Wednesday, June 17, 2009

iPhone 3.0 Experience

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Wednesday June 17, 2009 - 2:15pm CST

I begin downloading the 230MB file known as - iPhone 3.0OS. I am patiently waiting...

Download completes at approximately 2:30pm CST - backup / sync begins.

**"Unable to connect to iPhone Activation Server"....2:35 pm CST**

Wednesday June 17, 2009 - 2:40 pm CST

I am patiently waiting as my iTunes and iPhone sync the latest apps, songs, videos, etc. that I have downloaded since my last sync.

Sync process is complete - Round 2 of 3.0 Upgrade begins.....2:44pm CST.

"Preparing iPhone for software update...".......2:45pm CST

"Waiting for iPhone"........2:47pm CST

"Updating iPhone software".....2:48pm CST

"Verifying updated iPhone software"....2:53pm CST

"Updating iPhone Firmware".....2:59pm CST

"Software Updated...iPhone restarting".....3:02pm CST

Wednesday June 17, 2009 - 3:08pm CST

Second backup of the day is taking place...after disaster a few months ago, I am ok with this.

"iPhone is activated"....3:09pm CST

Backup still running.....3:12pm CST

Backup complete...time for testing....3:21pm CST

Wednesday June 17, 2009 - 3:22pm CST

1 hour and 7 minutes after beginning the download and installation of OS 3.0, I have it ready for testing. Here are my findings:

  • PRO: I like the new "search iPhone" feature located towards the bottom left, where you typically rotate through pages. I like the fact it searches apps, inboxes and other items. A- for this improvement.
  • PRO: Voice Memos - this seems to be a nice addition as well. The ability to record notes, etc. on the fly and have them stored in an organized fashion is nice. Although, I believe there were already apps available to do this function. B- for this enhancement.
  • PRO: Copy and Paste - I tested this within Messaging and found it very easy to use. I have been waiting a long time for this improvement. A+
  • PRO: Landscape Keyboard - This is a major improvement. I tested this on messages and emails and found it much easier to type, even though I have become fairly proficient with the old keyboard layout. B+ for this enhancement.
  • PRO: Enhanced Stock App - I do enjoy the ability to view stock charts in landscape mode. It provides more data than the previous view. B
  • PRO: I do like the "shake to shuffle" feature in the iPod. Fun. B
  • PRO: I also like the fact when viewing your calls - the phone numbers / contact has more detail now. "Home, Mobile or Work" are included below the name - so instead of having to guess or provide an extra "click" - the user can easily see which number called. A-
  • CON: MMS is not available since I am an AT&T customer. This was one feature I was looking forward to. I hope AT&T does not make us wait more than a few weeks. C for Apple and D- for AT&T
  • CON: Tethering is not available either. I was also greatly looking forward to this feature, because as I travel and stay in hotels or other locations, the ability to use the Internet (especially in 3G locations) allows me not to fork over $12.99 to the hotel for a service that should already be free. C- for Apple F for AT&T
All in all - I am pleased with the new features. My only hope is I do not have to wait too long for the two features/enhancements that I was most looking forward to.


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