iPhone Review #3

3 months into using iPhone. Ashley, Ashley, are you getting bored with it already? LOL. No, hell no. I still love every bit of it. The applications, the games, the videos, the map, the internet…… All working so well. No regrets. About the myth that some people told me I’d ditch it after 2 months of using it, to me, that is just a myth.

I use iPhone for a lot of internet browsing. Checking the news, Youtube, blogging, Facebook-ing…… And with the new OS3.0, I can now do internet tethering!!! Did that when I was in Terengganu. The speed was ok since it’s on 3G.

The copy and paste function is awesome. Also I can forward SMS now. I have yet to try the MMS.

There is a new applications now, voice recording. The voice recorded is so crisp and clear!

Sad that I still can’t do video-recording. Sigh.

Someone told me, iPhone is very childish because she has seen some 16 year-old boy using it. LOL! And she has not seen teenagers using any BlackBerry. Hahaha. If the equation works that way, BlackBerry equals to an old-man’s phone? For Matured Adults Only. LOL. Also, someone told me iPhone is hell complicated to use and the settings are all so troublesome. Well… One man’s food could be another man’s poison, as the saying goes.

No doubt, iPhone looks cheeky, sleek and more fun. Picture this, a very successful business man with all the macho hunky features, holding a sleek black iPhone, touching it with his index finger. Hahahaha. Instead, he’s holding a black macho-like BlackBerry, pressing the buttons with his thumb. That looks way better.

Well, it all boils down to personal preferences again. If you hell love iPhone/BlackBerry, you’ll love it doesn’t matter if it goes well with your look. Am I right?

So, stop finding excuses for loving/hating that phone. You love it because you love it, and you hate it because you hate it. No excuse needed. ;)

Hey, when did my iPhone review became iPhone Vs. BlackBerry. Geez… I’m so off-topic!!!

Okay…… Back to iPhone. Now there’s a new iPhone 3GS. I have not seen one here. The look isn’t any different from the iPhone 3G, but 3GS can do video-recording, with 3MP camera. The speed is also supposed to be faster. If at all Maxis is going to get the 3GS, I bet Andrew is the next one owning iPhone. LOL!

That’s all for now.

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Well Rested Sunday

Today I woke up around 11am. Saw a missed call from a friend. It was about his wedding photos that he needs some help in the printing layout. My next task/assignment, design the album for him! Gosh…… I feel honoured and pressured too. Honoured as he trusts my taste, pressured as I’m worrying he may not like what I do for him. Anyway, I’ll just have to do my very best.

It was so boring, told Andrew that I wanted to go out instead of staying home and sweat. We went to KLCC. That’s the nearest shopping complex. Wanted to watch Night At the Museum 2, but Andrew suddenly just didn’t feel like to watch. MEN!!! Sometimes they changed their mind even faster than the beating of the heart! After having our lunch in Little Penang, we were wandering around and window shopping. My dearest other half went to Esprit checked out his favorite pants. To his disappointment, no sale on the one that he likes! LOL! We were there for like 2 hours then we decided to go home.

I was so sleepy when we got home. I just slept the moment my head hit the pillow! For almost 4 hours!!! It’s been a long time I didn’t take afternoon nap. I wonder why I was so sleepy today that I found it so hard to keep my eyes opened. Woke up around 9.30pm, Andrew was watching TV. Went to have our late dinner at the Mamak stall.

Now I am all wide awake! Geez, tomorrow is Monday. I must catch some sleep now.

