iPhone - My Report

So, it's been 3 or so weeks, was it worth the NZ$1,142 + $40/month I spent on it?

Yes.

But not 100% yes, here's the "not so good things" first (no particular order):
  • It is heavily (not 100%) dependent upon iTunes which doesn't work on Linux/Ubuntu
  • Can't sync my iPhone Contacts with my Google GMail Contacts (both personal and work)
  • Can't sync my iPhone Calendar with my Google Calendar (both personal and work)
    note: this is sorted in new version of the Apple OS ... if you have that
  • No "To Do" app that will ping me - I don't want to use a full calendar entry, just a simple "do this on a particular day/time"
  • No zoom on the camera
  • Apart from the iPod, which can run in the background, it's a "one thing at a time" machine - for instance can't have a call and surf the web
  • No video camera
  • USB'ing to a computer (Ubuntu or Windows) has stopped finding photos on it even though there are some
  • No cut-n-paste
  • Saving numbers txt'ed to me seems bloody hard for some reason
And now the goodness, the reason for buying one (no particular order):
  • It fits into every darned pocket I have
  • It's bevelled edges make it a doddle to get the thing out of said pockets
  • It fits my hand perfectly
  • It powers up through the USB cable - means I am no longer without a power source
  • It plays sounds of the Internet
  • It connects to WiFi (great at home, no Vodafone connection charges)
  • It plays YouTube vids
  • The glass multi-touch screen works even if I let it get icky from little food covered hands
  • The interface is natural - so natural that I discovered Jack had worked out how to unlock it, find the "Sleeps to Christmas" app and open in it before closing that and taking many photo's of his sister ;-)
  • It knows where I am using GPS - particularly fun to watch the wee blue pulsating map marker move when driving
  • The apps supplied do exactly what they say
  • I can load apps on it
The 'all touch screen' interface IS what makes the phone.
But it's the Apps (both installed and available for download) that moves it on from being a toy to being something bloody useful. So far I've only installed free apps but as my iPhone requirements grow I am sure I'll start to look at the

And so what do I use it for - this is probably what I do (in order of regularity):
  1. Txt / SMS
  2. Phone calls
  3. Twitterific
  4. iPod
  5. Safari web browser (usually called from other apps)
  6. Email
  7. Google (calendar / email)
  8. Facebook /LinkedIn
  9. Fire Fone
  10. Stanza
  11. Maps (Google Earth if there's a good connection)
  12. Camera
And then there's a heap of stuff that's:
  • location based - how funky is this place (Funky-O-Meter), what's here (Locly), find Panoramio pictures of around here (NearPics)
  • photo based - mostly ways to send them up to Flickr such as AirMe or PixUp
  • search stuff - find a song from what's playing on the radio (Shazam); or find CD info from a photo of a cover (TinyEye Music)
  • just for the hell of it - Sleeps2Xmas, BigOven, Dog Years, iConcert, Light sabre ... you get the drift

What I haven't yet really got to grips with is how this puppy plays alongside iTunes. So far all I've done is upgrade the OS to 2.1, hook it up to iTunes (for Apps) and made sure it can sync with a CD.

More adventures lie ahead once I get a laptop :-)

Comments

Mr Reasonable said…
Hi Mike,
If you're happy to jailbreak you can deal with nearly all of your "not so goods". Sadly I don't think the 3G has been yet but my good old 2G (running V2.1) has apps to:
video recorder with sound - v. good quality
multi-format video and audio player
seamless sync to Google Calendar and my Outlook Desktop Calendar
Digital zoom on camera
Cut & Paste
Applications running in background (although this is a bit random)
Complete access to the file directory

I expect that Apple will be using the success of the unofficial apps as a starting point for new featueres in later versions; certainly, a lot of the free stuff from Cydia is now in the App Store as an "approved" app.
noizy said…
"...particularly fun to watch the wee blue pulsating map marker move when driving..."

Hopefully not while *you're* driving, Mike?
Mike Riversdale said…
@Mr R - Nah, not gonna jailbreak it as it cost too much money for me to fuck around with it and don't have the skills to fix it.

However, it's grand to know it ALL can be done and is probably coming.

Also awesome to know you've got Google Calendar synching - across the wire or VIA Outlook?


@noizy - ohh, is that bad?
Mr Reasonable said…
All Syncs over network or Wifi - I'm not allowed to plug it into my work laptop or an alarm goes off in Brendons office about unauthorised Apple usage!!!

I have a desktop app that 2-way syncs Outlook to Google Calendar and an native app on the iPhone that does the same thing. If I'm out an about, I can see anything new that pops up in my diary. Cool.
Anonymous said…
iphone is way too pricey..considering the outrageous data plan vodafone is offering.

But I like the apple wow features, that why I bought ipod touch 2G instead.

BTW, I am living in Wellington! 8-D