Ah, bet you thought I’d be a typical Apple iPhone fanboi, incapable of saying 1 bad word about the Jesus Phone and its wave-making 3.0 software update? Sorry to disappoint you. Even if I may be in love with iPhone and tout it as profoundly lifestyle changing, I do get frustrated at some of Apple’s decisions […]
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My 5 pet peeves about iPhone 3.0

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Ah, bet you thought I’d be a typical Apple iPhone fanboi, incapable of saying 1 bad word about the Jesus Phone and its wave-making 3.0 software update? Sorry to disappoint you. Even if I may be in love with iPhone and tout it as profoundly lifestyle changing, I do get frustrated at some of Apple’s decisions and implementation.

Read on for my 5 pet peeves with 3.0:

1. Sensors are too sensitive: Shake-to-shuffle is cool – when you’re testing it. BUT, I’ve found the shake sensor to be so sensitive that when I have iPhone in my pocket, it picks up on the motions of walking and shuffles every 10 seconds. And I ‘ve found that the screen sensor sometimes stops the music or does something else I didn ‘t expect while stored in my jacket. Not ideal.

2. Sorry to say, Shake-to-Shuffle does not help me skip to next song when the app is closed. It only works when the app is open. As my phone auto-locks after 1 minute, I have to double-push home to get to the iPod controls (no I don’t use the stock headphones). No shaking for me šŸ™

3. Battery life: this has diminished noticeably for me. This seems to be an issue for both the iPhone 3GS as well as for the 3G. My subjective feeling is that I ‘m getting under 3 hours of web browsing / mixed use – nowhere near results of these tests. I ‘ve resorted to lowering the display brightness and turning off push notification on email to save the charge. Here are Apple ‘s tips on battery conservation.

4. Lack of shortcuts for repeat actions. Calling my hubby requires push, swipe, touch for phone app, touch for faves, touch for Andy – 5 steps. Apps like Red Monkey (does quick dial or other tasks) and Melodis Dialer (does voice activated speed dial) don ‘t quite do the trick for me.

5. Last and in this case least of my peeves are the limited iPod features. I hate it that I can’t sort the songs in a certain order (like on a traditional iPod). Call me crazy but I don’t want my songs sorted alphabetically. That and other things I’ve already mentioned about the fact that the iPhone does not replace my iPod.

Of course I realize and respect the fact that Apple did not have me particularly in mind when creating the iPhone. I forgive them for that, but the Powers-that-be should ensure that features work bloody well, the way they were supposed to. And we shouldn ‘t have to beg for simple things that would make our iPhone-enhanced lives even better.

What are your pet peeves about 3.0?

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