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iPhone 4

Tim Lemons —  June 30, 2010 — Leave a comment

Just got my iPhone 4 in on Tuesday. I am loving it and thought I’d right a real simple and quick review of it:

  • Love the new screen. It is incredibly crisp.  The new resolution is very impressive. It makes the simplest tasks enjoyable.  Just reading texts blows my mind!
  • It is fast! Right before I got this one in I had the iPhone 3G.  For the most part I never thought of speed of the 3G.  There were a few times where I thought man it’s taking a while to pull this app up.  Now the iPhone 4 is smokin’ fast!
  • The reception is noticeably better in some areas and not so much in others.  At my house I had one bar depending on where I was with the 3G.  Now with the iPhone 4 I have 2 bars in some of those areas and still one bar in some.  At church I used to have to stand right next to our signal booster to get a signal. Now I have signal in the mall area and the sanctuary.  It also picked up the wifi from the road before even entering the parking lot.
  • The improvements from the 3G to the iPhone 4’s camera are HUGE.  I didn’t have the focus ability in the 3G. Man does it make a difference! Excited that I will be able to use Evernote for more things now! Darren pointed out tonight that the shutter speed is faster (no more blurry pics)
  • Haven’t got to use FaceTime yet, but looking forward to that. If anyone wants to convo with me that has the new iPhone leave a comment below. I’ll be in touch.
  • Love the ability to take a picture of myself and see what I’m taking a picture of with the new front camera.  (yes i can be vain sometimes)
  • Only con so far that I’m not crazy about is the multitasking.  It seems like anytime I open an application it then stays an open application and therefore gets put on my multitask bar.  There should be some way to close out of a program (maybe I’m missing something)

Plus how cool is it that my phone has a HD video camera?  Just check out this video below that was shot and edited completely on an iPhone 4.
Can you believe how far technology has come?

I am so happy so far with the iPhone 3.0 update and this because of only one MAJOR feature… SMS Texting update.

I use twitter a lot and unlike the early days, I finally have a lot of my actual friends (people I know) on twitter.  At the moment I am following 325 people on twitter. There is no way I would follow all of them through text messages, so I have always had people I don’t want to miss like my friends and then some people who I really love their twitters and wouldn’t want to miss them.  The problem with this (UNTIL NOW) has been that if I have a busy day or two and don’t read those messages then I have to go through and read them all in one setting because if I stop reading them I had to go through hundreds of messages just to find where I was.

Enter the new iPhone 3.0 update.  Now, if I miss a couple of days I can start anywhere I want on the list and delete each message as I go.  On top of that, if there is something I want to check out later like a book recommendation, website to check out, or video to see, I can just click that message forward it to twitter as a direct message to my Evernote account by adding “D myen” to the beginning of the message.  Then later when I have time I can go to Evernote and check out the link/video/book/etc.

Since I no longer have a job where I sit at my computer all day or at least part of the day, it has been hard to stay updated on twitter.  With this new iPhone 3.0 Update I am probably going to turn on some more direct notifications going to my cell phone.

For a list of what has been updated in iPhone 3.0 check this link that came from AVCLUB’s Twitter.

As a side note out there for Tweetie, Twitterific, Tweetdeck, and any other twitter app designers – It would be so awesome to have a feature that has twitters come in like an email that you can save, delete, mark as read and that comes in and keeps them even if I don’t check it for 5 days or more.

I’ve toyed with the idea of subscribing to an rss feed of my followers and have them come to a different email address that I could check.  Maybe Google wave will assist in that?

My Decision to go google

Tim Lemons —  December 13, 2008 — 1 Comment

I have been a fan of google for along time. I’ve had a gmail account for as long as I can remember (back when you had to be invited) and gmail has always handled my personal domain email address.  I love the fact that no matter how many times I move, change jobs, change internet providers, my email address will always be the same until the day I die (or email dies)

Recently I made the switch to stop using Mail as my email interface and start going to just using gmail. I gotta say at first I was kind of frustrated and tried other apps like thunderbird.  I was also frustrated trying to get my exchange (work) accounts working in that workflow.  However the more I started using it, the more I LOVED it.  I could be on any computer anywhere and have my full featured mail client.

The more I did this the more I loved it and started using other features.  I stopped using iCal and started using google calendar.  I stopped using word (super slow and buggy on a mac anyways) and started using google docs. This really helped the situation I had with syncing my blackberry.  I downloaded google apps for blackberry and had access to all these things now on my blackberry

Then I started putting more and more of my documents online using google docs or or Evernote or dropbox. Then I started using delicious for all my bookmarks.  Now no matter what computer I am on, I have access to them and now that I have an iPhone, I can access a lot of those items from my phone.

Now that I have resigned from my job at The MET (details coming soon about that) and have to turn in my computer, I am currently computerless.  Sure I have that old powerbook G4 – but as soon as I did the updates to try to get functioning it has frozen. Hopefully I’ll be able to get it working soon.  Anyways since I am computerless I am very grateful I made the decision to go google with most of my stuff.

Now if only I could sync my iPod, iPhone, iTunes, iPhoto and TV from any computer over the web.  Then I’d be in business!

If you want to read a little more about this go here.