I posted on my experiences with the iPhone 3G and upgraded original iPhone last week and there were quite a few comments posted by readers, with many stating they were seeing the same behavior. Apple fans (I enjoy many Apple products myself) said we must be doing something wrong and the application launch failures were not present. According to AppleInsider Steve Jobs has acknowledged the problem and said the bug would be fixed in the next software update in September. So it seems I wasn't crazy after all, right?
I actually still see the issue on my original iPhone, upgraded to the version 2.0.1 firmware and the reinstall method seems to work for me most of the time. I returned my iPhone 3G last week because I found it to be less stable than my other S60 and Windows Mobile devices who can handle 3rd party applications much better since they are now mature platforms. It seems that the iPhone update and 3G device were a bit rushed to market or else the testing with 3rd party applications was limited. I do look forward to a stable iPhone experience, but it seems we will have to wait until at least September to see such a device.
Mike Temporale is also kicking off the No Reboot Challenge to show others how stable Windows Mobile is by hard resetting his device (a Blackjack II) and only loading four 3rd party applications on it to show it can go on and on without a reboot. I actually can load up about 10-15 applications and have a rock solid Windows Mobile device, but I do tend to have issues on some devices when I get up to 25-30 applications. It takes as few as a single application on the iPhone to lock up the application.