Help Dieter with the iPhone 3G -- Round Robin
Hiya Folks -
Well obviously I know the iPhone pretty well (I am on a podcast about it, after all!), but my duty for the Smartphone Round Robin is to look at it through the lens of a Windows Mobile user. I'll take that pretty seriously.
So questions I have:
- What is your sync solution? Are you all Mobile Me? I use Google for my PIM data, what's the best way to get that stuff onto the iPhone?
- Favorite Apps?
- I think my theme for this year's round robin is I love WM's today screen. Any way at all I can get something like that?
- Battery saving tips and tricks
Official Round Robin Thread: every day you post in this thread, you're entered for another shot at winning that iPhone 3G!
- 11-22-2008, 08:32 PM #2
- 11-22-2008, 11:09 PM #3
I am a Windows Mobile user/developer. Is there any plans to run apps in the background similar to WM? Do iPhone apps sort of save your state when you launch a new app or do they just log you out?
I am also curious to hear people's sync solutions with Google PIM data.
- 11-23-2008, 04:33 AM #4
Most apps log you out after you go back to the home screen. There are a few apps that keep their state but they are mostly messaging apps.
Jailbreaking allows for apps keep their state and run other apps, but not everyone is willing to jailbreak.
- 11-23-2008, 06:45 AM #5
I do not use MobileMe, I also use Google for PIM. The best way I have found to sync Contacts is with the app 'Sync in a Blink' from the App Store. It is $5 but it is well worth it, it does a great job.
For Calendars, I use NuevaSync. It's an online service you register for (free) that will allow you to sync Google Calendars to your phone. You have to register and set it up on the site first: NuevaSync - Over the Air Synchronization
It has step-by-step guides on the site. It will also allow syncing of contacts but I heard it syncs fine from Google to iPhone, but when changes are made on the iPhone, Google will ignore the change if the contact has no email on their information. After hearing that, I never tried it for contacts and found another way. Feel free to try it :P
Gmail is easy for email on the iPhone, it's right in the Setup app, and it's IMAP.
I've jailbroken my phone so I can list so many, but if i am to stick with non-jailbroken ones, a few that come to mind are:
-Google Mobile App (of course you've heard of it)
-Evernote (sync text/photo/voice notes to the cloud)
-WeatherEye for weather
-AroundMe to find things around you like restaurants
-FieldRunners is a great game
-Ocarina is a must try. Go to their website to learn the music:
..There are tons.
There is an app called Intelliscreen that will show Emails, SMSs, News, etc fully customizable. It's only available on jailbroken phones though
-Turn down the brightness
-Turn GPS off until you use it
-Lock screen set to 2mins or less
-Wifi off until you use it
Jailbreaking fills a lot of voids that people complain about, but i'm assuming you're not allowed to do it . Either way, thanks for participating in this Round Robin. I'm really loving the reviews and it will be helpful to many many people. Enjoy the phone like we all do!
Last edited by reyza; 11-23-2008 at 06:54 AM.
- 11-23-2008, 11:08 AM #6
- 11-23-2008, 12:53 PM #7
For data, I sync with my microsoft exchange server. I would love some way for a multiple sync - google, yahoo, microsoft, etc.
Favorite apps? Or apps that I use the most. Favorite (right now) is probably Texas Hold Em. App I use the most is Car Care.
My battery saving tip is to plug it in for a charge whenever I get a chance.
- 11-23-2008, 05:15 PM #8
Sync - company exchange server.
Sync with Google - as Reyza posted, use NuevaSync.
Favorite apps - Twitterrific, Facebook, Byline, SplashShopper, Todo
Today Screen - love Intelliscreen (jailbreak only).
Battery Saving - stop playing with it constantly!!!
- 11-23-2008, 10:07 PM #9
- 11-24-2008, 06:35 AM #10iPhone Nanite
- 2 Posts
Intelliscreen allows you to customize your Lock Screen with tons of possible displays (like your upcoming appointments, last received emails, weather info, received SMS messages, Newsfeeds and so on), but it is only available for jailbroken devices. If you decide to jailbreak yours, you can add a number of other useful applications to your iPhone:
- QuickGold - fastest app launcher: pressing the "Home" button while you are at the Home screen will present you with a search field that finds applications, contacts, SMS messages
- Cycorder - Record Video with your iPhone
- SwirlyMMS - Send and Receive MMS
- Winterboard - Customize the look of your iPhone, tons of themes available
- Categories - Sort rarely used app icons into folders, cleans up your home screens dramatically (and you do not even need to launch the apps from within the folders, you can use QuickGold)
- BossPrefs - provides a one-stop screen that allows you to easily enable and disable things like 3G, Edge, Wifi, Bluetooth - without having to dig your way through the regular "Settings" app and its nested sub menu maze
Jailbreaking is a snap using QuickPwn, which is already available for the latest firmware 2.2 ...
- 11-24-2008, 11:45 AM #11
BBC iPlayer (UK only, sorry)
Change is addition of Facebook (which I've only just joined). The iPhone app is very nice (even if it does seem to have me in the wrong time zone).
If not limited to third party then Phone, Safari, Mail, Calendar and iPod would be my top five.
Other: upgrade to 2.2 if you haven't already.
Prior to upgrade:
Safari = best mobile browser, but unstable.
Safari = best mobile browser.
Plus, with 2.2 everything is just that bit quicker and the addition of OTA podcast downloads is pretty sweet. I listened to a couple of new podcasts over the w/end just because it's so easy to browse around on the device and find them when you have a free minute. It's a simple addition but one that changes the game. Of course it's not perfect - notifications of new episodes and lifting the 10 MB cellular limit would make it better still.
More other. C'mon Apple let's have some of the things users have been craving. Unified email inbox anyone? A turn-by-turn nav app is way over due too.
- 11-24-2008, 12:54 PM #12
- 11-24-2008, 01:30 PM #13
- 11-25-2008, 02:49 AM #14
- 11-25-2008, 02:41 PM #15
- 11-25-2008, 03:06 PM #16
- 11-25-2008, 03:33 PM #17
- 11-25-2008, 07:59 PM #18
Guys, I'm not an iPhone guy. however following this contest we can learn unbias thing about the iPhone.
I noticed a lot of post here talk about jailbreaking,
is it that the only way to acomplish things efficiently?
I believe jailbreaking goes ok with power users to get what they want.
but the basic iPhone user (99%) don't know, don't want, don't bother do they have to live with limitatons?
- 11-25-2008, 09:28 PM #19
- 11-25-2008, 11:05 PM #20iPhone Newbie
- 16 Posts
- 11-26-2008, 12:48 PM #21
- 11-26-2008, 01:22 PM #22iPhone Newbie
- 22 Posts
I simply use outlook to sync contacts and calendars, which will also sync with google (I think?). I use yahoo and I had to go through a 3rd party to sync between the 2, which was too much hassle to deal with. I find myself using mail and calendars on my iPhone almost 100% of the time now anyway so there's really no need to sync. Every once in a while I'll use a .csv to sync yahoo to outlook to cover the changes I've made on the phone.
Intelliscreen really is the only answer to question 2. I'm still waiting for Apple to do something about that. I'm on the thing enough anyway so it's not like an email goes ignored for too long
To save battery, turning down the brightness really helps. I turn it up to watch video sometimes but the auto brightness takes care of everything else. If you don't play with it all the time then the battery lasts for a few days, so maybe Apple should turn the funness down a notch. Maybe then everyone else could keep up!
- 11-26-2008, 09:30 PM #23
- 11-26-2008, 10:37 PM #24
- 11-27-2008, 08:17 AM #25