Travelling with the iPhone

February 15, 2009

Having used my iPhone for lots of things that i would normally have booted up the Macbook Pro for I made the decision that when I went on my trip I would just make use of my iPhone and nothing else.  It would be my entertainment, camera and way of communicating with friends, family and for use helping me booking tickets, directions etc.

iPhoen Cinema

iPhone Cinema

Of course my girlfriend still took her camera and iPod but my goal was to use the one device.

Before leaving I made sure that the iPhone was unlocked by inserting a simcard from another service provider just in case OPTUS hadn’t come good in the unlocking department, all was fine.  I then made sure that it was filled with sufficient music, podcasts, video and applications that would see me through the 14 weeks that I would be away in total.

I had made a decision not to activate international roaming on my OPTUS account and settled for purchasing a local simcard from the county that I would be spending most of my time, in this instance India.

First port of call Borneo, Malaysia.  I found myself really loving the fact that I had everything to hand in one device, OK the camera is not great but for recording the days activities it was just fine, to be honest when you have good light the camera for shots that are to be posted to the web are pretty dam good.  Although the one thing I did start to find annoying was that I did not have any means of connecting to the web, easily rectified of an evening because as in many places there was lots of unsecured wi-fi that  I was easily able to latch on to.  Meaning that emails got through, pictures could be posted to the likes of Flickr and the big thing was that we could make Skype calls to family via the iPhone app Fring.  Things were going well.

As well as the great ability to communicate for free I was finding the games that I had loaded onto the iPhone pretty enjoyable as well.

Next location Nepal.

Once again the iPhone proved a very capable bit of kit taking great pictures and helping me relax at night with a great selection of music, plus in the more populated areas such as Katmandu and Pokhara once again wi-fi connectivity was never an issue.  I was really glad that I did not commit to bringing my big heavy MBP with me.

Once we headed into India it was time to grab a local simcard, this was really cheap to purchase as were the calls, txt’s and data.  Easy to set up on the iPhone and worked just as good as it does in Australia, there is no real 3g coverage but gprs and edge served me well to keep the emails coming in and wi-fi was always pretty easy to find especially in the more populated area’s, which is pretty much everywhere.

So in summary the performance of the unit, its ability to take over the tasks that would normally require a laptop with internet connection or a cyber cafe was simply awesome.

Is the iPhone rugged?  I happen to thing it is, the invisable shield kept the wear and tear to a minimum and protected both the screen and case with ease.  having also dropped the unit a few times I was pleased to find everything held together with no issues.  I did however in a moment of madness throw my bum bag at the wall in a temper from not being able to unlcok my back pack, not realising that my beloved device was in the bag.  It did recieve a bit of damage but everything is still working 100%

So next time you go on a holiday/trip that you were thinking of taking your laptop on, maybe travel light and just go the smartphone option.

Applications I used.

Fring – skype client, also supports msn, google talk etc

Maps – Helped me find my way many a time.

iBlogger – ability to post to your blog away from your computer.

Twitterific – keeping upto date with the world of twitter

Facebook – Letting people know whats going on.

Currency – Ideal for keeping track of the excchange rate

iShoot – to relieve the stress.

I also have to say that the guys at mactalk.com.au did a great job of keeping me upto date with there podcasts.  Its nice to keep in touch with the things you enjoy, makes the whole time away feel less foreign.

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Jailbreaked iPhone 2.0.1

August 11, 2008

I am not sure why I am writing about this, everywhere you look its iPhone or Olympics and its probably getting on your nerves as well.  However I have nothing else to do so I thought I would share my thoughts on the process with you AGAIN.

I recently jailbreaked my iPhone 3g when the original Pwnage tool was released for 2.0  I really couldn’t see a benefit and quickly restored to original firmware.  I have no idea why I did it again but I did.  This time as well as Cydia, we have the original installer tool present as well.  So maybe its time for a few decent apps to start appearing on the platform.
The process was as before very simple and easy, no slip ups at all and if you follow the guide which I posted last time you will have no issues I’m sure.
This time I decided to install winter-board, a theme orientated application that alters the look of your iPhone along with a few tweaks namely the one for changing the colour of the signal bar.  The themes are easy to download and work in much the same way as downloading stuff from the app store works.
Results are varied depending on theme I guess and some are easier to make out than others to, so although some might be very pretty everyday usage might turn out to be a pain.  They also have the NES emulator on there ready for download, my understanding is that more and more apps are being added all the time.  Hopefully in the next week or so it might actually be a genuine reason for jailbreaking your iPhone, as yet I cannot really see the point.

Ok having been bored today I decided I needed some excitement, so I set about reading the guide over at mactalk.com.au written by WhiteiPhone which is easy to understand and so so quick and easy. You can find the guide here.
All in all it takes about 10 mins after you have downloaded the files, both of which have links to them on the guide. There is not much on CYDIA but who cares, I put myself a custom operator logo and I will wait for more programs to come as time goes.

All in all pointless really but at least I’m equipped for the apps when they arrive

iPhone 3G is here

July 11, 2008

Ok so I said yesterday that I was not getting a new iPhone, but sticking with the gen 1 model. Who was I kidding, I could hardly sleep all night, wondering if I should get it. I finally caved in at 645 this morning when my alarm went off. I didnt get into my lycra and make a mad 36km dash for the hill of Narre Warren, OH NO. I got in my car and drove to Fountain Gate I shopping center I thought would give me a good chance of an iPhone.

The wait was long, the process to get it activated and switched on even longer, but who cares. I have in my posession a 16gb iPhone in White, and dam sexy it is aswell. In my humble opinion much nicer than the black and a great match for my Macbook.

I have set it up with the new iTunes and all is working well, the music, videos and ringtones all sync’ed with out a hitch. I love it, cant say I find it much faster than the old iPhone, but its legal, no stressing everytime an update comes along and if it breaks I know it will get looked after.

I hope everyone else is as happy with their new iPhone as I am and wish you all a very happy iPhone day.