iPhone 4 is here!

Since Gizmodo posted the original shots of that “lost” iPhone 4 prototype I’ve been waiting extremely patiently for Steve Jobs to do his thing at the official launch. Today was that day.

As some of you may know I’m one of those unfortunate folks who, while a fan of technology and one who takes part on many different platforms, has gone without mobile access to those platforms. I do have an iPod Touch, which when there’s WiFi is awesome, but there are so many more times when WiFi isn’t around, and I’m jonesin’ to be connected.

So since I’ve held out for so long, I figured it’d be worth it to invest in the upcoming iPhone 4. With today’s launch there are a few things that tell me this is going to be a great investment, including (in no particular order):

  • Multitasking – finally the ability to do more than one task on the device!
  • Flash – should’ve had this from the start, and is one of the biggest complaints I hear from iPhone users
  • Front-facing Camera (though a camera period is great since I’m a Touch user.)
  • 960 x 640 @ 326 ppi – great resolution and something I wasn’t expecting
  • Sleek design – it’s exactly the kind of style I like; very modern.

More specs can be found on Apple’s website.

Rogers says it’ll be carrying the device, and you can sign up to receive word on any upcoming info regarding the release. We do know it’ll be released in Canada sometime in July, and in the States pre-ordering starts on the 15th. I can’t wait.

Will you be upgrading to the next version of the iPhone? What features stand out for you the most?

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Justify the iPad for me

Apple’s iPad recently went up for pre-order in Canada and many early adapters and Apple Fanboys (and girls) clicked that button to make sure they had their new device on May 28. I was not one of them.

I’ve been torn about this thing since it was first announced. I quickly threw it in the want pile, because I sure don’t need it. It’s a sleek device that, with WiFi or 3G access, you can find your way with Google Maps, show off your family pictures, watch movies, go on the Internet, read books…etc. The list goes on, but all those things are available on the iPhone/iPod! It’s less portable than an iPhone and I’d be kind of scared taking that out on the TTC.

Many would buy the iPad for reading, and as I’ve mentioned before, I’m a fan of the reading actual books. The tactile feel makes a difference, and I’d be worried if something happened (or in the future another bright and shiny device is released) and I couldn’t access my books anymore; where would my library be then?

Another big factor is before the new year I bought a MacBook Pro. I simply can’t justify the cost of buying a half-computer, which the iPad basically is. I’d much prefer my laptop over the iPad simply because I can multitask (though I know that will be added this summer), I’d like to print documents and sometimes I need to use DVDs.

Until the day comes when this kind of device is not a supplement to actual computers, I can’t see myself justifying the purchase.

What is it about that iPad that draws you to it? Have you made the pre-order or are you having trouble justifying the purchase, like I am?

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