Took the iPhone plunge today, could use some advice...

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    Oct 03, 2009 8:40 PM GMT
    Been putting off getting a smartphone, because I'm still not completely happy with my choices. Was still using a hybrid smartphone solution, my Palm PDA that Bluetooths with my Motorola cell phone.

    But my AT&T contract just reached the point where I can upgrade to a different phone, so I ordered an iPhone 3GS 32GB online, that I pick-up tomorrow at the local Apple store. I already exported all my Palm calendar & contact data to Apple format, and uploaded it to my Apple MobileMe account, so tomorrow all that data will be downloaded to my new iPhone at the Apple store.

    My partner's phone can be upgraded in December, so he'll see what he thinks of my iPhone, and then we'll get him one, too, if he likes it. Otherwise we'll look for other options for him, maybe a Blackberry.

    I'd appreciate any comments about your iPhone experiences, and any apps you think might be good to have. I had a shopping one on my Palm that was great for grocery stores, told me where everything was located in the aisles, prices, totals with tax and all. I'd also like a powerful memo app, and maybe something that lets me take handwritten notes on the screen, like I could do with the Palm, even if I have to use a stylus.

    Thanks!
  • rnch

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    Oct 03, 2009 10:38 PM GMT
    suggest you buy the most thickly padded cover/case available for it. my bf has gone thru several of 'em...seem kinda fragile compared to his phones of the past.
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    Oct 04, 2009 12:26 AM GMT
    The iPhone's great depending on where you live. When I was in Orlando, I was able to utilize the versatility to a great degree. However, since moving to northern Chicago, where AT&T's coverage is horrendous, most of the time I'm relegated to calender, note taking, web browsing (if there's a free WiFi signal) and mobile music. There are many free apps to take advantage of, from games to workouts to hook ups. At the risk of sounding like a snob, the best feature is seeing some people look at it with envy. I used to, until I got one and now it's just another device, albeit a very useful one that can eliminate other unnecessary gadgets.
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    Oct 04, 2009 12:39 AM GMT
    AT&T is absolutely terrible but you will probably never own another phone again.

    Some apps worth having:

    GasBag - Tells you the nearest gas stations and what their prices are.

    Ping! - The equivalent of BlackBerry Messenger. Sends texts and chat with anyone with an iPhone for free-- anywhere in the world.

    Pandora - Radio your way

    Sirius XM - Yes, you can have your cake and eat it too.

    Shazam - Out in public and hear a song you love? Can't place the artist? Shazam will tell you who sings it and link you to the iTunes Music Store to buy it.

    Fandango - Movie tickets anywhere.

    UrbanSpoon - Tells you about restaurants near you anywhere in the world.

    Facebook - Obviously.

    Skype - In a wireless hot-spot? You can call over Skype -- on your iPhone -- to anywhere in the world for super cheap-- and to other Skype users for FREE.

    MyGayGo - In the middle of nowhere and wondering if there's something--- anything-- gay nearby? This app is, like it says, for gays on the go. It tells you where to find gay establishments -- from bars to hotels to restaurants to doctors to realtors to dentists to whatever you need.

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    Just a few of my favourites. This device will completely change your life.
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    Oct 04, 2009 12:48 AM GMT
    Red_Vespa saidI'd appreciate any comments about your iPhone experiences, and any apps you think might be good to have. I had a shopping one on my Palm that was great for grocery stores, told me where everything was located in the aisles, prices, totals with tax and all. I'd also like a powerful memo app, and maybe something that lets me take handwritten notes on the screen, like I could do with the Palm, even if I have to use a stylus.

    Thanks!


    Oh, you're in for a treat. icon_smile.gif The iPhone is sublime. Makes the Palm feel downright amateur. Anyway, some great apps:

    Things. Excellent to-do list with an awesome Mac companion application. If you're not a Mac user, be forewarned. Once you start drinking the Kool Aid, a shiny new Mac will be hard to resist.

    PocketMoney. Very nice personal finance app.

    MoneyWell (not yet available). Again, if you're a Mac user, there's a great companion desktop app. The iPhone version will be available soon. I haven't used it, but I do use the desktop version and eagerly await a nice personal finance app for the iPhone that syncs with the Mac.

