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Life with the iPhone 3G, one week later

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Life with the iPhone 3G, one week later
In our initial review we noted several problems we’ve had with the software, but the list just keeps growing and we are growing increasingly less patient. Our latest issue is that the screen has shrunk. The view remains the same, but along the top and left there are five or six rows of unused pixels. On the bottom there are a few rows, and the left side has one or two unused rows as well.

We have encountered several more lockups, restarts and overall unstableness. There have been numerous user reports of data being erased when the phone syncs with iTunes, MobileMe still not working properly and SIM card read errors that require a new phone.

Our issue with the screen shrink may be an isolated problem, but many users reported that they have one or another issue. If Apple doesn’t fix these problems soon, we will have to lower the rating of the iPhone 3G.

Let us know if you have experienced any software/hardware issues with your iPhones at news@phonearena.com. As soon as we get more information or answer from Apple will let you know.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:42

1. (unregistered)


iphone sucks!!

posted on 24 Jul 2008, 18:44

81. Dexter (unregistered)


I don't think the iphone sucks, it's just apple fanboys are so easy to hate. They are the equivalent to technology hipsters, so damn smug. The phone is innovative and the UI is great, but there is just alot of phones out there that do the same things and much better. Why can't everybody just tip their hat to the iphone, because it has pushed phones forward and ultimately the consumer across the board will win in the end.

posted on 24 Jul 2008, 21:45

98. (unregistered)


Yeah iphone sucks... for sure. Glad I didn't get this POS! I am happy with my Dare :-)

posted on 25 Jul 2008, 20:16

122. (unregistered)


Dude the dare is horrible ever try surfing the web on the iphone? way better than any phone out there right now

posted on 28 Jul 2008, 16:59

132. BOB DOLE (unregistered)


UI great, so they fixed the way you have to clear to the main screen every time you wish to change over to a different function

posted on 29 Jul 2008, 21:01

140. (unregistered)


Why is everyone always argueing what phone is better. Im happy with my Instinct and thats all that matters.......IPHONE SUCKS!!!

posted on 23 Jul 2008, 15:40

2. BXBeast (unregistered)


damn! i thought i they would fix problems like this, wow apple needs to step up there game before people give up on them!

posted on 23 Jul 2008, 18:04

16. kiing (unregistered)


its to late

posted on 24 Jul 2008, 11:04

62. (unregistered)


Lower the scales and take the ride down... iphone sucks, (isnt the first version supposed to suck worse) looks like 3g is too much for iphone.

posted on 24 Jul 2008, 21:29

96. (unregistered)


Too bad Verizon doesn't have anything better. I'll take the iphone issues anyday, that's why I'm switching

posted on 25 Jul 2008, 07:32

109. (unregistered)


You are so freakin blind! Half of Verizon phones kill iphone. Dare is so much more superior than iphone ever was or will be.

posted on 25 Jul 2008, 10:00

113. (unregistered)


Haha that was a funny joke 117

posted on 25 Jul 2008, 10:48

116. (unregistered)


Anyone who thinks the lame DARE is better then the iPhone has never used the iPhone. I've used both and can tell you anyone who used an iPhone would HATE the dare.

posted on 25 Jul 2008, 10:55

117. (unregistered)


Seriously, I have tired all Verizon phones and in the end, not even on looks they get to be close to the iPhone.. and i'm one that wanted to be with VZW over ATT.. I dont have the iPhone yet, but after messing with it a few times, not is much easier to use and type on it then I expected, but is easier to use then the Dare and Glyde phones.. The only one phone I would concider at this time over the iPhone would be the Samsung Instinct, but at this moment,, I am not a fan of Sprint at all, so getting hte Instinct for me is out of the question..

