So I’ve had the iPhone for almost a month. There are parts of it I really like. Everyone writes about what they like though, so I’m going to skip that part.
Here are my issues (ie: what I don’t like):
- My biggest issue with the iPhone is e-mail. (Not the edge, the way e-mail is handled.) I generally blame Google / GMail for this. Here are my issues:
- GMail uses this funky “threading” mechanism for conversations (e-mail exchanges with the same titles) which is pretty cool on the web. It sucks in an e-mail application. Google, please, for the love of tech gadgets, give me a way to turn this off in POP.
- Better yet, give me IMAP. Please, please, please. I think adding IMAP support (so I could ditch POP) would make my GMail / iPhone experience ten times better.
- I believe this would solve a myriad of other issues I have with e-mail that are related to how POP works. I never had these issues on my Q with the Mobile Outlook client.
- It might also make me a user / fan of the Google Calendar. (Which I don’t currently use – I’m just keeping my calendar directly in the iPhone.)
- Apple: Change the GMail mechanism in the e-mail client to support addresses that are not “@gmail.com”. I use commercial GMail (ie: my own domain) and not being able to put those accounts in there is annoying.
- More on e-mail. Apple, these are for you:
- Let me play WAV attachments. WTF? I mean I know you guys are kind of proprietary, but give me a break. I just want to listen to my Vonage voicemail on my iPhone.
- Show my new e-mail account for all my e-mail accounts on the unlock screen so I don’t have to go through the hassle of unlocking and looking to see if I have new e-mail.
- Even better, show me the number of new mails since last time I looked instead of the absolute new mail count.
- Austin has this citywide wireless network that appears as COA_Mesh. It isn’t iPhone friendly (possibly the same network structure, ie: Cisco, as the Duke network that was covered as having iPhone issues) becuase it requires some confirmation screen and, well, it never seems to work.
- Cisco: Please fix your network infrastructure stuff so it is iPhone friendly.
- Austin: Please beat on Cisco to fix it and, hey, ideally turn off that stupid confirmation screen.
- Apple: Please add the ability to exclude wireless networks that you have connected to in the past. Since I connected once, my iPhone keeps trying to connect to it. Since it can, technically, get a WiFi connection it thinks it is connected but can’t actually do anything.
- Fix this Vista issue. I’m not sure what’s going on, but Vista blue screens when I try to sync music or pictures. I admit I haven’t tried it in a week or so…. largely because it pissed me off.
So to summarize my plea(s) for help:
- Apple: Add a little bit better e-mail support. Fix the WiFi handling.
- Google / GMail: Please, I’m begging you, add IMAP support to GMail (even if it is just for commercial users).
- City of Austin: Fix COA_Mesh to be iPhone friendly.
BTW, even with all these gripes I don’t regret my iPhone purchase. I love the browser (except when it crashes, which it does a lot btw).