My iPhone gripes

So I’m barely a week into the iPhone 3g and already I’ve got to grouse. It should be expecteed though, given the massive amount of hype I’d been exposed to and the near-total anticipation.

Here’s a list, big and small, of all the things that are less than stellar on the new phone.

  • Speakerphone sucks
  • I’d heard the 3g had an improved speakerphone, which is either clever marketing, an outright lie or both. Since the speaker and microphone are uni-directional and seated at the bottom of the device unless I’m pointing the butt end of the phone at my head you sound to me like you’re trapped in a well.

    I’ll have Timmy send Lassie for help.

  • No save state for games and some third-party apps
  • Hitting home can be a real pain if you were playing a game or doing a specialized task on an app. So far only a few apps (mail and maps, I think) will actually keep connecting or up/downloading after you’ve hit the home button.

    Pity if you thought you were ever getting back to that game of JawBreaker.

  • Cover Flow blows if you don’t have the album art
  • I may be an outlier here but only about 5% of the albums that have album art (and I’m still at only around 85% there) is making it to the iPhone, rendering the Cover Flow feature of the iPod functionality nearly useless.

    I’ve synched (I really want to say “sank” or “sunk” here) thrice and restarted to no avail. Anyone have a tip or two on getting album art into iTunes and then making sure that art synchs with the phone?

  • No batch-uploading Flickr apps
  • Flickr’s mobile interface won’t let me upload via Safari.
    Exposure will view but not post photos.
    Shozu is a Swiss Army knife when all I need is the toothpick.
    iPhlickr won’t upload and, let’s be honest, has a douchey name.

    I can upload via email but I’ve heard there are scaling issues.

    For now I’ve settled on Klick but I’d still like the ability to make a set, manage photos and batch upload all through the phone. Where are you, official Flickr app?

  • All the ringtones, even the ones I’ve made with iRinger, are way too soft
  • I might never actually here this phone ring, just feel the vibration. Pretty terrible considering it’s a phone first.

    Don’t even get me started on the double standard Apple has for Window and Mac users, letting Mac folks create their ringtones gratis and charging $0.99 for PC users.

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UPDATE: I got my album art to synch but only by deleting ALL music from the iPhone and just starting over. FAIL.

I neglected to mention one other gripe I had: charging the phone. I HATE that Apple decided to use USB mostly because I have a ton of FireWire chargers for the old (3rd gen) iPod.

So I purchased a new USB car charger @ Target AND a new FM transmitter (both from Griffin), the only problem is that the FM transmitter won’t work with iPhone despite being totally compatible with the charger which WILL work with the iPhone.


The daisy-chain of devices and accoutrements that accessorize this damn thing are as numerous as the apps.

Oh, and if you’re one of the folks who would like cut-and-paste functionality (another one I missed), see Ironic Sans.

3 thoughts on “My iPhone gripes

  1. The album art “feature” of iTunes is like the weak point in the dam; it shows you where to strike to bring the motherfucker down.

    Seriously iTunes, if I didn’t need you, I would definitely never click that damn shortcut icon again.

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