IPhone for my marketing?

by squeezecpa 30 replies
I have a laptop, but i am after a phone to check emails and do small tasks on the go. A phone with a good screen size and good internet access, speed etc.

I know the i phone is an obvious choice. Can anyone tell me whether this is worth buying or suggest alternatives as i am not clued up in this area. Cheers.
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  • Profile picture of the author JeffersonB
    lol

    You need a blackberry.. Iphone haha
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    • I use the iPhone. For me it works great as an all purpose entertainment, business and information machine. Of course you're paying for a gadget, and there are plenty of equally good alternatives, but the convenience of having a small multi-purpose device on hand all the time for me far outweighs the disadvantages.

      For me, I have a selection of music and video available at all times, access to my e-mails (the screen is great for receiving and reading - replying is doable, like any mobile device, but I wouldn't send anything long), a great internet browser, gps, and excellent search facilities.

      I've used it for streaming mobile TV on demand from BBC iplayer when I've been away from home (the screen is great for that), plus finding nearby petrol stations (using built in google location sensitive mapping) when I ran low in Cardiff recently. And of course I've read the Warrior Forum on it.

      So, it's multi-purpose, if you want a purely perfect business machine it's not that, but, for me, multi purpose is the way forward.
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    • Profile picture of the author Max Whitson
      Originally Posted by JeffersonB View Post

      lol

      You need a blackberry.. Iphone haha
      Why does he need a blackberry over the Iphone and why are you laughing at the Iphone.

      Please backup your statement.
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      • Profile picture of the author JeffersonB
        Originally Posted by Max Whitson View Post

        Why does he need a blackberry over the Iphone and why are you laughing at the Iphone.

        Please backup your statement.
        It's just a thing of status. Blackberry has been around for years, i know hundreds of people that will never head at another device and i guess i'm just one of them.

        You know when something is just industry standard, well in the mobile emailing.. Blackberry is the standard.
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        • Profile picture of the author Andy Money
          JeffersonB, can you backup your Blackberry (contacts, preferences, photos, bookmarks, accounts, etc.) to your computer?

          iPhone for IM is incredible. I use the iPhone throughout the day to check any one of my multiple email accounts, manage my websites, answer support questions and so much more, with the apps the opportunities are endless. I even have an application that manages all of my domains and tells me their page rank when I open it, does your Blackberry do that?

          Get an iPhone, you'll never regret it.
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          • Profile picture of the author Eric Stanley
            Originally Posted by Andrew Maule View Post

            JeffersonB, can you backup your Blackberry (contacts, preferences, photos, bookmarks, accounts, etc.) to your computer?

            iPhone for IM is incredible. I use the iPhone throughout the day to check any one of my multiple email accounts, manage my websites, answer support questions and so much more, with the apps the opportunities are endless. I even have an application that manages all of my domains and tells me their page rank when I open it, does your Blackberry do that?

            Get an iPhone, you'll never regret it.
            Exactly what he said. I use my iPhone for IM EVERYTHING and it ROCKS.
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    • Profile picture of the author ken_p
      Originally Posted by JeffersonB View Post

      lol

      You need a blackberry.. Iphone haha

      I totally agree. i think you cannot easily install helpful tools for working, in your iphone, like excell, etc, etc.. i am just assuming. because of the fact that iphone is not fond of third party softwares.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zach Booker
    Iphone is the only one to go with..
    Easy to type with, quick, and you can view a webpage just like you would on your computer.
    Case closed iphone kicks a$$
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  • While his first post was pretty much worthless, Jefferson is right.

    You can never go wrong with a plain blackberry. The email forwarding and receiving is quick and easy, the internet works, its very easy to back up automatically, and it's a very stable platform.

    The iPhone is nice, but you can never trust the bleeding edge.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jesus Perez
      I just returned my iPhone after having it for 2 weeks. In the end, the iPhone bricked itself when updating to version 2.1. Yes, you read that correctly. The phone tried to update itself on Saturday night and ended up with an error 6 that left the Apple techs speechless and my phone completely dead. Thank god I had it for only 2 weeks. If I had a year's worth of info and apps, I would have been pisssssed.

      I have since reverted back to my Treo 650.

