27
Jun 08

Solutions

Here I am going to discuss the possible solutions to the fallbacks of iPhone which i described in my earlier post.

Before we proceed we would need to unlock and activate the iPhone. Find more about unlocking at http://www.ziphone.org/.

Ziphone also installs the “installer app” onto your iphone.Which would be required for all of the below.

  • Copying Data onto the iPhone
  • Copy/Backup SMS From iPhone
  • Video Recording: Steve jobs has again forced in restrictions. The iPhone inbuilt camera application doesn’t support video recording. But we have the iPhone video recorder to the rescue. It can be installed via the installer application. Unfortunately its not a freeware and comes with a limitation of maximum 30 recordings that too with a limit of 30 seconds per recording. You may purchase the full version for $US 19.95 from here.
  • Forwarding SMS from iPhone
  • I will be addressing one problem each post………be back for more

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06
Jun 08

iPhone Uncovered

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If you are looking for something related to unlocking your iPhone please visit http://www.ziphone.org/.Here I am gonna discuss its drawbacks. So that you are aware of the”Things Which It Can’t Do” before you buy one. At least that is what I researched before getting one.I need to mention that these drawbacks vaporise when compared to the feel that the iPhone gives.These points below aren’t good enough to make you stop buying an iPhone. Its just for ‘awareness’.I know of workarounds for a few of these problems. I have marked them with a images.I will be posting these solutions in my next post. But you would need to install third party applications for getting it done, which is a bit annoying.So here begins :

  • The first basic problem which I observed was that the “Bluetooth doesn’t support anything other than the Bluetooth headset“. You can’t use the Bluetooth in the iPhone to transfer files (photos and obviously not songs) or contacts to and fro other phones or even your PC.
  • imagesNo USB drive support: You cannot use the iPhone to carry around your data. i.e. You cannot use the 8 or 16 GB memory asyou wish to. You can only use it to sync songs, videos, calendar,contacts etc.When you connect the iPhone to your PC with the data cable all you see in your My Computer is a drive which contains only the pictures taken from the iPhone camera. “You may cut or copy it into your PC” thats all you can do withthe drive. You cannot even paste data onto it unlike the iPod’s whichappear as a normal drive when plugged in.
  • imagesNo video recording and camera doesn’t have zoom.
  • imagesLimited number of ringtones.New ringtones can be added only using the music you purchase throughthe iTunes. SMS tones are again limited and you even cant add new tonesthru iTunes unlike ringtones
  • imagesNo SMS forwarding:You cannot forward any SMS or even the ability to delete individualmessages is missing. You will have to delete the whole conversationwith that person if you want to delete something.
  • You cannot send business cards thru SMS, Bluetooth or even mail, as in other phones.
  • No MMS.
  • The normal headphones can’t be used with the iPhone. It has some sort of a longer plug with three layers. Don’t know the exact specifications. Apple specs page says its a 3.5-mm stereo headphone minijack
  • imagesYou can’t open office documents or PDF’s on an iPhone,In fact you can’t even store such things on your iPhone as discussedearlier. The only place you can read PDF or word docs is in the emailapplication.
  • imagesWhen you send a picture thru an email it forcefully compresses the size without giving an option to send in full resolution.
  • No FM Radio

So you see a 6 images out of the 10 problems identified. thats good enough. And with the iPhone SDK out we can expect more goodies to arrive soon.
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