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Potential iPhone buyers beware - the iPhone is OVERRATED
Dirk Dewachter, Photographer
Playa Del Rey | CA | USA | Posted: 3:59 PM on 08.16.08
->> The iPhone is OVERRATED. I just returned mine back in to the Apple store and received a full refund and cancelled my service with AT&T.

First the phone itself. The functionality of the phone and ease of use falls in line with Apple products across the board and I truly like the operational side of the phone but there are some serious issues with this phone. My main issue with the phone itself is that I never ever owned a celphone or any of my HF amateur radio equipment that generated as much RF interference than this 3G iPhone, it bled through on my Powermac, Macbook Pro, HP desktop, all the Dell Computers I stood next to at work, my GM based am/fm and cd player in my truck and it even bled through on hard wired AT&T landline based phones what a piece of junk. None of my LG phones or the Treo from Verizon EVER interfered with any of my above listed devices.

The other issue with the phone has already been discussed that the battery life is atrocious, can't go through an entire day without having to tether it to a power source.

Secondly, AT&T service and coverage. I should have known better since I was an AT&T and Cingular customer before switching to Verizon some three and a half years ago and their service was atrocious back then, the only different this time was that I could at least make calls from home. I had the iPhone for two weeks and I had more dropped and failed calls in the first four days of use than in an entire year with Verizon. I live near LAX and even in high density areas such as LAX, one would expect a more reliable service I still had dropped calls; sitting, standing walking or driving it did not matter. One of my co-workers just picked up a 3G iphone up and talking to him took four attempts as AT&T dropped the call each and every time. Dropped or failed calls from a service you pay good money for is just flatout not acceptable.

My desk at work is on the second level and I could not sit at my desk and make or receive calls, the calls either dropped, failed or you couldn't hear thing the other person was trying to say. I would get up from my desk and take five steps back and it would work, that is not what I signed up for. I would walk into the front door at work and it would say "no service"

Text messaging, what a joke. I sent a text message to my wife and it took five hours to get to her, then a customer replied to one of my text messages on sunday afternoon and I received it thursday evening and it was confirmed by speaking to my customer.

Then there is the no tethering issue but I'll leave that alone.

The Apple - AT&T monopoly, because let's be honest, it is a monopoly may have plenty of takers but if you prefer reliable service and performance I would stay the heck away from it. I gladly went back to my Treo and Verizon. The AT&T representative who tried to persuade me said but Verizon has antiquated equipment unlike us to which I gallantly answered, yes but theirs works and yours doesn't, kinda like the Nikon D3 and Mark III but he didn't get that.

AT&T can you hear me now? I guess not but Verizon can.
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Mark Peters, Photographer
Highland | IL | USA | Posted: 4:05 PM on 08.16.08
->> Love my LG Dare for Verizon service....
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Scott Sewell, Photographer
Topeka | KS | USA | Posted: 4:29 PM on 08.16.08
->> Interesting perspective. Sorry you had so much trouble.

I was just at my local AT&T store yesterday looking at picking up an iPhone. So, while I don't have one, I have been an AT&T customer for several years and in my experience they're about on par with the experiences I had with Sprint and Verizon. Sort of like debating Ford and Chevy. :)

Interestingly enough, one of my brothers has been with Sprint forever and recently switched to AT&T specifically to get an iPhone. He was happy with Sprint, but wanted an iPhone. I just spoke with him yesterday (after my visit to the store), and he's been very happy with his phone and service.

I also know a couple of friends who have the iPhone (they're photographers, too, by the way) and they are both very pleased with both their phone and the service.

Dirk, my post isn't meant to try to win you back to AT&T or anything like that; I just thought I'd offer my perspective which is different than what you've experienced.
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Dirk Dewachter, Photographer
Playa Del Rey | CA | USA | Posted: 5:10 PM on 08.16.08
->> Scott, I understand you weren't trying to win me back and I don't mind other perspectives but it just wasn't working for me. After having two services where I was not able to make calls from home to Verizon where I could and then have extremely reliable service going to a less reliable service is just not acceptable to me.

It is interesting that you mention this because I talked to one other SS.COM photographer who has had AT&T for years, although not an iPhone, and his take was that it depends on where you are but I am here very close to LAX where you would anticipate the coverage to be outstanding, yet it is subpar.

