Switching to iPhone – Days 3 & 4

tokitori_oniphoneFinally, my first couple of work days using my new iPhone. I must admit that i was a bit worried–my phone/PDA is my life-line to the world of the self-employed.

Before we move on, I’d like you to meet my new friend, Toki Tori. More on him after the bump.

Connectivity – Voice

First and foremost, I need a phone to make and receive calls, or check messages.  As a phone, the iPhone is OK.  Not great. Just OK.

I spend most of the work day walking from appointment to appointment on the very noisy streets of Manhattan–noisy enough to overwhelm both the speaker and microphone of my new toy.  I now use the included iPhone Stereo Headset. The earpiece volume is great, but I have to sometimes cup the microphone closer to my mouth to be heard.

I do love how the music will pause when a call comes in, then resume when the call is complete. I also love the built-in wired remote, which controls volume, pause/play for music and phone functions.

I still get just as many dropped calls with the iPhone as on the Tilt. As both are AT&T 3G, I’m sure we know the culprit.

Connectivity – Data

No Push email. No IMAP IDLE. What to do? Worried about battery life, I didn’t want to setup a timed fetch (send/receive) of my email. So I just try to remember to check messages manually.

I am still receiving the occasional data network errors. Don’t know if it’s the iPhone or just AT&T’s saturated 3G network in the NYC area, but this is a huge problem when urgent business is pending.

Also, email updates can be excruciating slow on 3G.  Again, AT&T?

WiFi

This has been a bit interesting. Other than a couple of glitches (had to reset the iPhone’s network settings in order to see any wireless networks) WiFi has been pretty solid.The new 3.0 OS is supposed to simply accessing public hot-spots–automatically and seamlessly in some cases. I haven’t yet figured out how to tell when data is being pulled over 3G or WiFi. That will help determine how “seamless” things really are.

Props to AT&T (for once) for allowing iPhone users to have free access to their 20,000 WiFi hot-spots, including Starbucks. Luckily for me, there is a Starbucks on almost every corner of Manhattan.

Performance

Again, I don’t have a previous gen iPhone for comparison.  Overall, the 3GS seems peppy. I’ve run into some app slowdowns, but these could be related to the network.There have been occasional delays with the play/pause function with the wired remote.

One big surprising slow-down, however, had to do with a game called Toki Tori lite, a puzzle video game. The iPhone has been touted as the next big thing in portable video gaming. Well…

Again, not sure if this is a glitch with the iPhone or the app, but after playing for a few minutes, the game became so sluggish and unresponsive as to be unplayable. This was the free “lite” version of the app. Glad I didn’t pay for the full version. Too bad, though–I like the game.

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