Here at ITP we make sure we use one of each of the major manufacturer’s mobile devices so that we can make strong recommendations based on actual use to our clients.
For example, did you know the Blackberry Storm is a great device but often mute’s itself accidental when pressed against your ear?
Did you know that the iphone cannot open Wordperfect documents but a Blackberry can?
These might seem small but it is the smaller annoyances that can lead to unsuccessful technology rollouts to your attorneys and professionals.
Back to the iphone. That is my device of choice. With the iphone’s latest FREE release of the 3.0 software which you can get by plugging your device into a computer with itunes. Apple has addressed some of those little nagging issues people had with the iphone. Application developers are excited about more use of GPS and push notifications. For you the professional here is why you should go download it TODAY.
1) Landscape keyboard in email. Finally, flip your iphone and get a much bigger keyboard that you can use your thumbs to type out, just like on a Blackberry.
2) Search your email. Press the “home” button while at the main screen and search all your email/contacts/content on the device. Also find a search box on top of each email folder including for Microsoft Exchange/Gmail and others.
3) ctrl+c ctrl+v ? Sound familiar? Keep looking for those buttons but you can now copy and paste from notes and emails. Select the text. Tap and the options will appear.
4) Here come the physical keyboards. Apple has given us reasons to believe that you will be able to plug in or use Bluetooth for physical add on keyboards.
Small changes but they make a big difference. See the full list of changes here: http://www.apple.com/iphone/softwareupdate/
The iphone wins the platform award with me every time and thats what I tell our clients. What your iphone is today WILL become better and change with software. I have not seen that kind of feature improvement midstream on a device from any other manufacturer.
Now if only my iphone would stop dropping calls….