iPhone Fu

2009-Jun-30, Tuesday 13:34
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[personal profile] thorfinn
There's a small spate of people around me obtaining the iPhone. A few pointers for those people:

Cloud Services

Google
Google is an excellent cloud replacement for MobileMe. Google Sync Help has calendar sync tips. GMail Mobile Help has how to access GMail in a variety of ways (I recommend IMAP in the iPhone Mail client). Set yourself up a gmail account and google calendar, and that will work fine and dandy. Don't sync with Google Contacts, it does suck. Keep syncing to Address Book on your mac (not sure what the Windows equivalent is), or use MobileMe.
MobileMe
I do actually like MobileMe - in particular the Find My iPhone feature is excellent, and the Push email for my me.com address I do find useful on occasion. (Push notifies you that you have mail immediately, whereas normal email relies on your device to contact the server every so often.)

Physical Accessories

  • Contour Hardskin - you need this, or some equivalent. This is nice and grippy, and the raised edge on the screen front is well worth it. I literally dropkicked my iPhone under a car on the street, sliding it face down, and there is zero damage.

Free Apps

These are not linked to - just search for them in the app store.
Geographic
  • Pkt Weather (Australian Bureau of Meteorology backed, includes radar views)
  • AroundMe (many categories of stuff)
  • Urbanspoon (specifically restaurants)
  • Take Me To My Car (parking location rememberer)
  • tramTracker (dingding!)
  • Metlink (a bit of a monolithic application, but comprehensive Melbourne Public Transport timetables)
  • Here I Am (quickly send a pre-configured email with google map link)
  • Google (everything google here)
  • Free Wi-Fi Finder (list of free wi-fi spots)
  • Wi-Fi Finder (list of non-free wi-fi spots)
  • Layar (3GS only - "augmented reality" nearby stuff overlay)
Social/Chat
  • Twitterrific
  • Facebook
  • Fring (variety of chat clients, including Skype and VoIP)
  • AIM Lite
  • Skype
  • Livejournal
Informative
  • Whole Foods (recipe database - US based)
  • Allrecipes.com.au (Australian recipe database)
  • ShopShop (very simple and easy to use shopping list utility)
  • NetNewsWire (backed onto Google Reader)
  • Chronolite (configurable multiple timer utility)
  • Wikiamo (Wikipedia browser with cache)
  • AusPostcode
  • Stanza (ebook reader)
  • Shakespeare (the complete works)
Utilities
  • Dropbox (if you are not already using http://getdropbox.com/ then you should be)
  • Darkroom (take the shot once your hands are steady, there is a Premium version with more features)
  • Zen Piano (1 octave piano with loudness controlled by tap strength)
  • Tuner440 (instrument tuner, including "free mode" with different notes)
  • inTune A440 (strobe tuner for A440 specifically - only)
  • A Free Level (a bubble level)
  • Metronome (tick tock)
  • Units (conversion calculator, includes currency fu)
  • Convertbot (conversion calculator, includes currency fu)
  • Blizzard Mobile Authenticator (for World of Warcraft nerds)
  • Scan (in case you're curious what's running under the hood, or want to check your phone's RAM usage)
Silly Things
  • iStethoscope (badoump)
  • Banner Free (big scrolly banner)
  • Labyrinth Lite (rolling ball maze puzzle)
  • Lightsaber (vrwoomp)
  • Zippo Lighter (fsshwwomp)
  • iNeko (meow, purr, zzzZZZ)
Netgeeks
  • PwGen (Password Generator, useful for normal users, not just techies)
  • TouchTerm (SSH client)
  • Net Utility (bunch of net utilities rolled into one)
  • Ping Lite (includes a handy ping-whole-subnet display)
  • RDP Lite (Windows Remote Desktop)
  • VNC Lite (VNC client - mac, linux, etc)
  • Speed Test (bandwidth speed tester)
Computer/Math Nerd Utilities
  • UNIX Epoch (you too can know the number of seconds since 1970-01-05T00:00Z)
  • cmpxRPN (complex number and reverse polish notation calculator)
  • GraphCalc (Polynomial Graphs Curve OK)
  • PCalc Lite (alternative calculator)

Non Free Apps (unsorted)

  • Darkroom Premium (take the shot once your hands are steady, guide lines, etc, good camera app replacement)
  • OzWeather (Another australian weather app)
  • BOMRadar (Just the BoM Radar)
  • WiFiFoFum (awesome WiFi scanner app - includes 2D radar view)
  • Fantastic Contraption (the game of website fame)
  • Flight Control (finger trace land the planes - quick and fun)
  • Cluck It! (chicken crossing road - very hilarious and fun, Frogger style but much better)
  • Sally's Spa (surprisingly fun "time management" genre game - there is a Lite)
  • Underworlds (basic Diablo type game - melee only)
  • Paper Toss (surprisingly fun game)
  • Strategery (hex based conquest game - there is a Strategery Lite)
  • Ocarina (an ocarina!)
  • Koi Pond (splash!)
  • Civilisation Revolutions (basic, but recognisable and still fun)
  • Catan (The basic Settlers of Catan game, no expansions)
  • Midomi (what's that song that's playing?)

