Friday, July 27, 2007

The iPhone is awesome, but ...

Some cool things about the iPhone

* During a 4-day residential soccer camp, I e-mailed photos to Flickr to keep a running account of the camp. Parents got to see their kids at camp in near-real-time.
* I was able to post a blog entry on the iPhone (to my family blog), though it was quite a bit of work to get the photo in. I had to email that to a site, figure out the url and then add it to the blog.
* I needed phone numbers for my soccer team, and I was able to log into our player system for the club and get them.

Some hassles about the iPhone

* Battery power could be an issue. You pretty much have to charge it every day. I wonder how it will be when the battery life wears, as iPods tend to do.
* I've had some challenges with the Safari browser:
* Crashes on pages, espcially my bank's page. Though I've also had trouble with statesman.com and other sites.
* I tried to create a new blog using Blogger and could do everything but the last step. I could click on "Continue" and nothing would happen. It was frustrating.
* While you can write blog entries and work Gmail direct through the browser, you have to do it in "edit html" mode. You can't use the rich text editor. The keyboard doesn't recognize it as form field.

I'm sure there is more, but ... I must move on.

Monday, July 16, 2007

The iPhone switchover hassles

OK ... two issues came up when I bought my iPhone. Both could be avoided.

First, my Mac OS was too old. I was running Panther (10.3.something) and when I finally got my iPhone out of the box and was ready to activate it (an excruciating six hours after I bought it) http://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gifI found my Mac didn't recognize it.

I hopped onto apple.com/iphone and checked the tech specs and sure enough, you have to have Mac OS X v10.4.10 or later.

I had to use my XP PC to activate my iPhone. That was just, so ... wrong. I felt dirty. I really didn't want to sully my new iPhone with an XP machine, so I just made sure that iTunes wouldn't try to sync anything if I had to connect to it again.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: So I did figure out how to get to my old numbers. Even though the phone says the SIM card failed, I was able to get to the phone numbers. I just had to cancel out of the failed screen.

The second thing that went wrong is I lost most of my phone numbers off my old phone. See, I was already an AT&T customer (and before that, Cingular, and before that, a younger AT&T!) so my old SIM card became useless once I activated my iPhone.

When I've switched phones in the past, the reps at AT&T/Cingular/AT&T would sync all my phone numbers onto the SIM card and they would transfer to the new phone. That leads me to believe that new numbers are added only to the phone, and I really believe that now once my old SIM card on my Nokia went kaput at the activation of my number on the iPhone. I could no longer get to most of my phone numbers on my old phone ... only the most recently added (since my last upgrade, I imagine.)

Now, I don't know if those guys at AT&T/Cingular/AT&T can reverse-sync a phone, but you might want to ask them before you activate your iPhone to your existing number.

Work stops over the iPhone

I bought an iPhone. You would think such a device would be a great time saver in life, and I'm sure it will be once I stop playing with it.

But the "play" problem extends beyond me ... My productivity at work over the last couple of days has definitely slipped because everyone wants to see it, or play with it, or talk about it. Of course, I love talking about the iPhone because I think it great (not perfect ... I'll get to that) but I have to say it does cut into my work a bit.

I surely can't flaunt it ... not that I should. But when I'm taking a brief break on the catwalk, checking my e-mail, invariably someone walks by and says "oh coool .... you got an iPhone? Do you like it? Is it as cool as you imagined?"

Of course, it is, and after 10 minutes of showing it off (15 if I'm on AT&T Digital Edge) I'm finally off my five minute break that has taken 20 minutes.

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