I got my iPhone OS3.0 CD from Maxis today. Perhaps it’s been in the mailbox for a few days, Andrew just got to check the mails today. I’d say quite a prompt service they have got. Anyway, I’ve already downloaded the new OS3.0 from the iTunes. Guess I’ll just keep the CD for backup or as some memorable souvenir. Haha. As for the review on the new OS3.0, I’ll save it for later post. :)
The iPhone OS3.0 CD installer mailed by Maxis.

iPhone Review #2

My first review on iPhone was about a month ago. Now, one month after using my iPhone, what I would say is, it is still a great phone in all aspect. I bet a lot of people out there may not agree with me. But there are also people out there who would be nodding their heads when they read this. :)

Now, let’s look at the flaws of iPhone 3G. Yep, I would say it does have flaws too. And I chose to use the word “flaws”, because I believe that the Apple people must be working hard to improve this gadget. Therefore, all the flaws will be improved and fixed.

I can’t receive nor send MMS via my iPhone 3G. Whenever I received a MMS, I have to log in to the Maxis website to view the MMS. Hassle huh? Well, the iPhone 3G now is of version 2.1. There’s a new version (OS 3.0) coming up soon, hopefully by June. It will solve the MMS flaw then.

I can’t make video calls. Wait a minute, I can make a video call, but the other party wouldn’t be able to see me as there is no camera on the front of the phone! That is something that could not be fixed by simply downloading a software. Unless they have a new iPhone with frontage camera.

Someone asked me if I could delete my SMS one by one. No, I can’t. The SMSes sent to/from the same person, are stored in way of conversation dialogue. It’s either you clear the whole conversation or delete all the SMSes. If there is only one particular SMS that you would like to keep, sorry, you still have to keep the whole conversation. I wonder if the OS 3.0 could improve that.

Also, copy and paste function is currently not available in iPhone. That is particularly irritating when it comes to chatting in MSN with your friends, blogging, or trying to copy a website address to some other place. Good news is, OS 3.0 is going to fix that! :)

Everytime I plug in the USB to my computer, the damn syncing process starts automatically! And it takes bloody long time to sync and backup. When the syncing is in progress, I couldn’t do anything to the iPhone! Unless I cancel the syncing.

Okay, one major flaw is that, I can’t record video with iPhone!!! That is a bit disappointing. Unless you do a jailbreak on it, else you can’t record any video! Heard that there’s going to be a new iPhone come this June and Apple may improve on iPhone’s camera and possibility of video recording. Read it here.

Recently I noticed my iPhone is slower in responding time. Getting into the SMS screen is like 2 seconds slower, getting out of a game screen also took about 2 seconds now. Perhaps I’ve downloaded and installed too many applications. But that shouldn’t be the cause of it since iPhone is famous for its applications. Probably it’s the bugs of respective applications.

The good thing about iPhone 3G guess I’ve said enough in the previous review. There’s one more interesting thing about this phone, it’s the accelerometer. Nowadays most of the smartphones are having this accelerometer, such as HTC. I can now play bowling like real, swing and release. :)

Another good thing is the battery recharging. I can plug in to any PC for recharging without installing any complicated software. I know Nokia can’t do that, wondering if Blackberry Storm can do that. :p The USB cable is much lighter than bringing the whole plug out and having the troubles to find an electrical output. And if you happened to plug in your laptop for that one and only electrical output you could find, the USB way of recharging is definitely what you’d wish for.

The camera of the current iPhone 3G is only 2mp. But I would say that it is performing well. I’ve seen people showing me their 3.2mp camera phones, the quality? Oopsie, worse than my iPhone 2mp camera! LOL! I ain’t gonna tell you what 3.2mp camera phone they are. You go compare and find out. I guess sometimes you can’t just judge the quality of the photo by looking at the megapixels of the camera phone. You have to look at other aspects too, such as the manufacturer, the technology……

I wonder why Apple is not giving the best to the iPhone. I mean, the camera could have been 3.2mp or maybe even 5mp. All those flaws that I’ve mentioned above could have been easily detected and improved on when they developed it, instead of launching a lower spec model and provides upgrade later. And now with the rumours everywhere saying that there’s going to be a new model of iPhone 3G coming this June. The public might just stop buying the current model then, like what Andrew is doing now. Hmm…… Guess that’s what people always said, you can’t have the best of both worlds without paying the price.

