music, technology & life in pasadena, california


Surprisingly, I’m not a big cell phone user. It’s great for keeping in touch with home and a must if you have children in school or otherwise, but I usually end up using only 200 minutes or less of my 1,000 minutes per month. Hardly any of my friends use texting, although they are heavy emailers. Maybe it’s a generational thing, but phone features don’t matter that much to me.

Apple’s iPhone, which as everyone knows by now, includes an iPod music player, email and wireless internet access along with a few other choice apps, is different in that it doesn’t treat the extra features as little add-ons. They’re all full-fledged apps/hardware that are first-rate.

As I wrote here earlier, I felt that the iPhone was overpriced at the time of its introduction and was hampered by being available from only a single provider, AT&T. I was proved wrong as people flocked to the iPhone regardless of price and switched carriers in the process. The controversial price drop a few weeks after its release, helped ease my mind about the cash outlay but the switch to AT&T was a deal breaker.

Well, that may be changing as I’ve heard recently that Apple’s iPhone will be available from T-Mobile and possibly other providers by the end of the year. In the meantime, I picked up a new Motorola Razr V3. It doesn’t have a music player or wi-fi, but it’s probably the best design out there and at $29 (originally $250+ a few years ago), it’s a steal.

April 9, 2008 | Link to this entry


Paul Viapiano is a guitarist working in film, television and live performance based in sunny Pasadena, California.

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