      Here are my thoughts from my 2 week stint...
      • The internet browsing is amazing. If you want internet and only internet, get it.
      • The App store and extras in there are mindblowing. You can find nearly any app. Social networking, Phanfare, Smugmug, everyone seems to have an app.
      • The photos are way better than my Treo 650. It was nice being able to upload them to my Phanfare account on the fly.
      • The email is amazing, until you have to type an actual email. Which brings me to...
      • The 'onscreen' keyboard sucks. Clunky as hell, errors are common. After having a Treo for so long, I just hated the onscreen keyboard. I love buttons!
      • Copy and Paste does not exist. This killed me. Also, you can't run 'background tasks' so if you took a picture and are uploading it, you need to stay in that app until it's done. If you get a call, the action stops. Same goes for anything else (sending emails).
      • My Treo, Nokia...hell, all my phones sound better. The earpiece isnt' very crisp. Minor issue though.
      • Your reception will vary wildly (1 bar here, move 1 step left and 3 bars there) because the iPhone is using a new wifi radio that's never been heavily tested. Supposed version 2.1 fixes some of it's issues but the response from the public is mixed.
      • I use Microsoft Exchange and the calendar is heavily used. The iPhone does not have a way to mark Events as "private". So if you're sharing your calendar with someone else, they'll see your Karaoke Singing Appointment at 1pm on Thrusday.
      • The battery life is absolutely horrendous. The phone dies in 24 hours if you don't touch it at all (with Wifi, Location and Bluetooth disabled). If you make a few calls and surf a few sites, expect it to last 4 hours. So if you're in the field a lot, the iPhone will be a pain in the butt and you'll find yourself plugged in all the time. I'm serious...the battery life sucks!
      • The battery cannot be changed. It's sealed and soldered into the motherboard. You'll need to send it off and pay $80 or so to get it replaced by Apple. And Apple will wipe your phone's data along the way.
      • iTunes can screw up. I'm a living example. I tried to install version 2.1 to fix battery life issues and reception. Along the way, iTunes rendered my phone dead. Had I not been 30 days into the purchase, I would have been screwed. The Apple tech told me they would replace it within the 1 yr warranty, but I'd be phoneless for a good week while it was mailed out. (What happens after 1 yr but before your 2 year contract expires?)
      • Plus, in the process of screwing my phone, iTunes also killed my restore file...so all my data was lost (except the stuff on the Exchange server).
      • Text messages will always pop up on the home screen and cannot be blocked or hidden in any way. So if you're in a business meeting and you leave the phone on the table, anyone that glances at it will see the "i need some loving" text from your wife.
      • Apple is charging $30 for the necessary data plan. My Treo uses an unlimited $14.99 plan. doesn't make sense, does it? The Apple rep told me AT&T buys the phones for $399 from Apple and makes back the missing $200 from it's Data plan. Meanwhile, Apple gets something like $1 per phone per month for that data plan...and there's 280 million phones out there. You do the math. (Hint: they're making $$$$!)
      This is all I can think of right now. Oh...and the apple rep told me there's another one coming out in January. Seriously. He said this.

      If you want email on the road, get a Blackberry. My wife (who hates cell phones) loves it. I also like it. But don't get the Pearl...get the Curve and any other model with a full keyboard. You may want to also glance at the Blackjack II, AT&T Tile or Palm 680 or 750. The buttons make a huge difference when typing.

      I love my Treo (and it's 4 day standby battery life).

      Good luck.
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      • Profile picture of the author Andy Money
        A new one coming out in January? Probably more storage.

        When I had difficulty with my iPhone I had a new iPhone shipped to me for free the next day while they worked on my old one and I had it back within three days. The Apple tech support was phenomenal--really (and I hate, hate, hate Apple).

        My battery life is excellent personally. I don't use Wifi though but I listen to music all day on it, check email, text, etc. I just charge it when I get home at night while it syncs and backs up.

        I have never encountered a single instance where I needed cut and paste, and I think a lot of people can say the same, so that is why it doesn't exist on iPhone. If you love cut/paste don't get iPhone I suppose.

        Every time Apple releases a new firmware you get more features and functions to your phone pretty much. I'd say my phone paid for itself just due to the extra features I got through firmware updates that were never advertised when I first bought it. It's the gift that keeps on giving
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      • Profile picture of the author JasonKing
        Originally Posted by BlueSquares View Post

        I just returned my iPhone after having it for 2 weeks. In the end, the iPhone bricked itself when updating to version 2.1. Yes, you read that correctly. The phone tried to update itself on Saturday night and ended up with an error 6 that left the Apple techs speechless and my phone completely dead. Thank god I had it for only 2 weeks. If I had a year's worth of info and apps, I would have been pisssssed.

