So 24 hours after i got it and I thought it was the coolest thing in the world. Two weeks later and I must say that im wondering If i made a mistake. I still think its the coolest thing, but man oh man is this the most inefficient cell phone i have ever used. Slide, click, click click click then make a phone call.
You make some good points, but you also went a little overboard in a few places...
Edge doesn't work half the time.
If so it sounds like an AT&T issue. I haven't found any places where I had AT&T service but not EDGE. Moreover, I am no AT&T fan. Coverage map indicates my house is in a "moderate" coverage area (can't get any lower). To my surprise AT&T has worked great in my house, and around town. Better than Sprint with my Treo 650.
This doesn't mean to say you aren't having coverage issues. But I wouldn't blame the iPhone for it. If you next say you had better reception with AT&T from a Treo, I'd say you have a bad iphone--no review I've read says the iPhone is any worse, RF-wise, than the Treo.
I had to disconnect the WIFI because of the stupid SMTP. Two different SMPTs all day long?
OK, this has zero to do with the iPhone. Neither Apple nor AT&T are responsible for the state of SMTP. If you want to place blame, place it on spammers, virus spreaders, and the like. If it weren't for them sending mail today would likely be as unrestricted as it was back in 1995.
That doesn't mean you have to throw the baby out with the bathwater and disconnect from WiFi though. I, for instance, use Gmail for sending mail from my iPhone, which works no matter what service I use (no ads when sending mail, and that's about all I use Gmail for). Yes it took a bit of time configuring (I don't use port 25, as even that is blocked by many ISPs), and had to set my proper reply-to address in Gmail's Web interface, but once finished it works well.
And as an FYI I had to do that with my laptop too, as when I leave the confines of home (or work) there is no guarantee of SMTP--but again, I wouldn't blame the laptop for it.
You must be kidding me. The fact that when i turn on the phone im back to where i last was sucks. I don't necessarily want to be where i was. I want to make a call!
OK, I am all for improvements, but at the moment I wouldn't want the device to turn on at the phone screen all the time. Perhaps some sort of double-press of the home key to go straight to phone would be nice, though I would want this to be optional. Even you wrote that you "don't necessarily want to be" returned where you were last. How is the device supposed to know when you do and when you don't?
Then the non searchable contacts is horrible. Trying to drive and look at that little index on the left to find someone is horrible. i have 800 contacts in my phone. On the treo i would press the first letter of the name and boom im there. Click, call done. no more with this thing.
OK, this time you really did bring up a good point. But you kinda exaggerated a bit: for starters if you have 800 contacts then it is impossible for you to be able to press just the first letter of a name and "boom" you are there (800/26 = 30 average contacts per letter of the alphabet).
And while I do indeed want the iPhone to have some sort of keyboard lookup for contacts, I also own a Treo and can say without a doubt that typing on that tiny keyboard while trying to drive was not exactly fun, nor safe. I have about 1,000 contacts and rarely could I type just one (or two) characters and go to the right name. It was more like this: type one character, check to see if contact is now in view, if not enter another character, mistype next character, backspace, etc. Still, the alpha lookup was nice and I sure hope the iPhone gets something similar, if not better.
I received directions from my secretary via text. i needed to send it to a client via text. Ummm. now what. Thats right. i had to get a piece of paper and a pen, write it all down, then type it in to a new text. Not good.
This issue is a big one to me too. Not the lack of the ability to forward an SMS mind you, which I don't think I ever used on my Treo, but rather the lack of cut-and-paste, with which you wouldn't have had to use pen and paper. Very odd to me that the iPhone doesn't have C&P and that has bitten me a few times already. Never had to dig out a pen and paper yet, but if that day comes I'll be ticked off too. Embarrassing, really. Sure hope this gets addressed--pronto--via an update.
And where the hell is the update!
I'm with you on that!