Anyway, iPhone still rocks. I love it, still.

iPhone Review #1

After 2 weeks of using iPhone, I am now so in love with it. It’s worth every penny I spent.

Previously, some people told me iPhone isn’t all that nice and there’s no great value for the amount of money spent on it. Well, I paid RM2290 for a 16GB iPhone, compared to the Nokia N96 which costs RM2999 (retail price for an original phone, not AP phone), I’d say RM2290 is money well spent.

I love its big screen. Love the display of the applications that I do not have to scroll through each of them. I can download any application directly to my iPhone without having the hassle to connect it to the PC. With the USB connection, I can connect to any PC without installing any software like what I’ve seen with other handphones. I can recharge my iPhone whenever it’s connected to the PC. I can delete the applications with just one touch, I do not need to connect it to the PC to remove them. And I could reinstall them from the App Store without any hassle. It automatically checks update for the application. There are so many free games and applications. I can keep track of all the SMS-es from the same contact in one page. Accessing emails from handphone has never been so user-friendly. Web-surfing on iPhone is so easy. iPhone isn’t a camera phone, but surprisingly the photos quality are quite good. Video qualtiy on iPhone is of course stunning. I’ve synced some of the photos taken by my DSLR to the iPhone, gosh… They look better than how they look on PC!!!

Ok ok… Enough of praising the iPhone. Of course, every handphone has its good and bad. The first “bad” of iPhone is, the battery doesn’t last long if the 3G is on. Last week I had to recharge the phone almost every day as I was on 3G pretty often then.

Then, it’s the trouble of pressing the home button after I’m done with the games. There’s no such option saying “Exit Game”. There were a few times it hanged for a few seconds before the home screen appeared.

iPhone uses iTunes to sync. You have to download the iTunes application to your PC. Everytime syncing the iPhone with the iTunes on the PC, I have to to make sure I checkmark all the applications and photos I had previously synced. If I didn’t check them, the applications will be deleted from the iPhone!!! Gosh.

Last Saturday, I experienced my first “iPhone crisis”!!! Alright, I know I exaggerated a little bit. Okay, I did exaggerate. Hahaha. What happened was, all of the sudden I couldn’t access to all the applications I installed! After I “touched” them, it kicked me back to the home screen again. Lucky thing is, all other applications came with the phone still work. Only those I downloaded and installed later couldn’t function well. Had to sync them to the PC to remove them from the phone and sync them back again. Geez……

Now it is the converting part that irritates me. God knows why my lappie couldn’t convert the song to a ringtone for iPhone! It only works on Andrew’s lappie. Also, couldn’t convert the format of the videos on my lappie too!!! ARGH! iPhone bullies my lappie. :( Probably it’s because my lappie runs on Windows Vista.

Despite those few bugs, iPhone still serves me well. I still love it. Especially the Facebook application!!! I can upload photo to Facebook anytime anywhere. Hahaha.

Now Andrew and I are all crazy about this tap tap game called Tap Tap Revenge 2. Hahaha. The wonder of it is, 2 players can play at the same time!!! When 2 of us were on the game, both my sister and father were laughing at us. 2 of us looked indeed silly tapping on a phone like some maniac! Wuahahahaha.

iPhone rocks!!!

iPhone MY Life

Got my iPhone!!! Yeah!

It works fine, only the typing part is a bit troublesome, need some time to get used to.

Ish!!! Used iPhone to type the first 2 paragraphs, failed to publish!!! Now back to using my lappie.

There was some small drama when I collected the phone just now. When I was right in front of KLCC, someone from Machines called me and told me I couldn’t get the phone tonight! WHAT?! I still remember when I asked her if I could collect it tonight and she replied “why not?” She said due to the server problem, they couldn’t see the update eventhough Maxis has approved and activated my line. WTH!!! I told her to at least release the SIM card to me as I didn’t on my phone for one whole day and who knows someone could have SMS me and I couldn’t reply. Finally, she called again and told me I could collect it. *Phew*

There I was in the Machines store, collecting my iPhone. We were there choosing the casing for the phone. That 2 sales assistant were with us for an hour!!! Yep, getting an iPhone casing is bloody more difficult than getting a dress for myself!