        I have since reverted back to my Treo 650.

        Here are my thoughts from my 2 week stint...
        • The internet browsing is amazing. If you want internet and only internet, get it.
        • The App store and extras in there are mindblowing. You can find nearly any app. Social networking, Phanfare, Smugmug, everyone seems to have an app.
        • The photos are way better than my Treo 650. It was nice being able to upload them to my Phanfare account on the fly.
        • The email is amazing, until you have to type an actual email. Which brings me to...
        • The 'onscreen' keyboard sucks. Clunky as hell, errors are common. After having a Treo for so long, I just hated the onscreen keyboard. I love buttons!
        • Copy and Paste does not exist. This killed me. Also, you can't run 'background tasks' so if you took a picture and are uploading it, you need to stay in that app until it's done. If you get a call, the action stops. Same goes for anything else (sending emails).
        • My Treo, Nokia...hell, all my phones sound better. The earpiece isnt' very crisp. Minor issue though.
        • Your reception will vary wildly (1 bar here, move 1 step left and 3 bars there) because the iPhone is using a new wifi radio that's never been heavily tested. Supposed version 2.1 fixes some of it's issues but the response from the public is mixed.
        • I use Microsoft Exchange and the calendar is heavily used. The iPhone does not have a way to mark Events as "private". So if you're sharing your calendar with someone else, they'll see your Karaoke Singing Appointment at 1pm on Thrusday.
        • The battery life is absolutely horrendous. The phone dies in 24 hours if you don't touch it at all (with Wifi, Location and Bluetooth disabled). If you make a few calls and surf a few sites, expect it to last 4 hours. So if you're in the field a lot, the iPhone will be a pain in the butt and you'll find yourself plugged in all the time. I'm serious...the battery life sucks!
        • The battery cannot be changed. It's sealed and soldered into the motherboard. You'll need to send it off and pay $80 or so to get it replaced by Apple. And Apple will wipe your phone's data along the way.
        • iTunes can screw up. I'm a living example. I tried to install version 2.1 to fix battery life issues and reception. Along the way, iTunes rendered my phone dead. Had I not been 30 days into the purchase, I would have been screwed. The Apple tech told me they would replace it within the 1 yr warranty, but I'd be phoneless for a good week while it was mailed out. (What happens after 1 yr but before your 2 year contract expires?)
        • Plus, in the process of screwing my phone, iTunes also killed my restore file...so all my data was lost (except the stuff on the Exchange server).
        • Text messages will always pop up on the home screen and cannot be blocked or hidden in any way. So if you're in a business meeting and you leave the phone on the table, anyone that glances at it will see the "i need some loving" text from your wife.
        • Apple is charging $30 for the necessary data plan. My Treo uses an unlimited $14.99 plan. doesn't make sense, does it? The Apple rep told me AT&T buys the phones for $399 from Apple and makes back the missing $200 from it's Data plan. Meanwhile, Apple gets something like $1 per phone per month for that data plan...and there's 280 million phones out there. You do the math. (Hint: they're making $$$$!)
        This is all I can think of right now. Oh...and the apple rep told me there's another one coming out in January. Seriously. He said this.

        If you want email on the road, get a Blackberry. My wife (who hates cell phones) loves it. I also like it. But don't get the Pearl...get the Curve and any other model with a full keyboard. You may want to also glance at the Blackjack II, AT&T Tile or Palm 680 or 750. The buttons make a huge difference when typing.

        I love my Treo (and it's 4 day standby battery life).

        Good luck.
        If only all reviews were as useful as this.

        Thanks!

        -Jason
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    • Profile picture of the author Andy Money
      Originally Posted by HarveyJ View Post

      The iPhone is not bleeding edge.
      It's a terrible device, with a good marketing campaign and brand name behind it, designed to wow people who are not in the slightest bit tech savvy and are wholly unaware of the strides made in the PDA market. With the exception of it's auto-rotation, there is nothing in the iPhone that wasn't already in a number of other devices 2-3 years previously.

