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Can the iPhone 3G replace “regular” desktop/laptop Internet use?

I have no Internet for a week. Heather has taken our 3G Internet stick with her to Devon. I say no Internet, but I mean the evening as during the day I can use my house mates net, but evening I have no net.

I am now asking myself can I use the iPhone to replace using the Internet on my laptop.

I realised now that even though I have TV, books and films that like alot of people my main source of entertainment is the internet. So I’m going to see for a week (in the evenings) if I can last with just my iPhone and other stuff my laptop with Internet makes me forget about.

Well I have just quickly been on elbo.ws, which has peoples music blogs and allows me to listen to tracks they maybe talking about. I just click it and it plays. I don’t need the internetmy iPhone allows me to read blogs and even hear music just like a pc could.

I then found a piece through Twitter on the guardian website, which I discussed on a forum. They didn’t believe what I was saying on there (that a new iPhone may be out in summer and that o2 may lose their exclusive iPhone deal). I want to prove them wrong and add that link to my reply, but I can’t just copy and paste the link and I’m not going to type it out, so I will just have to wait until tomorrow to use my laptop with the proper Internet. I know that with the 3.0 operating system it will include copy and paste, but I want to share my link now! Luckily I don’t want to MMS anyone now as well… Although I probaby won’t even when that day comes. Atleast I can go on Twitter, read tweets, post tweets and everything on between. I use the free app TwitterFon, something my laptop can’t use! (because it’s not a phone…)

Atleast I don’t have to wait to blog about not having the internet as I’m using that wordpress app I posted about before and it is still doing a good job, and I’m plugged into the mains so I shouldn’t lose all I’ve written, because the rubbish battery died. Although after typing that I decided to save it just incase as you never know.

News, I can keep upto date with news still nice and easy. I have a TV and that has news a lot if the time and if I really wanted news then I even have freeview with BBC and Sky news. I have yet to watch either of those channels today and probably won’t as the iPhone again has kept me occupied with it’s nicely set out pages for the iPhone; BBC and Guardian web pages.

Now I’ve begun to write this I should really consider going a whole week without the actual internet and see if it’s possible to just use the iPhone and no internet on my laptop. Hmm but the Guardian link means I have to atleast go on it once. Then there is email attachments and sending my CV for jobs; can it handle that? Can I really search through reams if jobs on an iPhone when sometimes in my laptop the list after lists are a pain to scroll through? There’s a few things just there that may mean I cannot go without proper Internet.

I didn’t post this before, but this year I decided I won’t just watch TV for the sake if it, I won’t just watch whatever mind numbing rubbish that was put on anymore (after Celebrity Big Brother of course!) why would I need to watch a lot of what ITV2 put out or even ITV1 for that matter? I have DVDs, I have books, I had the Internet! With the Internet I could watch 4 on demand and download shows for later or the do the same with BBC’s iPlayer (you can on the iPhone with wifi not 3G, which I am using) so now I don’t it turns out that I have the DVDs and I have the books, but really I don’t actually watch Or read them much because of the net. So maybe it’s time to catch up on some reading and try to complete the 12 books in 12 months (that I didn’t manage to do last year) and maybe it’s time to watch my films, series and tv shows I’ve bought on DVD.

I think now I should sleep as I can hear birds tweeting. That reminds me twitter! No I shall not sleep, I mean tweet. I should sleep and continue this tomorrow. But maybe I should finish it on my laptop so I can easily go back and read what I’ve put and check how incoherent and see how many words then auto correction hadn’t auto corrected for me? I will sleep on it anyways.

It’s now the evening of the night after I last posted. I have been on the internet an logged into wordpress to cheat a bit and check this and found that I saving it through the app on the phone means that it is just saved on the phone so no changing it on the laptop. So for this blog atleast it’s all been written touh screen. Also I managed to copy and paste the link on my laptop, instead of getting pen and paper involved to writ it down for the phone.

So this is the start of a few days of mini tests to see how my evenings go without laptop Internet. I will try to attach my CV to an email through my phone later and post more tomorrow to see if the iPhone can replace desktop/laptop Internet completly (if it needed to)

(This is all typed on the iphone so I hope it all reads well after a look through. As of the scrolling and lack of screen size fingers crossed it’s ok!)

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Jumping on bandwagons: iPhone and Twitter

I have decided to jump on two bandwagons recently. One being the iPhone bandwagon, which is a great phone and has had me saying amazing quite often. I think that I used the word amazing to describe the wunder radio, which basically allows me to pick up any radio station with an online stream (and there is a lot) from anywhere around the world over wifi or even 3G. Amazing.

I’m actually using this blog post as a way of testing another app, the WordPress app. So hopefully it does work and someone other than me reads this. If it does work perhaps I will blog more often as I am on this phone a bit too much so it’s just another excuse. (I wrote something similar to that last paragraph and a bit more but lost it after pressing save by mistakes so I’m hoping once I’m finished that doesn’t happen again!)

The next bandwagon I jumped on was the Twitter one. At first I couldn’t see the point of it. Coming from Facebook it just seems like status updates (what it basically is) but the difference is you can choose who to follow and don’t need to find out every little detail about them, only short little messages. I find it useful to add people with a common interest as you who will help to keep you updated on the things you care about. I have other designers, tech people, sports news and scores, news and music which is good at keeping me up to date on the things I care about, which is a lot different to facebook telling me who has split up with who.

So this was mainly a test but I will probably write more about stuff like this as my phone and twitter are my main interests at the moment. My twitter is www.twitter.com/davidgarlick if you would like to follow me. If you have one and have things I might want to hear about then let me know and I’ll probably follow you. Unless you just update me in what you’re eating or your relationship status.

Before I finish I have just seen I can add an image from my phone so I will try that now. (pirate ship from Brixham, Devon where I’m staying until I return to London Friday. The place not the ship!)

Have fun.