Category Archives: iPhone

Fitbit Charge first week

I have been wearing my Fitbit Charge on my non-dominant wrist everyday. I only take it off when I shower, for charging, and a few workouts where something on my wrists either feels uncomfortable or is in the way. It feels like you are just wearing a watch. It is comfortable and generally does not get in the way except when noted above. iPhone app works well. Screenshot below.

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iOS 4.1 update

I am updating 3 devices to iOS 4.1 – iPhone 4 32GB, iPhone 3G 8GB, and Ipod touch 32GB 2G.
The update for the iPod touch was a 332 MB download. Download and updating took 10 minutes. For the iPhone 4 the update was 589.9 MB. Download and updating took 20 minutes.

The iPhone 3G went ok. My father uses it as an iPod with Wi-Fi. He is still learning about the device and the touch screen interface. He told me that Maps was almost useless. I tried out Maps after the update and typed in a few random places from around the U.S. and world. It works a bit slower than my iPhone 4 but is still very useable as along as you have a good Wi-Wi signal. Currently my father doesn’t use any but the default apps. He may buy a new 3rd Gen iPod touch today.

I ran a few of my most used apps and there was no noticeable change. I really didn’t expect much change in operation with the 2 newer models.
The most noticeable additions are the Game Center, Ping, and TV show rentals. There is also HDR photography and HD video updates as well.
I will try the new features out this week.
See more information on Apple’s iPhone site.

iPhone 4 shipping early

I got an email with tracking number showing that my iPhone 4 has shipped TODAY.

I placed my order early evening on June 15th with Apple and my confirmation stated that my iPhone 4 would ship by July 2nd with an arrival between the 6th to 8th. I had read that some iPhones had shipped early. Since then I have been checking multiple times a day to see if my ship date got moved up. It did. So basically, I will get my iPhone 4 a week earlier than expected.

Apple handled the iPhone 4 ordering excellently. They gave a reasonable initial ship date in order to cover their demand. Once things were sorted out and initial exceptions were being realized Apple SHORTENED the ship date. This of course make customer happy. Not like other vendors that cancelled confirmed orders and increased ship time. This demonstrates that Apple does know how to judge demand with a new product. Having good balance between customer expectations and actual quantity to manufacture is difficult and risky.

iOS4 upgrade

I upgraded 2 products to the new OS, my 2G iPod Touch 32G and 3G iPhone 8G.

First was my iPod Touch. I synced it with iTunes 9.2 and initially iTunes stated that the OS was up-to-date. After pressing the check for update button I was then asked if I wanted to upgrade to iOS4. I selected yes. First iTunes downloaded the update then asked me if I wanted to install, yes of course. iTunes backed-up my Ipod Touch then installed the new OS. Then restored my settings from the back-up. This process took 90 minutes. After it was done my iPod Touch was not longer connected to iTunes and iTunes was frozen. I had to force quit iTunes in order to get things back up again. Before re-syncing with iTunes I checked out the operation of the iPod Touch. Everything appears to be working as before. The new Mail app is much better with the choice of handling multiple email accounts.

Next I upgraded my iPhone 3G (no S). Once connected iTunes 9.2 immediately told me that a new OS was available. I selected yes to all appropriate menus. First iTunes downloaded iOS4, next backed-up my iPhone 3G, installed new OS, then finally restored my settings from the back-up. Same process as my 2G iPod Touch. Except for the time. The iPhone upgrade took over 3 hours. I had the same frozen iTunes after all was done making me force quit iTunes again. My Phone 3G appears to be working as expected. No problems. I really do like the new Mail app. I have not tried using folders yet.
As for battery life , maybe a little more. The current battery life before re-charge seems to be very low to me. Starting with a full charge in the morning, I check email and read news on a break at work thats about 15 minutes. Then on lunch I check email again and read more news and sometimes play a game, that lasts about 30-45 minutes. When I get home and check battery life I am down to less than a quarter of life left. Basically I get about 2 hours top between battery re-charge cycles. That seems to me to be way to low. SInce I carry multiple battery rechargers for back-up when I am way from home I am not concern yet. Of course I will be getting a new iPhone 4 next week. We will see how that goes.

iPhone 4 upgrade experience

Since I was awake at 1:30 AM June 15th, I decided to checkout the Apple Store website. At first I was not thinking about pre-ordering an iPhone 4, I was actually checking if there were any iPod classics available on the refurbished site. Well, the Apple Store was down for maintenance.

After that I thought I would check with AT&T wireless website about upgrading information for the iPhone 4. The iPhone specific page loads with a big iPhone 4 ad with an pre-order select button. Pressing the button takes to a log-on screen for your account for upgrading. I entered required information. The response tells me that I am eligible NOW to upgrade my iPhone 3G (No S). Until recently I was due to be eligible on 21 June. Next page fails. There was a warning that AT&T is unable to process my inquiry. So that was that off to bed.

Next try, 7:30 AM. Same thing with both Apple and AT&T. Off to work.

3rd try, 7:00 PM. AT&T same response still. Lucky for me the Apple Store is up and running. I selected iPhone 4 32G pre-order and checked the appropriate upgrade path. Next Apple checked my AT&T eligibility. Information came back showing my current AT&T phone, messaging and data plans with an option to keep current ones or change. I kept old plan for now.
Next step was a choice on iPhone 4 delivery method. Either ship to or in-store pick-up. The in-store pick-up option stated that there were no reservations available but I could go to my local store and get an iPhone 4 on a first come basis on June 24th. I had not chosen an actual local store at this point. That option was too iffy, especially since I would be at work until 6 PM. Who knows what in-store availability will be like the first weekend, probably not good.
I chose the ship to method. The page stated that the iPhone 4 will ship by July 2nd. Yes July 2nd. My confirmation reaffirms this and adds delivers by July 6th – 8th by standard shipping.

Hopefully these dates won’t be extended. This will give two weeks to read and here all the comments from those who got the iPhone 4 on the first day.

iPhone 3.0 software

Well, It took awhile to get access to download the 3.0 software. This was not completely unexpected. All done as of 6 p.m. PST.

I searched last night to find out when the 3.0 software will be available. The only time mentioned on a few sites was 6 a.m. Cupertino time. At 6 a.m. PST the 3.0 software was not yet available through iTunes. Back to sleep.

Tried again at 3 p.m. PST with my iPod Touch. It took over an hour to get connected to the iTunes store in order to download the update. I kept press the update button like a irate monkey until I got through. Eventually, I got to the license agreement page. After accepting the agreement it took another 15 minutes to get to the actual downloading function with continual pressing of the update button or accept agreement button after first getting ‘can not connect try again later warning’.

Everything went o.k. updating my iPod Touch and iPhone 3G. All the apps that I use frequently seem to work.