When I first saw a picture of the “rumoured” iPhone 4 on the internet in the spring of 2010, it was love at first sight. I had never seen such a cool looking piece of kit. I had to have one. I had had an iPod Touch for about a year, but the moment that Softbank started taking orders for the new iPhone, I put my name on the waiting list. I must have received one of the first ones handed out by Joshin in Nishinomiya Gardens, because I didn’t stop nagging them until I had one in my hands. My wife, Megumi, inherited my iPod (and is well on her way to becoming “digital”).
So I’ve had my iPhone 4 for almost a year. Do I still love it? MORE THAN EVER. As I have discovered more and more “Apps” it has become more and more useful. I use my Shorter Oxford English Dictionary as well as my Japanese/English dictionaries, and Google Translate apps regularly in the classes of my English Conversation School, Smith’s School of English, Kawanishi. I also use the Google images and the Map apps to show pictures or places to students. Many students have been so impressed by the iPhone (and probably by my enthusiasm) that about half of them are now proud owners themselves. Even Al, owner of Smith’s School of English, Okamoto, and with whom I regularly work, has recently acquired one and often “facetimes” me. He decided to get his iPhone after many demonstrations from me over cups of coffee after flyering together. I think Softbank should pay me a commission.
My iPhone has also helped me explore many parts of Japan, as the GPS function and map apps are great for finding ones way around. While travelling, the camera, as well as the free Photoshop app are great for taking really good photos.