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You Guys Must Check Out the iPhone!

Apple does its magic again

Stephen Markley

1:04 PM CDT, September 7, 2012

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While I certainly consider myself a pretty tech-“hep” individual, I usually refrain from writing about the latest gadgets, gizmos, and internet trends because let’s face it, there’s barely any readership for that kind of thing.

After all, what kind of jerks are going to argue about the silly differences between cellular phones?

Having said that, I recently discarded my Samsung “slidey-phone” for an iPhone. Suspect punctuation aside, I have to say, this iPhone is quite remarkable. I’d really like to take a moment to explain what a great piece of technology this is, and how it will aid your day-to-day experience in all kinds of ways. 

First of all, this is nothing against the Samsung slidey-phone. It was a brilliant piece of technology that allowed me to make phone calls, store numbers, send text messages on a well designed qwerty keyboard, and even take pictures. Don’t even get me started on the number of ring tones either—I’d be here all day.

However, the iPhone puts the Samsung slidey-phone to shame. You really have to check this thing out. First of all, it has these apps, which, as far as I can tell, are nearly limitless. They do all kinds of things: tell you the weather, send you reminders, play music. Heck, there’s even an app that tells me sports scores of just the teams I like. I can easily foresee a time in our culture when we will answer each other’s queries on just about any topic with the witty riposte, “Hey, there’s an app for that.”

Oh Lord, Jay Leno of “The Tonight Show” you will have fun with that one!

However, that’s only the beginning of what’s possible with the iPhone. Dare I say, the iPhone functions nearly—nearly!—like a miniature personal computer. Wherever you go, as long as you have “signal” your provider’s “3G” “network” will allow you to connect to the internet where you will be able to “surf the web” almost as if you were sitting in the comfort of your own home.

Want to look up a recipe at a friend’s house? No problem. 

Need to check the front page of The New York Times? Just a touch away.

Do you need to answer an e-mail from the boss, but you’re caught at dinner with the in-laws? No prob, Bob! Just slip away to the bathroom and punch out a reply in seconds.

Before, I’d have to lug a book and an iPod around just to listen to music and read, but now I travel considerably lighter on my train ride because the iPhone does both!

What I find so incredible, however, is that given all this technology you’d think the iPhone would be this big, hulking two-by-four of a phone, but it is remarkably svelte. It fits right in your pocket, and ladies, that clutter drawer you call a purse will surely have room for it!

All in all, we really must applaud Apple and its late founder Steve Jobs for giving us a truly special piece of technology that is sure to give us all a helping hand in this hectic thing we call life.

Also, don’t worry, the iPhone does take pictures. Almost forgot to mention that.