I ordered the iPhone 4S, and here's why

I was on the fence, but today I went to Best Buy and pre-ordered the iPhone 4S.  Here's why.

  1. AirPlay.  I already have an Apple TV, and an iPad 2.  The ability to wirelessly display the current screen, or, with the right app, an alternate display, is going to be huge.  I predict my PlayStation will gather dust.  Take a look at this screenshot for Real Racing 2  (iPad and iPhone apps sold separately) that, with the pending iOS 5 version and an iPad 2 or iPhone 4S will allow 'Party Play' mode!  The picture is worth 1,000 words, or certainly the $4.99 to $6.99 for the app itself!

    Real Racing with Party Play mode
  2. Siri.  It's 2011 and using your hand to interact with a computing device is so "quaint" as Mister Scott put it in Star Trek IV.  Just this week, several times I had to go online and do a search when I could have just spoken into my iPhone to get the info.  Once you have Siri, you will find more ways to use it.

    Mister Scott
  3. As a writer for iPhone Life, I'd be remiss if I didn't adopt the newest gear at launch.  At least that's what I told my wife.
  4. As an app developer, I also can't afford to not have the latest equipment.  I might even write some apps that take advantage of AirPlay!
  5. My old iPhone 4 still has a lot of value, and my wife will be able to take ownership of it.  I could have sold it for more than $200, making my upgrade "free" not counting the 2 year commitment.
  6. I will leverage Apple's free iMessage, now that my wife will have an iPhone, so we won't need a text message plan.
  7. I could get it in white, so my wife and I won't grab the wrong phone by mistake.
  8. My existing iPhone 4 cases should fit, so I don't need to write off those expenses or search for new accessories.
  9. Thanks to my Family Plan, Best Buy let me use my mother-in-law's "eligibility" for a new phone, so my line should be upgradeable around the time of the iPhone 5.
  10. Honestly, my sadness at Steve Jobs' passing made me do it.  I don't want a poor launch to be a reflection on him, or Tim Cook for that matter.  My purchase is just a drop in the bucket, but, in my small way, this is my contribution.
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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.