Ready for the iPhone!

After talking about it for some time, and many trips to the Apple store to play with it, we are going to move forward with getting me an iPhone for my Christmas present. And boy, am I ready!

For quite some time now, I’ve been relying on iGoogle’s sticky note and To Do list widgets to keep track of things I need to do, but these are only accessible when I am online. Granted, I am online around 11 hours a day, but when I have my errands listed on iGoogle, I have to copy it down onto a slip of paper to carry in my purse when I run errands at lunch or after work (offline).

Same thing for directions. Dallas is huge, and I often have to Google Map things, but I can only do that from a computer. Since we don’t have a printer hooked up at home, I end up writing down the directions on a slip of paper and bringing it with me in the car. Hoping I wrote it down correctly. And that I don’t lose that slip of paper.

With address/phone/email info, it’s the same way. I keep all those things on the Mac at home. If I need someone’s mailing address I have to boot up the machine if I am at home or wait until I do get home. And if someone gives me new contact info, I have to write it on…guess what… a slip of paper! Which I carry in my purse until I remember to take it out and update the Mac Address Book.

You can imagine the number of slips of paper I have in my life right now. Too many! So I am excited about giving up the paper slips and having everything consolidated using the iPhone’s always-online functionality, built-in Google Maps, and the way it syncs with Mac Address Book.

Christian and I also currently use Google Calendar to coordinate our activities, so that when someone asks “can you do something on X date?”, we can check our Google Calendar and see if we are free, or which one of us is free. Lately, this has been difficult when people ask us about our plans and we are not near a computer. We can’t access Google calendar unless we are online. A few times we have said we could do something and later found out we had something else scheduled.

So, very excited! Don’t know when the purchase will happen, but maybe not until Christmas, since it is a Christmas present. Even better, I should be able to do blog posting and even send photos to this blog from the iPhone!! Good times!