View Poll Results: What do you use your iPhone mostly for?

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  • Browsing the internet

    39 32.50%
  • Multimedia functions (iPod/Camera)

    10 8.33%
  • Email/SMS

    41 34.17%
  • Phone

    7 5.83%
  • Games/Apps from the App Store

    23 19.17%
  1. skuwamoto's Avatar
    Oh, also, my 4 year old daughter sometimes hijacks my phone and draws pictures.
    10-21-2008 08:01 PM
  2. KStewart's Avatar
    Phone
    Email
    Internet
    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.
    10-23-2008 09:37 PM
  3. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    I think calling iPhone a "smartphone" is actually an insult to the iPhone. To me this is in a totally different realm.
    10-24-2008 03:29 AM
  4. KStewart's Avatar
    I can agree with that.
    10-24-2008 06:23 AM
  5. whmurray's Avatar
    What do you find yourself using your iPhone mostly for?

    Browsing the net?
    Uses it's multimedia functions for music and video?
    Phone?
    Email/SMS?
    In the early days of the PC, one was often asked for advice on what kind of a computer to buy or what one might use one for. I always responded to these questions by exploring what applications the questioner did on paper or other media. This provided a context in which to answer the question what one might use the computer for and that provided the context for advising on the computer. Every now and then one would encounter a graphic or musical artist and one could recommend an Apple.

    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.
    10-25-2008 12:35 PM
  6. avatar test's Avatar
    INTERNET RADIO!!!! I love picking up NPR, BBC, and all those right wing stations! Coast to coast I love hearing what others think 24/7 on flycast!
    10-26-2008 07:57 AM
  7. Jeremy's Avatar
    Bringing this thread back to life...
    Last edited by Jeremy Sikora; 01-31-2009 at 02:49 AM.
    01-30-2009 10:25 AM
  8. jamesus's Avatar
    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)
    -Tasks (Todo)
    -Notes (Notebook)
    -Music (Pandora/Slacker Radio)
    -Weather (Accuweather)
    -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 12:13 PM
  9. sting7k's Avatar
    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 02:14 PM
  10. jamesus's Avatar
    I have too many apps to choose from sometimes.
    Amen to that. I definitely need to clear out the number of apps I have...
    01-30-2009 02:51 PM
  11. piercedirish's Avatar
    Facebook! I know it isn't mentioned but it is the truth in my case.
    01-30-2009 09:19 PM
  12. whmurray's Avatar
    INTERNET RADIO!!!! I love picking up NPR, BBC, and all those right wing stations! Coast to coast I love hearing what others think 24/7 on flycast!
    Inspired by your post, I have looked for both NPR and BBC live. No joy. Can you help?
    01-30-2009 10:32 PM
  13. bubbatex's Avatar
    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).
    IMHO, this is one of the reasons why the iPhone continues to sell - most of the users actually don't use the phone much. If you had to depend on the iPhone for the majority of your calls, you would probably be pissed (Ash and those with great coverage not included). I just hope the network and iPhone v3 (or 2,1!) has better reception. I really want the device but I am not paying for 3G if I can't get it!
    01-31-2009 01:14 AM
  14. zukir02's Avatar
    IMHO, this is one of the reasons why the iPhone continues to sell - most of the users actually don't use the phone much. If you had to depend on the iPhone for the majority of your calls, you would probably be pissed (Ash and those with great coverage not included). I just hope the network and iPhone v3 (or 2,1!) has better reception. I really want the device but I am not paying for 3G if I can't get it!
    Where are you from? I dont have any reception problems, I live in louisiana and travel to Fl, and all the way to texas. I go every where in those states with no problems.

    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 09:55 AM
  15. bubbatex's Avatar
    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 10:43 AM
  16. whmurray's Avatar
    .......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.
    Travel world-wide. Live within 50 miles of NYC. Have not had any reception problems. Got excellent coverage in northern NH at Christmas time when Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mo had nothing. I have never been a fan of AT&T. Have had both Sprint and Verizon air-cards for coverage, but no problems with iPhone.
    01-31-2009 09:49 PM
  17. whmurray's Avatar
    IMHO, this is one of the reasons why the iPhone continues to sell - most of the users actually don't use the phone much. If you had to depend on the iPhone for the majority of your calls, you would probably be pissed (Ash and those with great coverage not included). I just hope the network and iPhone v3 (or 2,1!) has better reception. I really want the device but I am not paying for 3G if I can't get it!
    Are you trolling for reassurance? I am on my second iPhone. I have been using cell phones since 1986, have had so many I cannot count them. While there are always dead spots, in the general case, reception is a non-problem.

    While AT&T has been very late to support 3G, it is no longer a problem.
    01-31-2009 09:58 PM
  18. Brickman's Avatar
    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.
    01-31-2009 10:03 PM
  19. bubbatex's Avatar
    Are you trolling for reassurance? I am on my second iPhone. I have been using cell phones since 1986, have had so many I cannot count them. While there are always dead spots, in the general case, reception is a non-problem.

    While AT&T has been very late to support 3G, it is no longer a problem.
    No not trolling - just making an observation. Again just my opinion - but as I have read about the latest greatest smartphones over the years, it seems that many who use them don't actually make a lot of calls and thus possibly don't depend on them for this purpose. This poll actually points that out a bit, doesn't it? The "phone" vote is by far the lowest.
    02-01-2009 11:58 AM
  20. Wyatt's Avatar
    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 01:12 PM
  21. whmurray's Avatar
    No not trolling - just making an observation. Again just my opinion - but as I have read about the latest greatest smartphones over the years, it seems that many who use them don't actually make a lot of calls and thus possibly don't depend on them for this purpose. This poll actually points that out a bit, doesn't it? The "phone" vote is by far the lowest.
    Yes. It is the lowest but everything is relative. The great thing about the modern smart phone in general, and the iPhone in particular, is that they have so many uses. I do not make many phone calls in any case. On the other hand, I am a heavy user of data.

    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 03:15 PM
  22. bubbatex's Avatar
    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.
    02-01-2009 11:56 PM
  23. whmurray's Avatar
    ........I did not have adequate 3G coverage in my home................
    Local coverage trumps everything. I left T-mo and went to Cingular, now AT&T, because I got more bars at home. I just do not want people who might get good local coverage in their homes to project your coverage on their locale.
    02-02-2009 09:50 AM
  24. richxps's Avatar
    Internet use and phone
    02-04-2009 12:42 PM
  25. Jeremy's Avatar
    One more poll re-opened...
    03-07-2009 12:18 PM
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