    Shazam. Records about 15 seconds of music and then looks up the song and allows you to buy it on iTunes. Very slick.

    TuneWiki. Fun app that shows you song lyrics while music is playing.

    Amazon Shopping. Personally, I find shopping on Amazon more enjoyable on my iPhone, especially if I already know what I want.

    Chipotle Mobile. Find the nearest Chipotle. Order food. Yum!

    SaveBenjis. Looks up items online by UPC code. Use it to price compare when you're out shopping.

    FlightTracker. Look up flight times, gates, etc.

    Weather Channel Max. The paid version of the free Weather Channel app is great. Worth the few bucks.

    Tanzen. Fun puzzle game. Tangrams, if you're familiar.

    Also, your bank probably has a mobile app for iPhone. I use E*Trade and Bank of America. Both have mobile apps. BofA's app is ok. E*Trade's is pretty darn impressive.

    Anyway, a few off the top of my head. Enjoy!
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    Oct 04, 2009 12:52 AM GMT
    rnch saidsuggest you buy the most thickly padded cover/case available for it. my bf has gone thru several of 'em...seem kinda fragile compared to his phones of the past.


    Really? I've dropped mine quite a few times and it's still ticking. I know a few people who have cracked their screens from dropping it, but the phone still works. In PC Magazine's stress test, iPhone rated highest.

    All of that said, I suggest a hardshell case. This is the one I use:

    http://www.agent18.com/productdetail/iphones/ecoshield-slider-for-iphone/136.aspx

    The soft, rubbery cases are the worst. Avoid at all costs! Padded is good, but you'll find that it's not very efficient. I've had an Agent18 case on my original iPhone for over two years now. It goes in my pocket with my keys every day. I've taken it out on the trails many times in my backpack. I've dropped it more times than I can remember. And my screen still has no scratches.
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    Oct 04, 2009 1:07 AM GMT
    tahoejock said
    Red_Vespa saidI'd appreciate any comments about your iPhone experiences, and any apps you think might be good to have. I had a shopping one on my Palm that was great for grocery stores, told me where everything was located in the aisles, prices, totals with tax and all. I'd also like a powerful memo app, and maybe something that lets me take handwritten notes on the screen, like I could do with the Palm, even if I have to use a stylus.

    Thanks!






    SaveBenjis. Looks up items online by UPC code. Use it to price compare when you're out shopping.

    Anyway, a few off the top of my head. Enjoy!


    Dude thanks for that!
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    Oct 04, 2009 1:08 AM GMT
    I love mine.

    It comes with an app called "Notes" already installed. Can't do handwritten, but still pretty easy to use. Although, there's probably an app for that by now.
    (Just checked btw....there are a ton. I think you'll be happy)

    And I had the OG iPhone, just recently upgraded to the 3GS, and have always used a protector called "Skinomi", or "Invisible Shield". It's a clear, hi-tech "skin" you apply directly onto the iPhone, completely encasing it. It comes in a few pieces. Just looking at it, you can't tell it's there. It's micro-thin, but very resilient. I've dropped mine several times--no scratches, no cracks. The edges and/or corners might start peeling up a bit in a few months, but I LOVE it.

    All in all, I love my iPhone. There are TONS (75,000+) of apps, for just about anything!

    Some of my favorite apps:

    Shazam-Coolest app ever.

    Remote- lets you control iTunes on your computer from your phone

    Pandora- internet radio just for you

    Passwords- sends you emails with your phone's location by GPS if it's ever stolen, and someone opens the app called "passwords"

    Google Earth

    Bump- instantly exchange contact info with anyone that also has it

    Voice Memos-comes already installed

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  • somedaytoo

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    Oct 04, 2009 1:24 AM GMT
    Should have waited a few more days. New Windows phones come out on Turesday and will dethrone the iCrap.
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    Oct 04, 2009 1:37 AM GMT
    somedaytoo saidShould have waited a few more days. New Windows phones come out on Turesday and will dethrone the iCrap.


