1. nitsuj's Avatar
    In my mind anyhow, that is the biggest problem with the phone. I see no way to disable the stupid text message pop up. I can see so many ways that could be a bad thing. It is a HUGE oversight IMO that Apple hasn't addressed this and allowed you to turn it off. The possibilities for problems with it are endless:

    Lets say I'm letting my 6 year old son play Angry Birds. And one of my buddies sends me a dirty joke. Boom, it's right in his face.

    Lets say I have my phone sitting on my desk at work that guy in the next office wants to screw with me so while my boss is standing there he sends me a message that says "We've received your resume." Or something like that.

    Lets say I'm showing my buddies at the bar a picture or something on my phone and all of the sudden I get a text from my wife in which she calls me by an embarrassing pet name. Now all my buddies are calling me snooky-wookums for the rest of my life.

    Lets say my dad is looking over my phone and I get a text from grandma saying "The test results came back, I'm carrying your baby."

    Ok, the above scenarios are all fake. I don't have a son, I work from home, my wife is more likely o call me a**hole than snookums and my grandparents are all dead. But you get my point. It s a HUGE privacy issue to just have the contents of your text messages pop open on your phone at anytime for all to see.

    And so far, that is my number 1 problem with switching to the iPhone.
    02-11-2011 01:57 PM
  2. DoctorK's Avatar
    Agreed. File under the category of "Notifications," and the way ALL of them are handled, and the lack of customization -- it's surprising that through two major revisions (iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4) this problem still exists. Maybe in iOS 5 they'll get it right(er)?
    02-11-2011 01:59 PM
  3. shipwrestler125's Avatar
    In my mind anyhow, that is the biggest problem with the phone. I see no way to disable the stupid text message pop up. I can see so many ways that could be a bad thing. It is a HUGE oversight IMO that Apple hasn't addressed this and allowed you to turn it off. The possibilities for problems with it are endless:

    Lets say I'm letting my 6 year old son play Angry Birds. And one of my buddies sends me a dirty joke. Boom, it's right in his face.

    Lets say I have my phone sitting on my desk at work that guy in the next office wants to screw with me so while my boss is standing there he sends me a message that says "We've received your resume." Or something like that.

    Lets say I'm showing my buddies at the bar a picture or something on my phone and all of the sudden I get a text from my wife in which she calls me by an embarrassing pet name. Now all my buddies are calling me snooky-wookums for the rest of my life.

    Lets say my dad is looking over my phone and I get a text from grandma saying "The test results came back, I'm carrying your baby."

    Ok, the above scenarios are all fake. I don't have a son, I work from home, my wife is more likely o call me a**hole than snookums and my grandparents are all dead. But you get my point. It s a HUGE privacy issue to just have the contents of your text messages pop open on your phone at anytime for all to see.

    And so far, that is my number 1 problem with switching to the iPhone.
    If you are at work shouldn't you be working and not playing on your phone??
    and actually you can turn it off go into settings> messages> and turn show preview off and all it does is show the persons name who sent the message and that you have a text message.
    02-11-2011 02:11 PM
  4. DoctorK's Avatar
    If you are at work shouldn't you be working and not playing on your phone??
    and actually you can turn it off go into settings> messages> and turn show preview off and all it does is show the persons name who sent the message and that you have a text message.
    But what if their name is **** Hertz? Or Seymour Butts? What then?!?
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    02-11-2011 02:16 PM
  5. nitsuj's Avatar
    If you are at work shouldn't you be working and not playing on your phone??
    Not in my job. No. I can play on my phone as much as I please. But as I said before, that was just an example. And in my example, I wasn't "playing with my phone" It was sitting on my desk. Which is pretty legal in even the strictest office environments, I'm sure.
    02-11-2011 02:18 PM
  6. Darth-gamer's Avatar
    I'm sorry, but those things you listed are a bit absurd. I can come up with a bunch of far fetched scenarios too about any phone. Say I place a Droid X next to a vial of Nitroglycerin that reacts to light and the mail notification LED comes on! Boom! We all die! I honestly think people are trying to find reasons to dislike this phone, and nitpicking.
    02-11-2011 02:19 PM
  7. shipwrestler125's Avatar
    But what if their name is **** Hertz? Or Seymour Butts? What then?!?
    Yeah well what if you keep coming up with stupid names and scenarios that arent going to happen. It doesnt show your message which is what you were complaining about I mean if you hate the iphone so much take it back get something else then you can label your contacts with all the stupid *** names you want and dont have to worry about your nerd group seeing the one person who texts you. smh
    02-11-2011 02:19 PM
  8. nitsuj's Avatar
    and actually you can turn it off go into settings> messages> and turn show preview off and all it does is show the persons name who sent the message and that you have a text message.
    That's better then nothing I suppose. Thanks.
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    02-11-2011 02:22 PM
  9. liquidzoo's Avatar
    But what if their name is **** Hertz? Or Seymour Butts? What then?!?
    Then change their name in your contacts...

