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I got myself an iPhone!

I have been a Windows Mobile user for a very long time…
My first Windows Mobile Phone was the Smart Amazing Phone (also known as the HTC Tanager), then I bought an I-Mate Jam (also known as the HTC Magician), then I used a Dopod 838 (also known as the HTC Wizard) and lastly the Asus P525.
I used a Nokia E63 for more than a year after the Asus P525 as I was still undecided on which phone to get next.
I wanted to wait for a new WebOS device from HP but the waiting seemed to take forever.
RIM’s Blackberry is really not for me, Windows Mobile 7 just didn’t have the apps and features I need now and I find Android too risky for me.
Let me explain on what I mean about Android’s risks.
You see, I love upgrades… My Smart Amazing Phone ran on Imate’s ROM (instead of the original ROM from Smart). I was happy with the Imate Jam’s ROM so I just changed my wife’s O2 XDA mini’s ROM to run Imate too. And my Dopod 838 also ran an Imate ROM.
Although these ROMs were not official, they were available with the risk of only voiding your warranty.
For Android, un-official upgrades are also available, this would be my choice of Mobile OS 5 years ago but since I am now very busy with work and other family stuff, I can no longer research and gamble on installing a new Mobile OS.
Not all Android phones are guaranteed to have an official update to the latest Android version, just look at Sony Ericsson’s X10 mini, they presently run on Éclair (2.1) even if Froyo (2.2) has been available for a while and Gingerbread (2.3) is officially released.
If you use Android devices, you’ll know that performance from Éclair to Froyo is a big upgrade and next year, Android will have Honeycomb.
This is just a very big issue for me for Android devices as I will not be happy getting stuck at Éclair knowing that Froyo and above is much better.
For Apple devices, (iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad) an update is almost assured for at least the next 4 years (updates for the original iPhone and iPod Touch are no longer available).
Updates are easy to install since you only need to sync your device to iTunes and we all know that there’s almost an app for everything…
All my favorite apps and games are available on the iPhone and Android but the iPhone version just works better.
I can list a lot of reasons why I decided to get an iPhone but basically the biggest factor is that WebOS is just taking too long to release a new phone, Android upgrades are not guaranteed and Windows Mobile 7 does not have the complete features I need.
Hopefully, other manufacturers come up with better tablets before I decide to get an iPad next year…

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iGo (Stowaway) Bluetooth Keyboard paired with an iPhone

I have had a Bluetooth keyboard for quite sometime, it was originally paired with my XDA mini, then with my Dopod 838 and eventually my Asus P525. But ever since I decided to replace my Asus P525 with my Nokia E63 my Bluetooth keyboard has been collecting dust in my drawer.

Then came the iOS 4 update for the iPhone, this update honestly made me excited as it promised the ability of pairing the iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad with a Bluetooth keyboard.

Since I do not own a 3GS nor an iPad, I had to wait for one of my colleagues to upgrade to iOS4 before making my initial test.

This morning, I’m proud to confirm that the iPhone 3GS with iOS4 can be paired with the iGo Bluetooth keyboard.

To be specific, this Bluetooth keyboard is re-branded as Dell but its actually the iGo Bluetooth keyboard made by Stowaway.

Pairing is easy, just set the keyboard to discoverable (press the Ctrl + right Fn + left Fn until the green light blinks). Once found by your iPhone, the iPhone will provide a 4 digit number. Press the 4 digit number on the keyboard and press enter.

I have tried to use it while typing an e-mail/sms and typing on notes.

I’m really happy to decide to keep this keyboard, and now, thanks to Apple’s iOS4, its back as my traveling companion!

If you have any questions, please feel free to post a comment below. I will also try to update my observations.

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