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iPhone 2.1: iPhone 3G comes out of beta

If you’ve been waiting to upgrade your first gen iPhone to the 2.0 software, or holding off on buying an iPhone 3G because of the reports circulating about dropped calls and the like, wait no more.  iPhone 2.1 is out.  This is the software that Apple should have released when they first shipped iPhone 3G.

Browser instability.  Fixed.  I haven’t seen a single Safari crash since installing on Friday morning, nor have I seen any of the applications that rely on the browser object in iPhone OS crash either.

Battery life.  Extended dramatically.  I charged on Friday evening and again on Sunday evening.  Previously iPhone wouldn’t have lasted more than one day without a charge.  

3G fixes.  While I haven’t seen any problems here in Canada on the Rogers 3G network, reports from the US indicate that the 3G complaints down south have also been resolved.

In addition to fixing the problems, Apple has included one more juicy reason to upgrade — the Genius music selector.   Over dinner I slapped KD Lang’s Constant Craving on, and punched the Genius for 25 more similar songs.  Dinner music taken care of.  Out by the pool, it’s party time with 80’s power pop,  starting with Yes’ 90125 and 25 more like it.  Forget about carefully crafted playlists anymore.  Genius takes care of picking the music with a whole lot more intelligence than random shuffle. 

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  • Martin Dufort September 15, 2008, 5:51 am

    Alec:

    iPhone firmware 2.1 is much more stable than it predecessor as you mentioned. Also cell signal is much stronger as well. Apple did a good job.

    Put the best feature is really the Genius Playlist maker: This is now my most used function within the iPod section of the phone.

    The pace of firmware updates on the iPhone is moving very fast. Compare this to a Windows Mobile phone where bugs stays bugs almost forever. It is now impossible for a previous WinMo user like to to switch back.

    L8er-Martin

  • bodydetox July 29, 2009, 5:54 pm

    my iPhone was actually a gift from my girlfriend. i really love this phone and i think that this is the best phone that money can buy. i like the features and the design.

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