posted on 27 Jul 2008, 20:27

128. (unregistered)


ive had the iphone canceled the service not even 30 days later and sold the phone i ebay yes it is a really nice phone great for the person on the go the down side its with at&t. im still with verizon with my envy the dare is a POS its looks cheap and feels cheap the touch screen is cheap atleast with the iphone u can tap the screen the dare u have to pound the screen. the good thing is by the end of 08 when the take over of alltel is complete (VZW is now the US largest cell phone provider) they will unlock there network to phones and apps that met there specs. this means u can get a samsung instinct and have it work on the verizon network. or any cdma phone.

posted on 28 Jul 2008, 21:02

133. (unregistered)


That's a dumb comment. In addition to the iPhone troubles, at&t has what is consistently rated the worst coverage (or second worse, only beating Sprint) in the country. What Verizon has better is reliable service that is consistently ranked the best in the country. Have fun with your defective toy on a non-working network. Should be a blast! Just don't shoot yourself when you see how your phone will work for the next two years.

posted on 29 Jul 2008, 10:07

134. (unregistered)


So by switching to the iphone you like: - the ability to NOT put insurance on your iphone - the ability to NOT download music OTA (over the air) - the ability to NOT get a new or extended battery in a store - the ability to be on a network with less coverage, more dropped calls, and second class customer service - the ability to NOT have an actual QWERTY keyboard you can slide out or filp open - the ability to be on a 3G network that is only available in large metropolitan areas - the ability to be limited to WIFI areas if you want fast internet speeds - the ability to NOT have removable/expandable memory - the ability to NOT have actual turn-by-turn GPS on the go - the ability to NOT have your defective iPhone worked on/switched out at your local store -the ability to NOT "Hear Me Now?"

posted on 29 Jul 2008, 10:08

135. (unregistered)


actually bud i've had plenty of customers who actually were currently using the iPhone and switched to the dare because of lockups, reception issues on the handset, and stability. I also used the IPhone myself and i do admit that it is the best touchscreen by far but im not going to sacrifice getting a good touchscreen over all the other services that phone cannot offer and the dare can. Its all about what you need, if all you care about is how accurate and versitile ur touchscreen is get the iphone, if you care about service, speed, and reliability with an okay touchscreen get the Dare, not to mention working bluetooth features.

posted on 29 Jul 2008, 10:11

136. (unregistered)


Dont get me wrong Apple makes great products, I personally have the MACBOOK AIR and an iPod Touch, i just dont want to be on a second-class network. The iphones internet browser is second-to-none, but the network is second-to-verizon and albeit a very distant second.

posted on 23 Jul 2008, 16:06

3. (unregistered)


The Apple fanboys will be here soon to defend their beloved overpriced phone with a fruit on it, don't worry.

posted on 23 Jul 2008, 16:26

6. (unregistered)


" The Apple fanboys will be here soon to defend their beloved overpriced phone with a fruit on it, don't worry " Overpriced? Compared to what phone that flawless sync's data the same way ? And has all the same features and benefits.

posted on 23 Jul 2008, 18:06

17. (unregistered)


...mmm try any windows mobile device? im sorry that it doesn't have a flashy UI but it gets the job done. And at least you can get a WM Device without being charged for 3g and data requirements :)

posted on 23 Jul 2008, 22:26

30. Web (unregistered)


Exactally - The ATT Tilt, which is better than the iPhone of course, is only $199 now, same as the iPhone 3G. It's a much better phone technically speaking and with all the add-ons and mods it becomes an even better phone aesthetically. The defense rests.

posted on 24 Jul 2008, 05:54

41. (unregistered)