    Names only come up if you have them in your contacts, just like any other phone.

    If you're that concerned, buy a belt holster and keep your phone there.
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    02-11-2011 02:25 PM
  10. nitsuj's Avatar
    I'm sorry, but those things you listed are a bit absurd. I can come up with a bunch of far fetched scenarios too about any phone. Say I place a Droid X next to a vial of Nitroglycerin that reacts to light and the mail notification LED comes on! Boom! We all die! I honestly think people are trying to find reasons to dislike this phone, and nitpicking.

    It seems to me that if you say ANYTHING negative about the iPhone, some folks are just going to resist it. Yes, my scenarios are far fetched. I think at the end of my post, I even said they were far fetched. The point isn't that I thought the scenarios could or would happen. The point was, that was something *I* don't like about the iPhone. Not that I hate the iPhone or want to return it. We're on a forum about the iPhone where people come to share ideas and input. I'm not trying to find reasons to dislike the phone. I like the phone, look at some of my other posts. I think I actually say the words "I like the phone" in several of them.

    Nitpicking? Maybe. But no more so than the rest of the forum nitpicks over what case is the best, or to jailbreak or not to, or which wallpaper looks coolest. I thought this community was about discussing the iPhone and exchanging ideas in hope of constantly improving the experience. Turns out I was wrong. I guess I should only post to say "OMG!!!1 The iPhone is is best thing to ever happen in my life. Evar!!1

    I posted one minor thing I dislike about the phone. Not that the phone sucks and I'll be returning it. I guess I shouldn't have posted something so negative and meaningless. I'll stop now so everyone can get back to something important like the one millionth "uboxing" video.
    02-11-2011 02:35 PM
  11. ChrisGonzales90's Avatar
    Not in my job. No. I can play on my phone as much as I please. But as I said before, that was just an example. And in my example, I wasn't "playing with my phone" It was sitting on my desk. Which is pretty legal in even the strictest office environments, I'm sure.
    Well if you are working, you should be working. Not playing with your phone. After all they are paying you to do service for them, not for you to be playing with your phone.

    Lets say I'm letting my 6 year old son play Angry Birds. And one of my buddies sends me a dirty joke. Boom, it's right in his face.
    then make sure the notifcations is turned off.

    But question. How old are your friends

    Lets say I have my phone sitting on my desk at work that guy in the next office wants to screw with me so while my boss is standing there he sends me a message that says "We've received your resume." Or something like that.
    Yeah. Like that will happen WITH your bosss standing there.

    Lets say I'm showing my buddies at the bar a picture or something on my phone and all of the sudden I get a text from my wife in which she calls me by an embarrassing pet name. Now all my buddies are calling me snooky-wookums for the rest of my life.
    and? They are just having fun. Thats what friendship is all about. You know they will be joking.

    Lets say my dad is looking over my phone and I get a text from grandma saying "The test results came back, I'm carrying your baby."
    A grandma using a phone to text? HA.

    and your dad and his mom had a kid?
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    02-11-2011 02:44 PM
  12. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    I have the message preview turned off so that helps a lot to only show the name of the text.
    One thing I don't like though is when I'm with a girl and I get the SMS popup. If the phone's
    not in my pocket it's somewhere in her sight. I've had to resort to renaming other girl's in my
    phone so I don't have this problem.
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    02-11-2011 02:46 PM
  13. nitsuj's Avatar
    Well if you are working, you should be working. Not playing with your phone. After all they are paying you to do service for them, not for you to be playing with your phone.

