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Reconsidering Using an iBrick

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All of my personal iPhone iBrick experiences have been sad.  Denied credit, couldn’t get activated, couldn’t sync with Exchange, had to cut my fingernails.

I’m reconsidering my position as a result of Vista Perfection 2.0.

  • Cory Matthews

    A VC without credit, now that is funny.

    As for the iPhone, I love mine. I tried the jailbroken iPhone and found that there aren't many useful apps to begin with. Reset mine back to factory and am waiting on the SDK to have a better variety…. I hope.

  • Ole Eichhorn

    Not to take anything from iPhone – at all – but I love my Centro. It is smaller, lighter, faster, and an open platform. Best of all it has an actual keyboard.

  • http://www.cogmap.com/blog/ brent

    I normally think of myself as a lurker, but I have to say that if you felt like you had to trim your fingernails, then probably you NEEDED to trim your fingernails. This is probably a feature disguised as a bug.

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      You are most likely correct.

      • http://www.reservalabarranca.com.ar Paula

        Brad, hello, it is you who posted a problem about geting sent mails as new with the gmail and bberry sync? (sorry for my english, I'm from Argentina :o)

        • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

          I don’t think that was me.

  • Bruce

    Sigh, no surprise.

    Design-wise, it's a mess. Two san-serif typefaces in three different font sizes. Poor text positioning (The 'Monday' should be halfway between the coils and the '5'). Poorly centered icons (That notepad on the right should 2 or 3 pixels to the left). Inconsistent highlights (the three tabs in the upper right also have a highlight along the bottom). Inconsistent dividers (again, those three tabs in the upper right). Buttons that won't work (really, what is that maximize tab in the upper right actually going to do?)

    So, yeah. Enjoy.

  • http://kathegalu.blogspot.com Prakash Murthy

    Ahh come on; don't say bad things about my wonderful iPhone!!

    Of course there are quite a few kinks;
    - once, someone got a mail I sent from my iPhone 8 times as I walked in and out of AT & T coverage areas in New York City
    - quite a few times mails I thought I had sent did not go out :-(
    - I have dropped it so many times; now it is all wrapped up to look like a Blackberry – with the holster and all…
    - Sometimes on removing the headphones from the iPhone, it is still in the headphone mode – so was not able to make calls for a while – till I reset the behavior by inserting the headphones and removing it again.
    - and a few more……

    But all these are relatively insignificant, considering the benefit it provides – seamlessly allowing me to move from internet to phone to camera to notepad to email…..

    When I bought it, I had done so after considering buying a separate PDA, laptop and a GPS; it has been incredible in all aspects of utility so far!

    Consequently, I am a BIG fan of Apple – so big that I got myself a new toy – the sleek MacBook Air

    I should buy myself some shares in Apple soon – I myself might cause huge returns on my investment!

  • Jim Pollock

    I gotta say, I love my iPhone. The Safari is a great experience for a phone. (in fact, I wish Safari on my Mac could be continuously expanded the same way!) Also, it actually has a UI that works for multi-way calls. I've done a bunch of 3-way and 4-way calls (it will do 6-way). You can see all members of the call and disconnect or go solo with any one… and get back to the group without hanging everyone up. ;-)

    Jim

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/cmatthews cmatthews

    A VC without credit, now that is funny.

    As for the iPhone, I love mine. I tried the jailbroken iPhone and found that there aren't many useful apps to begin with. Reset mine back to factory and am waiting on the SDK to have a better variety…. I hope.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/ole_eichho37891 ole_eichho37891

    Not to take anything from iPhone – at all – but I love my Centro. It is smaller, lighter, faster, and an open platform. Best of all it has an actual keyboard.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    You are most likely correct.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bruce2096 bruce2096

    Sigh, no surprise.

    Design-wise, it's a mess. Two san-serif typefaces in three different font sizes. Poor text positioning (The 'Monday' should be halfway between the coils and the '5'). Poorly centered icons (That notepad on the right should 2 or 3 pixels to the left). Inconsistent highlights (the three tabs in the upper right also have a highlight along the bottom). Inconsistent dividers (again, those three tabs in the upper right). Buttons that won't work (really, what is that maximize tab in the upper right actually going to do?)

    So, yeah. Enjoy.

  • Prakash Murthy

    Ahh come on; don't say bad things about my wonderful iPhone!!

    Of course there are quite a few kinks;
    - once, someone got a mail I sent from my iPhone 8 times as I walked in and out of AT & T coverage areas in New York City
    - quite a few times mails I thought I had sent did not go out :-(
    - I have dropped it so many times; now it is all wrapped up to look like a Blackberry – with the holster and all…
    - Sometimes on removing the headphones from the iPhone, it is still in the headphone mode – so was not able to make calls for a while – till I reset the behavior by inserting the headphones and removing it again.
    - and a few more……

    But all these are relatively insignificant, considering the benefit it provides – seamlessly allowing me to move from internet to phone to camera to notepad to email…..

    When I bought it, I had done so after considering buying a separate PDA, laptop and a GPS; it has been incredible in all aspects of utility so far!

    Consequently, I am a BIG fan of Apple – so big that I got myself a new toy – the sleek MacBook Air

    I should buy myself some shares in Apple soon – I myself might cause huge returns on my investment!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    I don’t think that was me.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/jim_pollock555 jim_pollock555

    I gotta say, I love my iPhone. The Safari is a great experience for a phone. (in fact, I wish Safari on my Mac could be continuously expanded the same way!) Also, it actually has a UI that works for multi-way calls. I've done a bunch of 3-way and 4-way calls (it will do 6-way). You can see all members of the call and disconnect or go solo with any one… and get back to the group without hanging everyone up. ;-)

    Jim

  • brent

    I normally think of myself as a lurker, but I have to say that if you felt like you had to trim your fingernails, then probably you NEEDED to trim your fingernails. This is probably a feature disguised as a bug.

  • Paula

    Brad, hello, it is you who posted a problem about geting sent mails as new with the gmail and bberry sync? (sorry for my english, I'm from Argentina :o)

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