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Early iPhone Experiences

by John Moore | February 19, 2009

iphone2Couple of weeks ago, my T-mobile contract expired and I turned to AT&T to get the iPhone.  Was able to quickly sell my Blackberry (BB) Pearl on Craigslist (really like that service) and am slowly getting use to the iPhone quirks.

What I don’t like, miss or just haven’t gotten use to on the iPhone:

Cut n’paste – iPhone just doesn’t do it in any easy fashion.

Ease of adding contacts – Couple of steps and you are done on the BB, not nearly as simple on iPhone.

Email handling – iPhone is adequate with more “parsed” architecture of handling email clients.  The BB served all the emails up in one concise view.

What I like about the iPhone:

Great interface – manual, what’s that?  All product designers HW or SW should strive to create products that don’t need a manual.

Accessing the Web – I knew that this would be good but had no idea it would be this good.  Have now gotten into the practice of not only reviewing emails on my subway ride into the office, but now easily open links and review articles sent to me and through Twitterfon, can review all the latest news from those I follow.

App Store – So many apps, so little time.  Have only just begun to explore the App Store, paying special attention to those apps focusing on Health & Wellness and Medicine (though admit to downloading a few games). Have certainly not gone through and demo’d all 800+ apps in these 2 categories, but beginning to look at some of the popular or more interesting ones (e.g. Epocrates, WebMD, My Life Record, etc.)

Of the health-related apps that I have tried to date, really impressed with Epocrates.  Little wonder that it remains one of the most popular Apps on the App Store and is the most popular free app under “Medicine”.

4 responses to “Early iPhone Experiences”

  1. Will says:

    If you are in health care, you should try Skyscape’s medical resources for iPhone which is freely available in iTunes.

    • John says:

      Thanks Will for the tip, will give Skyscape a try. Looking at the preview screens however, doesn’t look like Skyscape invested much in this app, pretty ugly interface.

  2. Brian says:

    John, when you get time, take a peek at some very useful apps on the iTunes App Store by Creative Coefficient:

    1st Response – Be Prepared: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=300102561&mt=8

    American Medical Aid: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=303689017&mt=8

    Crash Report: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=302864454&mt=8

    These three iPhone apps might not be sexy, but they are very useful. In case of an emergency, the apps contain easy-to-read, critical information. In addition, they contain a database that lets you access important information that you might need in case of an emergency, and one-touch dialing of key telephone numbers for help. These three apps are essential additions to my iPhone.

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