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The iPhone – improvements needed?

Tweet I like my iPhone, really I do. I’ve had a number of phones in the past few years, some called phones, some called smart phones. None though have really captured my attention (nor yours) as much as the iPhone. So, as I mentioned I do rather like my iPhone, however there are somethings that [...]

I like my iPhone, really I do. I’ve had a number of phones in the past few years, some called phones, some called smart phones. None though have really captured my attention (nor yours) as much as the iPhone.

So, as I mentioned I do rather like my iPhone, however there are somethings that I feel could be tweaked, adjusted or simply changed to make the experience  just that much better.

Suggestion One:

The keyboard has been the item of much debate and all in all I quite like it. I do however have a couple of points that I’d like to change. I like to use the UK english keyboard, because we do spell things correctly (unlike my USA friends). However when I do this the $ is now 2 steps away from the primary characters, with the pound sign showing instead. This is annoying! Why can’t I have an Australian/New Zealand keyboard?

The other bizare thing that ticks me off is the fact that the space bar reverts the keyboard to characters. So if I’m typing in 10 000, you flip over to numbers, type in 10 and hit space and badda-bing you are back at the character set.

Where is the .co.nz or .com.au?

Where is the .co.nz or .com.au?

The last thing here I want to point out is again to do with the lack of a local dictionary. There is no option to have .co.nz as a domain shortcut. Why can’t I customise this list to domain types that I frequently use. I hardly ever use .net and .org and I don’t remember the last time I went to a .edu – so let me change it.

I would like to:

  • have more english keyboards
  • have the keyboard change only when I say “change”
  • customise my .com shortcuts

Suggestion Two:

Auto-correct, is a nice feature but sadly it’s flawed, espcially for us here in New Zealand. Again what I’m about to say could be fixed with a localised keyboard/dictionary.

So lets say I’m typing an email and I want to tell you to visit http://www.finda.co.nz/ (disclaimer: I work here). So I begin typing, now as I get to the .nz part the iPhone thinks I want .ms – not sure why, but it does. So as I hit space or / or any other character it automatically changes the copy. I have to stop typing and click the X button to say no I don’t want this. Really really anoying.

It happens in TXT messages too. I often type “ey” as in “funny ey”. Well the iPhone likes to change that to eu, and so my friends are like “you are stoopid ey”.

I would like to:

  • have an auto-correct that is location specific
  • have an auto-correct that learns from your usage

Suggestion Three:

Camera features, or should I really say, photo features.

Id like more options for the camera

I'd like more options for the camera

The camera in the iPhone has been talked about enough – not enough resolution, better controls etc. I’m not going to talk about that. What I want is more Photo options. (although I would like a faster camera for taking shots of baby with)

I take a lot of photos of my darling little girl, along with various other shots. I use iPhoto (iLife ’06) to take the photos off the iPhone and onto the Mac. I have the option to import all, import new (as in don’t duplicate) and delete all after import.

Well I don’t want to do that, I want to keep this cute photo, and that one .. and . … this one. But the rest can go. Why don’t I have the option either in iTunes/iPhoto or directly on the iPhone to select a handful of images and delete them?

At this stage it looks like I have to take all the images down to iPhoto, copy the ones I want to keep on my phone into my pictures library and have that sync back up to the phone – crazy.

I would like to:

  • be able to select and delete multiple images on my iPhone
  • be able to move images from the Camera Roll into my Photo Library for keeping, directly on the phone
  • where is the video support (nuff said)

Summary:

I probably could go on and on, like many others do. All in all I do love my phone, it’s great for 90% of what I have to do. I do find myself checking gmail more on my phone now than on my Mac, I use Twitter from the iPhone almost exclusively now. I’ve bought Things so I can keep my task list sync’d with the Mac and I watch movies and listen to podcasts all the time.

There will never be a perfect phone, but I would like just some of the rough spots to be polished out a little more.

Bonus Comment:

Okay just one more … and it’s more to do with an Apple App rather than the phone. Apple Remote – fantasticly (useless) app for controlling iTunes over wifi. This is great if you want to drive your local version of iTunes, while not standing right by your computer. Great if you have say a Mac Mini set up as your home stereo or you are at a party and are playing DJ.

In the real world it’s pretty much a “show off” app. To me, what would make it a KILLER app, would be if it integrated with Keynote. See I’m speaking in a weeks time at an event, and I’ll be presenting using Keynote. I like to walk around when I talk – get out and amoungst the peoples. I need something to control Keynote from a distance & my iPhone would be perfect, except in Apple’s wisdom they don’t let the Bluetooth control work correctly (my old Sony had a cool bluetooth multimedia control option for Macs), and Apple Remote doesn’t support Keynote.

So I’m left looking into iPhone Remote or Remote Buddy that require using web & ajax to control Keynote – which is messy and frustrating!! *sigh*

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09.25.08

interesting your point. Also cutt and paste are essential functions Missiing and for me is a serious bugg. K. R.

09.25.08

Yeah but … see I had the iMate JasJam (windows mobile) for a long time. I used Cut N Paste maybe 3 or 4 times. I DON’T miss it on the iPhone