iPhone eye for the Windows Mobile guy: part 1

With all the hype surrounding the iPhone, I thought I’d stick my oar in the water and talk about iPhone from the perspective of someone who depends on Windows Mobile devices to get my daily work done. Over the last couple of years, I’ve chronicled my experiences with various Windows Mobile devices, including the Treo 700w. Despite its flaws, I’ve come to depend on the Treo to help me stay organized and in touch when I’m traveling or otherwise out of the office. I’ve recently replaced the 700w with a pre-release device from a major OEM running Windows Mobile 6.0 Professional, and it’s a major improvement over WM5. In particular, the new Exchange 2007 support features (HTML mail and message flagging chief among them) really give me a productivity boost.

Originally I wasn’t going to buy an iPhone, but once I got my hands on one my resolve weakened, and quickly. I ordered one from AT&T on July 4th and had it in my hands on the 6th. I added it as an additional line on my existing AT&T plan, and I was off to the races. (And no, I don’t think the iPhone plan price is excessive; as for the device price, I’m betting I’ll get more than $600 worth of value from the device over its lifetime.)

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be writing an irregular series of posts on various aspects of the iPhone vs the other device I’m using. There’s a lot of good in both platforms; likewise, each of them has some shortcomings. Which one will win? That’s a misleading question, as there are too many different dimensions of use to pick a single winner. Stay tuned to see how it comes out!

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