    All due respect, but you don't really know me, or what my job is. Not everyone works in the same way. I don't get paid hourly for what I do. Or even salary. My time is my own. When I'm not actually in the presence of a client, I'm not getting paid by anyone. I can be playing with my phone, or playing video games or posting to this forum like I am now or dancing for money at a truck stop. Point is, I don't have a job where between the hours of 9 and 5, someone is paying me and getting ripped off when I'm goofing off. I have the freedom to goof off at my discretion.

    My point wasn't that I'd like to play with my phone at work. I clearly stated twice that I was speaking of my phone laying on my desk, not in my hands playing Cut the Rope instead of working.


    then make sure the notifcations is turned off.
    I'd love to, but I don't have the option. I can only turn off the message preview.

    But question. How old are your friends
    Most of them range from late 20's to 40's. I'm in my mid 30's. We're all old enough to tell dirty jokes.


    Yeah. Like that will happen WITH your bosss standing there.
    I can't tell if I'm being unintentionally obtuse, or what. My point isn't that it would happen. My point was that it could happen.

    and? They are just having fun. Thats what friendship is all about. You know they will be joking.
    Right and I'm cool with that. Again, they were just goofy made up scenarios I came up with in hopes to illustrate my point in a somewhat humorous way.

    A grandma using a phone to text? HA.
    Yes. They've been known to do that. Texting isn't so hard that only tech savvy young people are able to figure it out.

    and your dad and his mom had a kid?
    Umm, no. It was a joke. And in the joke it was actually my grandmother and me having the kid. Again, it was a humorous attempt to make my point. My point being that yes, I understand I can keep the phone in my pocket. Or I can keep it in the trunk of my car. I can even bury it in a mason jar in the backyard and all those things would prevent me from seeing my text message pop up screen. BUT, I would prefer to have a little button that just turns the pop up off. The the phone can just beep or whatever and let me know I have a text without putting a pop up right in the middle of my Cut the Rope game or whatever. I honestly don't see all the resistance to this idea. I'm not saying the phone is garbage. I just thought I'd share wit the forum one minor thing I'd like to see changed. I realize not everyone agrees with me, but sheesh. Calling into question my work ethic or the maturity level of my friends isn't called for. I apologize for ruffling feathers. I wasn't trying to cause problems. I really only thought I was starting a discussion about what I thought was a minor problem in the hopes of hearing about how other people feel about it and deal with it. Apparently it's only a problem for me.
    02-11-2011 03:02 PM
  14. alexponential's Avatar
    If you are at work shouldn't you be working and not playing on your phone??
    and actually you can turn it off go into settings> messages> and turn show preview off and all it does is show the persons name who sent the message and that you have a text message.
    LOL you're really asking someone on THESE boards about playing with their phone at work? All these guys have been doing is going on here speculating/discussing/reviewing the new iPhone, regardless of work, and some even took off of work to get it and play with it.
    02-11-2011 03:03 PM
  15. DoctorK's Avatar
    Yeah well what if you keep coming up with stupid names and scenarios that arent going to happen. It doesnt show your message which is what you were complaining about I mean if you hate the iphone so much take it back get something else then you can label your contacts with all the stupid *** names you want and dont have to worry about your nerd group seeing the one person who texts you. smh
    Um, I wasn't complaining or coming up with any scenarios, and I tried to make a funny joke but failed (sorry about that). What's your problem?
    02-11-2011 03:04 PM
  16. DoctorK's Avatar
    Then change their name in your contacts...

    Names only come up if you have them in your contacts, just like any other phone.

