Are you an original iPhone owner?
So I'm curious, who are the true fanboys/fangirls that have been iPhone owners since the release of the original iPhone? Did anyone here stand in line for the iPhone 2G?
About a week after the iPhone 2G was released, I was in the main Apple Store in San Francisco and they were putting on a demonstration of the iPhone. I played around with one and told my husband and friend that there's no reason why anyone would need all of that on a phone (I was a RAZR owner).
Two months later my dad bought me an 8GB iPhone because I wouldn't shut up about how cool it was.
I discovered TiPb a few weeks before the iPhone 3G was released.
Here are a couple pics of my iPhone 2G. Yes, I still have it. It's pretty beat up actually. I may get better pics later.
- 06-11-2011, 03:30 PM #2iPhone Newbie
- 15 Posts
I have got my first iPhone 2G almost two years ago.
Before that, I used a Palm Treo 680.
And now the short story how I got it:
I didn't have enough money to buy a new or at least fully functional iPhone, so I decided to buy a one with a broken glass. Since that one worked great and I managed to replace the broken glass, I have bought several more non functional iPhones 2G, repaired them and gave them to my girlfriend, mom and a friend. Some of them had broken screens, some had battery issues and some had non-functional motherboards, but in the end I managed to combine parts from the six of them (and some screens from eBay) and got four fully functional iPhones.
The one that I use is here on the pictures, sitting on top of my PowerBook 100.
I now use it as a second phone and it is still working great. Hope to use it for the years to come.
It is a 16 GB model.
I would really love if Apple made an iPhone with metal casing again.
- 06-11-2011, 03:42 PM #4
Not only do I still have the original iPhone but I turned it into a 16GB "GamePADD" for my kids after I upgraded to the 3GS. Mine's also pretty beat up too. I'm more of a tech-horder than a fanboy but I don't like throwing away things that still work. Can't post any picks though because I'm at work.
- 06-11-2011, 03:42 PM #5
- 06-11-2011, 03:55 PM #6
- 06-11-2011, 04:35 PM #7
Mine has definitely been beat to hell and back. When turned on it displays an error message saying there is something wrong with the hardware. This was my second apple product (my first was a 30 gig ipod video i got for christmas in 2005)
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- 06-11-2011, 04:36 PM #8iPhone Nanite
- 3 Posts
Fanboy or not?
I don't know if this makes me a fanboy, but I bought the original iPhone and then bought the 3G to get the extra speed. When the iPad came out, I dropped the iPhone and went to the iPad and used text messaging apps ad VOIP apps to replace my phone. I just bought the iPad2 and will be overjoyed when IOS5 comes out and solves most of the deficiencies to all those Android phones.
- 06-11-2011, 04:57 PM #9
How many people are still using the original iPhone as their main device? I wish I would have been an iPhone owner from the start. I was one of those that said he would never buy into the hype. My first was the 3GS. have since bought the 4, an iPad, ATV, and MBP. The experiance with Apple products has made me a fanboy.
Oh my goodness George! Yours is super beat up! Haha.
The iPhone 2G was my 2nd Apple product. My first was a 1st gen iPod nano. I have since purchased, in order: iPhone 3G, late 2008 13" aluminum MacBook, iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPhone 4, iPad 2, and 2011 27" iMac. I stood in line for the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPhone 4, and iPad 2.
- 06-11-2011, 11:56 PM #11
I purchased the original iPhone launch weekend, but it wasn't my first apple product at all. Sold it when the 3G came out. One of our former sales counselors still rocked one and was going to replace it, but then his wife delivered a tax credit that he now has to feed and house.
I can't imagine using a 2g model...
- 06-12-2011, 01:22 AM #12iPhone Nanite
- 1 Posts
Stood in line and bought my original iPhone (8GB) on launch day, June 29, 2007. Loved it and used it until it went for an unplanned swim in an iced Americano on April 1, 2009. I was planning on holding out for the 3GS before upgrading, but had to run out and buy a 3G (16GB) the same day to tide me over. I ended up preordering the 3GS (32GB) as soon as the order page went live (paying $200 extra for the early upgrade... ouch... although it was still less than the $600 I originally paid for the first model). And then preordered the 4 (32GB) as soon as that was an option.
Every model has been a huge improvement over the previous one... especially the iPhone 4. I'm glad the iPhone 5 hasn't launched yet; I need more time to save my pennies!
While the original iPhone is definitely dead (stuck in an infinite restore loop), I still use the 3GS and sometimes the 3G as test devices for iOS apps under development.
All four pictured, along with my first iPod, the 5GB model with real wheel and buttons...
- 06-12-2011, 03:13 AM #13
- 06-15-2011, 04:00 AM #14
I got the 2G the week before the 3G came out. My brother works for O2 in the UK and with staff discount and all the other promotional offers to get rid of them it only cost me £80 ($125 i think). Since then I've had the 3Gs and iPhone4 on launch days.
Before I had an iPhone i was a true Microsoft fan. I'm even quoted as saying 'Why would I want an iPod, you wait until Microsoft bring out their own, it will be so much better' How wrong was I?
- 06-15-2011, 10:44 PM #15
Between my wife and myself we have had all versions of the iPhone. My wife first had the 2G, then I traded a BlackBerry Bold 9000 for a 3G. Next she got a 3GS, then we both picked up some 4's in December. I was going to get the 4 when it first came out but I could not pre-order it due to the tremendous traffic the online store was getting. All of them work and the 2G and 3G are used as iPod touches by our children. I had iPods before the iPhones which introduced me to Apple products. My experience with the iPods and iTunes led me to purchase a MacBook and we just picked up an iMac 21.5 inch computer. We have been successful in not getting an iPad so far. But they are so tempting, and I have the MacBook anyway.
