The iPhone Still Rules

January 3rd, 2008 29 Comments

iphone.jpgI’m sure many of you out there got iPhones over the Holidays, just like David did. Rich finally joined the iranks, but he went the iPod touch route, an interesting choice, all the cool features, minus the uncool AT&T and the molasses-in- January slow Edge network.

This blog has become an iPhone resource for Oracle people. I routinely get several emails each week about the internal wiki I started to collect Oracle-specific tips and tricks like how to connect to the corporate wireless network, or how to set up the mail app for our corporate email. That post continues to get traffic and ranks 11th among posts.

I’ve been thinking about a follow up since Forrester declared the iPhone unready for enterprise use. I don’t disagree with the claims that Forrester makes, but they only apply if you expect your iPhone to do all manner of business stuff OOTB. There are some interesting things going on here.

All this means that more people will use iPhones for work, simply because they can. I find myself doing email and tweeting pretty much every time I have a second of downtime. I hate waiting, so I fill those moments with the iPhone.

And it keeps getting easier as web sites launch iPhone versions; I’ve mentioned before that Twitter and Facebook have mobile/ iPhone versions. Google recently deployed a mobile/iPhone version of all its properties. Now, so does this blog. Rich installed the WordPress plugin to enable an iPhone version of the management tools. although I can’t imagine writing a post with the soft keyboard.

Plus, version 1.1.3 sets the stage for third party apps. You should check out this video (or this rundown) of its new features; some question its authenticity, but it looks real (and really cool) to me. Apple did promise a developer kit by February too.

All this demand will force better support. So, as with other disruptive technology, IT will be faced with new issues, which seems to be par for the course lately. I expect someone will take a lead in deploying business apps to iPhones in 2008, but I doubt it will be Apple or any of the usual enterprise software suspects.

Back to Rich and his iPod touch. Companies like Jajah have made VoIP a reality for iPhone/iPod touch, so now having AT&T or other carrier is a moot point. Sure, you still need wi-fi, but wi-fi is in a lot more places now, e.g. Avis rental cars, hospitals and coming soon to airplanes.

Update: Frederik from Jajah has informed me in comments that you don’t in fact need wi-fi, and Jajah works just fine over the Edge network. So, iPhone pwns iPod touch in that department.

My advice, get an iPhone already. It’s only going to get cooler.

Update: The subject of loads of online rumors, 1.1.3 is also said to have copy-paste included, but not all the other neat stuff shown in the Gear Live video.


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29 Responses to “The iPhone Still Rules”

  1. Ray Zed Blog Says:

    Chris Davies: Jake, any info on when iphone will have a GPS? That would be a huge help for my “sense of direction disability”. Read more

  2. Rich Manalang Says:

    I can’t believe I held out so long (props go out to Mark Malone at Apple for pushing me over the edge). My iPod Touch has been awesome. Wifi is ubiquitous where I live. Just today, I spent the morning working at Whole Foods (where wifi is free and fast — speedtest.net reports 4mbps down/ 256kbps up… not bad for free as in beer). Had the laptop on doing coding, while the Touch kept me up to date with email, tweets, and IM.

    I’m discovering lots of cool GTD techniques too now that I have the Touch… I’ll blog about that soon.

  3. Rich Manalang Says:

    I can’t believe I held out so long (props go out to Mark Malone at Apple for pushing me over the edge). My iPod Touch has been awesome. Wifi is ubiquitous where I live. Just today, I spent the morning working at Whole Foods (where wifi is free and fast — speedtest.net reports 4mbps down/ 256kbps up… not bad for free as in beer). Had the laptop on doing coding, while the Touch kept me up to date with email, tweets, and IM.

    I’m discovering lots of cool GTD techniques too now that I have the Touch… I’ll blog about that soon.

  4. Jake Says:

    Dude, plz keep the wiki updated with your thoughts. I can’t wait for the semi-GPS feature of Google Maps plus directions. So awesome.

  5. Jake Says:

    Dude, plz keep the wiki updated with your thoughts. I can’t wait for the semi-GPS feature of Google Maps plus directions. So awesome.

  6. Jake Says:

    Dude, plz keep the wiki updated with your thoughts. I can’t wait for the semi-GPS feature of Google Maps plus directions. So awesome.

