August 28, 2008
It’s been a while. I’ve been messing with CakePHP instead of writing . . . but I need to do both. Anyway, an iPhone rant.
The iPhone 3G reception problem is bad news. While we were in DC a few weeks ago I was trying to look up maps and stuff and the iPhone was sucky so I switched off 3G thinking DC just wasn’t a good coverage area. When we got back, I never switched it back (it is Sarah’s phone after all). Then on Monday (several weeks later) I read that “Tris” (the Tetris clone) was being pulled from the App Store on Wednesday. I grabbed up the iPhone and downloaded it. (It’s pretty sweet by the way.) The download took a while and I remembered about how I switched off 3G weeks ago so I switched it back on and put the phone on the dryer (that’s where we put our phones and keys). Later that night Sarah does some laundry and I notice the iPhone is pretty hot sitting on the dryer . . . so I put it on the washer. Next day, all calls are dropped after less than a minute. At first I thought it was the heat from the dryer . . . but then Sarah said “It’s that Tris you installed!” and then it dawned on me . . . it was because of 3G!!! I switched off 3G and all is well . . . sorta, I mean, it’s not “twice as fast” and it certainly wasn’t “half the price”.
That said it’s still a cool phone and I wish I had one. It just sucks that it is advertized as better . . . and it’s certainly one of the most expensive options when it comes to the TCO (total cost of ownership) for a phone.