He did admit that he can't make any calls from his celphone at the desk in his office and it didn't seem to bother him that much, so a certainly different people have different levels of tolerance for service related issues.
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Mike Isler, Photographer
New York | NY | US | Posted: 5:15 PM on 08.16.08
->> Dirk,

RE the "RF Interference" you're experiencing with the iPhone... That's not solely with the iPhone. You'll find that almost across the board with GSM phones. You switched from Verizon, which is CDMA-based. With CDMA phones, you'll never get that "buzzing" through your speakers...however, that's very common with all GSM phones. When you had AT&T previously (it was Cingular then), the whole service ran on TDMA, which does not experience the "GSM buzz". AT&T started transitioning to GSM from TDMA around 2004, I believe. To reduce the GSM interference, ferrite cores can be installed along power cables powering equipment that's affected.
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Mark Loundy, Photo Editor
San Jose | CA | USA | Posted: 5:19 PM on 08.16.08
->> Dirk,

I've been experiencing generally increasing cellphone interference with my old VHF wireless microphone system for the past few years. I finally had to break down and buy a grown-up UHF system.

--Mark
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Rich Cruse, Photographer
Laguna Niguel | CA | USA | Posted: 5:21 PM on 08.16.08
->> Love the iPhone. Can't do without it.
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John Lee, Photographer
San Francisco | CA | USA | Posted: 5:27 PM on 08.16.08
->> I've had my 1st generation iPhone for almost a year now. Love it. Don't know how I ever lived without it (scary). Once had a Blackberry for exactly 24 hours, hated it, returned it.

Just took a close look at the 2nd generation iPhone yesterday. Great. Not going to get it because I'm very satisfied with my 1st generation iPhone. Going to wait til 3rd generation before getting a new one.

Have been with AT&T-related cellular for 11 years. Started off as Cellular One in Chicago in the mid 90s. Then Cellular One transformed into Cingular, then transformed into AT&T. Of course, cell coverage was spotty in the mid 90s, but has gotten progressively better over the years. I have no problems with my cell coverage.

Of course, if it doesn't work in your house or office, then AT&T/iPhone is probably not for you. If so, then get a Samsung Blackjack or something, but those devices bite the big one. AT&T/iPhone works great for me.

Battery drainage is an issue. It gets really bad when you have both the bluetooth and wifi on. If I'm not in a wifi zone, I turn off my wifi. Bluetooth hasn't been as much of a drainer for me as others.

Also, perhaps issues with battery drainage is because of constant use of apps, web browsing, maps, etc...

As far as texting, I'm always texting/emailing. Instantaneous.
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David Harpe, Photographer
Louisville | KY | USA | Posted: 5:48 PM on 08.16.08
->> AT&T coverage in our area is not good. I've had it before and I hated it. Being dedicated to AT&T the #1 limiting factor for me even considering an iPhone.

The Verizon network in our area is top notch. Maybe in a few years if Apple loosens up the monopoly I'll think about an iPhone, but not while it's locked to AT&T.
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Eric Jones, Photographer
Greenville | NC | USA | Posted: 6:47 PM on 08.16.08
->> Had my i-phone 3G for two weeks and LOVE IT! Sitting in traffic right now and thought I would respond. Gotta like that.
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Bastian Ehl, Photographer
Magdeburg | _ | Germany | Posted: 7:07 PM on 08.16.08
->> I have the first generation iphone. While it's cool to a have a synced office on the road, there's still lots of room for improvement.

- Interference. Same experiences as Dirk.
- Battery life is fine for a day or two (turn off wifi if you don't need it increases battery life a lot)
- SInce the 2.0 software update, the phone is slow like hell. The old software was very responsive and fast. 2.0 is a pain.
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Preston Mack, Photographer
Orlando | FL | USA | Posted: 7:09 PM on 08.16.08
->> Love my iPhone.
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John Lee, Photographer
San Francisco | CA | USA | Posted: 7:39 PM on 08.16.08
->> Bastian, upgrade the iPhone system to version 2.0.1. 2.0 was really slow for me, but then a few weeks after initial 2.0 release, they came out with an upgrade that fixed a lot of the bugs. Now my 1st generation iPhone is quick and snappy.
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Al Goldis, Photographer
East Lansing | MI | USA | Posted: 7:50 PM on 08.16.08
->> Have you considered the possibility that the particular phone you had was defective? I'm not saying that is definitely the case, only suggesting the possibility.

