When I arrived in Sydney, one of the first things I wanted to do was get a working Phone. I thought I’d unlocked my iPhone, meaning it could be used on other carriers, but I had not (fuck you AT&T.) After much debate, I went ahead and bought a new, unlocked iPhone from the Apple store in Castle Hills Shopping mall, the 32GB version. It was just short of $1000 dollars, but in retrospect, it was worth every penny. This is a love letter to that phone.
Some of the things I’ve done with it.
- Maps. Google Maps has saved us from walking around aimlessly or getting lost many, many times. The Google iPhone app was equally valuable for helping us find things nearby (museums, restaurants, etc.)
- Calls. I got a great plan from a company called Optus. They are a new-ish rival to Telstra, owned by the Singapore phone company. The coverage wasn’t great most places, but it was $.05 to call the US, which is almost as cheap ask Skype, and a lot easier.
- Camera. I brought a D7000 and a D700 camera with me (remember, we were moving here.) But I probably took 50% of my photos with my iPhone. The best camera is the one with you.
- Video Camera. The video on the iPhone was top notch, and again, it’s always with me. The D7000 does video, but I probably took 85% on my iPhone.
- Internet Access. When I couldn’t get WiFi, or didn’t want to pay for it, the iPhone could let me read my news feed, or check email.
- Sign loan documentation. We needed to sign some loan documents. Our choices were to find somewhere to print them out, sign, then fax back to the US. Or I could download an iPhone app. The app probably saved us $10 and a bunch of hassles. We did it on the Great Ocean Road tour.
- Podcast. Great way to pass the time when you don’t have TV, or if you can’t read on the train or bus.
- Long form reading. Instapaper or Kindle for the iPhone both work great.
- Financial upkeep – I could check my bank account and my credit card statement with the iPhone.
- Blog maintenance (and posting if I had the patience.) My web host went down, and I initially thought it was just my instance. I was able to fire up an SSH session into the blog, reboot, etc. Didn’t work very well, but that’s because the issue was with my VPS rather than my instance (so I had no control over much.)
- Kill and skin a crocodile. Ok – I made that up, but I bet you could figure out how using your iPhone.
- Conversions – Temperature, area, currency, etc.
- Alarm Clock – every hotel has a different clock. I know how the iPhone alarm works, and it always works for me. No missed flights. Very important.
The only regret I have is that I didn’t have the one app installed that let you use your iPhone as an wireless modem, sharing your 3G connection to either the iPad or laptop. It was one that was in the App store for about 20 minutes, but I was able to grab it. I didn’t sync it to my phone because I thought I’d have WiFi forever. It would have only made the iPhone even more perfect.
If I had to travel the world, and could only bring one thing, it would be my iPhone. No camera, no kindle. Just an iPhone.
I’d like to direct you to this post
I love you, iPhone 4.