by Gustav's Electric Cafe,posted Aug 5 2008 5:45PM
Not wanting a repeat of my failed attempt to get an iPhone at the Apple Store at Pioneer Place the other day, I made sure to check the website for availability, and then left the house by 6:30 am this morning. By 7:00 am, I was dutifully first in line... yes FIRST in line outside of the Apple Store. I was beginning to wonder if I was going to be the only fool waiting an hour early outside of the store, but as a few minutes went by, my heart was warmed by the addition of other Apple loyalists who were also going to wait (albeit behind me) in line for iPhones as well. Right around 7:30 am, a nice guy named Todd took pity on me and let me in to the store early so I could make my highly anticipated purchase. He even offered to let me break the celophane and open the box to take out the phone (as I'm sure many others before me had specifically requested). Within minutes, my number was ported over to the phone, and I was set. I emerged from the store with a mildly victorious gait to my step, holding my shopping bag aloft in a salute to the rest waiting in line.
The moment I got home, I synced up my address book, iCal, Safari bookmarks... my life, essentially. Let this be a lesson to you, Research In Motion. The reason that I abandoned my Blackberry was the simple fact that your Mac software, for lack of a better term, completely sucks. After upgrading to Leopard, the sync software was completely useless, and it's pretty obvious that it's not getting the support/upgrades that it (or fellow Mac users like myself) have been demanding. So, it was time to jump ship.
That's neither here nor there. I won't turn this in to an entry to simply bash RIM and/or the Blackberry. It served me well for a couple of years. We had a good run of it. The iPhone, however, lets me do so much more. I've only had it for a couple of hours and already discovered a cool program. It's iToner from Ambrosia Software. Talk about cool. Only $15, and you can add custom ringtones to your iPhone to your hearts desire. I've already created and uploaded a bunch of custom ringtones to my phone. Want an alternative to the $2 that Apple charges for ringtones? This app is a great solution. Oh, and for you PC users, there's iRinger which is a pretty nifty app as well. You might tout the fact that it's free whereas I dropped $15 on mine, but you know what? You're still using a PC...