In the interest of full disclosure, I don't have an iPhone and won't be getting one any time soon because AT&T coverage is poor where I live.

But I agree, near LAX you'd expect the coverage to be terrific. All that call dropping might point to a defective phone (or not--what do I know?).
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Dirk Dewachter, Photographer
Playa Del Rey | CA | USA | Posted: 7:58 PM on 08.16.08
->> Mike Isler
thanks for informing me on the GSM issue with RF interference.

David
the AT&T factor was always an issue and after my brother in law allowed me to test run his first generation iPhone around the house and listening to his spiel how "your service was with them over 4 years ago, they've changed and merged, it's a bigger network" I still hesitantly switched only proven that nothing had changed with AT&t. They were terrible back then and still are terrible.
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Rich Cruse, Photographer
Laguna Niguel | CA | USA | Posted: 9:32 PM on 08.16.08
->> As they say "Your mileage may vary". ATT has been better for me in my area than Verizon was. Battery life is an issue with all smartphones like the iPhone. The iPhone IS essentially a handheld computer. As others have noted, there are ways to increase battery life. Turning off 3G and using Wi-Fi when possible is always a good idea. If you don't use bluetooth, turn it off. Reduce the screen brightness and go into settings and put the Auto lock feature to 2 minutes or less. This will turn off the screen after 2 minutes. You can also reduce the frequency that the phone checks email. Using the Edge Network instead of 3G should give you an entire day of use.

Having an iPhone means I am not looking for Wi-Fi in the airport so I can use my notebook to check for email. I just use the iPhone. Music, movies, visual voicemail, email, web browser, Google Maps, GPS and a phone in one easy to use package does the trick for me.

There is an issue with 3G and Apple is supposed to be working on a software fix. If you cannot get phone service, it is worth turning off 3G to see if it makes a difference.

ATT has not let me down and I travel frequently. The iPhone will work in Europe as well.
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Daniel Bates, Photographer
Fort Bragg | NC | United States | Posted: 10:51 PM on 08.16.08
->> I just picked up an iPhone today (coming from a Nokia 6061). The Apple isn't even in the same category as the Nokia, but oddly enough, my free, bottom-end 6061 significantly outperforms the brand new iPhone 3G in audio quality. The Nokia was almost as good as a land-line phone, and the iPhone sounds muffled and murky.

Oh well... the features and convenience make it worthwhile. It's just a pity that my new phone doesn't work as well as the old one at voice communications.
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Ian L. Sitren, Photographer
Palm Springs | CA | USA | Posted: 10:52 PM on 08.16.08
->> I have travelled all over the country and ATT has served me well. Like Dirk mentioned, the only place I have a problem is in my own house. A half block away all is fine. However I can make and receive calls ok at home, just not great.

I recently went from a Palm Treo to the latest Motorola Razr, MOTORAZR2 V9. No question a vast improvement and perhaps the best phone I have ever used.

And I might pre-date probably everyone here with cell phone service since about 1986. Same phone, same cell phone company, although it has been bought out and changed names a few times.

I really like Apple products but I wanted the best phone I could get, not a PDA. And the Motorola reports were the best. I carry a new Ipod along with it.

My friends had told me about the bad battery life especially with bluetooth on the iPhone and that was a deal killer for me for sure.

By the way, back in those early days my cell phone bills ran about $600 - $900 per month.
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Ian L. Sitren, Photographer
Palm Springs | CA | USA | Posted: 11:11 PM on 08.16.08
->> By the way, I meant to say, same phone number, not same phone.
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Eric Canha, Photographer
Brockton | MA | United States | Posted: 12:05 AM on 08.17.08
->> Ian you have me beat. '86 or '87 can't remember. I do know that the phone was 3 WATTs and dialing 911 got me the 911 operator in the next state over.

I've switched from service provider to provider and unfortunately AT&T had the worst performance of the 3 around here. I REALLY want an iPhone but my experience with AT&T has me worried. I have a few months left on my Verizon contract. My LG humms or buzzes through my desktop's speakers if I put the phone on my desk.

I've never heard it on anything else.

Dirk 73's de N1LYP
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Ian L. Sitren, Photographer
Palm Springs | CA | USA | Posted: 1:42 AM on 08.17.08
->> I can only think of a couple of places I have not had service with ATT.

Mendocino California but that was a few years ago. You actually had to drive a few miles North toward Ft Bragg to get service.