      If you're using the phone for internet, or entertaining yourself, then yeah. Get an iPhone. Whatever. It's not a business device. It's a consumer entertainment device that can get onto Facebook.

      If you need to email people as part of your business, then Blackberries are the way to go. They keyboards have been designed with ergonomic principles behind them, so you should be able to peck away at it for a prolong period without too much damage to your thumbs.
      Oh yeah, and you can copy and paste text...

      If you need something that does a bit of everything, and will allow itself to be used in ways that it was never intended for, then I recommend a recent device from HTC or O2 (same production hardware, just different software and casing).
      Many of their devices come with a slide out QWERTY keyboard, and some are even functional UMPC devices, such as the Shift or Advantage models.

      I have a TyTn2. It's 3 years old, and still more functional and powerful than the iPhone.
      I laugh at the people wowed by how pretty their iPhone is when they can't even read a book on it and have no actual GPS (that cellphone tower location thing is a joke).

      I'm sorry but this is complete B.S.

      I'm very tech savvy and I've been watching PDAs and mobile internet devices since the HP Jornada. The iPhone is 100% revolutionary--and every major tech/gadget blog agrees--are they not savvy? Gimme a break.

      Nothing has come close to the integration, ease of use and practicality of this device. The only people who don't like iPhones are the people who crawl out to shun it--while extremely reputable tech blogs rave about it.

      :rolleyes:
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      • Profile picture of the author Todd Lamb
        I have used both, however I am currently using the blackberry...it fit in my pocket better...Not too technical a response I know but sometimes it's the little things when the functionality is comparable.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ruth Hendrickson
    I tried to take my iPhone back but was told by AT&T it had to be returned within 14 days. I missed it by 2 days. My friend recently got a Blackberry and loves it. What I hate about the iPhone is it seems to freeze up alot, especially when I'm trying to make a quick phone call. And I'm on my second phone. Apple replaced the first one.

    You can take a picture with the iPhone, but can't send it to another cell phone. (well you can, but it has to be in an email) And when people send me pictures from their cell phones, I have to go to the Internet to view it. The iPhone doesn't take videos, either. And the keyboard really does SUCK. I'd take my Razr phone back in a flash, but already gave it to my son.

    My advice is to get a Blackberry.
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  • Profile picture of the author Suthan M
    Dont use a IPhone, but i do use a Asus PDA

    My friend uses a Iphone, and he told me he is having a hard time with it. Constant freezing, no video etc. He says his iphone just makes the girls drool, but for technical people like us, its more of a "dont buy it thingy"
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  • Profile picture of the author RetireVerySoon
    Most definately go with the iPhone. All others just do the something but are knock-offs.
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    • Profile picture of the author Josh Anderson
      For the record... I hate cell phones... for only one reason...

      When I was doing my last stint at a University my roommates were always on the internet (dial up).

      So I got a Verizon phone... the reception was not that good so after my year contract was up I called to cancel.

      They told me I could not cancel. Even though I had only agreed to a year they made up some bull sneaky stuff claiming that my contract had been renewed even though I had not renewed it.

      So I told the person on the phone I was going to pay $175 cancellation fee for the right to never do business with Verizon again.

      That was 6 years ago.

      To this date I refuse to do business with any cell phone company that requires a contract. Instead I use netzero when I need it...

      I get the best coverage in the US (they rent access from all the top providers) for 10 cents a minute... as little as $10 a month if I want to keep the phone active.

      I have found that there is almost no time in my life that a cell phone has been important... and the very few times that it has been important has been less than 100 minutes in 6 years.

      However, I am also a gadget guy... and for this reason the iphone is pretty attractive to me... though the fact that they stupidly decided to lock it to At&t one of the worst networks in America and a company that I also refuse to do business with if at all possible is an un-sell for me...

      Here is what I am waiting for:


      As soon as I see a really good Android phone offered on a great network that has a no contract pay as you go option...

      I'll stick to my wifi iPod touch, my laptop computer, and my 10 cent a minute netzero disposable phone for traveling...

      Yeah I know I am an odd duck but I refuse to let another company try and hold me prisoner ever again...

      At least until I embark on my new career as a world explorer and need a satelite contract ;-)
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    Originally Posted by jigga2008 View Post

    I have a laptop, but i am after a phone to check emails and do small tasks on the go. A phone with a good screen size and good internet access, speed etc.

