I bought an iphone, changed religions & switched political parties

…not really! I only did one of those crazy things…. I bought my first ever iPhone. A single check-in at the Apple store this evening drew shock, concern and confusion from close friends and family.

@kylemurley WHAT?!? Is this the twilight zone?!? Is it true? 📱

— Kendra Murley (@KennaMurley) October 3, 2013

screenshot text bonk

others asked if I was feeling alright and even where they’d failed me…

Screenshot fb - failed sick darkside

Still others jeered my conformity. Going with the pack?

Screenshot lemming

Discussing OSes, religion or politics is generally not polite conversation.

While I won’t go as far as to categorize myself as a ‘fervent’ supporter or naysayer against any one platform in particular, I do like openness, flexibility and options. That’s not generally been my impression of what Apple offers it’s users. I am however open to finding out for myself.

After the ancient days of Nokia being a thing, my smartphones were Palm, then Winmo and finally Anroid. Until now.

Generally I have had a true love hate relationship with my devices. I love the fact that they offer the potential to connect nearly any standard peripheral (keyboard, mouse, sd card, etc) and run applications from independent developers which may or may not go through all the proper channels. I understand this is a ‘risk’ and have been willing to take it. I also understand that this may be (okay, likely is) what leads to my experience eventually degrading to a point where at times I’d nearly love to throw it against the wall and watch it shatter, but resist the urge because it is such a precious resource and provides my window to the world.

This had become especially true of my latest device. I’d grown tired of  sluggishness, instability and constant need to power up (I’ve always carried multiple swappable batteries).

The full truth is my contract was up, and I was eligible for a new device and in fact I actually received a reimbursement check from my carrier that covered nearly half the cost.  So, I went for it. Sooner or later I may come to loath this latest device just as much, or even more than previously coveted gadgets, time will tell.  (heck Win8 may push me even further down this path… though, I am typing this on a chromebook)

Anyhow  I certainly have lots to learn and explore.

Already in just the few hours since picking up the device I’m finding things I need to adjust to. I discussed with my ‘genius’ at the Apple store methods of managing my apps that does’t require an ‘app’ being installed and running on another device (iTunes/AppStore). Couldn’t I just just browse a website (like playstore) and ‘push’ apps to my phone since I’ll be signed in using the Apple id credentials I created? (which I entered no less than 5 times during out of box device setup).

I also already experience my first lockup, requiring a soft reset when I tested the Lightning Digital AV adapter that I purchased. Plugged it in, display popped up, rotated the screen and… then it become unresponsive. Unplugged the dongle, still nothing, futzed with all the buttons til I found the soft reset or maybe it just rebooted on its own. Donno?

Enough about that though, I don’t want this to be me ‘venting’ about all the things I don’t like about the new platform. It’s going to be different… and hopefully better… Besides, others’ responses will be “Well, why would you wanna do that” anyway… Am I right? 😉

The biggest positive thus far is I have a new, reliable device that connects to my various networks. Now I need to make sure I can be productive working on it.

As for apps there are many I want to explore but for now I need to quickly load the essentials, webex, go2mtg, gmail, gvoice, gmaps, skype, 4sq, fb, etc.

A concern I still have is streaming music, which is a big part of my daily experience of the world. I need to find a replacement for Grooveshark mobile app that allows music streaming while outside of the US and gives me offline access to songs. I said streaming, I have no interest in ‘owning’ or storing media files.

Wow, if you’re still reading, you should probably go buy yourself a new phone or something… I’m off to go play with mine.

Hey, still here? Okay, fine. Here’s a question for you, respond in the comments: Did you switch from Android to iOS? What have you found were the most valuable lessons/tools that helped you make the leap?

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