The west facing windows of the Embassy Suites Hotel in Tribeca in NYC and the Millennium Hilton. In both moving to the East side of the room helped.

And I have been in many places where people with other services could not get out and I could. Some places are better than others for some services. You can't really condemn one service over another. Except maybe for Sprint/Nextel.
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James Broome, Photographer
Tampa | FL | US | Posted: 9:29 AM on 08.17.08
->> I'm waiting on the T-Mobile 'Dream' (HTC-produced phone) which will be the first phone to run Google's Andriod OS. Very spiffy unit. I just hope it doesn't cost as much as the iPhone!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arXolJrLVEg
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Tom Morris, Photographer
West Monroe | LA | USA | Posted: 11:51 AM on 08.17.08
->> I love technology like everyone else . . . however, my AT&T Tilt has been capable (CAPABLE) of running the 3g network since I got it earlier this year. Way before the introduction of the new iPhone.

HOWEVER, if you live in a rural area down the AT&T food chain like I do, you might not get the heavily touted 3g network until a later date. In my case, I was told by the local AT&T store we aren't getting 3g until January, 2009.

So . . . I guess I'll have to wait until then to speed up my internet access and burn down my Tilt battery faster.

Between this and DISH Network heavily promoting local network affilates delivering HD programming in high def (NOT!), it just doesn't pay to live in rural areas.
Thank you . . stepping off box now. ;)
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Jeff Kowalsky, Photographer
West Bloomfield | MI | United States | Posted: 12:30 PM on 08.17.08
->> I do not think the phone is overrated. It is a really neat technological device.

The AT&T network is overrated. My favorite reply to their slogan: More Bars, More Places, My Ass!

I also switched from VZW and I have had more dropped calls and no service issues in the past month then I have had with my many years with VZW.
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Eric Canha, Photographer
Brockton | MA | United States | Posted: 12:51 PM on 08.17.08
->> Tom I live in a decent size city and we still don't have DSL in the neighborhood. I'd LOVE to switch to fios but not holding my breath on that either. The funny part is that my father-in-law switched to DSL and was told he could get on the fios network instead. He lives 4 miles away in the SAME city.

Its not just you guys in the boonies!!
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Dirk Dewachter, Photographer
Playa Del Rey | CA | USA | Posted: 12:57 PM on 08.17.08
->> Jeff, I do agree with you that the iPhone has great functionality and I do like the phone for that aspect and it is ironic you bring up the AT&T advertisement slogan: More Bars, More Places - YEAH RIGHT.

One analogy that came to mind with this AT&T/iPhone disaster is to drive a Porsche Carrera S or an E-series Mercedes Benz car with a two horsepower engine like in Citroen's Deux-Cheveau from yesteryears (
http://tinyurl.com/5hfwe3).
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Michael Myers, Photographer
Miami Beach | FL | USA | Posted: 1:35 PM on 08.17.08
->> From everything I've seen and read, the iphone is certainly an interesting device, but now that I've been using a Nokia n95 for a couple of years, I can't see any reason to even consider the idea of switching.

The Nokia does everything the iphone does, using a conventional interface, has a 5 megapixel camera that produces wonderful images (although it's even slower than a P&S camera), and you can install hundreds of applications should you desire to.

The latest versions of the n95 have a larger battery, solving the early problem of battery life. The newer firmware made the phone faster and more efficient.

As to AT&T, it seems just fine. I think their rates for internet (data) are insane, compared to other parts of the world, but for regular voice calls I've got no complaints.

I met another photographer yesterday who's using the latest iphone. He had earlier considered the Nokia. He took one look at the photos from my n95, and decided he'd order one the next day!
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Tom Knier, Photographer
Lancaster | PA | USA | Posted: 1:50 PM on 08.17.08
->> "->> Jeff, I do agree with you that the iPhone has great functionality and I do like the phone for that aspect and it is ironic you bring up the AT&T advertisement slogan: More Bars, More Places - YEAH RIGHT."

I have an iPhone for my personal phone, and some random Verizon disposa-fone as my work phone, and in PA, the ATT wins, hands-down as far as service goes.
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Mark Smith, Photographer
Elk City | OK | USA | Posted: 2:06 PM on 08.17.08
->> I've been using a Samsung Instint on Sprint and love it. I have no complaints with Sprint service where I am or where I've traveled. I can usually bluetooth to the phone from my laptop and use it as a modem. I say usually, because some locations it won't work, Branson, MO being one of them. Live Search and GPS are handy, as well.

