What’s the opposite of rock solid?  Paper flimsy or something?  Maybe glass-jawed to borrow a boxing sort of phrase?  Whatever it is, that term should be applied to the latest 2.0 iPhone software.  Fantastic leap forward in its functionality and features, but a big step backwards on the solid, stable perfromance side of things, in […]
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iPhone 2.0 Software – What’s The Opposite of Rock Solid?

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What’s the opposite of rock solid?  Paper flimsy or something?  Maybe glass-jawed to borrow a boxing sort of phrase?  Whatever it is, that term should be applied to the latest 2.0 iPhone software.  Fantastic leap forward in its functionality and features, but a big step backwards on the solid, stable perfromance side of things, in my experience (and many others judging by tons of web reports on this).

That’s not a pretty iPhone screen above. Blank and hung up after a random, spontaneous crash of an application back to the obviously buggered home screen.  I’ve seen this sort of screen a handful of times over recent days, along with other odd, hung-up screens when the previously rock solid iPhone just can’t seem to cope with life.

I’ve held off for a while on posting on this subject – trying to give 2.0 a fair shake and trying suggested workarounds to see if I could get better results.  My iPhone 3G brand new when I brought it home displayed some pretty striking unstable behavior, highlighted by:

  • Frequent application crashes back to the home screen – and not just with free or ‘small’ apps – in fact, primarily with apps like Twitterific, OmniFocus and others that are from ‘known’, ‘established’ (and Apple Design Award winning!) publishers
  • Intermittent sluggishness and lag when, for instance, typing in the Notes application, or pulling up and search within the Contacts app
  • Spontaneous reboots when launching or working in apps
  • Apps that freeze up and refuse to quit or even force quit gracefully

Like many others, I’ve gone the clean restore route to try to resolve these issues – twice so far.  Once over last weekend when the restore build was the same as I had when I walked out of the store with the 3G (Build 345) and once a couple of nights back to a newer build (347).  On both occasions, I chose to setup the iPhone as a new phone in terms of its iTunes partnership and not put back any backed up settings, just to ensure that no residual junk carried over that might hinder getting past stability issues.

So far, the latest restore and newest build have been a marginal improvement, but things are still far from rock solid.  I’ve still had four sponteneous reboots in a couple of days, hangups like the one in the screenshot, and so on.

Am I tempted to revert back to a 1.1.4 build?  Not at all.  The benefits of 2.0 and all the new apps are still superb overall, and the instability is (just) tolerable for now.

There are rumors and reports around that Apple has got a 2.0.1 update in the works. I hope these are true and that it comes out soon and gets 2.0 back to being as solid and reliable as the iPhone has always been up to now.

What’s your experience with 2.0 and stability so far???

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