Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Joining the iPhone Age

My beloved Palm Centro cell phone died in December.

I would have been happy to keep the Centro indefinitely, but it's not available anymore, and the future of the Palm brand seems iffy, at best. (We'll see what Hewlett-Packard does with it...) I've been doing without a cell phone for over a month now while I researched my options. It's not easy being cell phoneless in this day and age (grin), especially with kids heading all sorts of directions for various activities.

Tonight Verizon began taking orders for its first iPhone, and I'm excited to say I now have one on order to arrive in a few days!

I've loved my iTouch for the past year and am looking forward to learning all about the iPhone's features.

Now I just have to figure out how to get years of info stored in my Palm into the iPhone...and whether to keep using my Palm Desktop calendar or convert to something compatible with the iPhone. Suggestions welcome!

Update: Reviews from the New York Times (thanks to Missy) and Endgadget.

7 Comments:

Blogger Missy said...

Welcome to iPhone world! I really enjoy mine, but remember to be very careful as it has glass on both sides. I've read that it's the best working of all the iPhone models and most reliable, but also more injury prone! Do NOT get a slider case, i.e., one that the top and bottom parts of the case slide together! There are lots of reports that those cases can score the glass, which then will break the glass.

Did you see my retweet of the NY Times Gadetwise article? There's a paragraph in it about what will happen on a Verizon iPhone if you are on the Internet when a phone call comes in...it reacts differently depending on the type of phone network (e.g., 2G vs 3G). Interesting.

I sync my phone with Outlook. I transferred my Palm data to Outlook years ago, so I can't remember how smoothly it went. I think the only problem I had was that I had data in both applications when I did the transfer and ended up with duplicates. So if Outlook is empty, that problem won't happen to you. Make sure your Daylight Savings Times settings are exactly the same in all applications...otherwise day long events, like birthdays, can be messed up by an hour. But that's all I can think of.

Congrats! I think you'll like it!

Missy

10:11 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thanks for all the info, Missy! A case will be a priority as soon as it arrives. :) I really appreciate the tips, keep 'em coming!

I've been reading about using a free program to sync the Palm into Outlook, and then use an Outlook app on the iPhone. Is there just one Outlook app? Also, have you found a good Excel app? So much of what's in the iTunes store is just Excel tutorials. Surely there must be a way to download an Excel file and open it other than as an attachment to an email?

Many thanks for the RT of the review, I RT'd it again and also linked to it in an update to my post. My son who just got an Android say he is usually in a 3G network so he doesn't think the phone calls going to voice mail will be an issue for me...plus if I use the 'Net at home (I often check mail on the iTouch if someone else is on the computer) it's on wi-fi.

Appreciate the good advice!

Best wishes,
Laura

10:51 AM  
Blogger Missy said...

A quick reply: I used Palm's Export setting and then imported into whatever version of Outlook I had at the time. There weren't other apps to help with that back then. ;-) Outlook is part of the MS Office Suite, so the version depends on your version of Office. I still have Office 2003...thus I have Outlook 2003. There used to be Outlook Express, a baby version of Outlook that I never used and don't know if it still exists or works with iPhone. There's probably info online about this somewhere.

I don't use Excel very often, but I know why you are asking. I don't have an easy answer. Air Sharing is supposed to let you view Office files, but I don't think either version lets you edit...could be wrong...and I don't know about big files. If you want to email me an Excel file I can try opening it with my version of Air Sharing (the app now has a small fee to purchase).

I have the Apple Bumper case, but would like to find something that covers the back better, but isn't too thick.

Your son is probably correct about the wi-fi, I don't know since I'm with AT&T.

Got to run. Congrats again. Excuse typos. ;-) Drop me a file to test later.

M

11:14 AM  
Blogger Raquelle said...

I live off of my iPhone so I hope you'll enjoy yours. It's not that great as a phone but perhaps Verizon's service is better than AT&T!

11:52 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thanks, Raquelle! So far the reviews I've seen all comment that the phone service seems to be much better on Verizon than AT&T, so fingers crossed. :)

Thanks for the added info, Missy, I'll be in touch. I'll probably head to the Apple store to look at cases the weekend it arrives.

Best wishes,
Laura

11:57 AM  
Blogger Carrie said...

I love my Android - just had to get that in ;0)

2:45 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Hi Carrie! My two oldest kids have new Androids and love them. It will be an interesting opportunity to compare! I like what I see of their phones (the navigation alone is amazing) but the idea of being able to use apps I've already purchased for my iTouch in an iPhone had a lot of appeal -- not having to reinvent the wheel, so to speak.

Best wishes,
Laura

2:47 PM  

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