REVIEW: On Day 2 of testing the iPhone 3.0 software updgrade, eWEEK Labs is finding itself falling in love all over again with the iPhone. This has everything to do with the updated software's search, new landscape mode capabilities and call history improvements.
The iPhone 3.0 upgrade's new Spotlight search, along with myriad
refinements to apps I use every day, is making me fall in love all over
again with my second-generation Apple smartphone.
Search isn't new to mobile devices; it's not even new to the iPhone.
However, nothing provided by third-party apps comes close to the
Spotlight search now available with iPhone software Version 3.0 Flick
the screen from left to right, and the search interface appears.
Spotlight searches everywhere on the phone, including e-mail messages,
the calendar and contact information. When contact name searching was
added in Version 2.0 of the iPhone software I was happy; the addition
of Spotlight in Version 3.0 is really what I, and many others, have
wanted for some time.
Another great addition to the iPhone software is the ability to use
e-mail in landscape mode. I get a lot of e-mail that is forwarded from
a Yahoo group. The format of these messages makes the font unusually
small, and double-tapping the screen to maximize it doesn't work
because of other format elements in the message. Landscape mode does
away with these problems and gives me a bigger keyboard on which to
More details in the call history record make it easier for me to get
back to people. Before, if a contact called me I would tap his or her
name to return the call--never quite sure if I was calling the person
at home, on his or her mobile number or at work. That level of
specificity has been added to the call history screen. When the number
isn't known, the call history now displays the city and state
associated with the area code of the caller. In previous versions of
the iPhone software, call history used black text to indicate placed
calls and red to indicate missed calls. An icon has been added to make
the "all recent calls" view clearer.
Voice recording is now a built-in feature. I wrote previously about
how I used a voice recorder app that I got from the App Store. This
morning I deleted that app and will be using the built-in recorder for
my taping needs.
One thing I'm not happy with is the battery drain placed on my
iPhone to support the Find My iPhone and remote wipe capabilities.
Before enabling the "push" feature that is required to let MobileMe
interact with my iPhone, I could easily go all day without thinking of
charging up. When using my iPhone with push enabled after an overnight
charge, the battery indicator falls to the halfway mark by lunchtime.