    I know the i phone is an obvious choice. Can anyone tell me whether this is worth buying or suggest alternatives as i am not clued up in this area. Cheers.
    Hi Jason,

    You have already received some good arguments for using a Blackberry not and iPhone, and they are good arguments.

    But have you considered a full blown smartphone such as the HTC TYTN II? I love mine, all of the benefits of a Blackberry but also able to run Skype, MSN and a whole host of other useful applications. Nice keyboard also.
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  • Profile picture of the author fm1234
    The iPhone is a toy. The Blackberry is an established business workhorse with more than a decade of ongoing dev behind it. So as regards the OP, if your main reason for wanting to plunk down money on a smart phone is business, then go with an established business standby.

    This is to take nothing away from the iPhone -- like most of what Apple makes it's cool as can be; it just has a ways to go on its practical aspects before it trumps the Blackberry.


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  • Profile picture of the author Conference-TV
    Using a phone for internet marketing may be nice because you don't need to bring a heavy laptop anywhere. And iphone was nice.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary M.
    I'm looking for a smartphone that will allow me to download and upload .txt and .zip files through a GOOD browser (like iPhone's). I would also need the ability to unzip and create .zip files on the phone.

    I know iPhones aren't capable of this - any recommendations or am I just dreaming?
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  • Profile picture of the author ronblade
    Why dont use things with lots of options to do. Go with iPhone you will know the magic of it. It's better than any phone I have used so far. Buy it.
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  • Profile picture of the author da1fitz
    If you're planning on doing any Facebook / Twitter marketing on the move then for me the iPhone is a total winner plus as someone already mentioned da girls love it - though you may well be accused of becoming a 2009 yuppie doh...
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  • Profile picture of the author dbarnum
    Here's a great combo I like:

    1) Verizon service on cell phone

    2) Verizon tether kit (tethers cell phone to your computer)

    3) Mini-laptop (add Verizon tether kit software to it)


    Per as you need with the tether kit; example, hook it up for the weekend, and take your mini-lap top on the road. Disconnect on Monday, still keeping your cell service in tact + no extra long-term internet connection contract / fees, etc.


    Forget about tiny phone screens, figuring out how to correct a URL you’ve misspelled, trying to log into sites with flash, etc. Mini-tops features and abilities beat cell phone ones (or lack of ones!) any day of the week - - and twice on Sundays J
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  • Profile picture of the author Eric Stanley
    I'm so exited for the new 3G S (having been a user since the first generation iphone) that I am camping out tonight for it. You heard that right. iPhone is the hands down game killer ESPECIALLY with OS 3.0, which I already have. RIM doesn't stand a chance, neither does the android OS. 30+ email accounts on it, seamless internet, all in comm device extraordinaire, great battery life (turn your brightness DOWN), and amazing app store. Not to mention the tether ability.
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  • Profile picture of the author MrLewisSmile
    I've had a BlackBerry for years, but I'm getting the iPhone 3GS when it launches in the UK tomorrow.

    While typing is slower than on a physical keypad... the BlackBerry has an awful web browser.

    For internet marketing things... go for the iPhone.

    The wordpress/twitter/tumblr/facebook applications alone make it a better IM tool than a BlackBerry, without even counting anything else.

    Sad but true. I wish RIM kept up and made the BlackBerry superior, but they have lost me...
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    • Profile picture of the author mlevenhagen
      I did an experiment this last January.. I spoke at a seminar in Orlando, FL and decided to try and only use the iPhone for those 3 days to manage my business.

      The number one reason I chose iPhone was for the kick butt browser; I tested a lot of things including Blackberry and the iPhones couldn't be touched..

      My thought process was I could check in all my memberships, blogs, ppc accounts etc.. and post to them, manage them as needed in the palm of my hand.

      It worked ok.. I did have some issues where I lost posts; and, at the time, it didn't have copy and paste.

      But with 3.0 arriving today, it does have copy and paste and some other new features...

      I would say if you are going to do major work on the road, you'll probably still need a laptop or whatever.. but for just checking in, managing communications, posting content, checking and managing various accounts and your sites, e-mailing (great for gMail) it's great.

      The social apps are awesome as well.. if you want to still stay connected and socialize on the go, hands down, it rocks.

      To name just a few things..
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