My experiment with iOS

The other week Jamie, Ravi and I were doing Podcast Episode 5 and as usual we were all just talking away. Jamie asked me how I felt the iPhone had changed the world (or something along those lines), I vaguely answered and added at the end of my reply “although I have never touched an iOS device in my whole life” the others sounded a little shocked. It got me thinking, maybe I should get a cheap iOS device to try out. Just to see how the other team plays.

Over the years I have used Windows Mobile, Windows Phone and most recently Android. All of which have good points, bad points and just damn strange features/bugs. Take Android with its slow removal of native Facebook sync in each successive version of Android or Windows Mobile in general or Windows Phone and it’s inability to let you turn the device off and charge it at the same time. I just want to see first hand how “intuitive” iOS really is and whether the OS can keep me entertained.

Over the years I have heard LOTS of arguments for and against all of the mobile operating systems. Most days on Twitter I see my “friends” bitterly embattled over such issues. One thing that does worry me is that iOS does look very simple, just a sea of icons to swipe my way through. I hope it can keep me suitably occupied.

So what do I do? What device should I get? I really don’t know what to do. I do not want to spend loads, I just want something useable that I can upgrade to iOS 6.
I feel my choices are as follows:
iPad 2 16gb
New iPad 16gb
iPod Touch refurb 32gb
iPhone 4 8gb
or lastly
iPhone 4S 8gb from eBay

I’m torn. I really do NOT need another phone and the small screen size of the iPhones looks toy-like compared to my Galaxy Note. I guess an iPod Touch will be usable for running or to take on holiday. An iPad isn’t really that mobile so I would probably be confined to my house with it. Decisions, decisions.

So what would you recommend? Either way I will be bringing you updates on my progress once I have made my mind up and got used to the device.