I can't complain about Sprint's coverage. It saved my wife from being raped and likely killed. She called for help from the trunk of a car.
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Adam Cairns, Photographer
Columbus | OH | USA | Posted: 2:07 PM on 08.17.08
->> Turn off 3G? Turn off WiFi? Uninstall apps? These aren't acceptable solutions for me. I'm paying a lot of money for a phone specifically for these features. I live in the middle of a big city, and I barely get an Edge signal at home, although the AT&T 3G map says I should have reception at my address (and basically everywhere I go in Columbus). My latest Edge speed test at home registered 1 kbps. The test before that timed out. As I sit here, the phone's signal bars continue to fluctuate as it sits in the same place on my coffee table.

I've found WiFi to be the most reliable data method, but that doesn't help my voice signal at home and all the dropped calls I'm experiencing on the road. My work phone is Verizon, so fortunately I am never without a signal on their network.

I just hope a real fix is on the way. I don't know (or care) if it's AT&T's or Apple's fault, but as the famous Apple commercials advertised, I want this iPhone to "just work."

So as to not totally rag on the phone, I will say that in places where I can pick up a good 3G signal, the phone rocks. Pandora and AOL radio are awesome. I've found myself listening to those more than my personal music collection. SportsTap, Shazam, AIM and WeatherBug are very useful apps. Even the basic Maps search and GPS functions work amazingly well. Even when I don't have a signal, Tris, PegJump, Cube Runner, Sol Free and Labrynth LE are great free games to pass the time.

I've been an Apple user since 1986 with very few hardware problems on any of the machines I've owned, so I definitely expected an iPhone that was also nearly perfect. Hopefully they will deliver a fix soon that gets closer to my expectations.
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David Harpe, Photographer
Louisville | KY | USA | Posted: 3:32 PM on 08.17.08
->> I have no doubt that Apple will come through and fix the phone hardware/software if there is a problem. They're good, and they take this kind of thing seriously. Which is why it's a shame that they've saddled themselves with a partner like AT&T.

The network is completely out of Apple's control, and the network is the most important thing when you're talking about cell phones. Doesn't matter how good your phone is if the network bites.
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Jim Metzendorf, Photographer
Columbus | OH | United States | Posted: 8:54 PM on 08.17.08
->> Hi Adam,

I have also found that AT&T's coverage maps here in Columbus are optimistic to say the least. I'm lucky that I get acceptable Edge coverage at my house, so I am able to make and receive calls reliably. However, the 3G signal is low to the point of being unusable. It does rock in many parts of Columbus although there are a number of dead spots. I was up in Warren and Ashtabula this weekend, and 3G is practically non-existent on 71 between Columbus and Akron. There were many areas that didn't even have Edge support in the more rural areas there.

The biggest beef I have overall is the poor switching from 3G back to Edge when you move out of a coverage area or the signal is too weak on the 3G side. The phone will often go to "No Service" instead of switching gracefully. As a result, I keep 3G turned off unless I specifically want to access data more quickly, or if I know I am going to be in a fixed location that has a strong 3G signal for a period of time. In addition to 3G and push, and location services have proven to be huge battery killers, so I have chosen to disable them most of the time. I'm not thrilled about having to do this, but I feel it is necessary in order to make it through a full day, and to reduce the possibility of dropped calls when I travel.

One piece of information I have heard regarding third party apps is the belief that downloading them directly on the phone can lead to instability and crashes. I download and install apps only through iTunes and my phone has been largely bug free since upgrading to 2.0.1. On the other hand, my wife has been having crashing issues with her original phone, but she has been downloading a lot of apps directly. So, I think that theory may definitely have some validity.


I think people have very legitimate gripes about various aspects of the phone's performance. Despite them, I am happy with the phone, but I believe Apple needs to provide significant improvements in future software revisions, and more progress in the hardware design.

