The iPhone 2.0 software is pretty good. We like the App Store a lot; it adds a boatload of new functionality to the iPhone. But it’s certainly not perfect. Having used it for a few weeks, we’ve discovered a number of little quirks that we really hope are addressed in the upcoming update. From bugs to missing features, here are ten things that would make the iPhone a much more attractive device.
1. Make it Less Crashy
The iPhone with 2.0 software feels a little… buggy. It’ll randomly crash or slow down to the point of unusability until you restart every few days with normal use. That’s not right; this is a mobile phone. It shouldn’t feel like an unstable computer.
2. Fix the Keyboard Lag
A good chunk of the time, typing on the iPhone keyboard is made even more difficult due to the lag involved. Typing quickly means the letters pop up four keystrokes after you hit them. Make the keyboard move as fast as the user can type.
3. Fix Safari Orientation Switch Lag
Sometimes, Safari takes its sweet, sweet time switching from portrait to landscape when you turn the phone. This should feel almost instantaneous, not something you have to wait for.
4. Make Backing Up Faster
For some, “backing up” whenever you plug in your iPhone can take upwards of 30 minutes. What is it doing, exactly? The iPhone sync should be near-instantaneous when you plug it in if you aren’t moving large files back and forth on purpose.
5. Make it More Efficient
The 3G mode is a battery hog. You can turn off 3G completely, but if there was an option to only use 3G for certain programs, such as Safari and Maps, it would go a long way towards making this a phone you aren’t afraid to unplug in the morning when you aren’t planning on getting home until very late that night.
6. Video Recording
This could easily be implemented, as we’ve seen from apps available for jailbroken phones. What’s the holdup?
7. Wi-Fi Syncing
We’d love to have our iPhone sync automatically when it hits our home Wi-Fi network, from app data to photos to music to contacts.
8. Leave App Icons in Place After an Update
When apps update, their icon gets picked up and moved to the very bottom of your last screen. Why? When you updated four apps at once it then makes you awkwardly move them all back to where they were. Just leave them in place.
9. Make Moving Icons from Page to Page Easier
Moving an icon from one page to another takes multiple tries and, unlike most things on the iPhone, feels awkward and user unfriendly. Make this less of a pain.
10. Copy & Paste