Oh my word that comment just goes to show how blinkered the Apple Kool-aid drinkers are!!!!!! Blackberry and Windows Mobile has been providing the features that Apple still haven't got right for more than 7 years! Also due to the large and mature developer community you can add any skin to the device you like, just take a look at the demo herehttp://www.spbsoftwarehouse.com/products/mobileshell/?en http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=402021&highlight=diamond And if you really like the Apple UI I strongly recommend here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEQ7oo4U7nE http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=392985 I think the IPhone UI is great but it ain't worth $1,800 over 2 years with the bugs etc On top of this in terms of features it is still playing catchup It still has a low megapixel camera, there are tons of posts complaining about lockups and synchronisation errors where data is lost !!! It has only just started providing 3G and true GPS, there is no Video conferencing, No memory card slot, can't change the battery, screen rotation works only on a subset of the IPhone programs!! No Bluetooth A2DP Stereo Headset support! I have had HSDPA and GPS for over a year, syncin'g email......pleeeaase...6 years and counting and there are many more but I won't go on. However the screen is amazing and the GUI is great but as I can add any GUI I like and am not locked into ITunes etc I'd stick with something like the Samsung Omnia The Samsung Omnia has so many more features than any other Windows Mobile Phone out there so it kicks the IPhone into the dust on the functionality stakes 16GB internal with upto 16GB memory card support (that's upto 32GB of storage!!!) Worlds first DivX certified phone!!! Xvid/H.263/H.264/WMV/MP4 support 5 megapixel camera CMOS camera with a host of semi professional features!!! TV out GPS HSDPA 7.2Mbps 3.2" screen True screen rotation in all programs Video recording with a host of semi professional editing features!!! FM Radio with RDS Bluetooth with Headset A2DP support Office document support WiFi Decent battery 1400mAh Alec

posted on 24 Jul 2008, 14:54

75. (unregistered)


OMG, you just wrote "RIP iphone" and that info is so true. Apple fanboyz can't say nothing against this one. Ha!!!

posted on 23 Jul 2008, 16:21

4. phillipxenxciel (Posts: 14; Member since: 23 Jul 2008)


hahaa~~i love that bsod.

posted on 23 Jul 2008, 16:21

5. nichitapavel (unregistered)


it's looks that the "precious" iphone so much beloved by all is a becoming a vista competitor,a very very strong competitor. I'M LOVING THIS GAME!!! interesting who will win???

posted on 23 Jul 2008, 16:47

7. (unregistered)


wow everybody is really hating on apple. lemme ask you ppl a question, what device is comparible seriously or better? i will answer nothing. i need to start singing, HI HATERS!

posted on 23 Jul 2008, 17:01

8. (unregistered)


Nokia N95.... that's a better phone

posted on 23 Jul 2008, 17:16

10. (unregistered)


I use a N82. It's better too :)

posted on 23 Jul 2008, 17:21

11. (unregistered)


we are not hating apple,just is not natural,like other phones don't exist,the most annoyng thing is that since the birth of iphone i just hear about him and..... GOD please kill me!!!i'm so tired of this iphone!!!every phone is compared to him,you don't imagine how annoing is this!!! nokia n95&samsung i900 that's good phones

posted on 23 Jul 2008, 17:23

12. Junior (unregistered)


Viewty.

posted on 23 Jul 2008, 18:07

18. (unregistered)


HAHA I LOVE the responses!!!

posted on 24 Jul 2008, 07:54

43. (unregistered)


Well um let's see Nokia N95,N96,N82,Samsung Omnia,Innov8, HTC Diamond etc.

posted on 24 Jul 2008, 09:15

52. VZW FTW (unregistered)


The DARE.....with the new WIrelessSync and RemoSync it is superior in every aspect

posted on 24 Jul 2008, 09:38

56. Cubix (unregistered)


Mi P990i (a pesar de los años) es mejor

posted on 24 Jul 2008, 12:38

69. (unregistered)


I use the HTC Tilt/TyTn II/Kaiser... This phone has a touch screen, it has Google Maps, I downloaded a 3rd party flash video player to it so I can watch everything YouTube and other sites have to offer, it has real GPS (not tower triangulation like the iPhone), I don't have to sync anything to it, but my Outlook contacts, I can play any music format I want because I just copy it to my SD card via a card reader and then pop it into the phone, it has a 3 megapixel camera (which is evern weak now, but still better than iPhone's, and oh yeah--I can send multimedia messages (you know, that function that's been on pretty much every phone since late 2002, but still is not on the iPhone). iPhone rules? Sure it does, it rules all of the world's weak-minded sheep that are hypnotized and fooled by marketing instead of researching functionality and user friendliness. You know who has an iPhone? The same clowns that have iPods. Please tell me how your PC-syncing, data losing, letting another company spy on your hard drive (iTunes), iPod/iPhone could ever be better than my USB mass storage, drag and drop, DivX/XviD playing, half the cost Creative Zen.