Take care,

-Jim
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Dirk Dewachter, Photographer
Playa Del Rey | CA | USA | Posted: 12:53 PM on 08.18.08
->> Here is potentially a reason for the high number of dropped calls I experienced.

http://tinyurl.com/5823oc

http://tinyurl.com/5fwmry
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Rich Cruse, Photographer
Laguna Niguel | CA | USA | Posted: 5:16 PM on 08.18.08
->> FYI-
"The iPhone Blog reports that iPhone firmware 2.0.2 will be released at 5:00 PM Eastern time, just a few minutes from now. According to their source, AT&T has said that "the results of this software release will improve the customer’s experience while operating on our network." While details of the update remain unknown, it may address the 3G connectivity issues being experienced by 2% of iPhone customers."

I can confirm it is now available through iTunes. I am downloading it right now. Allow time to be without your iPhone. The update is nearly a 300 meg download and the update process takes about 15 minutes or more.

Hopefully, this will help those with reception problems.

Rich
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Monty Rand, Photographer
Bangor | ME | USA | Posted: 7:27 PM on 08.18.08
->> I love my phone. Love it I do!!!!!!!
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Larry W. Smith, Photographer
Valley Center (Wichita) | KS | USA | Posted: 8:30 PM on 08.18.08
->> I don't have a iPhone but I do have a Blackberry 8830 with Verizon and just wanted to let everyone know that there is a new Blackberry "Thunder" coming out that is a touch screen device. I've had the same cell # since 1990 and same provider basically switched names but same place.
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Craig Glaspell, Photographer, Assistant
Murrieta | CA | USA | Posted: 1:40 AM on 08.19.08
->> sprint guy here, with a new samsung instinct. I also own a ipod shuffle for when I cant sleep and wanna lie in bed looking at web, listening to music, etc, cool toy. I was going to go the iphone route with ATT, but would have cost me $600 more per year to get LESS features than I do with sprint.
I get signal everywhere I go and best thing is when I bluetooth the instinct to my macbook, I got 960kb DL speed on laptop.....and I get unlimted data.
So sweet.....sprints EVDO smokes 3G
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Kevin Clifford, Photographer
Reno | NV | United States | Posted: 1:52 AM on 08.19.08
->> For all those non-iPhone users,you can download free ringtones,themes,videos and such at http://www.zedge.net/
I was skeptical at first, but it really is free. Also, they have create your own videos, ringtones,themes for hundreds of phones. It's great because you can download your file and transfer it via bluetooth or have it be sent to you as a text message.
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Andy Rogers, Photographer
Seattle | WA | USA | Posted: 7:15 PM on 08.20.08
->> I was going to jump off a bridge after upgrading my 1st Gen. iPhone to 2.0. I turned off "Location Services," and my battery life more than doubled. Go to Settings: General: Location Services

This will affect your ability to have your location pinpointed by maps, and probably hamper some other apps. I just turn it on when I want to use it.
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Andrew Villa, Student/Intern, Photographer
San Jose | CA | United States | Posted: 10:28 PM on 09.11.08
->> I know this thread is old, but I just got my Iphone 3g last week and so far am loving it. I get full 3g coverage everywhere in San Jose, CA. Much better than verizon was for me, while being in San Jose for a year. I only use 3g when I need to transmit data otherwise I keep it on Edge to keep my battery life a little better. Everything about the phone is great in my opinion, no more missing calls or emails and it actually syncs with my apple! Unlike my Motorola Q, which I had for two years.

-Andrew
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George Bridges, Photographer, Photo Editor
Washington | DC | USA | Posted: 10:06 AM on 09.12.08
->> Now that my company has Active Sync on Exchanger Server working with my iPhone I'm even happier about it. I was thrilled to ditch my Treo nearly a year ago for the original iPhone and switched to 3G the first weekend available.

The ONLY thing I liked about the Treo was Exchange support (which cost $99 per year, by the way) and I had lots of troubles with it on Sprint. I would get voice mails 2 days after the call, people would say they had been trying to reach me for hours and my phone never rang, my phone would indicate I had just received a voice mail though the phone never rang (and I had not moved it from the spot that it got a signal to indicate waiting voice mail).

Sure there have been a few coverage problems with my iPhone, like my signal is not strong at home but that was the exact same with Sprint and I don't live in the boonies, I live 6 miles from my downtown DC office and about 2 miles from the Pentagon -- definitely not country or even suburban. It's urban!
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David Meyer, Photographer
Orlando | FL | USA | Posted: 10:40 AM on 09.12.08
->> iPhone 2.1 software update out today:

http://www.apple.com/iphone/softwareupdate/

I have one. I like it. Definitely worth $300 from a hardware standpoint. Not sure the exorbitant costs of the service are justifiable. That's where they're dinging you.
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Jason Jump, Photographer
Humble | TX | USA | Posted: 11:20 AM on 09.12.08
->> Absolutely loved my first generation iPhone. Not as happy with the 3G. It has frozen up on me twice, where I can't do anything, but wait for the battery to go down (which unfortunately doesn't take long - battery life is not good). And then when I charge it back up it works fine.

