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June 30, 2007

Making The iPhone Better

Filed under: Main — Ryan Jones @ 10:33 am

Tubbergen Update: As I use this more, I have a few more suggestions, so I’m adding them now.

Since the web is filled with praise for the iPhone right now, I want to try to be one of the first to offer suggestions for making it better.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s clear just seconds after turning it on that the iPhone is the best phone on the market right now, and I love mine – but there are a few ways it could be better.

  1. The keys on the keyboard all show in uppercase – even when I’m typing in lowercase. This is confusing
  2. There’s no way to make or edit my own ring tone. There’s also no way to download or purchase ring tones. Fix this quickly.
  3. A zoom on the camera would have been cool. I tried taking some kitten pictures but found that I had to be really close to her to get them to frame properly.
  4. Import bookmarks from FireFox. I imported fine from IE, Outlook or Safari, but why not FireFox?
  5. Offer me a number pad option on the keyboard as well. It’s hard to enter certain information using the top row.
  6. It’d be cool to offer 2 checkboxes in iTunes so I can auto sync with my iPod and iPhone. I have more music & videos than will fit on my 8gig phone, and I don’t want to have to sync either one manually. As it is now, I find it easiest to have a playlist called iPhone and just sync that – but I shouldn’t have to do it that way.
  7. Why no instant messenger support?
  8. Where’s the games? The ones on the iPod were awesome.. and I’ll greatly miss the tetris game on my last phone.
  9. Add some radio. Cingular was able to give me FM radio, but you’ve got internet and iTunes already has streaming radio… so let me access those same stations

Other than that, it’s a pretty neat phone. If you have one, please feel free to share your thoughts about it and any possible improvements you’d make.

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