Remember the world before the iPhone? How bleak everything seemed, how utterly pointless, and then came along the dream and the world became a better place. So, everyone, do the planet a favour and recycle Apple iPhone 3G.
It officially hit the streets on 9 June, 2008, and it was met with a wave of euphoria, not least because the first generation iPhone (out one year earlier) was a little, how shall we say it, wanting. It had cool credentials, no doubt about that, but when it came to performance and functionality, well, is was not up there with many of its competitors.
So the 3G came in with the loudest possible fanfare and Apple claimed that with 3G networking, the new generation iPhone was twice as fast as the first. It also has built in GPS – few could understand why, and fewer cared – and boasted Apple 2.0 software which, all those geeks out their realised, was the secret weapon. It was the portal to the App Store, the place where all those third-party bits of software lay in wait.
Apple had very cleverly provided a SDK for all those clever software developers, meaning that within months, it had created a plethora of cute programmes, just for its iPhone. The App store quickly became an Aladdin’s cave for the iPhone fanatic.
But apart from the App Store, the incredible looks, the feeling of well-being just holding one, the functionality, the performance and the sense of superiority over all living mortals, just what was so special about an iPhone?
It, like many mobiles of the period, boasted internet access; easy emails; quad-band GSM and tri-band HSDPA for voice and data connectivity around the world; and, supported Wi-Fi, 3G and EDGE networks and automatically switched between them to ensure the fastest possible download speeds.
The iPhone 3G also had key enterprise features such as support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync to provide over-the-air push email, contact and calendar syncing, as well as remote wipe and Cisco IPsec VPN for encrypted access to corporate networks. Pretty impressive eh? And pretty confusing if you don’t know what all that means.
But as with the Mac as opposed to the PC, Apple had done it again. It had re-invented the wheel, not with just another wheel, but with a wheel that might not work as well as the other wheels, but looked just too damn good for the competition.
So, if you ever are faced with the choice, then remember, don’t be selfish, recycle Apple iPhone 3G.