UPDATE 12-7-12: Teathered to my own iPhone 5 at the Dallas FW Airport. Those speeds make the ATT hotspot in this airport ridiculous  So slow, in fact, that I'd rather pay for the service. The question now will be, how much data does tethering take when you're checking email and surfing? I'll report my data flow and cost later.

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UPDATE: SIRI blows my mind. She's the best note taker in the world. And though she occasionally hears "guacamole" as "what ahole" she's the best thing about this phone. It's sleek beyond compare, and I do love playing with it as a fetish object. The usability of SIRI, however, as dialer, texter, and emailer, is the killer feature. How's the Google equivalent working for ya?

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I didn't need a new phone. My iPhone 4 (siri-less non-S) was working just fine. And then there was the $200 upgrade fee. And then a friend showed me (taunted me) this:

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And his MacBook Air tethered was just as impressive. WOW. That's A LOT faster than my wired cable modem from Time-Warner.

UPDATE: here are my Time-Warner (RoadRunner) results.

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So, my initial reaction to the phone on the first day varied between:

  1. This thing is almost too thin.
  2. (Drop) Dang, why didn't AT&T ship the case in the same box.
  3. Siri is amazing for text entry into ANY app or ANY field.
  4. This think really lights up fast. I can imagine missing a lot fewer photos.
  5. Man, this thing is thin and strong. I like the feel of it. Where's my protective case?

Of course that's just me. I know the video is going to be a lot better with the added processing power (providing image stabilization) and the higher resolution. And a bit of ego at having the coolest phone on the planet. And maybe that's part of why Apple sells so dang many of these things every time there is a new model. $200 is pretty cheap for bringing your tech cred to the top of the heap. Even if only for a few months.

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Cute enough to PIN, right?

It's all I wanted in a phone, plus a girlfriend named Siri.

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