Merry Christmas from Evil Santa

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I’m Quite the Artist

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Technically, I’m not a liar. I said I wouldn’t buy an iPhone, but I never said anything about what would happen if I were given one. Which I was. By my brother. Whose year was apparently even better than I thought it was.

After a brief internal debate – to return or not to return – the decision was made to activate. The device itself is compelling, to be sure, but my Nokia’s continuing decline was no small contributor to the move. While I liked my N75 initially, the Symbian OS – never quick to begin with – now takes better than 20 seconds to open a text message. Not one with pictures.

Ergo, plugging the iPhone in to iTunes today and following the expectedly simple activation prompts was an easy decision, in the end. It didn’t even give me a hard time about porting the Boston area code number I’ve had for years, as did the Cingular employee who upgraded me to an LG a while back in San Francisco. I know the Apple and AT&T relationship has been rocky of late, but it worked from this consumer’s perspective. I’d be remiss, as Jonathan notes, not to also thank the folks that keep the respective networks up and running so that myself and a few million other customers weren’t gifted with bricks.

Of longer term importance than a soon-to-be-obsoleted phone, however, was the news that my Mom had gotten my Dad and I three nights at a camp near Presque Isle. The fishing there is reportedly good enough that even the two of us should tear it up, and yes, I’ll be sure to get the pictures to prove it, Glynn.

The only real thing missing this Christmas was the aforementioned younger brother, who missed the festivities for the first time as he spent the holiday with wife’s family in Iowa. As I should be seeing him tomorrow, though, I have no real cause for complaint. Whatsoever.

Merry Christmas.


  1. let me know how you like it, i’m considering the same move, although i’m not thrilled about at&t…i’m hoping for another carrier…..if you start syncing email, you’ve gone down the slippery slope of crackberryness

  2. I’ll be interested to see your objective review of your new iPhone. While many of those around me are going the iPhone route I’ve resisted and in fact went with a BlackBerry Curve recently that I really like. Perhaps I’ll take the iPhone plunge when the 3G model comes out in 2008.

  3. […] and ye shall receive. John and Kevin asked for a review, so here are my initial […]

  4. I used to have a problem with slow SMS loading on my N80 and N95, there were a few things which can be done to help:

    Install SMS Accelerator – I can’t find anything about using it on a N75, but it may work

    Change how long logs are saved from 30 to 1 or 10 days
    Log -> Settings -> Log Duration

    Cut down the number of sent messages and messages stored in the inbox, after a few thousand I noticed some big slowdowns.

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