This post will sound gloriously hippocrytical, but after 5 days of the bliss that is iPhone 2.0 and countless sessions of Super Monkey Ball I’m securely back in Apple’s grasp. Today the point was driven home while listening to a colleague at work attempting to set up his new Verizon Dare smartphone. This is supposedly Verizon’s “iPhone Killer” from LG. I must say that in the brief time I was tangentially exposed to this device it seems to have even surpassed the iPhone in one regard. The activation process is even worse.
Now, mind you, this is not just any colleague that was attempting this process - it was our Director of IT. He spent roughly 40 minutes of active troubleshooting and experimentation following cryptic instructions of screen taps and button combinations. I know I’ve had my own issues recently with the iPhone activation/update process, but this was pretty painful. At least I didn’t have to sit on the phone with an AT&T rep the whole time to get my phone going. I was just forced to sit and play GTA IV. After all of that trouble he was even hit with the realization that the device didn’t even have Exchange support. Ouch (although he could have figured that out in advance had he done his homework).
I haven’t had a chance to play with the device further to give a more feature oriented critique, but will try to do so soon. Anyone have any experience with the device and care to weigh in?