The iPhone accompanied me today to a nice hike with a group of friends in the Half-Moon-Bay Hills, and it did its job of documenting the hike, tracking the time (serving as a watch), and at times, serving as an iPod. Knowing that there was no wireless reception in the wilderness, the wireless features weren’t very helpful.
YouTube on-the-go with the Apple iPhone
When back in civilization, the YouTube videos, or at least 10,000 of them or so, are just a few taps away when you have the Apple iPhone. The YouTube button is on the home screen, and tapping it brings a list of the most viewed YouTube videos. You can easily switch to the featured videos, the bookmarked videos, or search for videos.
When you tap on a video, the video starts downloading and it takes a few seconds before it starts playing. You may have seen this popular YouTube video (titled “Evolution of Dance”). When watching it, I can tap on the screen to get the controls displayed, and then pause, rewind, forward, or bookmark, or even e-mail the link to someone.
Setting up Google Mail (Gmail) on the iPhone
This is as easy as 123. It consists pretty much of entering your user name and password and voila! The iPhone now allows you to view your Gmail e-mail messages and send e-mails. I setup the “Delete From Server” setting to “When removed from inbox”, however this setting doesn’t seem to stick. When I exit the settings screen it seems to get reset to “Never”, and when I deleted a Gmail e-mail message on the iPhone, it did not got deleted from the Gmail server. So not sure what is going on there.
What is the Apple iPhone missing?
One thing the Apple iPhone is NOT missing is charm. Another thing that it is NOT missing is a number of breakthroughs in its user interface, and some amazing ready to use applications. So what else could you ask for?
I have talked to users who are not going to get the iPhone because it is not a 3G phone, and others because it does not have a Task list, or because it doesn’t allow you to edit documents. We will have more about this tomorrow.
For now, here are some more pictures from the Half-Moon Bay hills