A thousand thoughts on the iPhone

Okay, so I've been using an iPhone for a week now. I previously posted seven reasons why the iPhone wasn't for me, and now that I've had a chance to use one, I have to say that all of them still apply, with the possible exception of the fact that AT&T doesn't offer service in my area. I jailbroke and unlocked an original iPhone in order to use it with my GSM carrier. I ran the old firmware (1.1.4) and upgraded t

Okay, so I've been using an iPhone for a week now. I previously posted seven reasons why the iPhone wasn't for me, and now that I've had a chance to use one, I have to say that all of them still apply, with the possible exception of the fact that AT&T doesn't offer service in my area. I jailbroke and unlocked an original iPhone in order to use it with my GSM carrier. I ran the old firmware (1.1.4) and upgraded to the v2.0 firmware on Sunday, the day the 2.0 jailbreak iPwnage app was released.

But the rest of those reasons still apply, and after a week, are driving me kinda nuts. There are also a few things that I really like about the iPhone that I didn't expect. Rather than a structured list, here's a stream-of-consciousness presentation:

I can't tell you how annoying it is to have to run iTunes (and iPhoto) every time I plug the phone into my MacBook just to sync my calendar.

I found myself in several situations this past week where I couldn't use the phone as a Bluetooth modem with my MacBook Air, and really, really missed my Nokia N95. For the love of God, Apple, make this happen. I wonder how much the lack of this feature has to do with AT&T being nervous about the amount of data "unlimited" users will use?

Wow, this is a very usable interface.

Wait -- if I can use the Remote app to control iTunes on my MacBook Pro, then WiFi syncing is basically already there. WHY CAN'T I DO THAT NOW?!

It was really handy to be able to run some latency and connectivity tests of a two-way satellite link directly from my phone while standing outside, next to the dish.

The "Customize" app from Installer.app kinda blew up the phone. I had to SSH in a clean up a bunch of detritus after installing it.

The apps from the app store seem to take quite awhile to install... and occasionally caused the phone to spontaneously reboot.

Waiting for Safari to render a page...waiting for Safari to render a page.

Why can't I save usernames and passwords in Safari, anyway?

Boy, I wish that the iPhone had Flash support.

Wow, this is a very usable interface.

What do you mean I can't copy a phone number or address from an email and paste it into a new contact? Oh, right. There's no cut and paste at all...

Wow, the camera kinda sucks.

I bought a speed-dial app from the app store for $0.99. It takes five seconds to load, and thus pretty much destroys the whole idea of speed dial.

The idea of Pandora on my iPhone makes me all warm and fuzzy inside, especially since it works surprisingly well over EDGE.

I dig the iChat-style SMS app.

I dig the IM app.

Wow, this is a very usable interface.

NES on the iPhone is vastly underrated.

The auto-switching EDGE/WiFi support is surprisingly seamless.

Is it just me, or does the WiFi range of the iPhone seem, well, quite limited?

The Mail app in 2.0 is much easier to work with than in 1.1.4.

Cydia kicks ass. This is one very well designed and executed application.

Wow, it's really easy to crap up your phone with free apps of questionable stability.

Can someone please fix MobileTerminal? It worked fine before. kthxbye. (UPDATE: Thanks!)

I love the idea that I can run top on my phone and scp files back and forth.

Randy Newman's singing gives me hives.

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