Archive for November, 2007


iPhone after one week(ish)

In rambling on on November 17, 2007

This is going to sound quite critical so I’ll start by saying that I do really like my iPhone. It’s got one absolutely fantastic feature which I love. But then every other feature is substandard in one way or another.

  • web browser When the iPhone came out in the states a few months back I read numerous blog postings from people who run web sites saying that the browser was usable. This was pretty much all the marketing that the iPhone needed as far as I was concerned.

    The usable web browser is the killer feature. Over the years I’ve had
    various combinations of mobiles, PDAs, cables and what not, and whilst they’ve managed to get the job done for someone who wants to set things up to have website admin available on the hop they’ve all been seriously hacked and sticky taped together solutions. Safari on the iPhone displays regular web pages just fine, and Javascript works too. Fab!

    It works well on my home wifi network, well enough that for simple web browsing it’s easier to pull the phone out of my pocket than to walk to the computer in the next room (possibly just the newness factor, but also the boot time factor if the computer isn’t already up and running). I haven’t had the chance to use it on an Edge network yet but we loaded in some pages over GPRS in the pub and it worked ok.

  • phone This is a secondary feature as far as I’m concerned! If you want a high performance texting phone go somewhere else. There are well documented shortcomings in SMS (no multiple recipients, no forwarding etc), a complete lack of MMS, and no Bluetooth business card function. These are all things I’d use if they were there, and have used in the past, but the browser function is good enough that I’ll compromise on them. They are also all things that I hope Apple will fix with software in the future.

    I’ve barely used the phone to talk on yet. I don’t use my old mobile much to talk on either.

  • apps I’ll write another post about the apps on the iPhone as they all have serious shortcomings. This iPhone really feels like an early adopter version and I presume they were supposed to show off what could be done with the iPhone once third party developers are able to get their hands on the development kit. Except they don’t realy do that very well. Apple, let the third party developers in already!
  • keyboard It’s not bad. That’s probably the best I can say. I’d prefer a stylus and Palm’s original graffiti. The screen is heat sensitive, not just touch sensitive. You need to use your fingers, and nails get in the way. Apparently the idea is that you can type with two thumbs, except I can’t figure that out because the pads of my thumbs are too big or my thumbnails get in the way. Did they try this keyboard out with any women? (I don’t have huge nails or anything out of the ordinary btw, just not ultra short bitten blokey ones.)

    I also don’t much like the auto correct feature. I may have missed something but it only gives you one option to correct with, unlike a predictive text thing on regular mobiles that let you page through until you find the right word. And if you type something that turns out to be a real word by accident you’re out of luck too. Also, backspace key is too easy to mistake for the return key at the moment, that probably just needs more practise. Or more customisation would be good.

I know I’m sounding like I hate it. I don’t, I think it’s lovely. Beautiful, tactile and useful. It just isn’t perfect. It’s a good way better than what has up to now been the best. I just have a huge list of things that could be better. More on that later.


→RM Multicoloured Lowercase Keyboard

In delicious on November 16, 2007

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Fab keyboard for children.

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In a Land of Plenty by Tim Pears

In books read on November 16, 2007

This was fabulous. A long stretching family saga kind of thing that I could have kept reading forever. The story is about rise and fall of Charles Freeman and his family, mostly centering on one of his sons James. Starts in the 1950s and works its way up to the late 90s or so. Takes in the changes of English society and politics over the years. Very wide but it doesn't get out of hand. I loved it.



links for 2007-11-11

In links on November 11, 2007

  • addictive vocabulary game (watch for the level after a few turns – it goes up to 50 but i can’t sustain more than about 43) coupled with advertising supported charity donation.


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Flickr Pics 11th November 2007

on November 11, 2007 by kirsty

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Test from my iphone!

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Flickr Pics 10th November 2007

on November 10, 2007 by kirsty

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In rambling on on November 9, 2007

I have a shiny new iPhone. They went on sale 2 hours ago in the UK. I hope nobody queued for long because there was tumbleweed blowing through the branch of Carphone Warehouse that I went to.

I was fourth in the non-existent queue and no one came in behind me. The computers were having troubles and they had to put my details through three times and con the system that my chip & PIN card was ok (it is, I don’t know what the problem was) so there was obviously some business being done somewhere.

More when I’ve played with it!


links for 2007-11-07

In links on November 7, 2007


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Flickr Pics 5th November 2007

on November 5, 2007 by kirsty

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Last Orders by Graham Swift

In books read on November 3, 2007

This is one of those odd books that I quite enjoyed despite not really getting on with it. Or perhaps I didn't enjoy it despite finding it quite likeable. Hard to put my finger on my feelings with any degree of accuracy.

Jack's last orders were last his drinking partners from the pub in Bermondsey should scatter his ashes from the pier at Margate. This book is split into short segments narrated by his friends and son, and also his widow who stays at home, as the day goes on.

In some places I found the book really captivating as the little details of life build up to show a bigger picture of what has happened between several families over a lifetime, and in other places the same things just seemed mundane.

I'll read more of Swift, but, curiously, this isn't one I'd recommend.


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