- 07-15-2009, 10:26 AM #51iMore Beginner
- 56 Posts
1. Press Power button
2. Punch in PIN (most companies would require around 8 character alphanumeric) This is a real pain to key in
3. Slide to unlock
4. Hit Home if its on a different page
5. View badge to see if there are any unread emails
Versus - if the red light is blinking I have emails
Its the same with the silence switch. With the iPhone the switch is normally set to vibrate which is ok in many situations. There are times though (when on stage, sitting on the night stand) when I want it to be completely silent aka no vibrate, no nuthin'. To do this I have to go to Settings -> Sounds -> Silent Vibrate slide to off. Is it doable? Yes, but once again it takes time. With Profiles one can set very fine grained notification controls. I could make a custom profile that silenced everything except calls from Joe. So say I was in an all day customer meeting and we had an important issue that the team back in the office was still rushing to resolve. I could switch to my special profile that silenced all calls, emails, SMS, instant messages, except calls from Joe. This way once his team resolves the issue and he calls it would ring.
As for device restrictions, I don't like them any more than you do. Do I enjoy the fact that IT forces me to key in an extra long alphanumeric password every time I turn it on? No. Do I like it that they restrict my ability to install apps? No. But its not what I like, this is what the business wants. Its primarily because of support. If you're tech savvy and are just managing your own device its not a big deal, but when you have thousands of Blackberries to support, most of the users are not very technical, and there's only 2 of you, you want to minimize the number of moving parts. You don't want to have to figure out whether its a 3rd party apps fault if the device keeps crashing.
With an iPhone its worse because the end user could jailbreak it without the IT Admin knowing or preventing it. This removes the sandbox restrictions. If this user then connects to the Wifi network at Starbucks I can easily SSH into his device. Most users wouldn't know how to change the root password so I'd login using the default root/alpine credentials. Then I have free reign over his filesystem. I can easily sftp off the sqllite databases with his email. It will take all of 3 minutes to get company confidential info.
But to make you happy I'll end with a Blackberry flaw. Once I get on the plane the Blackberry gets turned off and I settle into the iPhone (ok at a safe cruising altitude). I pull out my dinner and start watching a movie. Could I do this on a Blackberry? Kind of.... the BB plays mpeg4 videos but after around 30-40 minutes the audio and video will go out of sync. This is regardless of what bitrate you encode it at. You then have to spend several minutes fast forwarding/rewinding to get it back in sync. Irritating to no end.
- 07-15-2009, 10:39 AM #52
- 07-15-2009, 10:40 AM #53
I guess the point I'm trying to make is that my wife and I own a business. We just bought another one in New Mexico. We owned one for 6 years or so before we gave that up. We use iPhones now for our business. It does just fine. And yes, we hate Blackberry's.
- 07-15-2009, 11:05 AM #54iMore Beginner
- 56 Posts
I think I know where the disconnect is: Instead of using the term 'business,' we should reclassify the Blackberry as more suitable for enterprises. In my company's definition that would be firm's with annual sales of more than USD$1B and more than 10,000 employees. As well as companies in regulated industries (finance, healthcare) and with strict security requirements. I think iPhones are just fine for many businesses. In fact I believe Genentech is the largest deployment with about 10,000 users. Apple is adding more enterprise features with each release of the firmware.
Personally I'm not partial to any platform, having used a slew of Treos (180->270-600-650), Sprint Mogul, T-Mobile Dash (Windows Mobile), iPhone 2G/3G, and BB Curve. They all have have their pros & cons. What's the reason you hate the Blackberry so much?
- 07-15-2009, 11:07 AM #55
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- 07-15-2009, 01:22 PM #59
Just jailbreak your phone and install the status notifier mod. Bam. Problem solved. Then you have exactly one step to check if you have mail, just hit the home button.
Yeah, it's lame that Apple neglected to implement some pretty obvious features, and still refuses to do so. But jailbreaking solves most of these issues.
- 07-15-2009, 01:49 PM #60
- 07-15-2009, 02:14 PM #61iMore Intermediate
- 466 Posts
We are all getting off track. The point is had OP done just a little bit of research he could have saved himself all of this stress. I'm not against calling Apple out on their BS. Apple should have made the calendar better. They still should. There are a number of things Apple needs to improve. The fact remains they haven't so we have to decide whether or not we can live with the limitations. But it's up the buyer to do the research. This all goes back to asking yourself, "Is this the right device for me?" If you don't have all of the information how can you answer that question?
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- 07-15-2009, 05:04 PM #66
I agree with the OP. the iPhone calendar is less than stellar. The Calendar is an aspect of a smartphone that one would expect to be excellent, not just adequate. Push notification is a bad solution in my opinion. Just a deeper integration with the cloud. It's a very roundabout way to perform something that to a developer is extremely easy to do.
- 07-15-2009, 07:32 PM #67
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- 07-16-2009, 06:27 AM #72
Plus, it's your hardware. That Dodge Ram in the driveway is mine. If I want to put new exhaust pipes on it, I can. It's mine. Same with the iPhone.
- 07-16-2009, 07:52 AM #73
- 07-16-2009, 07:55 AM #74
I downloaded the free trial of Pocket Informant to see what the extra calendaring functionality would look like. It's very cluttered. I prefer the slim and streamlined look of the iPhone's calendar. I still don't see what's wrong with it.
- 07-16-2009, 07:59 AM #75