhones, the new iPhone 4S with the 8-megapixel camera and Siri talking assitant.

iPhone 4SYou might think that, being a Mac guy, surely I get the newest iPhone every year… however that would not be true. My previous phone was the 2nd generation “3G” iPhone model that came out in 2008.

In the summer of 2008 I waited in line overnight along with a dozen other people (that was fun!) in order to be one of the first to get that 2nd gen iPhone when it began selling at the local AT&T Store. That was over three years ago, but it’s continued to be a perfectly good phone for the past three years. So I passed on the “3GS” that came out in 2009, and the iPhone 4 that was released in Spring 2010. And really, there was no urgent need for me to buy this new phone except that…

Patricia was still using her original iPhone she got back in 2007! You know, the very first phone that Apple made, the one with the brand new touch interface, on-screen keyboard, no apps; yeah the one that really defined what the words smart phone meant.

In Four Years

On the one hand, it’s hard to believe the cell phone/pocket computer revolution only happened a mere four years ago. On the other hand, wow, she got that phone four years ago!? Phones have come a long way in those few four years.

And Patricia’s original iPhone was in desperate need of upgrading. The battery needed constant charging, the calendar app was no longer able to sync,she was running out of storage.Patricia was actually ready to buy when the iPhone 4 came out last year. But she really really really wanted a white one, and if you remember, Apple had some kind of problem manufacturing the white one. In the end they never could deliver. So last month Patricia, after all that waiting, ended up getting the upgrade she really needed (in white – YAY!) when the brand new 4S came out.

She was getting this new phone, and one thing that was new was FaceTime – video calls between phones and between phones and computers. But who would Patricia be able to FaceTime with??? Well that ended up being the real reason I got my new phone. Plus she knew that if I got the same one as her, I wouldn’t be borrowing hers all the time to try stuff on.

A Phone to Love

You know, I didn’t really think I needed a new phone, but I love this new iPhone! It is so much faster! Faster startup, faster app launching, and I love how most apps appear on screen right where you left off with them last. The camera is fantastic, and getting the new phone meant I could begin using the Panorama360 app I’d been drooling for. (That app couldn’t run on pre-4 iPhones.) Siri is fascinating too, and is good for scheduling appointments much faster than trying to type in all the details in my calendar. Hard to imagine all the things Siri will be able to do in the future.

No surprise, both of us are very happy iPhone owners. Right now I see no need for another/better phone for oh, three, maybe four years?