More iPhone 3G observations

More iPhone 3G observations

Summary: After almost a week with the new iPhone 3G I have some additional thoughts that I wanted to share on my experiences:As I previously mentioned, AT&T's 3G coverage is completely non-existent in my area, despite AT&T's coverage viewer claiming that I'm blanketed in 100 percent 3G. Something is very wrong.

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After almost a week with the new iPhone 3G I have some additional thoughts that I wanted to share on my experiences:

  • As I previously mentioned, AT&T's 3G coverage is completely non-existent in my area, despite AT&T's coverage viewer claiming that I'm blanketed in 100 percent 3G. Something is very wrong. Luckily AT&T/Apple offer a 30-day return period where you can get out of the contract.

  • I tested 3G in neighboring towns (Avalon and Ocean City, NJ) and it's indeed fast.

  • Most iPhone 2G cases, especially ones that are hard or form-fitting (like silicone skins) won't fit properly on the iPhone 3G because it's 1mm thicker in the middle and more tapered at the edges.

  • Syncing to MobileMe from a computer is set by the System Preference and the fastest interval is 15 minutes although you can select "Sync Now" at any time.

  • Idea: iPhone's mail client should be able to access iDisk in order to send attachments from the iPhone.

  • Applications over 10MB can only be downloaded from a Wi-Fi connection – not over 3G or Edge. Apple needs to put the size of applications somewhere easily visible in the App Store.

  • In order to address developer line jumping in the App Store Apple should add sorting by release date (newest on top), and user ratings in addition to popularity (which they have now).

  • 3G data can be accessed while making a phone call, unlike Edge, which cannot.

  • Screenshots can be made on the iPhone 3G by pressing home and sleep at the same time. The screen flashes white and the shot is stored in the camera roll.

  • While in Safari mobile, the button for ".com" can be switched to .net, .edu, .org or .com by holding the key for two seconds – a boon for people that visit .org and other TLD's.

  • Mobile phone/GSM reception is definitely better thanks to the iPhone 3G's plastic rear panel. I can now get one or two bars of reception in areas of my home where I previously got none.

  • Some applications that are desparately needed:

  • An app that toggles 3G, EDGE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and even the cellular radio to conserver battery. Bonus points if they add a schedule feature to, for example, turn off all the radios while you sleep then turn them back on when you wake.

  • A WordPress and Movable Type client for blogging.

  • A cheap gas finder.

  • A FileMaker client.

  • The dock is no longer bundled with the iPhone and costs US$30 when purchased separately.

  • The 3G dock now has a flush front allowing it to be used easier in dock.

Topics: Hardware, iPhone, Mobility, Networking, Wi-Fi

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  • Thanks for this tip...

    ...[i]"An app that toggles 3G, EDGE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and even the cellular radio to conserver battery. Bonus points if they add a schedule feature to, for example, turn off all the radios while you sleep then turn them back on when you wake.[/i]

    I would pay a lot for that application. I desperately need something like that. Please post about it if you find one.
    fakejake3
  • I have an iPhone 3G observation

    I just finally broke done an got an Iphone, maybe I just don't know how to use it... but really can it not send pics via SMS? If so, I think they need to start fixing the basics before adding new features; especially when you now have to pay for texting.
    ~Obelix~
    • you are correct

      you can't send a picture text with either the old or new iphones. it is really annoying.
      lostarchitect
    • MMS is too complicated so Jobs left it out.

      Including features as complicated as MMS would have reduced the awesome user experience of the iPhone so Jobs left it out. V0.9 of the iPhone had MMS support but the study groups got really confused and couldn't dial phone numbers when given the ability to embed pictures in their text messages. Jobs figured that if the study group couldn't figure it out, you have no hope, and since dialing phone numbers is more important than MMS, you don't get MMS.
      NonZealot
      • Surely you jest?

        Are Americans really that stupid?

        This is how easy it is on an SE phone:

        1) Open camera lens
        2) Take picture
        3) Click send
        4) Search contacts or enter phone no.
        5) Click OK

        WTF is wrong with people that find that too hard?

        BTW I like the new iPhone, but I would class it at v0.5 until they get the camera, battery and SMS issues sorted out.
        Scrat
        • A better question

          [i]Are Americans really that stupid?[/i]

          That isn't the question. The question is: [i]Are Americans really as stupid as Jobs thinks they are?[/i]
          NonZealot
        • No Sir, I jest you not...

          Not sure how your seeing the menus, but I get:

          -use as wallpaper
          -email
          -assign to contact

          that's it. You can email it to a contact's phone using:
          Alltel = xxxxxxxxxx@message.alltel.com
          Amp?d Mobile = xxxxxxxxxx@vtext.com
          AT&T = xxxxxxxxxx@mms.att.net
          Boost Mobile = xxxxxxxxxx@myboostmobile.com
          Cingular (AT&T) = xxxxxxxxxx@mms.mycingular.com
          Einstein PCS = xxxxxxxxxx@einsteinmms.com
          Nextel = xxxxxxxxxx@messaging.nextel.com
          Sprint = xxxxxxxxxx@messaging.sprintpcs.com or xxxxxxxxxx@pm.sprint.com
          T-Mobile = xxxxxxxxxx@tmomail.net
          US Cellular = xxxxxxxxxx@mms.uscc.net
          Verizon Wireless = xxxxxxxxxx@vzwpix.com
          Virgin Mobile = xxxxxxxxxx@vmobl.com
          (x's being the 10 digit phone #)

          ...but there's no way via just the contacts # alone
          ~Obelix~
          • Information versus TrollFUD

            When you ask "Not sure how your seeing the menus, ", keep in mind that NonZealot doesn't actually own or use any Apple products, and by his own admission never has. He just hangs out and criticises on these forums, instead of having a Life.
            edward.arnold
          • At least the "troll" can read

            "Not sure how your seeing the menus" wasn't directed at NonZ. Scrat was the one who posted about menus...
            tikigawd
          • Ouch...

