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iPhone

What sucks about the iPhone

1. No SMS delivery reports.
2. Predictive text input is US English not UK English.
3. Predictive text seems to slow me down more than speed up entry, because if it ‘offers’ a word you have to touch the ‘offered word’ to cancel it. Pressing space accepts the new word.
4. Can’t recieve MMS messages – WTF?! You are instead sent an SMS message containing a code to enter at http://www.o2.co.uk/m.
5. Cannot get images onto the iPhone without using iTunes. i.e. Cannot save images from webpages, cannot recieve MMS pictures.
6. Even with the crappy notion of paying for ringtones, this doesn’t appear to exist on UK iTMS yet.
7. The camera blows.
8. Even without 3g, the battery life doesn’t appear to be great.
9. Can’t send or receive anything over Bluetooth…..

iPhone (continued)

Whilst the iPhone is sync’ing up (gonna take a while to sync mp3s and photos), i’ve been perusing the myriad leaflets stuffed in the bag by O2.
This one is hidden away in the t’s & c’s under the information about credit checks, which is a bit of a strange place to put it:

Making unauthorised modifications to the software on you iPhone violates the iPhone software license agreement, and the inability to use your iPhone due to unauthorised software modifications is not covered under your iPhone’s warranty.

At the moment i’m not sure if i’ll bother with any forthcoming Jailbreaks, when they manage to exploit 1.1.2. I’m looking forward to the SDK next year though.

iPhone launched in UK (in case you didn't know)

I arrived at the local O2 store at about 17.45, having figured that the nearest Apple store to me would be rammed. Being a pretty small town I assumed that demand for an iPhone wouldn’t be massive. I was correct.
There were 5 people there waiting when I arrived, by the time the store opened at 18:02 (see what they did there pt. 1?) there were about 10 people inline.

The staff were friendly enough, giving out apples (see what they did there pt.2?), water and sweets whilst chatting away about the iPhone.
I wasn’t interested in the demos, I just wanted to pay and get home but they made each person watch a quick demo of the iPhone… yawn.

I managed to pick up a Contour HardSkin case for it as well. To the dismay of people behind me in the queue, the store only had 3 of them and only about 6 other cases (which were crappy leather type ones) so I lucked in there.

When released in the US, there were tales of activiation issues and delays so I wanted to get back before the initial rush of new owners swamping the O2/Apple servers.
It’s taken me literally 8 minutes, from the time I connected the iPhone to my Mac, to the time I got the activation email with my new cell number.

I’ve just sync’d my iCal and contacts and am about to have a play around.

So far, so good as far as initial experience is concerned. Gonna play around now before the g/f comes round 😀