A non SQL related post today. Last week I gave in to my curiosity and bought an iPhone. I was already with AT&T and a little intrigued by the ActiveSync integration. After peppering Anthony Handley (I owe him several beers) with all sorts of questions about his iPhone experience I pulled the trigger.
This might be the only time I can remember that I went into a cellular company's store and didn't leave with a device. Nothing like spending three hundred dollars and only having a receipt to show for it...The device arrived three days later and the folks at the AT&T store
tortured me assisted me with activation.
I was coming from an HTC S620 (T-Mobile Dash) and honestly didn't know what to expect. I was preparing myself to be disappointed and need to roll back to the old device. My experience could not have been further from that thought. The touch screen is far easier to deal with than I imagined. It took a day to get used to the input direction versus the thumb typing of true keys.
After a week of use you couldn't pry this little guy from my hands. Having my music, video, email, and phone all in one device has been fantastic. Not to mention the app store and other assorted items like GPS in the 2.0 firmware. Syncing with Exchange has been the same experience as my prior WM6 device, but the look and feel are worlds better. Rendering of email is spot on to Outlook. The browsing experience can't even be compared, the ability to manipulate the page to a given size is a great feature.
I haven't experienced any of the nagging issues that seem to be reported online. But then again I've been running Vista for over a year without the first driver issue. Maybe I just lead a charmed life?
I have to say this really changes my perception of Apple's place in the enterprise. I am curious what the laptop experience would be like for me since I spend most all my time in Microsoft applications and server products. Maybe I should email Anthony... :)