By andy | July 26, 2008
After my post regarding making a decision to buy or not to buy the new iPhone 3G, I decided to BUY the new handset.
After playing with the iPhone 3G – my general verdict is VERY NICE handset which has some very nice features, however it also has some which are overlooked. Basic features being overlooked or not implemented is not great in any handset.
A basic feature review of the iPhone 3G are as follows:
- 3G Connectivity - Heavy battery consumption
- EDGE Connectivity - Slow
- GPS – Faulty? Apple have informed me there is a possible issue with this however it seems to be working for (some) other people
- Camera - 2 mega pixel (could be better)
- Menu / Navigation - perfect, nice interface, trust Apple
- Bluetooth – Lack of data over bluetooth support
- Text Messages – Nice interface, builds up conversation history
- Voice Mail – Nicely implemented to hold messages on the handset rather than with the service provider
- App Store - Great for developers and gives users a vast array of applications (highlighting new apps could be clearer)
- Sync’ing – Would be nice to synchronise over the air rather than cable (iTunes)
The iPhone 3G is a very nice to use handset, user interfaces are almost perfect, the weakness of the handset is the lack of feature support – however some of these may be resolved with firmware updates.
As for the actual device, the plastic back (changed from metal on the original iPhone) – I don’t feel this compromises the quality of the device and there is an alleged technical reason for this (gives better signal for GPS). All in all a good handset, nice to use, however a severe lack of features.
By andy | July 6, 2008
As a happy and content n95 user, with the new iPhone (3G) available from o2 on Friday (11th July 2008) there is a part of me that thinks I should be getting one. If not just to road test the iPhone, let’s be honest – they do look pretty smart.
I have a few reservations about the iPhone, and having seen a few people rant about the features of the first generation handset fills me with worry. The n95 works great for me, there are a couple of things I’d like to see in the n95 but I feel (feature wise) the n95 outweighs the iPhone (1st generation).
As for the new 3G iPhone, I am unsure – bluetooth data transfer is a big one for me. Also I download a few podcasts each week, directly to my n95 while I am on the go (over the 3G network), then listen to them right away. My PC never gets involved with podcasts, that’s the way it is and that’s the way I like it. Hopefully the 2nd generation iPhone will allow downloads of podcasts while on the move. I wonder if the iPhone has a barcode reader / QR Code scanner?
I’ll keep you posted.
By andy | June 10, 2008
Typically Google allows searching of the web, from an interface which allows a visual (sometimes graphical) result set.
For those people (generally geeks) who like to work from the “command line”, “shell”, or “bash” – why not try this Google powered service called GOOSH. Goosh is powered by Google but written by Stefan Grothkopp and is not an official Google service.
Nice toy (for geeks)!
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