Posted on July 21st, 2007 7 comments
I was using a Nokia 6680 phone for the last few months. When I got the iPhone, I realized that transferring contacts to it is a two-step process: first, I had to transfer all the contacts on the Nokia 6680 onto my Windows Address Book (over Bluetooth, thankyouverymuch), then I had to fire up iTunes to sync them to the iPhone.
That’s wrong. That’s so friggin’ wrong. What is Apple’s rationale in not including something as basic as the OBEX profile with Bluetooth? Are we to use Bluetooth only with a wireless headset and nothing more? Or was it something forced down Apple’s throat by AT&T?
By the way, I did not return the iPhone. I am holding on to it for just a bit longer. There are various reasons, but I’m not going into the details – maybe some other time, but it’s definitely not because I am convinced with it.
Posted on July 20th, 2007 1 comment
I passed the road test part of the state of New Jersey’s Motor Vehicle Commission to get my driving privileges in the state. The last time I took the test (about a month ago), I failed because I sucked lemons when it came to parallel parking. No, I didn’t knock down the cones but I did hit the curb that time.
Anyway, today was a good day and I managed to clear all the requirements – except, you guessed it, parallel parking (you are allowed only one mistake, though, which is a relief). This time, I parked away from the curb – at least a foot away – while the law says you can’t park more than 6 inches from the curb. After all this, I found that if you had an Indian driver’s license, you don’t need to take the road test over here. Talk about learning things late in your life.
Anyway, now that I can finally drive, I’m thinking of doing a small road trip over the weekend, let’s see if it happens.
Posted on July 20th, 2007 No comments
Getting ready for The Simpsons movie next week. Woo-hoo!
(Go Simpsonize yourself).
Posted on July 17th, 2007 No comments
Seriously, whoever thought a “smartphone” can do without copy-paste?
Posted on July 6th, 2007 3 comments
Yes, I got an iPhone. I have until July 15 to return it. All preliminary tests indicate that I will be returning it before that date. Too many first-version bugs to make it a usable phone, I am better off using the Nokia N73 that’s on its way from Bangalore ;)
I guess I’m too much of a Nokia fan. The big plus points of the iPhone are, of course, the iTunes integration, large screen and touch screen interface. But I am too slow when it comes to typing on its QWERTY keyboard. Also, the music player (or “iPod application if you will) sometimes crashes for no apparent reason when browsing the web on Safari.
Thanks to the large screen, rendering on Safari is pretty good. I don’t have my Wi-Fi router with me yet, so I have been using AT&T’s EDGE network (reportedly giving me around 150 kbps). It drains the battery a lot faster than I imagined (it must be all the YouTube videos I’m watching).
Other hiccups include slower app switching – you have to hit the Home screen and open another application to switch between running applications. So far, there seems to be no alternate way of doing it. Heck, there’s no way to transfer contact information over Bluetooth. Or download files from the web.
I am on a pre-paid plan and just yesterday canceled my auto-refill option. The only one thing that’s keeping me from returning it is that I could cancel my AT&T plan and continue to use it as an iPod/Wi-Fi device for browsing. It definitely doesn’t justify the price (I paid $549.79 for a 4GB iPod) to use it as a developer test bed. Let’s see, I still have more than a week to decide if this will end up in my pocket or go back to the Fifth Avenue store where I bought it.
Posted on July 2nd, 2007 No comments
Based on the number of mobile phone subscriptions alone, the world has apparently three billion of them. However, if you take into account the fact that some folks have multiple SIMs or phones, the number is in the range of 2.3 billion. Which is still huge.