Archive for the ‘iPhone’ Category

A year and six months later…

August 31, 2008

I finally made the jump and I am a proud iPhone owner. Impressions after a day of usage:

  • It has to be the single-most gorgeous thing I have held in the palm of my hand. It is really really beautiful.
  • It did feel heavier than I thought it would when I first held it, but now, it feels very comfortable.
  • Typing on it in the first few hours, did make want to pull my hair out, but like Apple likes to claim, once you learn to trust the keyboard, it becomes easy. I definitely prefer this over T9.
  • Haven’t gotten to really speed-test 3G, but WiFi speed is quite good for browsing and email.
  • That said, YouTube performance is lacking – I haven’t been able to watch YouTube as seamlessly as I had hoped to watch.
  • I’m not sure if this is a feature per-se, (but if it is, it’s a nice little touch) – 3G is completely switched off if you are connected to a WiFi network. Apart from the benefits of not having to pay for 3G, it should defnitely help battery life too.
  • The AppStore is really awesome – the whole experience of downloading and installing applications – is so clean and so well thought-out.
  • Talking about third-party apps – the most impressive ones so far are FaceBook and Pennies. I also bought Super Monkey Ball, but haven’t gotten the hang of it yet. Twitterific is nice too, but feels kinda clunky. An app which I think would really use a lot (while commuting) is Instapaper (downloads all your Instapaper bookmarks for offline reading)

More later, as I need to get back to admiring the iPhone.


Touching Your Dream

September 28, 2007

You know when you have a dream, and you get up wishing that you were actually in it. Well, from 1930 to 2030 yesterday, I got some one-on-one time with the one and only iPhone It is truly a work of art. The multi-touch interface works as advertised, with no asterisks in tiny font spoiling the fun. Google Maps is in my opinion the best application on it, or wait is it the iPod, no wait – maybe Safari, or is it Photos?

There are still a few rough edges – GPRS completely ruins the Internet experience, the keyboard is pretty hard to use for proper nouns (but for everything else go with Yoda Jobs and use the force), and it did seem a little sluggish sometimes (this could be due to the fact that it had third party applications installed). But all this just means that it’s a bad time to be a Motorola/Nokia/Samsung CEO when version 2 comes out.

I could keep going on and on, but that would just spoil the dream.

Postscript: In my excitement, I even managed to drop the iPhone. I know it is as unforgivable as going to the Louvre and drawing a moustache on the Mona Lisa, but my sincere apologies to Choon Keat for my klutzy behaviour 🙂

Smile to your face

July 26, 2007

There are certain things which bring a smile to my face. Things which I am not involved in, things which don’t really affect me, but I can’t help but chuckle. Like..

  • the Iraqis (Sunnis, Shias and Kurds) playing out of their skins to reach the Asian Cup finals (which will be against Saudi Arabia no less)…
  • Apple selling 270,000 iPhones in 2 days, and projecting to sell a million within this year. Something which the iPod took 2 years to do…
  • an XBox 360 turning into a Decepticon in Transformers…



One more:

Jak sie masz? My name-a iPhone. High-Five!

June 27, 2007

The initial reactions from the tech pundits seem to be concur with the famous words of a famous Kazakhi. The only drawbacks seem to be lack of features such as voice-recognition, and a slow network. The former is something which could have turned the iPhone from half-a-product to a half-assed product.

And the second is something I imagine to be on the to-do for revision 2 (which would coincide with an Asia release).

Niiice! I like!

Will the real iPhone SDK please stand up?

June 13, 2007

So…with WWDC done and dusted, the post-mortems and the analyses are out. There is a general sense of disappointment after it was completed (I felt it too) that the features Apple secretly guarded for a year didn’t live up to the hype that surrounded it. (Transparent 3D dock? – oh c’mon!) The saving grace could have been the rumored iPhone SDK, but that was found wanting too.

But is it all gloom in Apple-land? John Gruber believes that using Safari as an SDK is a slap in the face of developers who want to build ‘real’ iPhone apps. And while I understand his frustration – there are still some pieces missing from the jigsaw which can change the picture dramatically.



January 9, 2007

Well, I knew something monumental had to wake me up from my Rip-van-Winklesque blogging slumber, and I as am wide awake at 0100 local time after having just witnessed yet another virtuoso performance by Apple Computer, Inc. I am forced to put finger(s) to keyboard.