  7. Scotty Says:

    I’d hold out for version 2 personally. Some things I would miss from my Treo 750 if I switched today:

    General “One handedness” — you can do almost everything with one hand on a Treo, not sure that would change with the current form-factor of the iPhone however which appears to need 2 hands for almost everything.

    3G – Wifi is great when free and available but not if you’re in the car (as the passenger of course), out walking around in a park etc.

    A2DP (for BT Stereo Headsets) — great while exercising, but bad for Apple silhouette marketing/branding which relies on those little white cords connecting your device to your ears.

    Streaming Audio (goes hand in hand with the above) — internet radio is great, get local stations from anywhere or pure internet radio for free

    3rd party apps (hopefully the SDK will take care of this), like Slingbox, TomTom, a SplashID equivalent for storing passwords etc.)

    Ability to cut and paste..

    there are others but those are probably the most important to me…and might be to others as well, once you get a taste of them it’s hard to give them up :)

  8. Scotty Says:

    I’d hold out for version 2 personally. Some things I would miss from my Treo 750 if I switched today:

    General “One handedness” — you can do almost everything with one hand on a Treo, not sure that would change with the current form-factor of the iPhone however which appears to need 2 hands for almost everything.

    3G – Wifi is great when free and available but not if you’re in the car (as the passenger of course), out walking around in a park etc.

    A2DP (for BT Stereo Headsets) — great while exercising, but bad for Apple silhouette marketing/branding which relies on those little white cords connecting your device to your ears.

    Streaming Audio (goes hand in hand with the above) — internet radio is great, get local stations from anywhere or pure internet radio for free

    3rd party apps (hopefully the SDK will take care of this), like Slingbox, TomTom, a SplashID equivalent for storing passwords etc.)

    Ability to cut and paste..

    there are others but those are probably the most important to me…and might be to others as well, once you get a taste of them it’s hard to give them up :)

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  10. davidhaimes Says:

    I’ve been adding comments to this blog and reading comments on my blog while in the line at the Bakery in Oracle HQ, using our corporate Wi-Fi I had to break off to demo it some other people in the line too.

    This is what I have been waiting for since I saw my first WAP phone in 1999 in the UK and said – that’s not the internet.

  11. David Haimes Says:

    I’ve been adding comments to this blog and reading comments on my blog while in the line at the Bakery in Oracle HQ, using our corporate Wi-Fi I had to break off to demo it some other people in the line too.

    This is what I have been waiting for since I saw my first WAP phone in 1999 in the UK and said – that’s not the internet.

  12. Jake Says:

    I skipped over the whole Treo thing (see my older posts on my iPhone for history), but my wife didn’t. I was never impressed by her Treo, in fact the web piece looks so janky, I vowed to never use the mobile web.

    The iPhone changed all that for me with how it handles Interwebs. Plus, deploying web apps as apps (e.g. Google Maps) turns out to be a killer feature (sorry Johan, killer attitude) for mobile.

    Scotty’s coming from a different angle, and I’ve heard a fair amount of noise about feature/feature comparisons. Let’s face facts, Apple can’t get everything right, so there are bound to be gaps.

  13. Jake Says:

    I skipped over the whole Treo thing (see my older posts on my iPhone for history), but my wife didn’t. I was never impressed by her Treo, in fact the web piece looks so janky, I vowed to never use the mobile web.

    The iPhone changed all that for me with how it handles Interwebs. Plus, deploying web apps as apps (e.g. Google Maps) turns out to be a killer feature (sorry Johan, killer attitude) for mobile.

    Scotty’s coming from a different angle, and I’ve heard a fair amount of noise about feature/feature comparisons. Let’s face facts, Apple can’t get everything right, so there are bound to be gaps.

  14. Frederik at Jajah Says:

    Jake,

    thanks for the mention, it is highly appreciated!

    And yes, Jajah allows you to make VoIP calls with your iPhone or iPod touch without installing any software or the need of jailbreaking it. Simply point your iPhone’s or iPod touch’s browser to http://iphone.jajah.com and place ultra low cost international VoIP calls. Wi-fi is not necessary, an EDGE connection is totally fine.

