Cool things I've done with my iPhone. How 'bout you?

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spazzman90

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Okay, I've had the phone for a couple of weeks, and honestly purchased it on a whim. Yeah, I thought the internet on the go would be cool but there's that as well as quite a bit more. Also, I think the iPhone takes way more of a bashing than it deserves. I do take offense a little, because most of these naysayers don't have one or are Apple haters. I want to do my part to help even the scale a bit. Also, this is the first Apple product I've bought for myself. Here's a partial list of cool things I've done.

My sister was due to fly in to town in a week. My mom wanted to book her a hotel, but who had the best rates? Went to Google maps and while looking at our area, typed in lodging. Then we were able to call each of the 'dots' and ask for their best price. This whole process took about five minutes or less.

I deposited money in my bank. Then I took a walk in the park across the street. After a while I decided to have a seat on a bench and take a few minutes and pay my bills online. (We don't need no stinkin' checkbooks).

My dad and I visited a new shopping center across town. After checking it out, he mentioned that there was a Classic Car shop nearby that he had been meaning to check out, but didn't know where it was. Easy enough. Google maps again. Put in the city we were in. Then put in Classic Cars (no crap!). Up it comes. Dialed it right there, too, but they were closed. Still used directions and drove by and looked through the windows. Pulled the website up from Google maps and we were able to get prices on all the cars we were looking at, because they had their inventory online.

I set up a new accout for work, and now take pictures when I am done. Instant slide show for the Bosses who already have pretty bad eyesight. They are impressed. (Got a $300 bonus!)

I can now email and send photos when I need to order parts, not just phone calls. This has already helped both in getting the parts, and getting shipped the wrong parts. I don't have to eat shipping because now I and they have a hard copy of what I want instead of 'we sent you what you wanted'.

Finally thanks to the fine folks at this badass site
http://www.tegianzone.com/rick_emerson.html
I can stream Rick's entire show commercial free any where in the state. I can pause it during stops, and it will buffer the whole show in about 15 mins so you will be good to go if you hit a tunnel or a deeply forested area. If you've never listened to Rick Emerson, he is a local Portland talk show host that talks about pretty much everything Pop culture, past and present. If you have a long drive or bus ride, you should give his show a whirl. This is almost worth the price of admission right here.

I got on Craigslist and spotted a super rare Gremlin wall game at a garage sale. Paid all of $14 for this item that is worth a few hundred. Also got directions on Google maps. All in the space of about a half an hour.

Now that it is so easy and quick to look up locations and phone numbers, I use Google maps constantly to verify store hours or inventory of what I am looking for.

Having easy access to a notepad is a godsend.

I'm constantly using Google maps to find back roads and shorter roads betweeen towns and such.

Of course, I will plan my route or postpone a trip now according to the traffic reported on Google maps, which is damn accrurate as far as I can tell.


I bought this phone on a whim. My old ATT contract had just expired, and I thought being able to browse here and there would be cool. I never anticipated just how useful and time saving this device would be. I think Apple marketing needs to get on the stick and start some new marketing. This is a great product. Thanks,

-Jeff


What are some of the cool things and cool situations you've been in where the iPhone has done something amazing?
 

Thatguy

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Wow, I found a Starbucks near where I was driving around yesterday, and I thought that was cool. I think you win though :laugh2:
 

spazzman90

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Oops, sorry.

Didn't mean for this to come off like a contest. Just an exchange of ideas for new ways to use the iPhone. Hopefully we can all get a little smarter if we share are experiences and learn new ways to use this amazing device! Also, Apple's weak marketing needs to let people know how this device will benefit them a little better. Until then, I will try and help them out. After all, it still is $600!

-Jeff
 
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Google Maps

I was at Lakewood Church in Houston seeing Hillsong United after the concert after I had found the church using google maps I typed in resturants and found a PF Changs right behind the church. I would never found it if I did not have my iPhone....
God is good all the time.
 

