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And by saying “blonde”, I mean my iPhone. I had fun playing around and using the phone but it’s time to get a “real” smartphone. A device that I can store and backup files to. A device that I can drag-and-drop files to without worrying about file formats and compatibility. A device that I can wirelessly send files to another device through bluetooth. A device that lets me set my own ringtone. A device that lets me copy and paste. A device that sets me free for God’s sake!
I am sick and tired of all the bull shit restrictions that Apple included in the iPhone. Sometimes I don’t even feel that I own this phone, instead Apple owns me. I can’t transfer any kind of video file to my phone because it has to follow specific rules and formats supported by iTunes. So I have to go through all the trouble of decoding and converting either music or video files so that I can sync it to my iPhone through iTunes. And most of the time it doesn’t work. It’s Apple’s way of forcing everyone to buy music and video off iTunes. Don’t you think they should get sued for doing that?
It’s time to free myself from all the restrictions and limitations that was forced into my digital mobile life ever since I owned an iPhone. It’s time to let it go.
Screw Apple, and screw its iPhone!
I am switching to Windows Mobile. Now that’s a mobile operating system that certainly makes you the boss of your phone! It’s just a matter of choosing the right device with the right features.
I came across this site, http://www.320by480.com, while reading an article on some iPhone blog. The site has great quality wallpapers made specifically for the iPhone’s screen size. The wallpapers are categorized under numerous genres for easier navigation.

It’s always great to find sites that offer free stuff but it would have been better if the site was optimised to be viewed on an iPhone since it is meant to serve iPhone owners.

That being said, it’s a great site with lots of free iPhone wallpapers. The only drawback is that you have to save the images first on your computer then sync them to your iPhone using iTunes in order to set it as a wallpaper. Maybe there is a free application out there that lets you automatically download and set a certain wallpaper on the web right on your iPhone. Or maybe this is just another great idea for a potential application to be made available on the ever so popular iPhone Installer.

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Installing applications on any Windows Mobile device is a breeze. You download or transfer a CAB file to your device, run the file, choose where to install the application (whether on the device’s memory or on a storage card), and simply follow the instructions on screen. There is absolutely nothing complicated about the process.

On the other hand, Apple made it impossible for iPhone users to install a single application (as of yet). But of course thanks to hackers there is always a way around this issue. But it won’t be easy. And it will be risky. Some users even ended up with a dead iPhone. That’s why all the tutorials online on this matter mention the following before the guide begins: "Do this at your own risk."

The workaround is called ‘jail breaking’ your iPhone. A simple Google search will give you the information you need. But be aware that each firmware might have a different jail break process. So make sure to check what firmware your iPhone is running prior to attempting anything.

After the jail break, you will be able to add an application called ‘Installer’ to your iPhone where it will give you access to hundreds of iPhone applications. But you will be facing another problem. The iPhone’s memory is split into two partitions. One holds 300Mb (used for system files) and the rest is for your media files (iTunes music, photos, etc).

In order not to run into problems, you need to configure your iPhone in a way that it installs the applications on the second partition. Again, a simple Google search on this matter will help.

I told you it won’t be easy. Luckily, you can get an unlocked and jail broken iPhone off ebay to save yourself a lot of pain and agony.

My boss and I decided to exchange cell phones for the long weekend. So I got the HTC Touch and he got the iPhone. I have previously owned a Windows Mobile 6 Professional device (HTC Advantage 7501) so I know my way around the operating system, the only addition is HTC’s TouchFLO. Honestly, it’s one of the many missing pieces that Windows Mobile desperately needs which is some way to make the interface intuitive and a lot more finger friendly. But once you get out of the TouchFLO experience, it’s back to good old Windows Mobile again. And even though Windows Mobile allows running multiple applications, the HTC Touch can’t seem to handle it because of its small memory.

The thing that is totally noticeable about the iPhone is the simplicity. All tasks are simple, straightforward, and without a single complexity. Even if you have never used a cell phone before there is no doubt that you will immediately get the hang of it. Honestly, a freakin’ monkey would certainly know his way around it in a jiffy. There is barely any advanced options. You can only use one application at a time. Everything is so strictly imprisoned by the Apple people and any change to the system files (which can only be accessed through SSH on a jail broken iPhone) would pretty much either crash the OS or permanently lock it for ever and ever.

In other words, it’s certainly not intended for power users such as myself.  Apple wants you to be a good boy and only use what you see on screen. Period.

But the truth has to be told. There is no phone that does those simple tasks as well as the iPhone. Windows Mobile cannot be compared (it’s way off the chart). Nokia’s Symbian OS is also generations behind. And, from the looks of it, Google’s Android still lacks the finger friendly and intuitive UI.

So if you’re someone who is only interested in a phone that sends & receives calls & messages, as well as a built in iPod, and an internet mobile device for surfing (not chatting…yet), then by all means get yourself a glossy shiny iPhone. Oh and don’t forget to get yourself a case for it since it doesn’t come with one. Oh and a small cloth to clean the screen after every use. Oh and a screen protector. Oh and a pair of gloves so you don’t get it smudged. Oh and…no I think that is pretty much it.


This doesn’t happen all the time, but I thought I would mention it anyway.

Today, I clicked on the iTunes icon on my iPhone to check out the top 10 in numerous genres. I noticed the album arts are not loading. I kept going back and forth and flipping between genres but that didn’t seem to solve the issue. And since there isn’t a refresh button I decided to quit the application and start it up again. Still, that didn’t do the trick. Some genres seem to display the album art with no trouble but some don’t. So what’s the deal here?

So I left my iPhone for a while after turning OFF wifi. When I came back to it after a couple of hours, turned wifi ON, and sparked up iTunes, the album art now seems to be showing fine.

So was this an issue on the iTunes server side or was it an iPhone bug? Or was it a connection issue from my side?

We may never know. But still, it’s a strange issue that I thought was worth mentioning. After all, it has something to do with the iPhone.


Before I slept last night I plugged in my iPhone to get it recharged. I woke up today morning and pressed the home button to check for any messages and the phone wouldn’t wake up. Nothing seem to respond.

After searching for answers on the net I found out that a quite number of users had the same problem and some of them posted a workaround.

What I had to do is download and install and application called ZiPhone and connect it to my iPhone while it’s in recovery mode and click on Normal Mode (which is located under Advanced Features).

That pretty much did the trick. I just hope that I don’t have to keep doing this often.

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There is no reason for me to mention the advantages of iPhones since everyone knows how cool they are and how their user interface beats anything currently in the phone market. Instead, I will be mostly talking about the disadvantages of owning an iPhone and comparing it to other mobile devices I owned in the past. So far, I can honestly mention at least 5 features that the iPhone lacks which is available in mostly all recent mobile devices. But I won’t get into it now as I am feeling a bit tired and in need of some serious rest.

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So the package I have been waiting for four weeks to arrive finally showed up on my doorstep and it had my long awaited iPhone in it. I am still playing around with it trying out every feature and every detail. So it might take me a while to post on my experience with the iPhone. There is definitely pros and cons when comparing it to other devices and mobile operating systems such as Symbian and Windows Mobile. But so far I like what I see.


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