    How it worlks: http://blog.jajah.com/index.php?/archives/251-JAJAH-iPhone-Web-Applicaton-2.0-Released.html

    Regards to you and all your readers, get back to me anytime if you have any questions or feedback,

    Frederik

    (frederik[at]jajah[dot]com)

  15. Frederik at Jajah Says:

    Jake,

    thanks for the mention, it is highly appreciated!

    And yes, Jajah allows you to make VoIP calls with your iPhone or iPod touch without installing any software or the need of jailbreaking it. Simply point your iPhone’s or iPod touch’s browser to http://iphone.jajah.com and place ultra low cost international VoIP calls. Wi-fi is not necessary, an EDGE connection is totally fine.

    How it worlks: http://blog.jajah.com/index.php?/archives/251-JAJAH-iPhone-Web-Applicaton-2.0-Released.html

    Regards to you and all your readers, get back to me anytime if you have any questions or feedback,

    Frederik

    (frederik[at]jajah[dot]com)

  16. Jake Says:

    Thanks for the response Frederik. I didn’t realize Jajah worked over an Edge connection too, and I will update the post. I have yet to try it out, but I will eventually. Looks sweet.

  17. Jake Says:

    Thanks for the response Frederik. I didn’t realize Jajah worked over an Edge connection too, and I will update the post. I have yet to try it out, but I will eventually. Looks sweet.

  18. Fabrizio Capobianco Says:

    Hi Jake,
    great you are mentioning SyncML as a need for the iPhone. If you want to try a well-designed (not humble) iPhone SyncML open source client, I would suggest you take a look at this: http://www.funambol.com/solutions/iphone.php.

    Cheers,

    fabrizio

  19. Fabrizio Capobianco Says:

    Hi Jake,
    great you are mentioning SyncML as a need for the iPhone. If you want to try a well-designed (not humble) iPhone SyncML open source client, I would suggest you take a look at this: http://www.funambol.com/solutions/iphone.php.

    Cheers,

    fabrizio

  20. Jake Says:

    @Fabrizio: Thanks for the tip.

  21. Jake Says:

    @Fabrizio: Thanks for the tip.

  22. Meg Bear Says:

    Jake, any info on when iphone will have a GPS? That would be a huge help for my “sense of direction disability”.

  23. Meg Bear Says:

    Jake, any info on when iphone will have a GPS? That would be a huge help for my “sense of direction disability”.

  24. Jake Says:

    @Meg: If you believe the video from Gear Live, the 1.1.3 version will have near-GPS using Google Maps Mobile and the Maps app.

    So, the Map app will know your location with a decent accuracy, making it much more powerful for directions. That’s probably the top feature I’ve seen for 1.1.3.

    I haven’t heard other rumors about GPS on the iPhone, but I suspect it will be soon, i.e. within the next year.

  25. Jake Says:

    @Meg: If you believe the video from Gear Live, the 1.1.3 version will have near-GPS using Google Maps Mobile and the Maps app.

    So, the Map app will know your location with a decent accuracy, making it much more powerful for directions. That’s probably the top feature I’ve seen for 1.1.3.

    I haven’t heard other rumors about GPS on the iPhone, but I suspect it will be soon, i.e. within the next year.

  26. Jake Says:

    @Meg: If you believe the video from Gear Live, the 1.1.3 version will have near-GPS using Google Maps Mobile and the Maps app.

    So, the Map app will know your location with a decent accuracy, making it much more powerful for directions. That’s probably the top feature I’ve seen for 1.1.3.

    I haven’t heard other rumors about GPS on the iPhone, but I suspect it will be soon, i.e. within the next year.

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  28. LouN Says:

    Hi,

    You might also want to check out SyncJe for iPhone at http://nexthaus.com/iphone

    Not free, but syncs Contacts, Cal, Notes, and has Automatic Sync.

    The other clients listed sync only contacts, or only cal, etc.

    Please let me know if there are any questions,
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    Hi,

    You might also want to check out SyncJe for iPhone at http://nexthaus.com/iphone

    Not free, but syncs Contacts, Cal, Notes, and has Automatic Sync.

    The other clients listed sync only contacts, or only cal, etc.

    Please let me know if there are any questions,
    Lou

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