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By dcacho
Sunday, July 1st, 2007 at 10:24 am in Gieson Cacho.

I went to work on Saturday as a minor celebrity. It’s something that I’ve been both dreading and looking forward to since I got the iPhone. The New York Times’ David Pogue had it right in his funny review video.


When I walked through the door, everyone knew I had it. By a funny coincidence, I was on the front page of Saturday’s paper. (I was the guy in the red flannel and beige hat.) Co-workers rushed up and asked to see Apple’s new shiny device.

I took it out of my right shirt pocket and everyone oohed and aahed. I felt like those disembodied hands on the commercials. This is the iPod. This is the Internet. This is e-mail, etc.

I’m sure everyone is giddy with anticipation about showing off the coolest geek toy on Monday. Since I’m working the weekend, I’ll probably get the same experience for the next few days with folks at work asking it to see how it works.

As for how I’m getting along with it, I’ve been impressed with what it does but disappointed about the battery life. At work, I barely had enough juice to get me through the day. I’m sure playing with the thing every five minutes had something to do with it. I wonder if I’ll have to limit myself to what I do with it. You can’t treat it like a laptop computer.

Oh and I also found out that for some reason the Gmail doesn’t work well on my office WiFi connection. I couldn’t send anything back and forth. To fix this, I just switched off the WiFi and used the phone over the EDGE network. It’s slow but bearable for folks who remember dial-up. Later on in the day, I figured out how to switch the e-mail account that you send messages with. I moved over my default account to Yahoo and had no problem sending e-mail over the WiFi connection.

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  • DJ_Guy

    Thanks for the updates! I can’t believe there are no other comments here–but I’m dying of curiosity.

    You talked about how you can’t type on the iPhone they way you do on a computer. But how does it compare to typing on one of those tiny keyboards you find on a Blackberry or Treo?

    There’s a Notes app which I might find useful–I take notes on my pda all the time. But is there a decent Search function? Is there _any_ search function?

    Congrats on being on the bleeding edge!