Getting an iPhone

I am getting an unlocked iPhone for a review (although this means that I won’t be getting one next month, as it’s an expensive piece). I am not all too hot about it, as my main cell account has no unlimited data plan, which it would mean that I won’t be able to use the phone after the review is done because the iPhone keeps downloading stuff via GPRS on the background (I usually use a special SIM for my reviews that has a data plan). More over, I do expect Apple to find a way and lock these phones back eventually so it’s time will be limited. Cat and mouse.

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Adam S wrote on September 21st, 2007 at 5:35 AM PST:

Despite a few very minor annoyances, I would rate my satisfaction with my iPhone at 97%. But then, my requirements are not quite as robust as yours. It’s a great phone, coverage has been just fine, EDGE is not NEARLY as bad as people make it out to be (although it’s certainly not blazing), cut and paste is not needed that often, and the lack of SDK is irrelevant with Installer.app.

I *love* this piece of equipment. If my gut is right, you will probably get hung up on some relatively small sniggles and rate it a 7/10. But go in open-minded, this thing is really cool!


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Eugenia wrote on September 21st, 2007 at 12:11 PM PST:

>and the lack of SDK is irrelevant with Installer.app.

This is not true. The hacking “SDK” is just a small guidance thing, it does not have proper documentation or full hooks to the system.


Jim wrote on September 21st, 2007 at 7:07 PM PST:

Ummm, you do realize the phone doesn’t automatically check *anything* unless you explicitly set it. The default for the auto-check is OFF. Of course, when you use the apps that require internet it falls back to the cell network, which is expected due to them requiring a unlimited dataplan. You bash the iPhone a fair amount but it is clear you have never even used it…

Also, your blog deals in absolutes when it comes to gadget features, which quite frankly seems childish. Maybe YOU need a phone that takes videos, runs J2ME apps, etc, but other people may have *different requirements*. That would be fine if you prefaced everything with “Personally…” but you don’t. Instead you say stuff like “This is what is preventing this phone/camera/video sw/etc from being good”, which for me 75% of the time is something I (and I am sure others) could care less about.

Anyway, it is your blog, but you almost never stop to consider your requirements are usually esoteric for devices. You continue to act as though the people who put the devices out are so stupid for such obvious omissions.


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Eugenia wrote on September 21st, 2007 at 7:18 PM PST:

First of all, I have heard horror stories about the iphone getting connected to GPRS without ever asking to, and that’s from experienced engineers, not newbies.

Secondly, why the hell should I say “personally”? Of course and it is “personally”. This IS my personal blog after all and all of these are my opinions. If I am to add the word “personally” in here every time I write something, it would be filling up the database.

And finally, most modern users do want videos and cameras and other shit on their phones. So it’s not just me.


l3v1 wrote on September 23rd, 2007 at 3:35 AM PST:

“most modern users do want videos and cameras and other shit on their phones”

Well, [personally] I don’t. I mean, I don’t mind that there’s a camera on it, since the two times per year I use it, it’s nice to have. Otherwise, even today, a phone with a nice calendar app and good sms handling is still the most important feature [for me] [ 😀 ] and they still neglect those features more than they should.


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Eugenia wrote on September 23rd, 2007 at 4:00 AM PST:

Convergence sells. *Most* people don’t want to carry many different devices anymore, but just one that does it all. That’s where these “smartphones” come into play.


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