The new iPhone has not been released yet, but I have a lot of people asking me about them. Since Waidet supports all of the technology our clients utilize, including all types of handheld’s, anytime something new comes along, we check it out and get a lot of questions as to whether it would be a good business tool or not.
There are quite a few business users that want an iPhone but didn’t pick one up since it didn’t do Exchange syncing and the overall lack of security. The new iPhone 2 now has Exchange Activesync (should work like any other Windows Mobile device giving you full Outlook syncing – e-mail, calendar, Contacts, and tasks), 3G for much faster data connectivity, and GPS. Oh, and it is less expensive than the original iPhone was.
If it works like it is supposed to, I might consider picking one up. I still think I need a “real” keyboard though since I draft and reply to a lot of emails on my device so the virtual keyboard might not work for me, but I want to check it out anyway. With GPS and 3G on the device, that pushes it up toward the top of good features all devices should have but many do not. A Blackberry is still more secure than Exchange Activesync. So, if you are concerned with your device getting in the wrong hands, then you might want to get a Blackberry.
So for all of the people who asked me about whether they should get one I say go for it as long as you can handle the virtual keyboard. The first step is to wait until it hits the streets and then let’s try to get a demo unit to see if it works the way you need it to.