Saturday, June 30, 2007

Worth the Wait

I took the afternoon off of work to stand in line and purchase an iPhone.

You want to know more about what it is like to use an iPhone than it is to stand in line for 3+ hours to get one, right? Of course you do.


Now, I have very little to compare it to. I don't have a SmartPhone. My old phone was next to stupid, to be honest. It was nearly 3 years old. I planned on upgrading last year when Mark told me to wait until January with the keynote. Rumors were heavy there would be an iPhone. There there was the Keynote at MacWorld. Yup. I'm getting an iPhone. No doubt about it. Must own one. The Precious.........

After 6 months of waiting and hype, I couldn't take it anymore! I left work early to go to Green Hills Mall and wait. The guy next to me was someone I had been chatting with on the MacRumors forum that morning. So, I finally get in the store and purchase my iPhone. I get home around 7:15. After unloading some Plumgood groceries, I was ready to activate my iPhone by 8pm... that is after I finally got iTunes 7.3 to work.

In all, activation only took me abut 20 minutes once iTunes was working properly. They couldn't port my T-mobile number at the time. The guy at the AT&T store today said that I should call them on Sunday morning. In the meantime, the idiot turned off the phone part of my iPhone. It still works as an iPod, "revolutionary internet device" or whatever His Jobsness called it.. but no texting or making phone calls. I'm going to call them when I finish with this blog post to see if they can't fix that. Stupid.

Anyway, so, it does everything they say it will do. I was playing some music through the iPod last night and a phone call came it. The music quieted down and I could take the call. When I was finished, the music picked right back up. GoogleMaps was easy to set up with my home and work addresses stored in favorites. It automatically syncs my calendar and address book every time I dock it to my.

It doesn't allow me to add only one song to the iPhone. I can only work in playlists (btw - if you don't do this with your iPod - apparently I am the only person I know doing it this way - you can set a preference to manually manage the must on your iPod in iTunes.) So, that's annoying to me but everyone who works in playlists won't care.

The keyboard. I've never used like a BlackBerry keyboard so I have nothing to compare it to. It does take some getting use to. It's alot easier to use in landscape than in portrait. Right now, I make alot of typos. It's difficult to get used to exactly where to press to get a particular letter, but I think as I use it more, typing will become much easier.

The internet works great when you are in a wifi hotspot (oh - like my house). We tested it at Cracker Barrel this morning and EDGE is slow.

It switches between applications. There's no closing. When in Safari, it pops up to the last window you visited. It is super easy to switch between web pages. I had as many as 6 open last night.

Cover Flow in iPod is soooooooo cool. I love that.

*UPDATE* I called AT&T tech support to find out why I couldn't make or receive phone calls with my iPhone. He said that it was trying to reach a tower no longer in range. All I needed to do was shut it completely off and wait a few seconds. It works just fine now. The customer service was actually pretty good. I didn't wait long at all for a representative initially but took less than 5 minutes to get to actual tech support (I didn't call tech support first - I called the general customer care line.)

The screen can get kind of smudgy after it has been pressed against your face but that's why they've given you headphones with a mic. Der. It also comes with a suede like cleaning cloth. The belt clip I bought at the Apple Store today from Griffin (who gave us iSqueez and California Roll products for our iPods) also came with a cleaning cloth. FYI - Griffin is based here in Nashville.

So, in short, I am very, very, very happy with my iPhone. It was worth the wait. Have any other questions? Shoot them my in the comments!

All of the pictures can be found on flickr.

Friday, June 29, 2007

iPhone here I come!!!

I'm leaving now, baby. See you in line!!!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Yay! iPhone!!!!!

My attention span for the next 2.whatever days is nearly shot. All I can think about is the iPhone. Crap - I think I even dreamed about the iPhone last night.

Curse you Steve Jobs!!! Or bless you Steve Jobs!!! Anyway, so I thought I would need to purchase the phone and then take it to the AT&T store for activation. I should have known better. This is Apple we are talking about here. They make your digital life easier.

I watched the video on activation last night. You can do it right from your computer. No store needed other than to purchase it. Yay! iPhone!

No I don't consider the iPhone to be just shy of Christ walking on water but it will absolutely make my day to day life easier. I hate having to use multiple calendars to keep up with everything. And let's not even talk about the disheveled Address Book. I've been waiting for nearly a year to get a new cell phone. I think my patience will be rewarded.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

I am so getting an iPhone on Friday

The rates are so reasonable, it's almost sick.

Apple - iPhone - Rate Plans for iPhone

Monday, June 25, 2007

Best 12 minutes on the internet

or the worst, depending on how you look at it. The cheese is so heavy, it makes Wisconsin look lactose intolerant.

Mark told me about it and I finally found the whole version... it is a late 1980's promo thing for... *dundundun* Windows 386.

WuwuwuWindows 386.

And to balance it, the best 5 seconds on the internet: dramatic chipmunk

And Darth Chipmunk (ok - so it's a prairie dog. Get over it. It's funnier with "chipmunk")

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Could I dance a little more?


Dance World Showcase in Nashville. June 1, 2007.

Amaya's Wise Women Retreat in New Mexico. June 17, 2007.

Those are the best pants - ever! Melodia's! Magic ass pants as we like to call them. They make pretty much everyone's butt look good. They are also the only 4 way stretch lycra you will ever catch me in.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Last Words

Your Famous Last Words Will Be:

"I dunno, press the button and find out."

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Smith has the remote....

and I hit the LOLcat generator and did this:

Yeah - I know. It's Rachael. I'm not fixing it.

Monday, June 04, 2007

You always wanted to know...

You scored as Samba, You are Samba!
Good-natured and sexy, you are more fun that anyone can possibly imagine.
You are exotic, energetic, and loud (in a good way).
You look exactly like you feel—fantastic!





Viennese Waltz
















Which ballroom dance are you?
created with

It isn't surprising though. Samba is one of my favorite (and better) dances. The showcase routine from last December was a samba.