January 12th, 2007

In office chair

No iPhone for me then

Apparently Steve Jobs has told a reporter that the iPhone will be locked down - the only new software you'll be able to add to it is stuff you've bought from Apple.

"We define everything that is on the phone," he said. "You don't want your phone to be like a PC. The last thing you want is to have loaded three apps on your phone and then you go to make a call and it doesn't work anymore. These are more like iPods than they are like computers."

It's a shame they've crippled it like that, but at least it'll stop me spending lots of money I don't have on a gadget I don't really need. I was already distinctly unimpressed by the lack of support for memory cards.

Coincidentally I got my new work phone yesterday - a Nokia E50. The hardware is nice and shiny but I'm not at all impressed with the user interface. It took me nearly 15 minutes this morning just to work out how to copy files from my old phone via Bluetooth. I thought there would be some way to use the new phone to browse the filesystem on the old phone and select the files I want to retrieve. BlueTooth File Exchange on the Mac can do that so I know the Bluetooth file transfer protocol supports it. As far as I can tell after trying everything I could think of, that isn't possible. It seems the only way to do it is to tell the old phone to send each file to the new phone one at a time and accept them on the new one as bluetooth messages. Then instead of simply asking me where to save the MP3 file I'd just sent across, it opened it in the media player which saved the file somewhere without asking me where I wanted to put it, and it took another few minutes of trawling through the file manager to work out where it was. Also, as far as I can tell, using Bluetooth to transfer your contacts from an old phone only works if the contacts are stored in the old phone's internal memory rather than the SIM card. I have briefly played with the camera, and the still image quality seems acceptable but the video quality still sucks (though not as badly as on my old phone, which was completely unusable).