The typing is getting easier and easier. And talking about the “slot machine” effect that I described earlier, you actually get the full effect of a “slot machine” when you try to set the alarm clock on the Apple iPhone. Here you get the wheels and get to actually turn them and they give you the appropriate sound effect. When I was using the BlackJack, I hesitated setting up the alarm clock because it was too much work. The BlackBerry alarm clock was easier to work with. And now the iPhone alarm clock, just like the Apple iPhone overall, takes this functionality to the next level.
The Apple iPhone phone
After all, it is a phone, and it is supposed to do what phones do, and it is supposed to sound good. The phone features in the Apple iPhone are quite extensive and the feedback I got recently is that the sound is very clear. Before I even announced that I was talking using my new iPhone, I was asked if I got a new phone.
The iPhone stereo headset, which is identical to the iPod headset except that is has a small mic embedded in it, makes the phone experience even richer. But the wires can get in the way. I ordered once the Motorola S9 Bluetooth stereo headset, but it never arrived, and it is probably a good time to check on that order, and see how the Motorola S9 will do with the iPhone.
E-mail seems to occasionally forget my password
When I get to e-mail and the iPhone tries to connect and retrieve my e-mail, it seems to occasionally forget my password and give me an error message. Then when I go back to the settings and reenter my password, it seems to connects and retrieve e-mail successfully. Not sure what is going on here, but I will be working more extensively with the iPhone e-mail capabilities in the next few days, so maybe I will learn more about its settings and how to alleviate this issue.
The iPhone knows “where it stands”
If you flip the iPhone into a horizontal position, and you happen to be browsing the Web, viewing maps, or viewing photos for instance, the screen will automatically and quickly sense this switch, and adjust the view from portrait to landscape. This “acrobatic” capability doesn’t stop here. Now that the iPhone is in landscape position, if you turn it upside down, the display will automatically turn upside down as well, so that the picture is again in the correct position.
What is unique about the iPhone is the speed with which it senses the change in position, and the almost-immediate and smooth transition of the screen into the new position. If you have read my comments about the T-Mobile MDA when I was using it in the 81-day-experiment, you remember that one of my complaints about the T-Mobile MDA was the time it took for the display to switch to landscape after you open the keyboard. These few seconds, and occasionally more than just a few seconds, seemed like eternity when you in a hurry and ready to type something. With the iPhone, this won’t be an issue.
Viewing photos on the Apple iPhone
Double-tapping zooms in and double-tapping again zooms out. However, there is more to this. If you touch the screen with two fingers and then drag them away from each other, this will also zoom in, and you can continue to zoom in by repeating this. If you touch the screen with two fingers, and then drag them closer to each other, that will zoom out and continue to zoom out.
If you tap on the screen, the control buttons will show up, allowing you to move forward, backward, play a slide show, delete a picture, forward a picture, assign it to a contact, or use it as wallpaper. Tapping on the screen again will let go of the control buttons so you can see the picture undistributed and uncluttered just the way it was meant to be.
“Back to the future”
These times (the release of the Apple iPhone) remind me of my first encounter with the Apple Lisa in the 1980’s. At that time, we were using the DOS operating system, and suddenly the computer lab at the University of Michigan acquired these “funny-looking” machines with mice attached to them and a whole new user interface that went on to revolutionize the way we work with computers, and even shape the next 20+ years of personal computing. Will the iPhone revolutionize the way we work with smartphones and with computers? Will the next generation of computers have an iPhone-like touch pad where we can use our fingers to flip pages, scroll through pages, zoom in and zoom out, and produce the “slot machine” effect?