I-PHONE anyone have one of these...

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    Apr 02, 2008 11:32 PM GMT
    I am looking for a new cell phone...
    Anyone have an i-phone?
    Are you pleased with it?
    What do you like about it?
    What do you dislike about it..

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    Apr 03, 2008 12:57 AM GMT
    Don't do it! Really! I had one, and I gave it to one of my staff members after a few months. I really loved the concept of the iPhone, but here's what killed the reality for me:

    - AT&T has a shoddy network, and the iPhone doesn't work in my home office or living room
    - Tons of dropped calls. I was in a hotel room a few weeks back and on the phone with a client, and the call got dropped three times. While I was sitting at my desk. Honestly.
    - The touchpad interface is hard to work. Can't answer the phone with gloves on. It's harder to dial than something with an actual keypad, so making calls while driving (which I know I shouldn't do anyway, but really) is a pain.
    - Battery life when you're using the browser feature drops significantly.
    - Email is notoriously slow to download unless you're hooked into a wireless broadband account, and the delete function (otherwise known as the non-function) drives me crazy.
    - I loved it for watching video, but since NBC pulled the contract from iTunes there's really nothing I want to watch anymore.

    I switched to a Blackberry, glad I did...
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    Apr 03, 2008 1:02 AM GMT
    I have the EXACT OPPOSITE reaction.

    Coming from a Treo and several crappy Nokia's and Sony Ericcson's, it was like walking into the daylight for the first time.

    I am absolutely in love with my iPhone, and have been since the day I got it.

    For the record, about 5 friends have one and say the same thing.

    I couldn't recommend it more, especially with the new features that are coming in June with the release of the SDK (essentially you will be able to download tons of software for the phone to increase the possibilities even more.

    Love it. Love it. Love it. Best consumer purchase I've made in 5 years.

    (And GOD, do NOT start me on the abominations that are Windows Mobile and Blackberries. Once you use the iphone, you will feel sad for those stuck with the other options!)

    I will say also DO NOT judge your typing speed within the first week. It WILL suck. But after a week, you just sort of trust the phone to make the necessary corrections, and I can now FLY through text about twice as fast as my fat fingers could manage on the teensy plastic buttons on my Treo and Blackberry.
  • EricLA

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    Apr 03, 2008 1:10 AM GMT
    Most people agree that AT&T is far from a great network (are any of them really as good as they should be?). You should talk to other people in your area how happy they are with AT&T since coverage and service can really differ city-to-city (talk to people where you live and work).

    I'm planning on getting an iPhone soon. The new 3G model should be coming out in the next few months -- you may want to wait till then. The iPhone was introduced last June, so a major refresh is expected soon. Steve Jobs is appearing at the Mac developer's conference in early June. There's talk the new model may be unveiled then, with the unit shipping later in the month or possibly a couple of months later. But stock of iPhones have been reported low nationally the last few days, stoking rumors the new model could be coming even sooner. The only problem is any major updates to the phone requires FCC approval, which requires the unit to be public, and there's no sign at the FCC of the new unit. Even if you don't want the expected 3G unit, there's talk of the existing 2.5G/EDGE network unit probably remaining in the lineup at a lower cost and possibly an even less expensive model being added.

    Customer satisfaction of the iPhone is exceptionally high:
    http://www.tuaw.com/2008/04/01/survey-finds-most-iphone-owners-arent-mac-users/

    Keep in mind that starting in June that third-part applications will start to be made available for the iPhone. This is going to make the iPhone even more popular.

    When I switch to the iPhone I'll be moving from Verizon and a Treo 650 and very much looking forward to it.

    You can read up on the iPhone at websites like tuaw.com, macrumors.com, appleinsider.com, macdailynews.com, gizmodo.com, endgadget.com.
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    Apr 03, 2008 1:14 AM GMT
    LOVE it,
    the fact i can take my music anywhere
    the fact i can be working out and answer a call right out of my headphones
    best portable web browsing ive ever experienced

    the only thing hope can be improved is the multimedia text msg... icon_biggrin.gif
  • EricLA

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    Apr 03, 2008 1:14 AM GMT
    traveljm said[quote][cite]look_alive said[/cite]

    This may be a stupid question, but what is SDK

    An SDK is a Software Developers Kit, basically the instructional manual to developers (programmers) on what they need to know to create applications.
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    Apr 03, 2008 1:15 AM GMT
    thecureforeverything saidDon't do it! Really! I had one, and I gave it to one of my staff members after a few months. I really loved the concept of the iPhone, but here's what killed the reality for me:

    - AT&T has a shoddy network, and the iPhone doesn't work in my home office or living room

    This depends GREATLY on the area you are in. In my area, AT&T is the service everyone uses due to it's superior coverage. YMMV

    - Tons of dropped calls. I was in a hotel room a few weeks back and on the phone with a client, and the call got dropped three times. While I was sitting at my desk. Honestly.