Time’s up. Gotta play with my new toy now…… Hahahaha……

iPhone Tomorrow

Bad news, my DiGi line has been terminated!!! I can’t make or receive any calls now, and I haven’t got my Maxis SIM card. ARGH!

Good news, that means I shall be getting my iPhone tomorrow!!! YEEHAH!!! Tomorrow after work, gotta make a trip to KLCC then. Still, wonder if I could use the phone tomorrow. Who knows what else they need to do with the port-in. Better don’t expect too much now.

This is something hilarious yet painful to watch. For those who do not like iPhone, enjoy. For those who own and love their iPhone, sorry that you have to watch this. T_T

Dreams Come True

I am happy now. Happy, extremely happy.

iPhone or Nokia N96, I no longer need to dream of having them. I am owning one of them, soon!!! Hahahahahaha…… Sorry, I just couldn’t get rid of that smile on my face.

Yesterday went to Pavilion with Mel and Wan Yi. We chat and ate a lot!!! 1pm had our lunch at TGIF and 4pm we had our afternoon tea at Old Town Signature cafe. Wan Yi definitely has a bigger stomach than us. LOL. Both of them went back at 5pm and I went to KLCC with Andrew.

In fact, on Thursday night we already went to check on the phone. It all started with Andrew showing me the walkthrough video on Wednesday. He is so evil! After seeing the real thing, gosh…… I wouldn’t want anything else! I was thinking, either I was going to save money and get that or I was never going to change my handphone.

We saw this advertisement board in KLCC, in support of the Earth Hour on 28th March, from 8.30pm to 9.30pm, purchase RM1000 and above in the mall, stand a chance to get a pair of free Grandstand tickets to Sepang F1!!! That’s it. Everything was destined. If we get the phone and be the first 15 to go to the concierge counter, we get 2 F1 tickets!!! Andrew so wanted to go to the F1 and now we had the chance to get a Grandstand ticket!

So, Andrew got me this iPhone! In order to get the F1 tickets, we had to make the purchase from 8.30pm onwards. 8pm we were already in the Machines store, the Maxis guy there told us we couldn’t purchase the iPhone as the system was slow and they needed time to check my record and all other things. I was a bit pissed, Andrew kept telling him to check now. Finally, he managed to call Maxis and checked for us. Yes, we could make the payment on 8.30pm, luckily. After everything, we only got the receipt at 8.40pm!!! Andrew ran all the way down to concourse level to get the F1 tickets.

When I saw him with an umbrella 15 minutes later. I thought “damn, we couldn’t get the tickets”. Almost! He got it! He was the last one, the 15th customer! He was so pissed with the exchanging tickets part. Obviously, some guy cut the queue just because he was there earlier and his receipt was faulty and went back to the shop to get a better one, now he came back and cut right in front of Andrew. The concierge told Andrew no more tickets left, asked him to queue at the other side for the umbrella. He showed his pissed face to that concierge, that’s what Andrew told me! Andrew would never show faces to people unless he is really really angry or pissed. Hahaha. Then, miracle happened. The concierge told him there was a pair left and he was the last customer! Gosh, were we lucky or were we not?!

Got the iPhone plus the F1 Grandstand tickets, we’re so happy. But I do not have the iPhone with me now, gotta wait for the port-in and approval from DiGi, going to take 2 or 3 working days. It is so funny that at that point of time, iPhone wasn’t our main concern. We were more interested in getting that F1 tickets! Luckily we got the tickets, or else that Maxis guy in Machines is going to laugh at us.

