I’m A Data Whore


I’m an avid iPhone user. I love my iPhone4 and use it ALL of the time for everything I can.

I moved from my 3G to the iPhone 4 back in July and, at the time, my provider (along with the other main providers in the UK) said they were going to start capping data usage on all smartphones at 500mb a month. I looked back through my previous bills and I was averaging just under this a month. So I went with it and stuck with my current provider, even though I felt a little hard done by by having this cap forced on to me. In my mind, the only reason I have an iPhone is to use data and I’m being restricted. Little annoying to say the least, but everyone was doing it, so choices to change weren’t there.

Now, things are different! 3 mobile have announced an unlimited download “Open Plan” for smartphone users. True, 3 are not the biggest provider in the UK and their signal range is….. dubious. However, I think this will really bolster their customer list. If they can get their signal strength right, people WILL move. Hell, after reading this piece by the Guardian, I’m a little gutted I didn’t hold out longer.

But then again, I’ve been thinking the same thing about my iPhone. I know I just said how much I love my phone, and it’s true, it’s a fantastic piece of machinery and I couldn’t live without it anymore. Everything it does is so smooth and streamlined. But my wife has an HTC Desire. I’ve been playing with it (I feel kind of dirty admitting this)……. And I’ve been questioning my iPhone………

Let me break this down before I’m stoned for blasphemy. The iPhone IS amazing. No doubt about it. But it’s as fantastic as Steve Jobs wants it to be. You can’t make it yours. Every one of my friends iPhones, except for the apps, are the same as mine. This is due to the well-known restrictions applied by Apple. Android phones do not have this.

Now my wife’s HTC Desire is not fantastic. The battery life is appalling, seems to crash every now and again and isn’t quite as smooth as the iPhone. But when it’s good, boy is it good!! The Android operating system is so open. You want something, you can have it. Widgets, apps, set-up, and to top it all off, links beautifully with anything Google (for obvious reasons).

The main issue I have is this: Android is running the same path as windows, open to everyone for everything. This could lead to imperfect apps/widgets/software that are slow or crash. Apple is so stringent that these things just don’t happen.

But I’m wondering if I can survive these poor things and move to Android (got 18 months left in my contract, so got a while to think on it and decide which phone would be best) AND on the 3 network 🙂 . I’m such a whore!

I’m Addicted To The New Gadgets


I gave in about a year and a half ago and got myself an iPhone 3G. Before this, I’d always thought of myself as up to date with modern technologies and liked to think I was “in the know”. However, I’d always held off buying into these things as most of them turn into fads and never REALLY get going or become useful (point of case, Mini Disc players. HUGE FLOP) So I took my time getting the iPhone and I’m glad I did. I think I got it at the perfect time, the crest of the wave as it were.

Since collecting my third arm (as it feels like now), I’ve found myself becoming more and more attracted to gadgets and other computing technology. I love my iPhone 4, with a passion. Everything I need is in it. The only down side is the size. I’m finding more and more that I want something with a bigger screen.

Then what happens, Apple release the iPad…….. Talk about reading my mind!!! However, when I see the price, my heart dropped. I couldn’t justify a bigger iPhone for £500! But I love the idea of having something about this size that does everything, especially as my pc is in the final death throes and will soon go to the scrap heap in the sky.

So I’ve been reading up closely on the tablet revolution that appears to be sweeping the world. Android tablets being promised that will be iPad killers etc. To be honest, they’re all pants. Apple has too much of a strangle hold at the minute. Unless Google release an amazing piece of kit for a fraction of the price, they won’t unseat King Jobs.

But these tablets have brought my attention a piece of kit that’s gone under my radar. NETBOOKS!! Basically, a smaller laptop, screen the same size as a tablet, but with a keyboard (my opinion on touch-screen typing is still out) and the starting costs are about £150! To boot with this, you get USB ports, ethernet, bluetooth, external storage options, larger internal hard drive (starting about 160gb). Job done!

But then I wonder, is this one of those fads I’ve been so good at avoiding in the past? My iPhone is amazing and my pc is dying, so I do need another computing option, but whether to go PC, netbook or tablet is the question.

Any advice on this subject, please help me. I’m looking mainly for surfing, e-mail, chat, blogging, media (music, films and books) and a few online games.