It has been a couple of weeks since I got the iPhone, and while it has been an overwhelmingly good experience, there are still a few things about it that I find annoying.
Annoyances With Workarounds
With the phone on and plugged in to my car cassette adapter, there is some horribly nasty GSM buzz every few minutes. Anyone who owns a GSM phone and has it too close to a radio, speakerphone, or amplified speakers will recognize the sound–it’s the BzzBzzBzzBzz BzzBzz BzzBzzBzz of interference that arrives just before an incoming call. The workaround for this is to locate a cassette adapter that eliminates the buzz (I’m not going to buy a bunch for testing, I’ll just wait until someone can recommend one) and/or set the phone to Airplane Mode, turning off the GSM transceiver, while in the car. The latter one is what I do. Even with previous phones, I never talked in the car. Between road noise, air nose from the ragtop, and a manual transmission, it’s virtually impossible to talk on the phone in the car. So now, if you dial me and get instant voicemail, I’m probably in the car.
There is no Bluetooth Dialup-Networking. I wasn’t expecting this (aside from the expectation of someone hacking the phone at some point in the future.) Fortunately, I have discovered the proper settings for taking the AT&T SIM and putting it in the Treo for use as a Bluetooth modem. It’s similar to the T-Mobile configuration document I wrote a while back, only the account name is WAP@CINGULAR.COM (all uppercase, and WAP even though it’s not really WAP) with a password of CINGULAR1 (again, all uppercase) and a telephone number of wap.cingular. The Treo, when turned off, holds a charge for a very, very long time and doesn’t take up that much space/weight in my laptop backpack. Besides, with more and more things migrating to webapps, I see this as less of an issue over time.
It’s not really a gripe, but the keyboard did take some time to get used to. Learning to trust the auto-correction was a big leap, but once done it works quite well and is perfectly adequate for what I need it to do. I’m not going to write The Great American Novel on it any time soon, but it’s sufficient for a sentence or two as an SMS or blog comment.
Annoyances Without Workarounds
In the Calendar‘s month view, you get a single dot on each day that holds an event. It would be nice if more than one dot displayed–one of each color for each category of event as defined in iCal. It would also be nice to only view one category at a time. For instance, I have calendars for work, home, and yearly (anniversaries, birthdays, etc.) They are green, blue, and red in iCal. When at work, I only care about the green events–meetings, interviews, deadlines, paydays–and it’s hard to see, at a glance, which days have events I’m interested in.
Why doesn’t the camera record videos? Even crappy $50 phones take video.