    Yeah....looks AWESOME!icon_wink.gif

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    Oct 04, 2009 1:39 AM GMT
    Congrats on getting the iPhone, it really is one of the most flexible mobile devices you can get. You mentioned a note-taking app and I can tell you (as a frequent app downloader and web programmer) that the best note-taking app is Evernote. It's got some great features, the best of which being automatic syncing over the air, meaning you can write notes on your phone, then just go to Evernote.com on your computer to get them. They even have desktop programs so you can write notes and then add to it later on your phone, all for free.

    You are unable to use a stylus with the iPhone screen--it uses the electricity in your fingers in order to recognize touch, so say goodbye to the days of handwriting recognition. Get used to using the on-screen keyboard, whether you like it or not. Best piece of advice is force yourself to use the keyboard as much as possible in your first few weeks of owning the phone--it takes some practice, but soon you'll get it and your phone will even get better at deciding what you meant to press, especially once the autocorrect dictionary begins to recognize your most frequently typed words.

    Shazam, TweetDeck, and Tap Tap Revenge are all fun too. And check out Offender Locator to see registered offenders in your neighborhood!
  • ShawnTX

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    Oct 04, 2009 1:48 AM GMT
    Hate AT&T but love my iPhone. I couldn't live without it now. The downside, because I also use it for work, I'm always available to send/receive emails, reports, etc. so I'm never off anymore.
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    Oct 04, 2009 1:54 AM GMT
    somedaytoo saidShould have waited a few more days. New Windows phones come out on Turesday and will dethrone the iCrap.

    Both my home computers are current Macs (iMac & MacBook Pro), and a smooth interface between my smartphone and computers is essential to me.

    Based on several of these replies, I guess I should have mentioned that I've been using Palm PDAs for over 10 years, and cell phones for 20. So I've been digitally "organized" for a long time, and never go anywhere without my Palm. But what I wanted was the convenience of an all-in-one device.

    I also have GPS and Sirius satellite in the car, which provides me with road information, like gas stations, restaurants, and so forth. I see myself using the iPhone GPS feature when on foot or bicycle, like I did with the GPS in my Palm.

    Same with the access it gave me to my bank account, weather, etc. Nice to double-check my bank balance before I write a big check, since I'm terrible at keeping tabs on what I spend. I've had bank-balance apps before, but I'm too lazy to input them every time I write a check or use my card, negating their usefulness.

    Sorry to hear I won't be able to handwrite notes, a fast & easy feature I had on my later Palms, that would even download to my Palm computer desktop (Mac version only). But I will check out the note-taking apps you guys have suggested.

    Thanks for all the advice so far! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 04, 2009 2:00 AM GMT
    I have the same phone that you've ordered, and I love it. It's my first Apple product and I had to endure some uninformed nastiness from from my PC friends, but they were very impressed with my phone when they've been able to play with it.

    I splashed out and bought the TomTom App and I'm very pleased with it, but I understand that that cheaper versions of the navigation software are just as good.

    I like iFitness for the gym, but I'm about to start reviewing Gym Free because it might be a bit better.

    iFirstAid may never get used, but it's a handy reminder after a first aid course.

    Qantas is good, but perhaps more for my neck of the woods than yours.

    I've used Admit One a fair bit.

    If you like to sing along TuneWiki is a ripper.

    Stanza is an essential, I think. It's an excellent e-book reader. I never thought that I would swap a phone for real live books, but I can read my phone in bed without turning on a light and waking up my partner. I can do it one-handed and not get a cold elbow. Hmmm. Happy.

    Enjoy it!
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    Oct 04, 2009 2:56 AM GMT
    somedaytoo saidShould have waited a few more days. New Windows phones come out on Turesday and will dethrone the iCrap.


    That'll be the day! How's the zune doing, btw? ;)
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    Oct 04, 2009 3:01 AM GMT
    Forgot to mention iFitness. Another good one.

    Also, if you're a Mac user, there's no better password manager than 1Password. Simply awesome and the upcoming 3.0 release promises an even better interface and secure wallet function for all sorts of personal info. And it syncs effortlessly with the Mac client.

    Starmap is another favorite.
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    Oct 04, 2009 3:05 AM GMT
    If you're using a Mac, check out TrailRunner. Great free software for tracking runs, etc. Use a GPS logger on your iPhone to record route data, then use TrailRunner on your Mac to map and compare performance.

