View Poll Results: What do you use your iPhone mostly for?
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Browsing the internet
Multimedia functions (iPod/Camera)
Games/Apps from the App Store
- 10-21-2008, 07:01 PM #26
- 10-23-2008, 08:37 PM #27
Daily planner & organizer
I just got my iPhone two days ago replacing my blackjack. So far I like it a lot. It does fall slightly short of being a true smartphone, but it's so kick arss, it's easily dismissed and worked around of, with knowledge of better to come.
- 10-24-2008, 02:29 AM #28
- 10-24-2008, 05:23 AM #29
- 10-25-2008, 11:35 AM #30
As a twenty year computer user and a ten year Palm user, it is not surprising that I use my iPhone for a wide range of applications but only one or two are novel. In fact as I scan the icons and bookmarks on my iPhone I find that I can put all of them into categories that I once did on paper or other media. These include news gathering, correspondence, reading for entertainment, reading for professional development, making lists, records, and images of people places, engagements and contacts, writing and composition, navigation and travel planning, shopping, commercial and banking transactions, listening to and viewing recordings, and playing games.
As time has passed, I use newspapers, magazines, books, post cards and stationery, 3x5 and tab cards, calendars, photo albums, little black books, maps, schedules, and timetables, catalogs and phone books, checks and statements, board games, and playing cards less, and the computer more. I am currently engaged in converting four linear feet of 33 1/3 vinyl analog recordings to digital so that I can carry them in my pocket. Needless to say I do more of all of these things with more efficiency and satisfaction on my computers than on the traditional media with which they are identified.
While I do all of these things on my iPhone, I find that it is more suited to some applications than others. Obviously it works better for viewing and listening than for composition or recording. It is great for reading e-mail, less so for answering it. Its biggest advantage is in its compact size and spontaneity. I now research questions when they occur to me rather than deferring them or forgetting them. I now carry libraries where I used to carry a book. For some works I have the text, audio-book, movie, and sound-track all on this one little device. Did I forget to say Google, Wikipedia, Amazon, eBay, and PayPal and all that these imply?
However, if you pin me down to what single application consumes most of the minutes when my iPhone is on, it is reading books. Listening to music is second. My twelve year-old great nephew uses his most for games, music, and books in that order.
- 10-26-2008, 06:57 AM #31
- 01-30-2009, 11:13 AM #33
Wow...can't believe I missed this thread!
My answer is...F) All of the above!
Ever since my first smartphone, I have tried to use my phone for everything from the basic phone operations (call/text) to being productive for work (email/calendar) to procuring info from the internet.
I voted Games/Apps from the App store since I use an app for:
-RSS reader (Gazette)
-Music (Pandora/Slacker Radio)
-List management (SplashShopper)
-News (Safari, iGossip, Sportacular, etc.)
-Remote (MyDVR, Apple Remote, boxee - the coolest ever if you use boxee)
So, in conclusion, when Apple says "there's an app for that" they are referring to me.
- 01-30-2009, 01:14 PM #34
This is a hard one. I do so much on my iPhone throughout the day it's hard to tell what I do the most. One I thing I do know, I use the actual phone part by far the least. I have the 450 minute plan, the most I ever used in one month was maybe 200 and it is normally MUCH less (I have 4500+ roll over minutes, and have several hundred expire every month, lol).
I guess I use apps from the AppStore the most. I check news pretty often between USA Today and my RSS reader. Sports scores with Sportacular. Google Mobile I do many voice searches throughout the day. Shazam many times a day to tag songs from Sirius while I listen at work. Wallet so I don't have to remember the dozens of web passwords I have. Facebook to see what my friend's are up too. 1337Pwn to see what friend's are on Xbox LIVE if I want to jump on and play some video games. Listomni for tasks/to-do lists/shopping lists and anything I need to remember. ICanHasCheeseBurger to get my latest LolCatz updates. Magic8Ball to help me with tough questions throughout the day. Washington Metro map to navigate the subway without having to look around people who stand in front of the maps on the train. Finally, and untold number of games throughout the day when ever I have a few minutes to kill.
I text a lot and use email quite a bit but the rest of the native apps I use sparringly. I have too many apps to choose from sometimes.
- 01-30-2009, 01:51 PM #35
- 01-30-2009, 08:19 PM #36
- 01-30-2009, 09:32 PM #37
- 01-31-2009, 12:14 AM #38
- 01-31-2009, 08:55 AM #39iPhone Intermediate
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I have been told that people up north around New York and stuff have some reception problems but when I went to NYC I had no problems.
- 01-31-2009, 09:43 AM #40
I live north of Austin TX. Seems after a little more research there have been problems with 3G in this area the past few weeks - I have seen complaints on other forums. I certainly will take another look when the new version comes out, but I am kind of spoiled on the phone part - my Moto Q9c on Sprint is excellent and finding something as good will be difficult (believe me, I have tried).
- 01-31-2009, 08:49 PM #41
- 01-31-2009, 08:58 PM #42
While AT&T has been very late to support 3G, it is no longer a problem.
- 01-31-2009, 09:03 PM #43
I voted for Phone usage. That is what I use the most. I average about 3500 mins. per month.
It would have been easier though to have voted for what I do NOT use my iPhone for. Since using the iPhone my Data Usage has sky-rocketed. I have always been a big talker and email user. I use my iPhone for business during the week, but I am getting to where I use it to do general browsing on the weekends and at night.
I have been thinking of getting a Netbook to take on the road with me when I travel out of town on business. I have changed my mind since getting my iPhone. It has become my Netbook. Now I only take my Laptop when I am on an extended stay or doing a presentation.
- 02-01-2009, 10:58 AM #44
- 02-01-2009, 12:12 PM #45
How about a little bit of everything or all of the above. I listen to podcasts alot but while doing so I'm doing email, on the net, sms, etc. I jump around from one function to another alot so it's kind of hard to pin it down to just one.
- 02-01-2009, 02:15 PM #46
While I have many time-consuming applications that are off-line, connectivity for both voice and data trumps everything else. While the best performance one ever gets is, by definition, merely adequate, it only gets better. It is certainly orders of magnitude better than it was when I used a Palm Vx on a "sled" at a max of 56kbps.
Apple and, one assumes, AT&T, made a decision not to include a 3G radio in the first iPhone on the basis that 3G coverage was so limited. For a few of us that meant buying an iPhone 3G only a year after buying our first one. (my great-nephew is grateful for the first one, finds EDGE/WiFi to be "adequate" and he does not have to carry a spare battery.) Wi-Fi coverage is so much better than it was 2 years ago that 3G coverage is not the issue that it might have been. Still I rarely see the E (for edge) that I used to value when I saw it.
One really cannot advise another on value. I am what my sister calls a "heat-seeker." E-toys add more to my life style than most other choices. I appreciate your concern; I did not buy the first 3G Treo because I wanted GPS and AT&T coverage was limited to a few tens of markets. All that said, I am glad that I bought the iPhone 3G. I am sure that I will be an early purchaser of 4G, whatever the early coverage.
- 02-01-2009, 10:56 PM #47
Believe me - I WANT it to work! I had a 3G for a few days, but I did not have adequate 3G coverage in my home. I work from home and my mobile is my main phone so call quality is very important. I had a Storm for a while too - VZW coverage was great but the Storm's call quality was not. The iPhone's call quality is great, but ATT is not so good for me. So I decided to take it back before it cost me much and I will wait patiently until v3 comes out and hopefully the network (and the phone's hardware) will be better.
- 02-02-2009, 08:50 AM #48
- 02-04-2009, 11:42 AM #49