Computers – iPhone 2.0, 3G

July 19, 2008 at 4:52 am 2 comments

So, it has been a while. My apologies. Trying to get this thing kick started back up again – here goes…

One quick change — I will start all posts with the category of the discussion of the post. Hopefully, I will have many people visiting this blog from all different avenues of my interests (pharmacy, technology, trapshooting, sports, etc) and I want to make it as easy as possible to see what the post will be about.

Moving on to the new iPhone stuff — my last post was about my excitement over the announcement of the SDK of the iPhone. Well, it is finally here…. I have my new 3G iPhone on order, but I have upgraded the old phone to the 2.0 OS. One word to describe this – impressive, based on the AppStore alone. Sure, the new 3G and 2.0 are still missing some stuff (cut and paste, MMS, sending text to multiple people at one time) but looking at the strength of the AppStore, I have a suspicion that either Apple or a third party will take care of these problems.

The introduction of AppStore had opened up all new avenues for iPhone usage. With over 500 applications available upon launch, there is a little something for everyone out there. As a not-so-proud owner of smartphones using Palm OS and Windows Mobile, the installation of applications using the AppStore is the easiest thing I have ever experienced. And, as of right now, I have not noticed any noticeable change in performance of the phone. Here is what I have installed so far and some quick impressions of each application…

Monkey Ball – one of the apps touted at the prelaunch event in June. It lives up to the billing and promise from that conference. Well worth the price, albeit a little difficult at first learning the controls

Epocrates RX – a must have for all health care professionals and best of all, it is free! Instant access to any and all drugs ranging from drug name, dosing information, side effects, drug interactions, etc. It even has images of the medications. Very cool.

MLB.com At Bat — so what that this came out right around the All-Star break when MLB is basically on vaca. A very nice clean app to check scores and view clips from the game. Obviously, works best on wifi for the clips (again, no 3G for me yet) but gives very good at-a-glance in-game info from score (by inning) with runs, hits, and errors, current pitcher, current batter and men on base. For $4.99, I think it is a good buy.

PhoneSaber — change your iPhone into a lightsaber — fun little app

Evernote — if you don’t already have this free app, why don’t you. Seamlessly keep notes on your phone, computer and Internet. All synchronize with each other. Even works cross platform — I use a Mac at home, Windows at work, and the iPhone. All sync seamlessly. A++++

Light — turns your iPhone into a flashlight. Nice when in dark places and you need a little extra light.

iPint — free app, so why not download — silly little app slide a beer across a bar and drink it.

SportsTap — I have not used this much, but keep track of scores from MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAA, NASCAR, F1, IndyCar, AFL, PGA, ATP, MLS, Premier League and UEFA all in one all. A little slow to respond and the MLB only show scores, but overall the app has promise.

ShoZu – downloaded, not used yet.

iYardage – nice little app for tracking golf scores. Not used yet in a round, but a clean app so far.

BubbleBash — highly addictive app — very fun – A+ recommended download.

Putt Putt Touch – not a bad miniature golf game, but a little tough to use. Not recommended until they clean it up a little and/or introduce more courses.

Tap Tap Revenge — Guitar Hero for iPhone is the best way to describe this one. Not a bad app and the two player mode looks interesting, but I have not been able to use it. More songs would be a plus and an update has just been released. I will play around with it a little more and post later.

That’s what I have for now. Hopefully, I will post a little more on each app and my experiences with the 3G once I get it.

Until next time – always remember: what doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger…

John

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. appenheimer  |  July 20, 2008 at 12:20 am

    myLite app is a much funner flashlight app…
    strober, tripper, killer at rock concerts

    Reply
  • 2. johnvoliva  |  July 20, 2008 at 2:31 am

    bad english aside… I downloaded myLite (free again) and it is better than Light — a fun little app….

    Reply

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