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- 06-16-2011, 12:03 PM #16
I liked the first generation iPhone but it took me a while to warm up to buying it...finally one day (before i paid any attention to the blogs and websites that discussed this stuff), i went out and bought it and loved it...then i looked online to see if there was any way to make custom ring tones and found out about the 3G (which was releasing like a month after i bought it)...i found out that they were giving an upgrade to people who bought the first gen, and were refunding the purchase cost of the iPhone we had (i paid $400 or whatever it was because i didn't want to extend my contract)...
Flash forward to a few weeks later and me and the wife were waiting outside of the AT&T store for the 3G, and ended up getting both of the 3G's (me and my wife's) for the money i paid for the first generation...worked out perfectly.
- 06-16-2011, 07:39 PM #17
I got the original iphone a couple weekends after they released it. Funny story on how I got the $ for it, I live in the Redmond Wa area and did a usability study for Microsoft one weekend of playing a video game and they gave me a bunch of free software. Sold it on craigslist and bought me an iPhone Thanks Microsoft!. I still have it and let my 2 year old use it on car trips to keep him occupied. Before that I had a Treo 750 and migrated over to phonedifferent.com from Treocentral.com with Dieter and Mike. I upgraded to the 3GS 32GB and its getting a little long in the tooth cant wait for the new model. My b-day is in Sept. so I'm already laying on the hints pretty thick to my wife.
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- 06-18-2011, 08:37 AM #18
I have had MBPs before the iPhone. When it was previewed I instantly fell in love. I was using a Motorolla Ming at the time and I downloaded the Marimba ringtone and put the Nemo wallpaper since my phone was touch screen it made me feel like I had an iPhone. As you can see by my user stats I'm from Canada so we never got the 2G. We didn't get the iPhone until the 3G, so I was dying to get the 2G when my friend who makes regular trips to Buffalo asked me if I wanted him to buy me one. I paid full price and at that time Canadian was double American money so I paid almost $800 Canadian for it! In an effort to escape duty my friend had to take it out of the box so all I have is my phone and my receipt. He had bought for friends and Family so he had about 8 of them which is why he had to remove it from the box. I still have it, it's still JBen and unlocked I even tried to switch back to it from my 4 the other day. I've owned the 3G and now the 4 soon to be the 5. Pictures will follow later once I get home and take some.
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- 07-10-2011, 11:33 PM #19
- 07-11-2011, 12:55 AM #20
I still have my 1st gen iPhone that my youngest uses as an iPod. My 3G is being used by my middle as an iPod. The oldest has an android phone as does the wife. I think the girls just have to be different. Lol.
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- 07-11-2011, 07:20 AM #21
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- 07-29-2011, 11:41 AM #23
I was very interested in the original when it came out, but being on Alltel and now Verizon I wasn't able to get one. AT&T was and still is pretty weak in my area. My work uses AT&T and they got me a 3GS when they came out, but where I live it was useless with no signal so I kept my Verizon blackberry until I moved closer to work last fall. I just swapped out my Droid X for the iPhone 4 2 weeks ago so this is the first iPhone that I'll actually be keeping and using. My wife was due for upgrade in early July and she wanted the white one and I ended up with the black one. I did own an iPod mini from way back and I still have a 1st gen iPod touch that is in need of a new battery. Still works perfectly, but I've worn the battery out with my years of 2 hour commutes and constant music and podcasts. The iPad is something that I've wanted since launch, but with buying a house and getting married the extra funds aren't there just yet. Maybe the iPad 3 will be the right time to jump in when the tax refund comes this year.
- 07-29-2011, 01:15 PM #24
I stood in line at AT&T on launch day. At this store there were probably 50 or so people in the line total at 6pm when they officially went on sale. They sold out 3 people ahead of me. I also totally forgot that I had resigned on my parents family plan a little over a year before to get a Tmobile MDA. I switched to AT&T from their Tmobile plan and my parents got hit with a $200 ETF.
But I did order one through AT&T's direct fullfillment program that night and it arrived at my door step the next Monday. That was along weekend.
I still have the iPod I got with the $100 rebate but did sell the original iPhone. Sold for a cool $450 on ebay the next year to upgrade to the 3G. The iPhone was not my first Apple product, I had owned several iPods.
What a 4 years it has been. What's next?
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- 07-29-2011, 11:23 PM #25
I bought mine from a friend at school actually. She had it, the screen was cracked and she just purchased a new 3G at the time and didn't need it anymore. Once she gave it to me, I took the phone to the Apple store and got a brand spanking new one for 100 bucks. I jailbroke it and took care of my baby. Then the fall before the iPhone 4 was released, the phone fell right out of my pocket as I sat down in a steep chair. It landed on the ground the wrong way and the bottom half of the screen stopped working which meant I couldn't slide to unlock. So I waited and waited, contemplated buy a blackberry but nope; I still waited. I went months without a phone and purchased the iPhone 4 when it came out that summer. Boy was I happy but I sure do miss my iPhone 2G. The thing was the perfect weight and solidity. I just hated the recessed headphone jack. Now that I think about it, considering that it was on EDGE, it was pretty fast!