    If you're that concerned, buy a belt holster and keep your phone there.
    Sorry - I guess != "/sarcasm." Just tryin' to have a little fun, folks.
    02-11-2011 03:06 PM
  17. sting7k's Avatar
    You can turn off the message preview so that all is displayed is the name of the sender.
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    02-11-2011 03:06 PM
  18. shipwrestler125's Avatar
    I have the message preview turned off so that helps a lot to only show the name of the text.
    One thing I don't like though is when I'm with a girl and I get the SMS popup. If the phone's
    not in my pocket it's somewhere in her sight. I've had to resort to renaming other girl's in my
    phone so I don't have this problem.
    Well if you arent honest and are talking to a bunch of girls and are being shady no matter what you do will help.
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    02-11-2011 03:19 PM
  19. pman219's Avatar
    Well if you arent honest and are talking to a bunch of girls and are being shady no matter what you do will help.
    Lol.... wow.

    Morality police are here !!

    Everyone pretend you're perfect !

    Ehemmm..... go on ?
    02-11-2011 03:24 PM
  20. liquidzoo's Avatar
    Not sure if anyone has suggested this yet (and it's been so long that I don't remember it myself), but doesn't BiteSMS have the ability to not show notifications? I know you have the ability to choose between Bite and default notifications, but I can't remember if it has the ability to turn them off altogether.

    Of course, you'd have to jailbreak and pay ($8, I think) for BiteSMS, but it's a nice program.
    02-11-2011 03:28 PM
  21. shipwrestler125's Avatar
    Lol.... wow.

    Morality police are here !!

    Everyone pretend you're perfect !

    Ehemmm..... go on ?
    Nobody said anything about being perfect but go ahead ***** at me I mean if thats how you are then by all means I would hide your phone anytime you are around a girl. smh
    02-11-2011 03:29 PM
  22. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    Well if you arent honest and are talking to a bunch of girls and are being shady no matter what you do will help.
    I don't want your sister to find out though, man.

    Lol.... wow.

    Morality police are here !!

    Everyone pretend you're perfect !

    Ehemmm..... go on ?
    Tell me about it
    02-11-2011 03:42 PM
  23. shipwrestler125's Avatar
    [QUOTE=forever29;1674846]I don't want your sister to find out though, man.

    Ha maybe if I had a sister that would be funny but seeing as how I only have a younger bro if you swing that way then more power to ya
    02-11-2011 03:44 PM
  24. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    [QUOTE=shipwresler125;1674847]
    I don't want your sister to find out though, man.

    Ha maybe if I had a sister that would be funny but seeing as how I only have a younger bro if you swing that way then more power to ya
    lol Glad you can handle a joke.
    02-11-2011 03:46 PM
  25. Darth-gamer's Avatar
    It seems to me that if you say ANYTHING negative about the iPhone, some folks are just going to resist it. Yes, my scenarios are far fetched. I think at the end of my post, I even said they were far fetched. The point isn't that I thought the scenarios could or would happen. The point was, that was something *I* don't like about the iPhone. Not that I hate the iPhone or want to return it. We're on a forum about the iPhone where people come to share ideas and input. I'm not trying to find reasons to dislike the phone. I like the phone, look at some of my other posts. I think I actually say the words "I like the phone" in several of them.

    Nitpicking? Maybe. But no more so than the rest of the forum nitpicks over what case is the best, or to jailbreak or not to, or which wallpaper looks coolest. I thought this community was about discussing the iPhone and exchanging ideas in hope of constantly improving the experience. Turns out I was wrong. I guess I should only post to say "OMG!!!1 The iPhone is is best thing to ever happen in my life. Evar!!1

    I posted one minor thing I dislike about the phone. Not that the phone sucks and I'll be returning it. I guess I shouldn't have posted something so negative and meaningless. I'll stop now so everyone can get back to something important like the one millionth "uboxing" video.
    Hey, I'll just say it: If your going to be a **** about it then you deserve the responses you get.

    If you'll notice, not everyone is posting just positive things about the phone, including myself, and that is great, BUT it seems that a lot of people are looking for things that are minor and calling them the #1 problems they have with the phone.

    If you are having actual issues with fundamental features not working (i.e. you can't get e-mail because it won't sync or you can't facetime) then by all means we want to hear about it! However, if you want to make up scenarios about some possible way that one small feature might possibly be a bad thing then you are going to get these responses.
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    02-11-2011 06:03 PM
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