Around these parts, I am known as very mac-friendly, to put it nicely. I absolutely think the iPhone, or any smartphone, is a great tool for lawyers to use. As for the new iPhone, though, lawyers are wasting their money if they think it will add a new dimension to their practice.
Reception issues = no-no
If you use your mobile phone as your office, or even just use Skype with your iPhone, then the new model is definitely not for you. There have been countless complaints about reception issues because of the location of the antenna. The last thing you want is for your phone to drop calls with a client, a potential client, or whoever else you are talking to.
The new features are not worth the price
I admit, I like the way the new phone looks. But it cannot do much more than the iPhone 3GS. It has a much better camera, which is great, but not all that useful for lawyers.
Facetime, the feature that allows video calls, is not all that appealing. For one, the other person needs to also have an iPhone 4. Two, you can only use it over Wi-Fi. Three, I do not see the appeal, especially for attorneys and lawyerin’ work.
The new screen is very appealing, but I do not think it is worth the price of a new phone. I do a fair amount of reading on my phone, but not enough to justify spending the money for the latest version.
The multitasking is pretty neat, but you can still do that on an “old” 3GS. In other words, the iPhone 4 looks nice, but the new features are unlikely to add much to your practice. In fact, given the reception issues, it may actually cause more problems than it solves.