iPhone 3G First Impressions

So, I received my iPhone 3G today, from a friendly DHL delivery lady.

There isn’t much I can say about it yet, so here are just a few very early impresions:

  • I couldn’t get GPS to work. It was a cloudy day, so it’s kind of understandable, but I’m still somewhat disappointed.
  • Setting up a secure imap mail account turned out to be difficult… I finally manged to work around my difficulties by setting it up on my laptop, and then synching the settings to the iPhone. The end result counts, and that is that it works.

  • I’m fairly disappointed with the fact that I can’t find a setting for reconverting Music as I copy it to the iPhone – that’s a must-have feature for my iPod shuffle, and for a — relatively — small 16 GB iPhone, I’d find it similarly important. Especially as I’m one of those people that have their music collection as uncompressed .WAV files in their iTunes…
  • Most downloadable iPhone apps are pretty crap. Granted, I only tried the free ones… one of them even crashed my phone, and there was a moment of panic until it rebooted.
  • You (still) can’t seem to be able to send MMS with the iPhone. Odd.
  • I can’t seem to be able to forward emails.
  • If you use the international keyboard feature, a button appears at the bottom of the virtual keyboard that allows you switch keyboard layouts, but more importantly the auto-correction and -completion with it. It’s a great feature, but I wish the stickiness of your choice was a bit smarter. It seems obvious to me that a choice I make when writing one mail doesn’t mean it also applies the next time I browse the web. Ah, well, this is a difficult thing to get just right.

Still, while I list negative points here, I’m actually very happy with the way things are. The touch screen gives more feedback than I expected, which is really just due to the keyboard click sounds. Fetching RSS feeds or mail seems responsive over wi-fi and UMTS alike, and so does zooming around in the maps.

Now all I need is a developer key to start making real use of this piece of hardware…

  • http://www.unwesen.de/ unwesen

    Got a GPS signal this morning, and it seems fairly responsive and accurate. I think it just had a slightly harder time finding it’s location for the first time.

  • http://www.technology-geek.com/category/iphone/ John A. Gates

    Great write up. The iPhone is truly amazing and I don’t like being without it. This time last year I had jumped in a pool with my iPhone and it was dead. I had to wait 10 days before I was able to purchasea new one. The phone I had was a cheap go phone. I really love all the apps that can be downloaded to the iPhone. The best part about the iPhone to me is the ability to check emails on the fly. Thanks for the information.

    • http://www.unwesen.de/ unwesen

      I have to assume that this is froma linkbot, seeing that this article is quite old and the iPhone 4 came out not long ago.

      I don’t use iPhones any longer. My Nexus One is so much better suited to me.