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Date: 2009-06-30 06:06 (UTC)
inspiral_rose: faery with red wings (Default)
From: [personal profile] inspiral_rose
so. jealous.

want. iphone.

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Date: 2009-06-30 05:14 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] drwally.livejournal.com
OzWeather kicks BOMRadar's butt. It's got the radar plus wicked forecast/current tools.

Units is invaluable - even has currency conversion.

For fun I like Lilt line and Labyrinth lite - the latter really shows off the very fine accelerometer hardware.

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Date: 2009-06-30 05:25 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] drwally.livejournal.com
OzWeather is right up there in the best sellers... Lilt Line is really cool - it doesn't look like much but it's great fun.

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Date: 2009-06-30 05:26 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] drwally.livejournal.com
Sure but you get what you pay for. Same with Lilt I think.

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Date: 2009-06-30 05:32 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] badpauly.livejournal.com
The Contacts sync does suck. Syncing on Win = Outlook only. That sucks a lot more.

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Date: 2009-07-01 14:28 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] autopenguin.livejournal.com
You can sync contacts to Windows Contacts under Windows as well as Outlook.

What annoys me is the insistence on Internet Explorer for bookmark sync, completely ignoring Firefox, and also the fact that camera photos don't sync at all..!

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Date: 2009-07-01 16:08 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] autopenguin.livejournal.com
You can get Firefox's bookmarks into IE8 easily, it has an import utility to do exactly that. (I'm running the Windows 7 release candidate, hence IE8).

As for that Apple document, it's misleading. Yes, when the backup is done each sync, the Camera Roll is backed up with it all. However, that it not in a user-readable format. Camera Roll photos are not synced at all. The only way to easily get them over to the PC is to open the iPhone Camera device that appears in Windows and grab them that way.

It's a serious omission that'll likely see people losing photos they presumed would have made the trip to iTunes along with everything else.

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Date: 2009-06-30 06:00 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elissande.livejournal.com
I second OzWeather. Also note that WiFinder is broken under IPhone 3.0 as is Darkroom if you ever use that. Both are promising updates RSN.

Other favourtite apps - Stanza is a must if you want to read books as it has auto links and downloads to a lot of free booksites (including Project Gutenberg) as well as some paid ones.

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Date: 2009-06-30 06:23 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elissande.livejournal.com
Ok, must check it out.

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Date: 2009-06-30 08:16 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] drzero.livejournal.com
Does Stanza do text files that you make yourself?

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Date: 2009-06-30 08:24 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] drzero.livejournal.com
Great, not only do I have something to read my poetry from, I can get it to perform in my place! Bugger the missing jetpacks, this is the future! :)

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Date: 2009-06-30 06:48 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/raven_/
I have iphone envy.

Wonder how much it'd cost to up my contract. Hrm.

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Date: 2009-06-30 08:16 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] drzero.livejournal.com
Thank you Thorf, I've rather been looking forward to you making this post since I got my phone on Friday :)

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Date: 2009-06-30 08:55 (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] qamar.livejournal.com
Oooh! iStethoscope danke!

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Date: 2009-07-01 16:51 (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] qamar.livejournal.com
Nothing yet! I haven't found my headphones [tricky to move around]. But, I love your question. I will let you know when I explore. :)

BTW, another free app for your list Live Happy (http://www.signalpatterns.com/iphone/livehappy.html). A good idea that I'd like to extend.

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Date: 2009-06-30 12:42 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] loosechanj.livejournal.com
I've found two iphones on the beach. One of them worked, and I use it mainly as an ipod now.

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Date: 2009-07-01 14:18 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] australian-joe.livejournal.com
Bloody brilliant, thank you! Especially the Google Sync!

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Date: 2009-10-21 05:12 (UTC)
frogworth: Peter as a South Park character (Default)
From: [personal profile] frogworth
So what's ya problem with Google Contacts sync? I've been using it for ages, partly through NuevaSync, then briefly using Google's own Exchange service, and now back to NuevaSync, who rather wonderfully have setup an Exchange conduit with their (very cheap, $25/yr) Premium service so that my IMAP email is now pushed to my iPhone.

I sync my Google contacts with Thunderbird seamlessly using gContactSync, and with my iPhone, and I have no problems to speak of. I had to clean them up a bit at the start.

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