    Unless you can test this against another phone on the same carrier under the same circumstances, this is purely anecdotal. As a comparison I've had my phone for over 6 months and have yet to have a dropped call. YMMV

    - The touchpad interface is hard to work. Can't answer the phone with gloves on. It's harder to dial than something with an actual keypad, so making calls while driving (which I know I shouldn't do anyway, but really) is a pain.

    Agree that you can't use the touchscreen with gloves on, but I couldn't use a Treos teensy buttons with a glove on either. Otherwise, studies have shown the touch interface is the main selling point of the device, and is generally receiving glowing revues. Why do you think every single phone manufacturer is now, SUDDENLY releasing "touch" phones?

    - Battery life when you're using the browser feature drops significantly.

    I generally go three days between charges, and use the browser about an hour, total, a day. I've come to appreciate the battery life, especially compared to the Treo which required charging daily.

    - Email is notoriously slow to download unless you're hooked into a wireless broadband account, and the delete function (otherwise known as the non-function) drives me crazy.

    Mass delete is planned for the new software released in June. I have no trouble receiving email quickly, both on cell and Wifi.

    - I loved it for watching video, but since NBC pulled the contract from iTunes there's really nothing I want to watch anymore.

    TONS of other places to get Video. I have about 4 gigs of video on my iPhone, and not a single one came from iTunes. But, agree that it sucks NBC pulled their shows. Sadly I feel that there are no good shows at ALL on TV any more.

    I switched to a Blackberry, glad I did...

    I find it interesting that the previews of the new Blackberry software are nearly identical copies of the iphone software... touch screen included.



    Is it perfect? By no means. But it's closer to perfection than any phone I have ever seen or used.
  • swimbikerun

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    Apr 03, 2008 1:20 AM GMT
    traveljm said
    This may be a stupid question, but what is SDK


    Is short for Software Development Kit. essentially it's an easy way for developers to program for the iPhone.

    I'm holding off a bit..
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    Apr 03, 2008 1:21 AM GMT
    EricLA said The only problem is any major updates to the phone requires FCC approval, which requires the unit to be public, and there's no sign at the FCC of the new unit.


    This is a nasty, pesky rumor that needs to die. ANY manufacturer can request a "private" review of the hardware from the FCC for this very purpose.

    The FCC has procedures for requesting short-term confidentiality (for an initial period of 45 days, but extendable to 180 days) for submitted materials that otherwise would be made public upon a device's approval. The FCC will grant such confidentiality until the requesting company begins to market the product.

    For the first incarnation of the iPhone, Apple submitted its compliance and testing materials to the FCC on March 8, 2007; the FCC held them confidential until the iPhone's release on May 17th. (Despite the fact the Apple showed us the phone early.)

    http://arstechnica.com/journals/apple.ars/2008/03/27/rumors-speculation-of-impending-3g-iphone-continue-to-swirl
  • NYCguy74

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    Apr 03, 2008 2:49 AM GMT
    I have it and love it.
    I haven't had any signal problems in new york, and actually have better signal than my old t-mobile. Like has been said before ask around places that you are how the at&t signal is there. I've also traveled to Dallas and Orlando

    wireless browsing is a little slow on the cell network but better than nothing. Plus lots of sites are mobile enabled so they have a "light weight" version. The 3G might be out by summer, so if you can wait, i would suggest it.
    3G is the next generation of wireless data (or current if you're in Japan) faster than current EDGE network.

    plus it helps being a geek. I've never purchased a video from iTunes. I have a DVR built in a computer (mythtv for those who care). i can select my shows, and they're ready for me in the morning with commercials automagically cut out, just plug in and they're on the phone. This is great for the train. although this is not something i can recommend for the technically challenged. but actually gotten fairly easy for any of you Linux geeks out there.
    plus there are converter applications out there, that if you have a video file you can watch it on the phone.

    with watching vids i get 1.5 to 2 days out of the battery. granted that's 2 hours of watching or so a day plus some music. I've watched movies on the plane and not had problems.

    like has been said once you get used to the keyboard, it's really fast.

    deleting emails isn't that bad. if you use an IMAP server (gmail has that) all of your mailboxes will be synced. so delete on the phone it's gone from web interface and on desktop.
    all you have to do to delete is slide finger across message, and tap delte.

    dislikes.
    on sending text messages, if I'm out of service range, i can't send. my old RAZR would keep trying to send by itself. comes in handy when you're on the subway and have spotty connections.
  • groundcombat

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    Apr 03, 2008 3:25 AM GMT
    The iPhone is easily the best purchase I've made in a very long time. I like it so much that if I were to lose it (knock on wood) I've conceeded that I'm just gonna drop another 4 large to replace it. It was worth the 3 bills (4GB) I paid just for not having to lug around a laptop on my NYC trip last fall.
  • EricLA

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    Apr 03, 2008 4:31 AM GMT
    look_alive said[quote][cite]EricLA said[/cite] The only problem is any major updates to the phone requires FCC approval, which requires the unit to be public, and there's no sign at the FCC of the new unit.

