First post from iPhone
July 22, 2008
Yep, I’ve got an iPhone. While I was in the US, I was offered for a fair price a used 1st gen model from somebody who bought the 3G. Since I did not obtain the phone as part of a contract or under any other restrictions, I happily installed a modified bootloader which activated the device and removed the SIM lock (all thanks to PwnageTool 2.0). So now I can enjoy this brilliant machine with my economical pre-paid plan (Simyo). German T-Mobile’s iPhone plans just don’t work for me (which is why I hadn’t bothered to buy one yet).
After playing around with it, here are some observations:
– how do I create bullet lists in this WordPress client?
– sometimes apps aren’t as snappy as you’d think they would be. For instance, it takes quite a long time for the Addressbook to finish loading.
– the UI is quite refined, as you’d expect from apple. Not only that, you can really tell that the engineers thought it all the way through: the little keyboard and its auto-correction, for instance, let me achieve good typing speed. Certainly nothing you’d imagine on a device as small as this. I also love how navigation works so intuitively, e.g how long alphabetical lists have a teeny A-Z index on the side. Tap your finger on a letter and the list jumps to that letter. You’d think the letters are too small for that to work reliably. But it just works.
– I haven’t gotten GPRS to work yet. So for now I have to rely on WiFi for Internet connectivity. Phone works well though.
– the battery life doesn’t seem to be all that great.
– I feel uncomfortable storing various passwords (which for instance the mail client requires) on a mobile device that’s easily lost.
– shazam rocks 🙂