The truth of it is that they were really just glorified web browsers, video screens, and Kindle readers.I didn’t communicate on them, I didn’t on them, and I certainly didn’t take them everywhere I went.The whole process of transferring things just sounded cumbersome, and I never trust utilities like this to do a good job. There’s something a little liberating about being able to fully, completely remove many of the stock applications - something it took years of griping from users for Apple to allow.It would be easier, I decided, to just start fresh on my new phone. It works quite well sometimes, and it’s far more forgiving than, say, Samsung’s rather finicky iris scanning technique. I’ll never use i Movie, and it takes up a fairly massive amount of space, so away it goes. I had already told myself I wouldn’t be fully dropping into the “Apple Ecosystem” during this experiment. I have countless hours and many gigabytes of data invested in the company’s products, with years of learned behaviors, tricks, and shortcuts that help me make the most effective use of them.On a fall day over eight years ago, I walked into an AT&T store in Davis, my college town, to see the i Phone 3GS.I held it, stared at it, looked at the price card, then back at the phone, and then down at the price card again. I was locked into a contract with my Sony-Ericsson feature phone for another six months.
When I say I’ve never used an i Phone, I don’t mean I’ve never held one or played around with one for a few minutes. But I do mean that I’ve never actually used one for any extended period of time (even more than 15 minutes), let alone used one as my personal phone.
i OS was more something I accepted as part of owning them, not something I embraced and had to know intimately in order to use them effectively.
So, when my i Phone X arrived last week, I did something I never had: I started using an i Phone as my personal phone.
I know the rest of the world doesn’t work this way.
My world, however, does, and i Message has been a very pleasant experience so far.