iphone = phone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jcorbin, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. jcorbin macrumors 6502a

    Oct 18, 2011
    how many people are finding they are using their phone less and less and more as an internet device?

    i have had my phone in the bottom dock just because i figured its a phone it should be there. but i'm finding that unless someone is calling me i don't really use my phone as i phone. i mainly text and use apps. and browse the web.
  2. soco, Nov 25, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2011

    soco macrumors 68030


    Dec 14, 2009
    Yardley, PA

    Honestly, I don't know how many, but I feel like the people who do the whole song and dance of "UH HELLO!?! IT'S A PHONE!!!" must have missed the giagantic keynote address in which the company who made this phone's CEO stood in front of all these people and talked about it's features for an hour and a half, 5 minutes of which regarded the phone.

    It's never been a phone first, other stuff second.
  3. Kyotoma macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2010
    Carnegie and Ontario
    As an iPhone, I do use it as a phone as well as an internet/app device. I haven't noticed any real degradation in my use of the phone app since owning an iPhone since late 2009.
  4. Total Respray macrumors member

    Nov 16, 2011
    I am a new iPhone user, and use it for both.

    My early conclusion is that it is a great mobile device, but a below-average phone. I would dearly like Apple to improve the rough edges in phone functionality to make it as pleasurable to use as their computers.
  5. SandboxGeneral, Nov 25, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2011

    SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    I rarely use the phone part of my iPhone, but it does remain on the Dock still to this day. I get more incoming calls than I make outgoing calls. Most of the time I let the voicemail pick it up, because I loathe the telephone.

    My iPhone is more of the Internet device, but because of my job, I do need to have a phone. Otherwise, I'd probably go with an iPod Touch instead.
  6. vonWachtstain macrumors regular

    Nov 20, 2011
    I am curious as to what rough edges are you referring? What is not pleasurable to use?
  7. creativedogmedia macrumors 65816


    Jun 26, 2011
    I think he is referring to the squared off edges around the iPhone. Coming from a long time BB user I actually like the change. I also appreciate the above-average build quality of the device.
  8. Total Respray, Nov 25, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2011

    Total Respray macrumors member

    Nov 16, 2011
    Primarily, the lack of message noise suppression during a call. Also, the lack of a 'silent' icon in the display and the absence of missed call notification. All things that have been present on my dumb-phones for years. Rest of the phone is (mostly) great.
  9. creativedogmedia macrumors 65816


    Jun 26, 2011

    ...or that.
  10. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    You have a valid point. I may make & receive one or two calls a day on average, but I use my iPhone for other purposes much more. And as for the Phone app, I can't remember the last time I opened it for anything other than clearing the missed call badge (I use Siri for dialing, and GV for voicemail). Yet like you the Phone app is holding 1/4 of my bottom dock hostage, while apps I use far more frequently are in folders on the bottom dock. Thanks to your nudge, that will be changing momentarily :)
  11. Eric0531 macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2011
  12. pdqgp macrumors 68020


    Mar 23, 2010
    Depends on their job and if they have one. I suspect a lot of younger users here are college students or kids who may not have as much of a need to actually talk.

    I use mine from 8am to 6pm for work and while I use texting, email and calender, etc....other 'smart' features, the main purpose dunning my day is to talk to people, and thus yes, I use it for a phone. Works great too.

    I'm way beyond the interest in using it to play games, other than on an occasion long plane ride. I use it for music most of the time then.
  13. Jordan921 macrumors 601


    Jul 7, 2010
    Bay Area
    I use my iPhone more for messaging then a phone.
  14. HKUSP.40 macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2011
    Since you, for argumentative purposes, need a phone to text message...then I use my iPhone as a phone more than anything. But I certainly browse the net more on my iPhone than I did on my previous smart phones because I find it so much easier and just more smooth.
  15. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    About the same as it has ever been for me but I've been using smartphones for years and I've used numerous makes/models before picking up the 4S.

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