    Also, I have seen a stylus advertised for the iPhone. I believe there are some apps for handwritten note taking.

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    Oct 04, 2009 4:33 AM GMT
    Everyone I know that has one says the same thing.

    It's fun...for everything except being a phone.

    So, if you are looking for an application/game device more than a phone, I'm sure it will be great.

    However, as an actual phone, it has a pretty bad reputation.
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    Oct 04, 2009 4:43 AM GMT
    Joecifer saidEveryone I know that has one says the same thing.

    It's fun...for everything except being a phone.

    So, if you are looking for an application/game device more than a phone, I'm sure it will be great.

    However, as an actual phone, it has a pretty bad reputation.




    Hmmmm...... not so sure about that.

    6 of my friends also have it, and as far as I know they all love it.

    Personally speaking. I have never had any problems with mine, and no reason to dislike it. It works just as well, if not better, than any phone I've ever had.
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    Oct 04, 2009 5:01 AM GMT
    I had the original iPhone and have the 3GS now.

    It's generally wonderful. But I still haven't gotten used to the touchtone interface. Half the time I forget to go back to Home when I am using the phone, and inadvertently call someone when I stick it in my belt holster.

    By the way, I have had no problems with ATT. The guys who complain about ATT should talk to some of my storm research colleagues, who have similar problems with other carriers and would mimic their comments.

    It just depends where you are.

    There are wonderful APs for the iPhone too, as others pointed out.

    John
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    Oct 04, 2009 5:04 AM GMT
    Joecifer saidEveryone I know that has one says the same thing.

    It's fun...for everything except being a phone.

    So, if you are looking for an application/game device more than a phone, I'm sure it will be great.

    However, as an actual phone, it has a pretty bad reputation.


    That's why God made the Ipod Touch. It does most everything the Iphone does except perform as a phone.

    I got one because I refuse to switch from Verizon to AT&T, which has terrible service. There have been rumors for a year that Verizon and Apple are negotiating a deal to make the Iphone available to Verizon users.
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    Oct 04, 2009 5:27 AM GMT
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    I got one because I refuse to switch from Verizon to AT&T, which has terrible service. There have been rumors for a year that Verizon and Apple are negotiating a deal to make the Iphone available to Verizon users.

    Very quiet and extremely speculative rumors that is. There's idle talk of some deal between Verizon & Apple, but no one seems to know up from down of it, and this one seems to be just rumor. Or perhaps the perpetuation of false hope.

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    Oct 04, 2009 5:27 AM GMT
    ObsceneWish said

    I got one because I refuse to switch from Verizon to AT&T, which has terrible service. There have been rumors for a year that Verizon and Apple are negotiating a deal to make the Iphone available to Verizon users.

    Very quiet and extremely speculative rumors that is. There's idle talk of some deal between Verizon & Apple, but no one seems to know up from down of it, and this one seems to be just rumor. Or perhaps the perpetuation of false hope.

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    Oct 04, 2009 5:41 AM GMT
    ObsceneWish said

    I got one because I refuse to switch from Verizon to AT&T, which has terrible service.



    I have never had any problems with AT&T.

    I guess it all depends on where you are.

    I live in LA, CA and have travelled all over the state, to the Pac NW, the Southwest, Canada, Mexico and Europe (UK, France, Italy).

    Never once had an issue.
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    Oct 04, 2009 5:52 AM GMT
    I've already downloaded 5 Apple Store iPhone apps to my iMac, will be installed when I get the phone tomorrow. Many of them similar to apps I had on the Palm, a couple dealing with shopping and bill reminders.

    I also got a free app exclusively meant for accessing my particular bank, for doing transfers, payments and so forth. I could do that with ordinary mobile Internet capabilities before with my Palm, but it was a little clumsy. I'm hoping this app, designed especially by this major national bank itself, will make those tasks easier.

    It's reassuring that I can still manage to do this sort of thing in my 60s, and keep up with all this new stuff. As one of my personal sayings goes:

    "I refuse to concede technology to children" LOL!