Just a quick note about Notes on the iPhone that I learned today. I’ve been experiencing issues where I would type new notes into the phone and then they would, in the blink of an eye, disappear. This gets extremely frustrating since I’d like to use my phone for writing notes and eventually stories but I can’t trust it if the phone just up and deletes my work.
This is what I think happens. If you go to your Settings and to the “Mail, Contacts, and Calendar” section take a look under your primary email account. For me this is gmail. You’ll see an icon for Notes there. I think the phone tries to sync your local notes with Gmail if that option is turned on. If that sync fails…poof there goes all of your notes.
So I have it turned off now and we’ll see how well this phone behaves now that it isn’t connected to the cloud anymore.
I’ve got an iPhone now and I just wanted to write some quick impressions I have about it. Yes, I am blogging this from the phone itself using the WordPress app. While I’m doing this I have iTunes running in the background. I got the 32GB model so it fits all of my music and I still have room for a bunch of stuff – apps, pictures, videos, you name it.
How well does it work as a phone? I’ve already had one dropped call due to the antenna issue that everyone is talking about. I got a third-party bumper/case but it doesn’t seem to help. I hope it helps protect the phone at least.
The screen really is amazing. I visited my blog and even though the text came up microscopic it was totally readable to me. We’re talking about text that is 2 pixels high that on the old screen would be complete garbage. Color me impressed. I think it really is as hyped up as Steve Jobs put it. Or, I have really bad eyesight, but I definitely can’t see pixels. Most of the time. I tried opera mini and the text actually didn’t look that great when browsing webpages.
The video camera suffers from a bit of jellyvision but I’ve notices that any portable HD camera seems to suffer the same fate. I tried the Kodak flip type camcorder and if you make any sudden moves the frame starts to wiggle like jello.
The still camera and flash aren’t bad at all. It seems to have a pretty decent macro mode. If I can insert an image into this blog post then I can show you the result of some low light photography with this thing. I can also show you the new addition to my growing Marimite figurine collection. (update: looks like I can since it attaches the image to the bottom of the post.)
The monthly cost is going to be a killer but if that’s the case I want to find ways to enrich my life by using this technology. I don’t mean just using this thing to play games, but to use it to learn and create new things and to use this as a separate brain to augment my own. It might be a closed platform, but it is still a computer at the end of the day.
And if you’re wondering about the keyboard and typing on this thing you can do it and type at a pretty fast clip. Apple’s got some predictive algorithm running so your fat fingers (like mine) can jam on all the keys it wants and still come out with the right word most of the time. Works better long-ways though. Not as cramped and you can type with both thumbs, but you hands will get cramped after a while.
Update: the multitasking works. I’m writing this post in the WordPress blog app and viewing the end product in Safari at the same time. Also, still playing music over the speaker. Yes, it is eating battery life like candy but this is a pretty intense use of this machine. I’ll be taking it through its paces this weekend. If you’re interested it ate 10% just writing this blog entry with music at near full volume playing in the background.