I bought a new bike and I absolutely adore it.
I rode it for the first time today from the bike shop in the East Village [Landmark Bicycles] to my office in Times Square. I must admit that biking in NYC seems at first daunting, but it’s rather easy once you get the hang of it. It was definitely much easier than biking for the first time in years when I was in Paris. The bike store, by the way, is amazing. If you’re in New York and in need of a bike… and specifically want a vintage bike, Landmark is the place to shop. I know nothing about bikes and they were totally helpful, weren’t at all pretentious [as per the usual reputation of bike shops in New York] and didn’t try to sell me anything I didn’t need. They also did a complete overhaul of the bike [essential for a vintage bike], re-wrapped the handle bars and installed a back rack with basket for free. The puppy called Breeze that hangs out in the shop window only made the place that much more adorable. Oh and they give you a slushy with purchase of anything from the store. How awesome is that.
For anyone who’s curious, I purchased a Gold, 3-speed, Ladies, Robin Hood 1968 Road Cruiser. It’s not as light as regular road bike but it’s not heavy like a cruiser. Have I said yet that I love it?
Also in response to a comment left by my lovely friend, Ms. Makitoes, a great comparison of the iPhone and G1 can be found here. It’s an article by Gizmodo and also includes the Palm-Pre, but it’s a great comparison nonetheless.
My own opinion? The G1 battery life sucks, but I love the hard keyboard. Soft-touch keyboards are nice, but I like hearing the click of the buttons. Maybe I’m just old school. The iPhone has better apps by far, but then again Apple restricts a lot of it. The G1 has great apps too, but it’s still in development and it seems to me that development is slow. One other thing that can get really annoying are the push updates. A lot of people are still waiting for the Cupcake update which is supposed to include a video recorder as well as a soft-keyboard.
Admittedly, once my T-Mobile account is done in a year and a half, I’m thinking of switching to the iPhone. Until then, I think the G1 serves me just fine.