I’ve loved my iPhone so far. It has some awesome features, keeps me connected to work, allows me to not carry an iPod and a phone, and the AppStore is killer. But there are some well documented issues from many users. The battery life is horrific. I cannot get through half a day of normal without having to charge it. Apple’s solution … turn off WiFi, location services, bluetooth and 3G. Um, OK. That’s like buying a Ferrari and going 10MPH in it to save gas. Come on Apple, get serious!
- improved battery life
- fewer call drops
- less crashes
- less time to synch with iTunes
These are the 4 biggest problems I have noticed so far. I would put them in the order I listed them above, too. Battery life is just horrible. A mobile device has to get through a day’s use. And for someone who uses the mobile device a lot, especially when traveling I am lost without a mobile device. Sometimes its just not practical to whip out the laptop. I can get through a day if I do nothing on the phone but check email every 30 minutes. That’s just silly.
Call drops … you know, if they can limit them, that’s great! But I don’t know if I believe they can do this. Most call drops I chalk up to poor reception in my area as it toggles between EVDO and 3G with 0 bars to 5 bars.
My iPhone does not crash often, probably once a week. But my first iPhone crashed several times in the week I had it. I returned it for this reason (and so I could get the 16gb device). But my wife and father both have an iPhone and they experience more crashes than I do. So less crashes is a good thing we are looking forward to.
Time to synch with iTunes … its a hassle for sure, but I don’t really mind it too much most of the time. I just let it run in the background. The backups can be very long … a few of them took about an hour for my phone, probably due to all the music and videos on it. So if that can be decreased, then that’s good.
So I just updated to 2.1 while I wrote this post. It took under 10 minutes from start to finish. I’ll post more on the results of these promises from Apple as I test it out this weekend. But man, I am looking forward to the possibility that Apple may deliver this time. <crossingfingers/>