iPhone 4

The advantages of pre-ordering the iPhone 4 online are two-fold: you don’t have to wait in stupid long lines and there is a chance you might get it early. I avoided the lines forming for tomorrow’s launch and scored my iPhone 4 early.

iPhone 4

First impressions: the device is amazing. The screen is phenomenally sharp, the build is smaller than my old iPhone 3G and feels sturdier, and it is lightning fast compared to my 3G. FaceTime is also really, really cool, but it’s limited currently to video-chatting only between iPhone 4s (developers for apps like Skype are probably working on implementing the API as you read this). I knew someone else who got their device today, so we were able to try it out.

The setup was a breeze. I plugged it in, went through a few steps, let it activate – took a minute or so – and loaded the last backup from my 3G and synced all my apps, music, etc. All my settings down to my background image were successfully transferred. It was a great experience and I still have a lot to explore on the new iPhone 4 and iOS4.

New and Old iPhones

So what am I going to do with my old iPhone you ask? Well, I’m glad you asked! I am donating my old iPhone 3G to a missionary in Africa who is able to use it to check his email and get online – and makes calls, of course – anywhere he can get cell reception, which is actually a large and continuously-growing area. If any of you have old iPhones, Blackberries, or other so-called “smartphones” which have an internet browser and/or email program and would be willing to ship them to an address within the U.S., you would be able to majorly bless a missionary in Africa. Please contact me if you are interested or want more details.

Oh, and these photos are brought to you by the new Nikon 24mm f/2.8 prime lens I picked up last weekend for an absolute steal.

Day 245: Tethering on the iPhone

Tethering on the iPhone

Today I decided I’d try the method for enabling tethering on the iPhone without jailbreaking. It was an easy, seamless process and works great. The above is an actual screenshot from my iPhone.

The only thing I had to do was upgrade to iTunes 8.2 on my laptop which I was using for the trial run. I hadn’t bothered to upgrade yet since I sync on my desktop. I used the first method outlined here to get everything working.

I’ve read of a few people having problems with their visual voicemail, but that was using another method which was more complicated and involved updating the IPCC file via iTunes and rebooting the iPhone. So far I’ve had no problems and will post something if I do.

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