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24 June 2009 @ 05:14 pm
the ups and downs of one month with the iPhone 3g  
Summary: It's all Up, Up, Up! Though the 3gs put a slight jealous damper on the enthusiasm.

I really like the iPhone. In my opinion, it's a fantastic piece of technology. Incredible functionality in a reasonable package, truly a personal digital assistant.

For most of the first month, I used it just for phone, text messages, voice mail, and Internet. All four worked fantastically, much more of an improvement over my Nokia cell phone that I ever could have imagined. The UI is wonderful, truly intuitive, and easy. Even the on-screen keyboard works well, something that was a matter of concern for me as I have big hands and thumbs.

In the last week I realized that I could sync through my work PC for Outlook calendar and contacts, and keep the sync through the Mac for my media, internet, etc. I'm in heaven because this was exactly what I wanted. And it was easy, real easy.

Now I'm checking out games/apps from the iPhone and trying free versions of things. Just what I didn't need - another way to fritter away my time!

The only flaw I can currently find is that I'd love to have some PC or Mac access to the Notes data. I believe I can sync the Outlook notes to the iPhone, but haven't fully investigated it.

I also would like a document reader that can handle PDF and other doc formats, and I'm sure there's one out there. Any suggestions?

It would be interesting to see some form of iPhone word processing app (maybe a mini-MSWord) that I could use for writing on the iPhone. But also notes sync would work just as well.

If I ever get any free programming time, I'm going to explore writing some apps for the iPhone. I have a couple ideas...

Overall, color me very very impressed.

Just when I'm in a happy place, the iPhone 3gs came out and it had a few things I'd been craving. Most important: voice control (for hands-free dialing in the car). Also, video recording/editing and a faster processor. I'll get cut/copy/paste (the other missing piece) with the software upgrade but those hardware features have me drooling. Darn you Apple!

But again, I am a very happy iPhone customer. The HP IPAQ 4250, which I really liked and used a lot, now sits abandoned in the drawer. The future belongs to iPhone!
prusik on June 25th, 2009 01:01 am (UTC)
There are a bunch of document reader apps. I've been looking through them myself (since my 3G S arrived this past Friday). The iPhone actually supports a bunch of document formats natively, but I don't count mailing documents to myself an adequate solution.

Good Reader sounds promising as a document reading app. I'm planning on buying it. I'll let you know if I like it. Both Quickoffice and Documents To Go are available as iPhone apps if you need something that handles MS Word. I'm not currently planning on getting either one of those though because I don't need to edit Word files, just text. There are also a bunch of text editors. (I'm trying out WritePad because I'm an unreconstructed Newton fan. WritePad has handwriting recognition.)

You get notes syncing with OS 3.0. However, the notes show up in Mail.app. I don't know what happens if you're using Windows.
prusik on June 25th, 2009 12:37 pm (UTC)
Oops, sorry. Just reread your entry. I inexplicably skipped the word "Outlook" when reading about how you wanted to sync notes. I did a quick google. There's an app called IMNotes that may do what you want.
jeffsoesbe: yeff digital gray anglejeffsoesbe on June 26th, 2009 05:24 am (UTC)
Yeah, if you could let me know how the document reader apps go that would be excellent. At the least, I'd like to be able to read PDF without having to send it via email...

I checked my notes and I did find IMNotes but there was some weird constraint with it that made it a real pain to use - like a bunch of extra software to be installed.

I also found something called PhoneView (http://www.ecamm.com/mac/phoneview/) that looks awesome. It provides easy interface to all sorts of phone data (notes, songs, pictures, etc) from within iTunes! Including Notes! THere's a fairly functional demo version that can do a lot, and I think the full featured is pretty cheap ($20). I plan on checking it out soon...

- yeff