Wednesday, October 08, 2008

iPhone Shortcomings Apple Needs to Fix

Here's my problem: the iPhone is schizo.

I'm not talking in terms of it being a convergence device, though that's true. It's a phone, iPod, still camera, a very capable internet machine, and a decent gaming device.

It's the fact that it does a lot of things sooooo successfully (bordering on amazingly) and then some basics are left out.

I'm a fan of whatever platform works. I've been PC, I've been Mac, I've been Windows Mobile and now iPhone. I'll use whatever seems to work the best. Right now I'm moving towards Apple.
The things it does so well make me willing to overlook the shortcomings and hope Apple fixes them. Which I think they will, as to me, they seem to care the most about their customer base.

Here's my beefs:

1. No video on the camera. Every cheap phone out does this. People throw phones away that do this. Seriously, Apple?

2. No cut and paste. Related: no undo. Example: you're emailing that photo out, and accidentally delete the photo but the rest of your text is still there. Gotta start over. COME ON. You can't undo and you can't cut and paste what you do have into a new message. Crap. How about letting us insert an attachment into the email, like, say, A PHOTO.

3. No tethering. An option on so many phones on the AT&T network, so why not the iPhone? Is it because it would be too simple to use on the iPhone and people might actually use it? This one I can sort of understand and live without, but it would be nice for once in a while. I think you can suck just about as much data without it, so why not add it?

4. No notes sync. Anywhere. With Outlook or with the Mac. Just add it to iTunes or create a simple little app to edit them on the Mac. Or build it into iTunes through the OS X text editor. This shouldn't be so hard to add.

5. No SMS forwarding. Kinda a pain sometimes.

Really, fix that stuff and I'll be pretty darn happy.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Apple problems too

I got a new iPhone as a warranty replacement. Firmware upgraded to latest version, same as the backup I made before bringing my old one in. I left with a blank activated phone.

I did the restore, but when I tried to reinstall all the apps, I got the Error 0x800002E: itunes won't update - Mac Forums error. I could sync but not install apps.

I did a reset to the factory settings, reinstalled the firmware and then restored. Voila. Hope this helps someone.

Halloween Time!

The container kid

This is the same kid in the bucket from yesterday.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Peek Spotted at Target

Here's the official site.

Or you can get it at Amazon:

It's a simple device that does JUST email for $20 a month. But for that price per month, you could get a 1st Generation iPhone. But it would cost 3x as much with no warranty perhaps. It's supposed to have really long battery life and be simple to work.

Decisions, Decisions.

It's not for tech heads, but for those of you with a basic cell phone, or perhaps prepaid service, this might work.

It's $20 a month with no contract.

Summary: Not for techies, but it could work well for many people.

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