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After spending a day with 2.0.2, it doesn’t appear that too many of the bug fixes were directed at the first generation iPhone. Here’s my experience after a day of using the new update.

The Good

All of my apps worked after installing the update. 2.0.1 required that I uninstall and then download all of my apps again to get them to work. This appears to be a 2.x bug and Apple is working on a fix for September so your experiences may vary.

The contact application is usable for the first time for me. Before, I experienced long load times and plenty of scrolling lag.

The Bad

Safari: Still one of the worst applications on the iPhone. So far, I haven’t experienced any crashes yet with 2.0.2 but stability has been a huge issue in the past for me since the 2.x update. None of the other problems I was having seem to have been resolved. Safari still doesn’t remember which page you left off on and changing pages means that a reload is necessary. Page load times seem to be higher and keyboard and scrolling lag is still an issue especially when the site is loading.

The Ugly

My iPhone has completely frozen when reading email and using Safari. This has never happened since I bought the phone back in October. The touch screen doesn’t respond and the home button doesn’t work. I have to reboot the phone to get it to work again. Not good.

Apple, I really hope 2.1 is what 2.0 should have been. If it isn’t, please hold off until it’s ready. Perhaps it’s time to do a Snow Leopard type update on the iPhone and only concentrate on bug fixes and speed improvements for the next 6 months.

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iPhone 2.x, Still Needs Work

Please Note: iPhone posts have moved to theiPhoneSherpa.com

After spending a week using 2.0.1, I’m anxiously awaiting 2.0.2 or 2.1, whichever comes first. At first this update appeared to fix some of the sluggishness but that is no longer the case. I’m not sure if this is due to my apps now working or something else but something needs to be done to make the touch screen as responsive as it was in the 1.x versions.

Here’s a quick list of a couple other nagging issues I’d love to see fixed.

– Contact App: still too slow to be usable
– Safari: I don’t remember having this problem in 1.x but Safari rarely remembers the last “window” you use. Instead, 95% of the time you run Safari you start with the first “window” you have open.
– Safari: when switching “windows”, each window reloads. This can be very frustrating when switching to a site like Google Reader where a refresh takes you away from an article you were saving and back to home screen.
– Volume Bar: the volume bar randomly pops up from time to time when tapping on the screen. I haven’t found a pattern to it so I’m not sure what is causing the problem.
– App Crashes: The “Apple” apps that comes with the iphone still crash too frequently. The iPhone is supposedly running the same OS X as Apple’s other computers but this doesn’t show in it’s level of stability. The worst offender is Safari which contiues to crash a couple of times a say on me we as my MacBook Pro can run for days without any issues.

Apple generally puts quality first, but they definite bit off to much with MobileMe and I tend to think they did the same with the 2.x version of the iphone software. 2.0 probably could have used another 4 to 6 weeks of development time. I really hope the next update concentrates on performance and bug fixed before any new features are added.

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iPhone 2.0.1 Apps Problem

Yesterday, I downloaded the new iPhone update. Everything appeared to be working great; no lag, contacts application was finally usable, and the keyboard was much faster. I was very happy with the update until I tried any of the apps I’ve downloaded from the app store. None of them work. Every app returns to the home screen shortly after trying to start up. I’m looking around now to see if I can find out what the problem is but it doesn’t appear to be wide spread which is good but it doesn’t help me much. If you’ve solved this problem please let me know what I can do to correct it. In the mean time, I’m going to try a few things and will post an update if I can get the apps working.

Update: I was able to get my apps working again by deleting them all through iTunes (applications tab -> sync applications -> uncheck all the apps installed on your phone) then I re-downloaded them through app store on my iPhone. Trying to re-sync the apps through iTunes did not work.

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After some disappointing news from Steve Jobs a few weeks ago, it looks like Adobe is finally going to make Flash on the iPhone a reality. I’m going to remain cautiously optimistic but I sure hope they can make this happen. I’m amazed at how much I can accomplish with Safari on the iPhone but for it to provide a true web experience Flash needs to be included. Here’s hoping they can get it done for the June launch.

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I’ve been anxiously awaiting Flash for the iPhone because of its ability to open up a whole new world of applications that I’d love to have. One of which would be streaming my favorite sports radio station from anywhere in the US. Unfortunately, it looks like this isn’t going to happen anytime soon according to AppleInsider, if at all. I can only hope that someone will find a work around for this but it looks like my portable AM radio still has some life left in it.

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Who knew that when I wrote this back in January that Safari would actually become the development platform for the iPhone. It disappointing considering the limitations of using a browser versus separate tightly integrated applications. Perhaps it will work but I’d have preferred to see a full fledged development platform.

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If I was to start an open source hardware project these are 2 that I’d would start today.

The Open Source iPod

What could knock Apple off of its pedestal? What about an open source music/video player that looked and performed like the touch-screen video iPod that everyone has been wanting for years. If Microsoft really wanted to take the leadership position in this market they would have opened the platform up to developers. There’s a huge opportunity right now to provide a sexy player with barebones software that the development community can add-on to. Look at how fast people are hacking the appleTV and adding new features. Imagine the possibilities if for mobile device that opened up it’s software to developers.

The Twitter Mobile Device

Twitter is fun an addictive tool for sharing with friends or the world what you are doing at any given moment. Now what if you had a tool to do this wherever you go? If I had any kind of hardware knowledge, I’d create a very thin device that opened like a clam shell phone only sideways. One half would be a thumb keyboard and the other half would be small screen capable of showing a whole twitter entry. The device would communicate with your mobile phone through bluetooth to keep it light weight, basically it leech what it needed from your mobile phone providing only the additional tools to communicate with twitter. You can leave your mobile phone in your pocket while you use your twitter mobile device to make posts from any place at any time. Thin, lightweight, and simple to use.

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