Monday, March 30, 2009

The Contraditions of Life: This Diehard Apple Girl HATES the iphone!

So we are a blended family. Well, no, not that kind of blended family. We are a blend of computer platforms over here. It is very he said, she said when it comes to computers. I am a diehard mac girl. My boy, well he is a PC. We get lots of humor out of those mac/pc commercials. He hates that the mac guy is so much cooler than the pc guy but since I am so much cooler than SJ it makes sense to me.

When it comes to cellular devices we are absolutely on the same page. The blackberry rocks and the iphone is for people with too much time to diddle around. We have had an iphone since last October and we both have refused to use it. Don't get us wrong, we tried but it was so user unfriendly for us that we both went back to our blackberries. All I want out of a phone is for it to tell me where to go, what I need to do, and who is trying to contact me. While I love toys, and yes that is what an iphone is, I would love to have the toy aspect of the phone in the background as opposed to the functionality of the phone in the background. I hate that I have to click through 3 or more screens to get to my email. I hate that my homepage can't just tell me briefly who are the last two emails from and what are my two next appointments.

So I trotted off to the Apple store today convinced that I was just using the phone incorrectly. The answer to ALL of my questions was "sorry that is beyond the capabilities of the iphone." My absolute favorite stumper for those Geniuses was the following:

When I put something in my iCal on my laptop I usually invite my husband so he can then accept the event and put it in his calendar and I invite myself so I can accept the event. Viceversa. When he makes travel arrangements he invites me so I can plug it into my phone. So this morning I plugged something into iCal on the computer, put myself in the attendees box and sent the email. When I got the email on my phone the text said to open the attachment to add it to your calendar. Yeah, all is well until I tried to open the attachment on the iphone. It wouldn't open it. When I presented this problem to those people at Apple they were puzzled and then one of the Geniuses went in the back to further investigate this problem. She came back with this:

"While the blackberry is able to open .ical files, the iphone is not currently set up to open .ical files." My response was, I hope the irony is not lost on you that ical is an Apple program used on both Apple computers and phones. The real reason....is that Apple wants you to pay for mobileme service which does all this for you. Yep, for something like $99/ year. Well next time I feel like dropping $99 to solve my problems I am going to be buying a new Blackberry Curve since it seems to work better with my mac computers. If anyone out there has any constructive advice for me I'd love to hear it...

2 comments:

Chatty said...

ha ha ha, I am so there. Sweetie is a PC guy and I'm such a Mac girl. As such, I find the Mac/PC commercials to be delightfully hilarious, but they make Sweetie fume. Mostly because they are 100% accurate. ;)

I'm a Mac girl who also uses a blackberry, although I do have the mobile me package. I still don't find it to be more user friendly, and I RARELY use iCal. Wait a minute, now I'm wondering what's the point of all my technology?

On a related note- does the hubs use outlook? How do you do the calendar thing?

Meg said...

never had a blackberry so I love my iphone- but I have a lot of free time in the "loop of death" to pick up the kids from school (we wait about 45 min. in line....but that is a vent for another day)......I'm not a techy person- so the iphone serves me well- I can email, text, call and check facebook......I think a blackberry might be lost on me! I also love that I can turn my phone into a level...I know, ridiculous- but now you see why I love it!