new Iphone?

Discussion in 'Technology' started by Ringo, May 8, 2008.

  1. Ringo

    Ringo Member

    Jun 10, 2002
    Rough and Ready
    Club:
    Yeovil Town FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    i got mine and now I need to figure out how to use the damn thing. I haven't really had a chance to play with it yet.
     
  2. 7spencer7

    7spencer7 Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    Outside Boston
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    My wife and I went over to the Cabridgeside Galleria Apple Store at 5:45 this morning, and finally got out of there with a white 16GB iphone at 10:00. It was unfortunately not activated at the time, so I just took it home and activated it in itunes around 3 PM.
     
  3. Own Goal Hat-Trick

    Jul 28, 1999
    ColoRADo
    I'm gonna give it a couple of weeks, myself.

    Though, my patience with the current phone (some ************ free one) is wearing very, very thin... of course, when you go from iphone back to the 6233, to the free one from att, that's bound to happen, I guess... :D
     
  4. dark knight

    dark knight Super Moderator
    Staff Member

    Dec 15, 1999
    Club:
    New York City FC
    The app store is cool - i recommend midomi and aol radio as far as the free apps go. I downloaded monkey ball just because I wanted to try something - it's not really my kind of thing but pretty cool for a phone game.
     
  5. Magpie Maniac

    Magpie Maniac Member

    Dec 28, 2001
    North Carolina, USA
    Club:
    Newcastle United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Even after playing with the 2.0 upgrade on my original iPhone, I couldn't help myself. I just had to go pick up a new 16GB 3G iPhone on Sunday at the Southpoint Apple store in Durham. Even got one for my wife, too.

    Absolutely love it. The original was great, but the 3G is even better. It's a big boost when wi-fi isn't available. I think I could have gotten by with just the 2.0 upgrade on the original, but the tapered back feels a little more natural in my hand. The GPS helps as well.
     
  6. dark knight

    dark knight Super Moderator
    Staff Member

    Dec 15, 1999
    Club:
    New York City FC
    Yeah - I'm trying hard to resist the temptation. I wonder how long the upgrade price is available for existing users.
     
  7. JeremyEritrea

    JeremyEritrea Member+

    Jun 29, 2006
    Takoma Park, MD
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The latest version of iTunes (7.7) won't let me sync my iPod.

    Sweet! Thanks Apple!

    I guess the only good news is that I'm not alone
     
  8. sokol

    sokol Member

    Aug 4, 2004
    http://jott.com/jotters/index.php/iphone

    Jott is a brilliant application that you can use with any phone (seriously, it will change your life.) But their iPhone App looks like it takes it to an even higher level.
     
  9. billyireland

    billyireland Member+

    May 4, 2003
    Sydney, Australia
    OK, so quick question for the tech-savvy out there: I am looking to get either and iPhone or Blackberry in the next month or so when I am visiting NY, and thanks to the exchange rate the price is not really much of a worry (let's call a roof of about $400-450). Beyond the very basic stuff I don't know any technical jargon, so I was just wondering if somebody could put it to me in layman's terms what each offers over the others?
     
  10. dark knight

    dark knight Super Moderator
    Staff Member

    Dec 15, 1999
    Club:
    New York City FC
    I didn't download it because I'm a little nervous about giving my phone number.
     
  11. dark knight

    dark knight Super Moderator
    Staff Member

    Dec 15, 1999
    Club:
    New York City FC
    Are you sure the iphone will cost that without the AT&T registration? Will it work back home? What do you want to use it for?

    If you want it for work that is email intensive and you aren't disciplined about charging every day - the blackberry might be for you. The blackberry has many of the features of an iphone, and probably some capabilities that the iphone may not have such as full text search of contacts?, but there are some things I think the iphone blows away the blackberry, first and foremost is web surfing. It's just much easier to surf the real web than mobile web especially when connected via wifi, and the touch screen interface makes it so much easier. The large screen and app store make the iphone incredibly versatile, but there are definitely limitations - no cut and paste, no turn by turn GPS, no video recording, no high quality photos. The old phone the speaker phone is fairly useless but I hear the new version has better sound quality.

    An example of the versatility of the iphone is that you can download a program from the app store that enables you to make web calls via wireless network - there is a charge, but if you are calling Japan all the time for example, I'm sure it's much cheaper. The iphone has software for recording tracks, playing games, networking, etc., but if you don't take advantage of all that it may not be something that interests you.

    For me, I love the ease of use - it's like Tivo, a new technology that was well thought out so that even the most technologically challenged can get it pretty quickly. I'm not a big gamer, but I use the web browser all the time - so surfing with ease is one of the biggest pluses for me. I also use the map function all the time.
     
  12. billyireland

    billyireland Member+

    May 4, 2003
    Sydney, Australia
    Thanks for that, man. I will have to check about the registration effect on prices, but on the basis of that Iam leaning more towards the iPhone (which is covered by O2 here, similar to AT&T there - I'll just need to check in the store how/if it crosses over).

