My how times have changed. The iPhone 4, with an upgraded camera (or two of em -- front and back) video capability, a sharper screen and a faster processor is what the bike doctor ordered.
Let me go on the record and say it's still just a mediocre phone, especially through AT&T, where the rural service could star in Cronenberg's Dead Zone 2.
But forget about the phone for a minute. Here's 10 reasons for considering the iPhone 4 in your jersey pocket.
|Caution flare mode.|
#10: Flashlight mode. We all carry plenty of lights for night riding. And what's wrong with one more? A flashlight app serves as a simple flashlight, or you can use it one of several other modes, like caution flare. Bonus: Speaking of lights, the iPhone has a built-in LED flash for low light video and photos. Guess what? You can force it to stay on and it's a reasonably bright light -- as bright as some of the lights I saw being used in PBP 03.
#9: The Compass. Oh, to have had this app on that fleche that went so far off course. With two signs missing, we didn't know which way was up, much less west or south.
|Can you spot the detour?|
|Yo! Where can I get a pizza?|
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#4: Bike Repair App. Maybe you're not an ace mechanic, but if you have a simple mechanical problem and need help, there's an app for that. Called Bike Repair and selling for $1.99, the app has step-by-step photos for a quick roadside repair to your derailleurs, brakes, wheels, etc.
|Yeah, there's a snooze button.|
#2: Dragon Dictation. Another great app, this is free and transcribes your dictation for painless placement on a variety of SM sites or e-mail. The note on the left was a one-take attempt. Pretty accurate.
#1: The Weather. Everyone complains about the weather, but no one does anything about it. That's still true, of course, but at least you know what's in store for the next few days....