While some have noticed that the new iTunes 10 could now play music directly from connected iDevices without having to activate the special “Manually manage music and video” mode, the other interesting related, but much more interesting new feature was missed.
Previously, iTunes media transfert was either a full sync, meaning you had first to put songs in a playlist then tell iTunes to sync it with the phone, or a full manual process, where you could drag and drop files, but would loose the power of using the sync options defined.
It is now possible to simply drag and drop songs from the iTunes list to the iPhone icon, which which prompt iTunes to immediately transfer these songs to your device.
iTunes 10 will list those songs under a new “Manually Added Songs” group in the “Music” tab of its iPhone settings.
This new feature allow the best of both modes: full sync while still allowing immediate media transfer on demand. Sweet.
1, 2 & 5) Typing is in some ways harder than it used to be when you were used to physical keys and T9 text-prediction.
3) The switch between portrait and landscape mode can be annoying, especially when lying down. There should at least be a preference to disable for in each app.
4) When the iPhone is off, it is off, and will not start itself up on time to wake yourself up as an alarm clock. Which also means it is totally off, not in some standby mode.
7) The battery life is not great: my iPhone 3GS last little more than a day in normal use, years ago I had a Nokia 3210 that lasted 4-5 days.
So the iPhone is not a great mobile phone, I would actually agree with that. Many users who only need a simple basic mobile phone, would be better served by cheaper and less fragile devices, such as my old Nokia 3210.
But what surprised me in that post was that it was not mentioning what makes an iPhone so much more than a mobile phone. Continue reading →