posted on 24 Jul 2008, 13:23

70. apb91781 (Posts: 10; Member since: 29 May 2008)


The samsung instinct... hands down

posted on 24 Jul 2008, 21:31

97. (unregistered)


The UI in the Dare is HORRIBLE

posted on 24 Jul 2008, 21:55

99. (unregistered)


U are horrible! I love UI on DARE it's much easier and more friendlier than the competition.

posted on 25 Jul 2008, 11:01

118. (unregistered)


If anyone likes the UI on the dare more then the iPhone's then you must be a retard or something..

posted on 23 Jul 2008, 17:05

9. (unregistered)


Apples and Berrys =$$$ Give me WM6.1 on a Simply Everything plan and I'll put the rest in the bank.

posted on 23 Jul 2008, 20:48

27. (unregistered)


Sounds like a Mogul...from Sprint ;)

posted on 24 Jul 2008, 06:29

42. vzwemp (unregistered)


sure, u could have a mogul on sprint, exept their network sux and so does their customer service. who else fires you for callin in for service problems?! Besides, the mogul sux. U could use a samsung i760 on verizon with the 6.1 updates, u get the phone, the best service, and a good price.

posted on 24 Jul 2008, 10:06

57. (unregistered)


Say what you want about the customer service (it definitely has been steadily improving), but don't hate on the Mogul just because VZW didn't get it. It's also pretty easy to say the "network sux" and the "mogul sux" without backing it up. And "good price"? With VZW? LOL!! That's the best one I've heard all week! If you want to roll with an all you can eat plan, it's $139.99! That's nearly $1,000 more than Sprint over the course of a 2-year contract! My Mogul does whatever I need it to do, wherever I need it to do it and I bought an Xbox 360 and a PS3 with that money I didn't give to Verizon.

posted on 24 Jul 2008, 10:45

58. (unregistered)


we got the xv6800 which happens to be the same as a mogul sooo yeaa u shld back up ur info

posted on 24 Jul 2008, 10:48

59. (unregistered)


Any true cell phone fanatic would never back Sprint. If you know anything about the industry you would know that Sprint has lost customer base every quarter since the start of 2007. That is unheard of in this industry. So please, don't defend Sprint unless you know the facts. Why in the world would Sprint be the only company to offer a simply everything plan for $99.99? Why do they need their CEO in a black and white commercial trying to appeal to its customer's hearts? Sprint is going down quickly and they are trying everything to rebound. For every new activation Sprint gets, 5 of their customers leave. If you want to know who the best is, trust a company that is non-biased...Consumer Reports. VZW wins every year.

posted on 24 Jul 2008, 11:02

61. (unregistered)


my bad....u must've got it 6 months later like VZW did with the Touch. Either way, Sprint gets you a better deal on everything you need. Can't argue that.

posted on 24 Jul 2008, 11:21

63. (unregistered)


Yet they still have over 50 million customers, are the 3rd largest carrier in the united states and are worth something like 50 billion. They are doing what any company in there position would do to try to ensure their survival, the million dollar question is, will it work? Not defending... just merely stating facts.

posted on 24 Jul 2008, 11:39

65. (unregistered)


Who cares why the Simply Everything is $99.99? Bottom line is: it costs less and offers terrific benefits. The Simply Everything changed the game. Sprint offers very comparable service to VZW at a tremendous value. If you think that VZW is SO much better that you're willing to pay 30% more, go for it. I do know the facts. To answer your question: They have to offer the SE at $99.99 and such to make up for the mis-management of the past. The previous CEO(s) made some terrible mistakes by merging with Nextel, doing a terrible job at merging and re-vamping their billing system and outsourcing their customer service. Also, please show me a source where for every customer Sprintgets, they lose five. That's not even close to accurate. It may have happened for one quarter, but you can't just throw that out there as a broad statement.

