1. Rene Ritchie's Avatar
    May 11 marks the anniversary of the original Phone different and the iPhone blog's transformation and merger into -- the all new TiPb! To celebrate, we'll be counting down and giving away fabulous prizes including iPhone accessories from the TiPb Store, promo codes for some of our favorite iPhone apps, gift certificates, and and grand prize big enough to blow our previous contests away!

    The Birthday Bash officially kicks off Thursday, May 7, and will take place primarily here on our TiPb iPhone Forums. To help you get started we're even going to run a little pre-celebration contest contest!

    No, that's not a typo. We're going to be running so many contests next week, we're running out of ideas for them! That's where we can use your help:

    - Tell us your best, most favorite idea for a contest. (i.e. caption a funny photo, write an iPhone haiku, etc.)
    - Keep it short, simple, and sweet. (We have the big stuff covered, but you can help us fill in the rest).
    - If we pick your idea, we'll thank you with a $20 iTunes Gift Certificate (US or Canada stores only).
    - We may need several ideas, so don't be shy! Bring 'em on!

    The countdown to the Birthday Bash Countdown starts now!
    05-04-2009 09:12 AM
  2. Jeffdc5#IM's Avatar
    Wow Birthday already. I'm not very creative but i find my iphone to be like a friend. Once contest should be writing about how your iphone has saved you from certain situations. We could caption favorite pics taken with our iphones. We could tell stories of how the iphone has saved us from boredom at work school ect.
    05-04-2009 09:34 AM
  3. teejayhanton's Avatar
    Here's a couple quick and dirty iPhone contest ideas ...

    - iPhone horror stories (how you almost, or did, destroy an iPhone)
    - Best/most creative picture from an iPhone (no editing)
    - Best/most creative movie from an iPhone (stop-motion using iPhone stock camera)
    - iPhone app ideas
    - iPhone camera scavenger hunt

    If I can think of more, I'll come back and post them.
    Last edited by teejayhanton; 05-04-2009 at 10:00 AM.
    05-04-2009 09:43 AM
  4. JustinHorn's Avatar
    One idea, although a bit complicated could be to have people send iPhone pictures of a particular or a few particular things, like an old man wearing a funny hat. Then the TiPb staff pick their 5 favorites and then let users vote on the winner out of those selected.
    05-04-2009 09:43 AM
  5. Nellybelly333's Avatar
    I like the funny caption idea...
    05-04-2009 09:49 AM
  6. aureatenova's Avatar
    what about a "where's iphone?" type of thing? people could send in pictures of where their iphone has been -- sort of like those travelocity gnome commercials.
    05-04-2009 10:01 AM
  7. jpuent's Avatar
    I think the best contest (helpful to readers and fun) would be to name your favorite App in a certain category (game, productivity, etc) and tell a fun story of why?? fav game and where you were stuck unsing it to pass the time, or why Zrnbe lists is my wife's Favorite app on my iPhone (she can update my list of things to pickup from the web while I'm at the store trying to get out the door!)

    Just my two cents!

    Thanks,
    JPuent
    05-04-2009 10:31 AM
  8. redking31591's Avatar
    How about something like longest message typed on an iPhone, or a what will the next iphone look like photoshop contest or the best how the iphone saved my butt story contest, real or fake. Hope these help happy birthday
    05-04-2009 10:33 AM
  9. jamesus's Avatar
    Most outrageous iPhone usage!
    05-04-2009 10:37 AM
  10. troystaylor's Avatar
    Highest iPhone monthly bill (I work for an international non-profit and people travel overseas and forget to turn on Airplane Mode)
    Twitter why they love their iPhone (preferably with the Twitterrific app - my favorite)
    05-04-2009 11:43 AM
  11. Awhatnot's Avatar
    How about the best answers to a mad lib that is written up by you wonderful fokes about an iPhone adventure?
    05-04-2009 11:51 AM
  12. Alli's Avatar
    Great contest ideas, but puts a lot of work on staff as far as choosing a winner. Here's one that's simply easy to pick a winner. Staff picks a number between 1-999. Contestants submit their iPhone UDID with the letters removed. Add up the remaining numbers. Contestant with the sum closest to the chosen number wins!
    05-04-2009 02:07 PM
  13. The Reptile's Avatar
    How about why I need a $20 iTunes bailout from Rene and TiPB.
    05-04-2009 03:52 PM
  14. jamesus's Avatar
    How about a "renaming" of the actual words for TiPb?
    05-04-2009 03:56 PM
  15. nickpav's Avatar
    which app is the most useful and why?

    who has the most app downloads (itunes will have the count if you back them up)

    the most useful idea for an app not available

    best story on why someone LOVES their iphone (fake, like the jokes "if you love it so much why dont you just marry it?"
    05-04-2009 04:29 PM
  16. BeyondtheTech's Avatar
    How about your best O-face beside or taken with your iPhone?

    If you don't know what an O-face is, watch this clip from Office Space:

    05-04-2009 04:49 PM
  17. Alli's Avatar
    Picture of the most people all holding up iPhones.
    05-04-2009 04:49 PM
  18. Hakala's Avatar
    Why not ask viewers to tell about amazing stories of how their iPhone or iPod touch survived an accident or an amazing feat. Say, for instance, my iPhone was hurled out of my pocket while running and lands in a pile of snow. With NO damage done. And yes that happened to me.
    05-04-2009 06:09 PM
  19. jamesus's Avatar
    Why not ask viewers to tell about amazing stories of how their iPhone or iPod touch survived an accident or an amazing feat. Say, for instance, my iPhone was hurled out of my pocket while running and lands in a pile of snow. With NO damage done. And yes that happened to me.
    Since I have a death grip on mine at all times, I am against this being chosen as a contest!!!
    05-04-2009 06:11 PM
  20. cjvitek's Avatar
    Most unusual use of some iPhone feature/app. IE, not using it as a paperweight, but rather using some aspect of the fuctionality.
    05-04-2009 06:21 PM
  21. saylor.thomas's Avatar
    How about holding a contest to see how many users have had relationships affected by the use of their iPhones. (i.e. met people with location-sharing or social networking apps, constantly arguing with spouse over time spent on the iPhone, etc.)
    05-04-2009 07:50 PM
  22. smchrist2's Avatar
    Hey.

    Coolio Contest Contest idea! ! !

    Contest for the coolioest most awesomely amazing iPhone 3rd (or 4th) generation design!

    List cool features including camera, battery life, screen resolution, etc.!!

    And maybe (hopefully) it could give mr jobs a few ideas as well!

    Hope you all like it!

    ~Sean~
    05-04-2009 08:32 PM
  23. Star's Avatar
    The caption idea is always good,
    but what about a cute line related to whatever you are giving away.

    Short and sweet and to the point.
    05-04-2009 08:37 PM
  24. BeyondtheTech's Avatar
    How about non-Photoshopped photos of your iPhone in the most extreme locations? On top of a bridge or cliff, skydiving, underwater, extreme heat or cold places, in front of a mob?


    Or next to the oldest or worst-conditioned smartphone?


    Or how about the most trashed-looking but still functional iPhone?
    05-04-2009 09:17 PM
  25. Ghecko's Avatar
    Highest score in a designated free application.
    05-04-2009 09:58 PM
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