I love my new iPhone. I don’t know why I resisted buying one when they first came out, but I am happy I took that crappy RAZR2 back to the store. My husband and kids are secretly pleased I got the new phone, too. Apparently, Calvin has her eye on one, too. For a long-time Mac user, this phone is a dream. No hacks or work-arounds necessary to make the phone communicate with my iMac. No special cables or customer support needed. I found the answers to all my initial questions on Apple Discussions, for which I have been registered for years. Registration with Apple was a piece of cake, since I’ve had an account with them for years, too.
The 20-minute guided tour, whose link Apple sent to me when I registered the phone, was extremely helpful. I placed my phone in front of me and followed along with the demonstration. When I didn’t understand something, I stopped the clip and watched the segment again, until I got it. Of course, I find the iPhone’s whole interface completely user-friendly, even iCal. While I never was a fan of iCal on the home computer – because there was never an easy way for individual users in one system to share calendars – I love having the calendar on the phone. I spent the better part of yesterday adding events to my 2007-2008 calendar, including birthdays and anniversaries. I particularly like how I was prompted to program a reminder for every event. That way, I won’t miss an appointment . . . like the Room Mom meeting I missed in September or the eyebrow waxing I missed 2 weeks ago. I also had fun assigning ringtones to various people. I used stock ringtones for Calvin and BFF, music that reminded me of them. I downloaded a special one for WineGuy from iTunes and mastered the clip myself, using iTunes Ringtone Editor.
I no longer feel stupid.
Perhaps the best part about purchasing an iPhone is that you are welcome to take training classes at your local Apple store, regardless of where you purchased it. A big “thank-you” to Sulialto for that tip.