            That must've hurt...
            flatliner
          • Cool - thanks for the info!

            Nice one ~Obelix~ I was unaware of the e-mailing technique - hope it works here in the UK as well.

            But surely this is less user-friendly than a menu option that says Send as MMS?
            Ben_E
  • RE: More iPhone 3G observations

    Many listed features are on older iPhones that have been
    upgraded to 2.0 - screen shot, .org button feature in Safari.
    Thanks for alerting us to these. Any more??
    Harbie
  • RE: More iPhone 3G observations

    Wasn't excited about the list, not until I got to the end of it
    and I hollered, Yea Boy!!! A Gas App, A Filemaker Mobile App,
    A WordPress/Movable Type Blogging App, and The UI app to
    control all the radios especially one with schedule features.
    Something has to be done about the lack of 3G coverage by
    AT&T everyone was quick to Sue Apple for things less
    malicious than selling something you don't provide.
    Preach it Brother!!
    kennmsr
  • RE: More iPhone 3G observations

    I would like to see the keyboard available in
    landscape mode with larger keys.

    I would like to be able to edit Word, Excel and PPT
    files.

    The volume for both the ear piece and the speaker
    phone could be louder.

    Reception could be better, in weak signal areas it
    drops calls and these are areas that the Blackberry
    8310 does not.

    There is no way (at least that I know of) to exit an
    application other than pressing home key. This
    appears to suspend app and save the current state
    rather than just closing the app.

    AT&T 3G coverage is not what they claim.
    barjohn
  • Cheap gas app

    The free App Store application, Where?, has the ability to list
    gas prices using the location feature of the iPhone.
    pgolden2
  • RE: More iPhone 3G observations

    Went to the Apple store for a demo of the iphone; surfing the net is great, but here are some dealbreakers (at least for me): GPS is really bad (the iphone couldn't find our position in the Apple store); directions on the Google maps can't be used while driving unless you want to risk an accident (did get a signal outside the store); even if a third party app is created for turn-by-turn directions, the speaker is so low, it can't be heard under usual driving conditions (speakerphone, then, can't be used for hands free calls). Other than GPS, lack of cut and paste (I know, all kinds of complaints online since iphone 1), no search capabilities for the calendar (how do I find an appointment?); yes, right 3G is not every place map shows, although it was in my immediate area; camera could be better (heard that one before). Too bad, what's good is really good and what's bad is horrid.
    cvort11
    • GPS

      It is notoriously picky, even dedicated GPS
      units lose the signal when inside buildings
      and have no direct line of sight to the sky.
      That one's not necessarily apple's fault.

      The fact that you picked up the signal when
      outside the store is telling...
      rwahrens1952
      • It gets better (or worse)

        Oh, yes, one more thing: when the salesman didn't get the signal, I opened my 3 year old LG (generic, not even sure of the model) with Verizon's navigation option. It immediately found us in the store. Really disappointing (the iphone, that is). I've found also that I've slowly switched from my auto GPS to the phone GPS from Verizon because of the 'find' feature: look up where you're going (a business site) and it will usually find it for you and then give you a dead on navigation within seconds. The LG speaker is loud enough to hear easily on its turn-by-turn direction capablility. Another disappointment: we both looked up a local restaurant: Champps, and both of us spelled it incorrectly. Verizon's find feature located it anyhow, AT&T's did not until the correct spelling was made. I know that's not Apple's fault but as long as it's associated exclusively with AT&T, you're stuck with the whole package... Why not stick with the old LG? I would love to search the web with my device and to include a full contacts and calendar program in one device. The iphone, to me, is almost there but not quite. I'm hearing some great things about the Blackberry Thunder coming to Verizon supposedly within the next 2 months. Problem is: once you commit to a phone, you're stuck with it for 18 months to 2 years unless you want to upgrade and pay the full price.
        cvort11
  • RE: More iPhone 3G observations

    I keep receiving MM messages, and offering viewmymessages.com as a link to get to the message it gives an ID number and Password. You can tap on the viewmymessage.com link it goes over there but the ID and PW is gone.
    I should stop the car, and write it all down, then try to go to the link, find the message and put in the password. They should devise a method of keeping PW ID available, and method of entring them. Having even entered the link on my desk top, that site offers no easy entry point to retreive the message.
    jzac888
    • No

      You should not be fooling around with
      MMS, SMS, or email at all when driving
      anyway!!

      Keep your dang eyes on the road!
      rwahrens1952