I Now Love my iPhone

Woo-hoo, I just updated my iPhone to the new 2.1 firmware that Apple released on Friday, and the great iPhone unhappiness I had when I got it two days ago seems to have been assuaged. In my home office, I now generally get four or five signal-strength bars, out of five.

Experience will tell whether there's actually a good signal, or it's just telling me that there is, but it bodes well.

One warning to those installing the new firmware: it takes quite a while. iTunes displayed an “updating firmware” for so long (5+ minutes), I figured that something had gone wrong, and I was in the process of starting a web search for “iPhone firmware upgrade crash” when it finally finished.

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I’m glad to hear that it’s working for you now. I’m in Tokyo, and it’s amazing to me how many people I know who cannot get mobile phone signal in their apartment. I think they must use a wire mesh in the wall construction or something. In my apartment, I cannot even use my wireless LAN outside the room where the router is located. Come to think of it, I can’t use my cordless telephone outside the room with the base either.

— comment by Mike on September 13th, 2008 at 10:41am JST (15 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Are you getting an EDGE or 3G signal over there? A lot of people have complained about the iPhone’s 3G capabilities.

We only have EDGE around here, and I was getting a horrible signal. Apple replaced my iPhone and reception is now acceptable, though not great. Maybe the update will do me some good too. I’ll find out tonight.

— comment by Ben Pharr on September 15th, 2008 at 11:08pm JST (15 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Since you now like your iPhone a little more, you might want to have a look at a handy iPhone app – PhotoCalc (http://www.adairsystems.com/photocalc/). It allows you to calculate flash exposures, hyperfocal distances, exposure reciprocation etc.

— comment by David Keaveny on September 16th, 2008 at 2:49pm JST (15 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink
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