    I think you've done more constructive planning towards this trip than I have by now. :D
     
  13. Achtung

    Achtung Member

    Jul 19, 2002
    Chicago
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The main issue you'll run into is that I don't think they'll let you leave without activating the phone, and that means signing a contract with AT&T.

    Apple plans to offer a no-contract iPhone in the near future, but it'll cost $599 (8 GB) or $699 (16 GB). Probably doesn't make it worth the money at that point.

    Also, depending on when you're coming, it might be a pain in the ass just to locate one. Stocks will supposedly be low to non-existant for the next month or so.
     
  14. billyireland

    billyireland Member+

    May 4, 2003
    Sydney, Australia
    Well then -- the things you learn. Oh well then, that is probably the iPhone out the window. Better to find out now than in a few weeks though - cheers for the help. :)
     
  15. dark knight

    dark knight Super Moderator
    Staff Member

    Dec 15, 1999
    Club:
    New York City FC
    There's always ebay. :) You could probably buy a generation 1 iphone for fairly cheap, and assuming you can activate it back home, it's not that different from the new one.
     
  16. Crimson Ace

    Crimson Ace Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 4, 2003
    McKinney, TX
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I've just been hired into a new sales position. The company I'm working for requires that I provide my own cell phone. Being a sales position, I know that my cell phone will be my life-line. I'm looking to buy an iPhone later today, but I'm wondering if purchasing a Blackberry might be the safer play.

    1) Does anyone use their iPhone for work (PC based)... and are there any drawbacks?

    2) Is the Calendar feature as efficient as Blackberry?
     
  17. Ringo

    Ringo Member

    Jun 10, 2002
    Rough and Ready
    Club:
    Yeovil Town FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    the calendar is good BUT you need to check what you're going to be syncing with.

    I have a Mac so I'm not saying this is universal, but you should check into it: I have a google calendar that syncs to my iCal on my Mac. My Mac iCal syncs to my iPhone, but it only syncs iCal stuff, not the google calendar. To sync the google calendar I'd have to buy a $70 third-party app to do so (I used the trial version and was less than pleased with it). I think there are other options for PC-based Google calendar syncing, though.

    Point is, if you're unsure about the Calendar I'd go online and find out what calendar program your company uses and how that works. The answers should be out there.

    Ironically, the iCal is the one part of my iPhone that's giving me trouble. But you might have an easier time depending on your needs. The rest of the phone has been golden and worth every penny.
     
  18. Kicks4Kenya

    Kicks4Kenya New Member

    Aug 26, 2008
    Iowa
    I have a blackberry and love it but I have also used an Iphone web browser and yes the Iphone is way better for that. However emailing/texting is easier on the blackberry I believe so ya it depends on what your into. Both phones are pretty sweet
     
  19. the shelts

    the shelts Member+

    Jun 30, 2005
    Providence RI
    Club:
    Nottingham Forest FC
    Sirius-XM Satellite Radio is coming to the iPhone.
     
  20. dark knight

    dark knight Super Moderator
    Staff Member

    Dec 15, 1999
    Club:
    New York City FC
    emailing and texting are very easy on the iPhone - especially texting.
     
  21. 7spencer7

    7spencer7 Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    Outside Boston
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I bought Real Soccer 2009 in the app store last night. Pretty solid game, and they promise updates to make it even better. Very worth the $10.
     
  22. Dante

    Dante Moderator
    Staff Member

    Nov 19, 1998
    Binghamton, NY
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I picked it up as well and was pretty impressed with it.
     
  23. dark knight

    dark knight Super Moderator
    Staff Member

    Dec 15, 1999
    Club:
    New York City FC
    Bump - anyone getting the 3G S? I may have to upgrade my old version 1 iphone once they get turn by turn GPS.

    I wonder what Microwave things of the iphone now...
     
  24. Achtung

    Achtung Member

    Jul 19, 2002
    Chicago
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Didn't buy one, but played around with it a bit in the Apple Store yesterday evening. Think they really have focused on making it smoother and fixing the little things, as well as the 3.0 software. It did feel quite a bit snappier. And the camera, for both still and video, is much better on the new one.

    It's not quite enough to convince me to upgrade from my 3G, especially since I'm not yet eligible for the subsidized price, but if you're still using the first-gen phone I think it would be a good deal.

    A friend of mine got one yesterday as his first iPhone and couldn't stop raving about it.
     
  25. dark knight

    dark knight Super Moderator
    Staff Member

    Dec 15, 1999
    Club:
    New York City FC
    I think I'm eligible for the subsidized price - the only thing I'm not crazy about is having to pay something like $15 more a month for text messages. The 2G plan I'm on now isn't too bad.

    I also kind of like the old 2G phone with the silver back, even though it's a little heavier and bulkier.

    But the speed and the battery life are both drawing me in.

    It is awesome that Apple lets you upgrade for free because having your phone gain features with a software upgrade is great. Not sure many phones do that. 3.0 has some nice improvements.
     

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