LauraBee

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I was at Lakewood Church in Houston seeing Hillsong United after the concert after I had found the church using google maps I typed in resturants and found a PF Changs right behind the church. I would never found it if I did not have my iPhone....
God is good all the time.
Happens all the time:

Someone says "Wow, I like your tattoos." and I say "Yeah, I'm a tattoo artist, this whole right arm is by me." Then they either tell me what they've always wanted or show me a crummy home tattoo and ask if I can fix it. I pull out my phone and show them as many tattoos as they want to see (either new ones or before and after jobs I've finished or fixed.) Then I go to my website and show them the galleries there. Then I go to the calendar feature and make them an appointment.

iPhone is working quite well for me.
 

DRabbit

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Happens all the time:

Someone says "Wow, I like your tattoos." and I say "Yeah, I'm a tattoo artist, this whole right arm is by me." Then they either tell me what they've always wanted or show me a crummy home tattoo and ask if I can fix it. I pull out my phone and show them as many tattoos as they want to see (either new ones or before and after jobs I've finished or fixed.) Then I go to my website and show them the galleries there. Then I go to the calendar feature and make them an appointment.

iPhone is working quite well for me.
Hey Laura, here's one of the first photos I took with my iPhone... the night I got a new tattoo (notice the guy with the pathetic vintage cellphone - LOL)...



Now, I want to see someone with an Apple tattoo...
 

LauraBee

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Hey Laura, here's one of the first photos I took with my iPhone... the night I got a new tattoo (notice the guy with the pathetic vintage cellphone - LOL)...



Now, I want to see someone with an Apple tattoo...
Funny you should say that, I have one in the works. I'm almost totally sleeved so it will just fit in, not like just a bare arm with an Apple tattoo...

I'll post it after I do it (or my other artist does it for me)

Totally cool pic though. What did you get that night?
 

DRabbit

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Funny you should say that, I have one in the works. I'm almost totally sleeved so it will just fit in, not like just a bare arm with an Apple tattoo...

I'll post it after I do it (or my other artist does it for me)

Totally cool pic though. What did you get that night?
I'd love to see your "sleeve" when the Apple logo is done! I have an idea for one myself for my next one, but I have to try to work the idea out.

This time around I got a Native American Style Eagle (icon-style, not realistic style) ... black outline, filled red and two black stars underneith (representing me and my husband)... then two small yellow stars (black outline), one for each of my kids. I'm at the "oh my god it itches" stage of healing, so just about done :)

I have seven others... all relatively small and scattered around (foot, calf, thigh, hand, forearm, shoulder, ring finger and now the new ones are on my back - eagle and black stars in the middle just below my neck, and the yellow stars on the back of each shoulder.

I love body art -- I'd love to see your website :)
 

qryptiq

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i went to buy an electronic piece of equipment at the store and the guy quoted me a price of $120 bucks. Right in front of him i google'd it and found the same unit for $65 bucks.

He lowered his price to $65 bucks and no tax!

hah! take that............:cool:
 

lilnef

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rsgdsfg

i went to buy an electronic piece of equipment at the store and the guy quoted me a price of $120 bucks. Right in front of him i google'd it and found the same unit for $65 bucks.

He lowered his price to $65 bucks and no tax!

hah! take that............:cool:
way to stick it to the man
 

vansouza

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so take a picture

I'd love to see your "sleeve" when the Apple logo is done! I have an idea for one myself for my next one, but I have to try to work the idea out.

This time around I got a Native American Style Eagle (icon-style, not realistic style) ... black outline, filled red and two black stars underneith (representing me and my husband)... then two small yellow stars (black outline), one for each of my kids. I'm at the "oh my god it itches" stage of healing, so just about done :)

I have seven others... all relatively small and scattered around (foot, calf, thigh, hand, forearm, shoulder, ring finger and now the new ones are on my back - eagle and black stars in the middle just below my neck, and the yellow stars on the back of each shoulder.

I love body art -- I'd love to see your website :)
So show us already... take a picture.
 

tfg

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Well, since I got the phone on June 29th, I've been working like a madman and really haven't got to use it all that much. Plus with being at work all day and having a computer, I really don't need to use the browser all that much. But the real beauty of the thing is going to be traveling. I'm going to be away all weekend and I'm sure that this is going to be the chance for me to stretch it's legs.