    This is a nasty, pesky rumor that needs to die. ANY manufacturer can request a "private" review of the hardware from the FCC for this very purpose.
    [/quote]

    Look Alive, thanks for the clarification. I wondered about this, but have heard it a lot recently so thought I was the one who was wrong. Your answer makes more sense.


    thecureforeverything said
    - I loved it for watching video, but since NBC pulled the contract from iTunes there's really nothing I want to watch anymore.

    An NBC executive not long ago indicated they did want their shows back on iTunes and said they were working on it.
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    Apr 03, 2008 5:20 AM GMT
    Piece of shit, collosal waste of money, lousy pictures, no video taking capability, crashes out every day, loses data and randomly calls people without touching it. The most FUCKED UP thing I every bought. Not 3G either, so youtube vids take 10 mins to watch 30 seconds lol. Run dude, don't look back, until 2nd gens are out!!!
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    Apr 03, 2008 5:31 AM GMT
    Thanks alot
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    Apr 03, 2008 12:55 PM GMT
    My friends who have it love it, but I am gonna wait a few more years until they perfect it. Also I want to wait for the 3G version.
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    Apr 03, 2008 2:33 PM GMT
    Have one, love it.

    Best feature: voice mail, the ability to take any voice mail or any part of any voice mail (ie phone number retrieval in a particularly long message), and full web browser (Safari). Close honorable mention: the Locate Me and mapping features all tied into search and contacts and phone functions. You really have to try one to know how cool they all work together.

    Worst feature: At least for now: the inability to sync notes, or change font in the notes program.

    AT&T has been okay with me. Better than what I was with before (Sprint). I guess it depends on service in your areas of travel.

    chris
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    Apr 05, 2008 4:32 AM GMT
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  • duglyduckling

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    Apr 06, 2008 12:08 AM GMT
    apparently, the German operator is dropping the price of an iPhone to 99 euros!
    http://www.techshout.com/mobile-phones/2008/05/t-mobile-cuts-price-of-iphone-to-only-99-euros-in-germany/
  • MattyC0709

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    Apr 06, 2008 12:23 AM GMT
    Although it has many great features, it is not compatible with blenders:



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    Apr 06, 2008 3:03 AM GMT
    I love it. Interacts seamlessly with my powerbook. Easy to check email and surf. really good picture quality from camera. I can go on and on . only complaint is the battery life and holder/case. Can't seem to find the ideal one. Good luck.
    btw- I had a Treo and hated it.
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    Apr 06, 2008 3:11 AM GMT
    I love mine!! icon_razz.gif
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    Jul 12, 2008 3:45 AM GMT
    Any guys have the new I phone 3G?
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    Jul 12, 2008 3:49 AM GMT
    No thank you. I'm not going to even concider buying one of those super phones until it can function as a complete portable office and personal computer and have all the bells and whistles I want and none of the ones I don't. But seriously if they'd make them more flexible for everybody instead just being a spiffy catch all I'd buy one now.
  • OptimusMatt

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    Jul 12, 2008 3:50 AM GMT
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    Jul 12, 2008 5:38 AM GMT
    Not to sound like a Sprint/Samsung salesman but...

    I was gonna buy the new iphone until I checked out the Samsung Instinct.

    I have a number of friends with the iphone and I opted to get the Samsung Instinct from Sprint. I have found it to be far superior smaller and a better touch screen. you can tap on it with your nail and it works awesome. The voice recognition software is top notch and the integrated GPS is amazing!

    Also I did the CNET.com broadband speed test on my browser and it registered at 1.7 mbps! Hella fast! I love surfing the web on it, who needs wi-fi?

    It takes video and pic's, and has a replacable battery, with a charger for the battery! I have seen many friends get frustrated that the iphone won't last long and then it needs to hunker down and recharge.

    I can increase my storage from 2gb to 8gb with a replaceable card. And its built in webmail application is great!

    And I pay less for unlimited texting data, and gps with nights at 7pm, and a better network then ATT, that has excellent call reception, at least where I live.

    It also has On demand TV that is pretty cool, with CNN, LOGO, and other cable channels along with live tv.

    Video voicemail just like the iphone.

    Oh yea and it's an MP3 player, I just burned all my itunes to mp3's and it works great.

    Now you Apple fans go with the iphone its a cool phone but for those that want options, check it out. Oh yea and I payed $130 for the phone.

    My plan is 69.99 450 anytime minutes and nights at 7pm and everything else is unlimited. With ATT for almost the same you must addd $20 for unlimited texting.

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