It seems that more phones are being sold now in the "smartphone" category than plain mobile phones. More people want to do more with their phones, whether it is listening to music, surfing the web, instant messaging (via texting or emails), and even working with applications used to be restricted to computers.
I’ve used an iPhone for over two years now, first the original iPhone and now an iPhone GS, and the iPhone keeps getting better.
Too many times in the early days, I’d find that my iPhone’s Internet connection was via AT&T’s EDGE network (which was like sucking the Internet through a straw). The 3G network changed all of that — which is why you’ve undoubtedly heard the iPhone users in New York and San Francisco screaming about the poor, overloaded service. I don’t see that too much, although I sometimes find that there isn’t 3G service available.
But, that’s not the point of this message. When I originally switched from my PalmOS PDA (which I still haven’t quite stopped using), I had two applications that were the killer applications — the ones I had to have in order to switch to another PDA or to a smartphone.
My killer applications were HandBase, a database program originally designed for the Palm PDA’s, and MobiPocket, and ebook reader. I gave a Windows Mobile-based smartphone a chance and was quickly dissatisfied. It got retured within AT&T’s return period. That put me back to my Motorola V3xx flip phone.
When I started looking at the iPhone, I found that there were ebook readers that would meet my desires, but HandBase wasn’t available at the time. Fortunately, DDH Software (http://www.ddhsoftware.com/) ported their flagship product to the iPhone. That was the key, so I got my initial iPhone.
Two years later, HandBase is still an important application for my iPhone. I bought the Windows desktop version, too, so I can make database changes in either phone or desktop and synchronize them. HandBase, like many other applications that have desktop counterparts, synchronizes via your wireless router, since Apple does not applications to files transferred via the USB cable or via email. HandBase is available for Windows, Mac, iPhone, Blackberry, PalmOS, SymbianOS, Windows PocketPC (Windows Mobile Classic) and Windows Standard (Smartphone).