Friday, June 25, 2010

Welcome, My Friends, Welcome to the Machine

It was two days ago now that I got my iPhone 4 in the mail. It arrived a few days early and I was surprised to get it, especially since I've been getting ready for my next big trip out west. I guess I lost track of the time, or maybe they just shipped them a little earlier than I thought. Either way, somehow, the iPhone, the little device that could, made it to me.

I have to say I honestly love this thing. I mean, it's like nothing I've had before, and I absolutely love the idea that you can have the entire Internet right in the palm of your hand. It's really hard to describe this feeling, if you've not owned an iPhone before, it's not a thought that dawns upon everybody right away. I've spoken to several people who feel the same way-even some computer programmer type folks who are older, more seasoned, and don't (typically) fall for the "you must get this new device" type of hype buzzing around the bush. Seriously. The iPhone will change the way you look at things. It's revolutionary.

I can honestly see why the iPad is so popular as well. It's like a giant iPhone. All of this, all of what I have now in the palm of my hand, only bigger. Wow. Me want.

But, enough of my drooling, I should probably clue you in on what's been going down. For starters, I downloaded a bunch of applications for the iPhone, mostly apps people have recommended. I totally need a case, so I'm going to spend a chunk of this weekend "case shopping" at various places. Yes, I know, part of the whole Apple deal is that you spend, they make you spend, a ton of money on accessories. Yes, that's part of the plan, and, yes, I know it's annoying, but it's part of the deal.

I've already started taking pictures with the new device, though I have yet to upload to Flickr. I also have not blogged yet from the iPhone, though I intend to at some point in the future. Look for that milestone to happen at some unexpected time in the near future, ok?

I intend to use my iPhone, at least in part, as a secondary camera. I have download some cool applications and want to try them out. I am thinking about it in terms of it being a sort of "toy camera." Not a camera which offers you full control, no, instead a camera that's highly portable, easy to use, has a flash, and allows for unusual angles, odd cropping, snapshot aesthetic and the like. I can now easily envision a very cool iPhone only exhibit of "crap I shot with my camera phone." I also feel that iPhone will allow me to break out of my mold a little bit-maybe try something different, some different styles out. I've always wanted to do an Elliott Erwitt-style body of work-almost street, very snap-shot, kind of funky, maybe even in black and white or trippy colors, you know the drill, and this might be just the best camera for the job. What for this to unfold, as I get more used to the camera and the device itself.

Yes, it's been a wonderful week. I feel I've really embraced the machine, as it were. It's a little bit like being over the moon, that's really the best way to describe it.

Until next time...

2 comments:

Kala said...

Congratulations! Maybe one of these days I'll drop my old flip phone enough times that it will finally break and I'll have an excuse to buy an iPhone.

Carol said...

Kala, that's exactly what happened to me. My trusty eight year old flip phone finally died a noble death.

The iPhone is quite nice, I do like it, but can also see the addiction starting to form. Now I very much want an iPad, since that's like the iPhone only bigger. After that, what's next? Back to a laptop?

Still, you know, fun to hold in your hand and all.