iPhone Software 2.0.2 Update Review

August 26, 2008 by Derek Walter · Leave a Comment 

After slowly rolling out its first software update, the recent 2.0.2 release is getting major play on Apple’s web site.

It’s Apple’s latest attempt to patch some of the holes that are keeping its customers from full iPhone 3G bliss. The complaints about the 2.0 software include keyboard freezes, reception issues, and program crashes.

About a month ago Apple released 2.0.1, the first patch that included what Apple called generically “bug fixes.” But most forums indicated that it didn’t solve much of an issues. Some of the same bugs and other problems seemed to resurface a few days after the download.

Sync Notes, Photos With Evernote For iPhone

August 15, 2008 by Derek Walter · Leave a Comment 

It’s hard enough to stick to a to-do list. It’s even harder to keep track of where the list is if you are using one or more computers, an iPhone, and notepad. Evernote wants to solve that. While it still has some flaws, Evernote is a great app to move note-taking and organization into the cloud. Being able to compose and view the same set of notes on your iPhone, PC, and Mac is an incredible tool and will make keeping track of all those items you are likely to forget much easier.

SugarSync – Killer iPhone Productivity App

August 10, 2008 by Derek Walter · Leave a Comment 

You get an email on your iPhone asking for your resume. Typically you would have to wait until you got back on your computer before being able to answer. Not anymore.

SugarSync is the best choice for iPhone users who want access to their docs, photos, and other files right on their iPhone. The iPhone optimized site, easy navigation and solid security make it a must-have for anyone who wants or needs synchronized file access.

iPhone 2.0.1 Firmware First Look

August 5, 2008 by Derek Walter · Leave a Comment 

After much iRage over lagging and crashing apps the iPhone firmware update is now available through iTunes. The download takes a while, so make sure you have something else to do during the several minutes it will take to finish with the file. And there’s not a lot of detail from Apple about what it’s supposed to fix:

On An Apple Safari – iPhone Web Surfing Tips

August 5, 2008 by Derek Walter · Leave a Comment 

The iPhone’s Safari browser has revolutionized mobile web surfing. But even at 3G speeds, it’s not always the “Internet in your pocket” as Apple claims. 3G isn’t available everywhere, and even where it is you will notice a drop-off to EDGE. And at EDGE speeds, some web sites can be just a chore to load.

So how to make sure you surfing experience is a solid one? The best way is to hit as many optimized and mobile sites as you can. While having a full HTML browser is a great tool for being able to access any web site while you are out and about, there will be times where all that pinching and pulling can get tiring; and of course there is the occasional tapping of that link you didn’t mean to go to.

iPhone 3G Gripes

July 31, 2008 by Derek Walter · Leave a Comment 

The luster is starting to wear off the shiny glass of the iPhone 3G. Forums and general discussion among 3G owners center on a number of gripes about battery drain, buggy programs, and other usability concerns.

Probably the biggest complaint  is battery life. Yes, it is manageable if you are willing to invest in a car charger and keep the USB one  with you all day for charging sessions at home, work, or that outlet next next to the fourth seat in the third row in class. But it is a pain. While there are some tips for making your battery last, it is one extra layer of managing the device that some might not be willing to make. This hits the hardest at Apple’s attempt to market the iPhone for business. Mobile professionals don’t want to fuss over battery life. And since you can’t pop out and slap in a replacement battery (thanks Apple) some may just pass.

Best iPhone Business Apps

July 31, 2008 by Derek Walter · 1 Comment 

Give your iPhone a suit and briefcase. Apple’s current ad campaign plays up the iPhone’s business abilities. With support for push email via Microsoft Exchange, syncing contacts, calendars, and email; and a swath of business-friendly applications from third-party developers, the iPhone could be the tool of choice for those who want their iPhone for work. But can you really ditch your BlackBerry? Let’s take a look.

Top 10 Free iPhone Apps

July 28, 2008 by Derek Walter · 1 Comment 

The Apple App Store has made the iPhone 3G an especially compelling device. Yet with so many to choose from, where does one begin? Well, “free” is a good place to start. While there are some apps worth forking over money for, there are plenty great freebies. Here are the top 10 according to iPhone Nuts:

Tame the iPhone 3G Energy Hog – Improve Battery Life

July 25, 2008 by Derek Walter · 2 Comments 

Your iPhone is addictive. But all that web surfing, music playing, and YouTube videos can suck your battery dry. So learning to manage your iPhone’s battery life is critical if you are going to enjoy your iPhone experience. This way your phone won’t die in the middle of a conversation with someone you have been waiting to have for a month. And of course you can’t remove the battery to swap it out, so you might as well love the one you have and treat it well.

If you find yourself getting a screen like this too often, it’s time to consider some changes:

Own the ‘Phone’ in iPhone 3G

July 24, 2008 by Derek Walter · Leave a Comment 

You walk out of an Apple or AT&T store with your brand new iPhone 3G. So of course you want to call your buddies and share your good fortune with them.  But if you’re an iPhone newbie, this isn’t as easy as it sounds. For all the cool apps the iPhone provides, it’s easy to forget that it’s also a phone. The unusual phone interface might be intimidating if you have never used it or any smart phone before.

But fear not. Soon enough you will be loading up your contact list, checking your voicemail; even doing it all with a Bluetooth device. While it’s different, Apple’s predictability for user-friendly design shines here. You will find five icons with labels.

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