Andrew said if we were to calculate the monetary gain, we actually bought the iPhone at RM1290 only, because that pair of F1 tickets cost RM1000. Which is true, if I were to sell that tickets to someone else, I’d get RM1000. Andrew told me he is fine if I wanted to sell the tickets to someone, even at a discounted price. NO NO NO!!! It was so difficult to get them for free and I am so NOT going to sell them! This would be my first time to Sepang F1 circuit to watch F1 live, and it’s a Grandstand ticket! I wouldn’t trade that experience for RM1000 cash. Well, unless someone wants to buy them at a much higher price. Hahahahahaha……

There’s another reason we wanted to buy the iPhone from Machines instead of from Maxis. We get to become the member of Machines, get rebate vouchers everytime we purchase from them and it’s easier for us if we have any problem in the future. Next thing to buy from Machines would be the iPhone casing.

Lots of people told me that iPhone isn’t exactly as good as it seems. A lot have told me that their friends and themselves who own an iPhone now would like to throw that phone away after 2 months of using it. Well, guess it is our own personal experience. When we like something or someone, we will still go ahead despite of what others told us. The same happened to Phoebe when I told her HTC Diamond is not stable and yet she went ahead with her decision ’cause she likes that phone. Now, I truly love iPhone. Looking at the price of RM2000 plus, between iPhone and Nokia N96, which one will you choose? Of course I’d choose iPhone since now it’s available in Malaysia now with unlock version.

Well, I’ve been a DiGi user since year 1999. People has also been telling me that DiGi isn’t the best network, but I chose to be loyal to it. Can’t believe that I have to say bye-bye to DiGi soon. Now, can you see how “powerful” iPhone is? Hahaha.

The free F1 tickets and the Machines membership card.

Click here to watch the iPhone tour.

iPhone – My Dream Phone

Now, finally! iPhone is officially launched in Malaysia with Maxis as its official service carrier. Maxis is so blessed!!!

Being a loyal DiGi user for 10 years, I’m not sure if I would want to switch to Maxis just to get my dream phone. I was looking at the plan, gosh, the reasonable one for me would still cost RM1900, 8GB, with RM100 monthly commitment for 12 months.

I can’t. Can’t do this now. If at all I want to splurge, it has to be on my camera, not this! Good thing that Ashley can now think straight, not impulsive.

Well, my dream phone will always stay as my dream phone. Sigh……

Off topic: Went to Pantai Medical Centre to see my colleague and visit her boyfriend in ICU. His condition now is stable, going for another scan tomorrow to ascertain the condition again. If all goes well, doctor will then stop putting him under anaesthetic and he shall wake up in a few days. It’s a relieved to know that he is stable now. My colleague told me that it’s going to be a long way to full recovery, the brain injury on the left may cause problem to his right side of body. Therefore, he has to undergo some physio-therapy after this. Well, as long as he is ok, everything is going to be fine. Pray hard that he has a full and speedy recovery.

Nokia N96 or iPhone

iPhone was my dream phone earlier of the year. Wanted to have it badly. Too bad that the price in Malaysia is kind of crazy.

Saw the Nokia N96 in a magazine few months before it launched. Fell in love with its beauty. Kept telling Andrew that I’m so gonna wait for the N96. Hoping that it would be cheaper than the iPhone. When it was out on the street last month, my heart dropped deep to the ocean floor. Damn it! It costs RM3338!!! (Sorry about the price of RM 3399 I mentioned earlier) If it’s AP phone, it will still cost RM2500 to RM3000. It is lighter than iPhone (133g & 125g). I just love the looks. Though iPhone looks clean and with a larger screen, N96 isn’t too bad at all. Again, my ‘hunky, macho, masculine’ Andrew still thinks that it’s not worth the price. He told me to wait again for the price to drop. HA. He added, “what you gonna use it for? You’re just gonna use it to call and SMS or probably MMS.” Hmph……

N96… When will you be mine???

For comparison of 2 phones —
http://www.mobile88.com/mobilegallery/comparephone.asp?compare=20803&compare=21211