But you never know when it's going to stop working.

Don't like that I had to buy a completely new holder for my 3G phone, because it wouldn't work in my old holder. Of course they changed the connectors so the old car charger doesn't work with the new phone.

Not surprising, but disappointing.

Overall the iPhone is fantastic though and was a must have for me when I bought the first generation as I needed internet access while I was shooting football games.
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Derick Hingle, Photographer
Hammond | LA | USA | Posted: 1:06 PM on 09.12.08
->> I absolutely love my Iphone, from showing friends and potential clients galleries of images I've taken to having access to the web and email on the go anytime I need it the iphone is worth every penny that I paid for it. I'm always looking for new applications that will help my workflow.
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Andy Rogers, Photographer
Seattle | WA | USA | Posted: 2:23 PM on 09.12.08
->> Anyone find any legitimately useful iPhone apps related to photography? Seems like most of them are just geared towards getting photos online easily. I love my 1st Gen. iPhone, BTW. Every phone has its quirks, but this is by far the closest thing to having a computer in my pocket that I've seen.
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 3:51 AM on 09.13.08
->> I LOVE my new iPhone!

As a Mac user, I don't know how I did without one for the past year or so.
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 3:55 AM on 09.13.08
->> I had read the "blogs" and heard the stories of "problems in paradise" ... but I contacted about 30 people I knew that have iPhones, 20 of them photographers. Not one out of the 30 said I shouldn't get an iPhone.

Most were VERY enthusiastic about their iPhones.

My Treo 700w died a slow and painful (for me) death. And now that I have replaced that P.O.S. with the iPhone, I don't know how I survived using that crummy Treo!

To each their own!
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George Bridges, Photographer, Photo Editor
Washington | DC | USA | Posted: 9:46 AM on 09.13.08
->> Andy,

Yes, most of the photo apps now are only for posting to Flickr and other sharing sites, but there are folks working on solutions.

I spent a while yesterday trading e-mails with an app developer who has an FTP program and he says he has heard from a lot of folks they want a way to get full-size images on the phone and he is looking into that. I talked with him about photo work flows and how photographers would love to be able to get full-size images on the phone and then e-mail or ftp them back to their papers/clients.

It would mean a lot of programming and may go against the firmware limits of the phone but he is looking into it. I didn't have time yesterday to experiment with a sharing program that lets you connect the phone to your computer wirelessly to see if you can transfer and then send full files but I'll play with it next week.

So while there seems to be no ready-made solution now, developers know about the demand and may offer some solution soon.
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Steven E. Frischling, Photographer
Live HVN : Work SFO-NYC | | | Posted: 11:18 AM on 09.13.08
->> While I use a Blackberry and an iPhone together, choosing to use the Blackberry for my mail and SMS, the iPhone has some great tools that can be used by anyone.

I was given an iPhone with simple instructions "make it into a tool for travelers." Over the past nearly two months I have had the iPhone I have been playing with dozens of potentially useful Apps for travel.

While I find the Photo Apps useless, Apps such as FAA Wait, Lockly, Where, Flight Plan, Travelocity, Lonely Planet & Coolgorilla's international talking phrase books, Dual Level (use it with my tripod), Tips, If Found, Taxi, Currency, MoMPFCC, GPS Tracker, Airport Status, and iWant have become real tools that can be used. These tools are fantastic not only on the road, but also when just a few miles from home or when just looking for something new.

The iPhone has its faults, and I put off getting one (still having not actually purchased one for myself) I have become a fan of the potential of the iPhone. As for coverage, I have used mine now in 11 states, and on two continents, and had few problems with coverage.

I have the original iPhone, having received it just before the 3G was released.


.........I'll skip the links, but the site that I run, which you can consult some others for to get the URL, now has an iPhone App of the Week
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David A. Cantor, Photo Editor, Photographer
Toledo | OH | USA | Posted: 10:37 PM on 09.13.08
->> Fish,
You run a web site?
Who knew???
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