I'm sure at some point I'll use the browser. I haven't even connected the thing to wifi yet. The hotel should have it and I can't wait to connect. But I'm going to rip a couple movies for the ride and I'll have all my songs right at my fingertips. Plus I can go online in the car. This is going to be great.

The best thing that the iPhone has been used for, in my opinion? Settling arguments about who starred in what movie by being able to go to imdb.com in an instant. This happened the other night. So instead of arguing and racking our brains all night, I just popped on the iPhone and called up the site. Great stuff.
 

Errk!

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I'm sure I'm not the only person who does this and it's not terribly unique, but I think it's so cool that I can take a picture, email it to my Flickr account, then post it to a blog, no matter where I am.

I've also found that the phone integration with Google Maps is absolutely priceless. I've had to look up places and call them while away from my computer several times since getting this phone, and it's so convenient and easy to use. I love having a phone book, phone, and map all in one package that also plays my favorite music.
 

Tinman

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Yep that Google Maps integration thing is cool indeed.

People that I've shown it to have been extremely impressed--especially with sat view.

But I'm sad to report that I am almost guilty of lying by omission since a few times it was clear they thought it was a live sat image and I kinda didn't say anything. :eek:


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MIke
 
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I am a police officer and use maps to find locations of different places I need to go. I also (previously posted in another thread) use a system called Courtnet to check for warrants on people I come in contact with. I used to have to call the dispatcher to ask for this information but now I can do it on my phone. It also gives me any prior history so I can decide what direction I want to go when dealing with someone.

The maps also works great for people who stop and ask for directions (although the traffic function in louisville ky looks like it has been the same for a month now).

I keep all my court cases and work time in the calendar. I use notes to reming myself what I need to provide to different attorneys.

I do bike patrol on my police department also so weather helps me decide whether or not to ride, although I would like to see a rain percentage added to it without having to go to the separate page.

And just yesterday, I worked a burglary case and made the mistake of leaving my camera at my house (run a photo businesss on the side). So I took pictures of the burglary scene. 2 MP's will be enough to show detail on the burglary. After this, I am going to start syncing photos for court cases on my phone to show attorneys during pretrial to save the cost of printing them out. I can then go print them before trial if they will be needed.
 

cdodkin

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Went into harbor freight to buy a diagnostic reader for my car.

Forgot to bring in the coupon from the paper that I needed for the special offer.

Cashier was not going to honor the special deal price :(

Went online and found the coupon on their website while standing at the checkout.

Showed the iPhone screen to the manager, and she accepted that I had a valid coupon and gave me the discount.

Sweet! :cool::cool::cool:
 
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I was at Fry's yesterday with my wife shopping for a new vacuum. While we were there we were able to actually plug in the vacuums and test them out. As my wife started to narrow down to the ones she thought worked well I started looking the vacuums up on amazon to see if they were available online for less money. It seemed like Fry's prices were pretty competitive. But while I was checking prices I also noticed the reviews. It turned out that the vacuum that my wife liked the best was rated 2 out of 5 stars. I read some of the reviews and decided not to buy that vacuum. We found another vacuum that she liked and it had 4.5 out of 5 stars. Unfortunately Fry's was out of stock on that model. I checked a few other local stores websites to see if someone else carried the vacuum but none did. Then I decided to check the vacuum manufacturers website to find out where I might find it. I quickly found out what local stores carried the model I wanted and was able to go buy one.
 

tfg

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Well, I was just on break at work and I think for the first time, actually had the full iPhone experience.

I sat down in a lounge area with the ipod on and then checked 2 websites that are blocked on my work compuer and my bank account. This was all on EDGE (which I still contend isn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. It's like double the speed of dial up.) Then checked my emial, sent out 2 texts and took a call.

Everyone that bashes the phone should have to do what I just did before they can do so. My breaks at work just became great because of the phone. I'm going to start ripping movies or tv shows and watching them when I have down time. If they put flash on the safari browser, this thing is going to be unbelievable. Then it really will be the internet in your pocket.