Quick thoughts on iPhone 2.0 software and iPhone 3G

July 20, 2008

I downloaded iPhone 2.0 software the day it came out, and I’ve been using it for a week now. And yesterday I finally got the iPhone 3G as well. Although the online widget said there aren’t any 16GB models in Pittsburgh (because that’s what I wanted), I just walked in the store and got one anyway. No line, no fuss, no problems, 5 minutes in and out. And I had to activate it in the store as well.

Here are some random ideas. Many of them apply to the 2.0 software, not just the 3G hardware.

Here’s the screen I mean. (Which among other things shows nice screencapture capability of the 2.0 software, just click Home and then Sleep buttons.) First of all, there’s no way to rename the SMTP servers, so if you have several accounts against the same server (very often the case for Gmail), they appear the same. Secondly, I don’t understand how the Primary server is determined, and what do the On and Off settings really do. And you can delete some of these servers, but not others.

In the end, the only way I could make my email accounts work again on the iPhone was to fully remove the accounts and then add them again from scratch, because at adding time, you just specify the IMAP and SMTP servers you want, and everything works again. (I don’t use mail account syncing from Mail in OS X because I don’t use Mail as my e-mail client.)