The iPhone came back around to me after being evaluated by a couple other IT staff members just in time for a little traveling. The first thing I did in preparing for my travels with the iPhone was to download a couple TV shows and some music from iTunes. Syncing the iPhone with iTunes is straight forward and works just like an iPod sync. The iPhone has a setting called Airplane Mode that is turned on when stewardess asks that all electronic devices must be turned off. The Airplane Mode turns off the phone and bluetooth, allowing the other iPhone functions to work normally. Once in the air, I turned on the iPhone and enjoyed the shows and music I had downloaded. I also used the camera function on the plane, taking several shots out of the window. I actually used the camera throughout my travels, easily emailing pictures of the sun and sand back to cold and gloomy Illinois just to rub it in a little. E-mailing a photo is very simple, you can also add a message along with the photo. Using the iPhone for Internet access was great to check on flight schedules, the weather, etc. I used the iPhone to keep up with my IWU e-mail while I was away, so I did not have to spend a day catching up when returning to work. Another feature that I use more and more, and used while traveling, is text messaging. I find sending a text message with the full keyboard much easier than on a standard cell phone. With the iPhone I can easily send text messages using correct spelling and full punctuation that is usually not done when texting on a standard cell phone. (U no what i m talking about if u send texts 2 others)
So, the iPhone worked very well for me while traveling, and it allowed me to travel without the laptop computer I normally drag along. The iPhone provided me with all of the communication and computer functionality I needed. With all of the positives, the iPhone does not yet work with the IWU wireless network. The other down side is that the iPhone is not supported by our shared calendaring system. These are two significant support issues for campus use. If you are currently looking for a wonderful and easy to used mobile device for your personal use, I can highly recommend the iPhone. Integration with campus services should improve as upgrades to both the iPhone and campus systems are rolled out.