posted on 24 Jul 2008, 13:25

71. apb91781 (Posts: 10; Member since: 29 May 2008)


Dude, Sprint is the ONLY company with the ASL plan. Which makes deposits lower for customers. I tried to get a Verizon phone and they wanted $700.00 outta me for a deposit. Sprint? a simply $150.00 so yeah New car or New Phone?

posted on 24 Jul 2008, 14:16

74. (unregistered)


i wonder why sprint is losing millions of custmers every quarter and remains to be the cheapest service??? I also see more sprint advertising than any other major carrier.......and verizon does have the mogul, but its called the 6800 smart guy. sprint has the ability to launch phones before vzw because they dont test their product. how is wi-max going? im just waiting to see what is going to happen to that pathetic company. because of cdma, vzw is the only company who could really absorb them, but that wont happen because the customer bas is just too big and the fcc wouldntlet that happen. im sure though at this rate, sprint will only have about 20 mil in a few years and if still in business could get eaten up. good luck with that.

posted on 24 Jul 2008, 15:28

76. (unregistered)


Maybe you should take better care of your credit, if your credit is that bad that justmeans lack of responsibility. i mean how can you have a credit that low to get charged 700, last i checked highest deposit they asked for was $400...... are you in the negatives in your credit score like -120 or something?

posted on 24 Jul 2008, 19:45

82. (unregistered)


lets not forget about those all important ARPU numbers that these wireless companies use. Sprint owns that number averaging bout $55 per subscriber while Verizon and ATT average in the mid $40's. But with so many rumors abound about a takeover you cant help but wonder if Sprint maybe waited a tad too long before it started straightning itself out like you said well have to watch and see.

posted on 24 Jul 2008, 22:01

100. (unregistered)


SPRINT is garbage! Terrible CS and NEXTEL was even worse! I am careless if their unlimited plan would be even $30. All my friends who had Sprint are all with Verizon for several years now. You never get more dropped calls then SPRINT! RIP .... SPRINT.

posted on 25 Jul 2008, 00:52

107. (unregistered)


Lol, wow are you serious. I know for a fact that you are lieing about that $700 deposit. Last i checked it was a $400 deposit. $300 when you do your math right. And you should be embarassed to yap it out to everyone that you had to pay a $700 deposit to get a phone. Can we say "unsightly credit." lol. On my opinion on sprints network, yeah its good that you are paying a good price for your service but as a consumer its never good to hear that your carrier all of a sudden decides to cut off your service when they decide your being a liability to them. http://www.gadgetell.com/tech/comment/sprint-may-cancel-your-service-if-you-call-customer-service-t o-often/ So um..... yeah ild be careful if i were you. You might find yourself one day without service.

posted on 25 Jul 2008, 00:55

108. (unregistered)


WRONG LINK HEHE http://www.gadgetell.com/images/2007/07/sprint_dear_john_425.jpg ENJOY! DEVOTED SPRINT CUSTOMERS...

posted on 25 Jul 2008, 11:08

119. (unregistered)


hahahaha,, Good one,, he is probably pissed.. Ther are so many people that come here to complain, and as you read what they type you can almost read/see how they are like and why they are the way they are.. I've never seen anyone get charge 700 dollars for a deposit,, I never had to pay anything my self even when my credit score was the lowest..

posted on 27 Jul 2008, 19:15

127. (unregistered)


you're a lying piece of crap...verizon's highest deposit is $400

posted on 27 Jul 2008, 20:32

129. (unregistered)


You obviously don't know what you are talking about because vzw only has 2 deposits, they are either $400 or $125. Clearly you know what your talking about. You all know need to do some research into Sprint with any Business magazine. They are not worth 50 Billion, and they did indeed lose customer base every quarter since 2007. Look it up before you try and argue the fact. The only reason they have 50 million customers is because they merged with Nextel and gained their 20+ million.

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