Name the 5 things you miss most about your previous phone.

mcdj

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Jul 10, 2007
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My last phone was the lovely little Nokia 6300. I love my iPhone, but there are things I do miss about the 6300, and pretty much every other modern phone I've had. I've decided that the iPhone's added benefits outweigh the things I miss, but I still miss 'em.

1. SMS/email/missed call indicator via cool flashing blue lights.
The Nokia case (which I also really miss) was brilliantly designed not to hide the side lights. I could look at the phone without even touching it and know within seconds if I'd received a call/text/email. With the iPhone, if I'm not around to hear/feel the sound/vibration, or if the sound decides not to play (my sound seems to time out after a period of inactivity), I'm forced to take the phone out the case and press a button (at the minimum). A repeating sound option sure would alleviate some of this inconvenice.

2. One touch speed dialing.
Favorites is swell and all, but click the home button/slide to unlock/tap the phone icon/tap favorites/tap phone number doesn't hold a candle to speed dial. Favorites also makes me a little nervous. I've tapped the wrong phone number more than once.

3. One handed operation.
There's not a whole lot I can do entirely with one hand on the iPhone. I was trying to take a photo today, from a high angle with one hand. I was sure I was gonna drop it. The camera button is very awkwardly placed. Nevermind texting or web surfing. The iPhone is about 10% bigger than I'd like it to be...my fingers just can't reach diagonally across the screen for that one tap needed to make something happen. I find myself regularly stopping on the street, putting down what I'm carrying, or putting it under my arm, and continuing what I was doing on the phone.

4. Copy/paste.
If an itty bitty Nokia can do it...

5. Java games.
I'm 39 and I like silly little games. I had Lumines, Bejeweled (REAL Bejeweled), Air Hockey, Pinball, etc. I played them while waiting for a train, while on the train, in cabs, even in the bathroom (sorry). Watching movies on the iPhone is awesome of course, but sometimes you don't wanna pay attention to a story, you just wanna mash some buttons. Even if Apple opens up the phone to developers, it will be a very long time before there are anywhere near the amount of games for the iPhone that there are for the rest of the Java-enabled phone world.

There are other things I miss, like custom ringtones and stuff, but with the exception of copy/paste, which I'm hopeful will show up in an update, I've tried to focus here on things that it seems like I'll just have to learn to do without, until maybe the next iPhone.

Your turn.
 

Gonzlobo

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May 9, 2007
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My $1200. :D

5. Java games.
I'm 39 and I like silly little games. I had Lumines, Bejeweled (REAL Bejeweled), Air Hockey, Pinball, etc. I played them while waiting for a train, while on the train, in cabs, even in the bathroom (sorry). Watching movies on the iPhone is awesome of course, but sometimes you don't wanna pay attention to a story, you just wanna mash some buttons. Even if Apple opens up the phone to developers, it will be a very long time before there are anywhere near the amount of games for the iPhone that there are for the rest of the Java-enabled phone world.

Your turn.
Try diamenty.iphone.pl
 

siurpeeman

macrumors 603
Dec 2, 2006
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the OC
1. not worrying about dropping it.

2. not worrying about people wanting to see and play with it.

3. no custom ringtones (apple, fix this!).

overall, though, i'm very satisfied with my iphone. to echo what a lot of people say, it's really the first phone that i ever really liked. it's something i can really see owning for a really long time (possibly the duration of the contract).
 

FreeState

macrumors 68000
Jun 24, 2004
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San Diego, CA
  1. Not worrying I would lose it
  2. The sticker my partner put on the back of it (it was a practical joke)
  3. My background picture of Moby and me I cant get to download - stupid picture mail you cant access


thats it there is not 5 things I miss about it! It was a POS.
 

coolbreeze

macrumors 68000
Jan 20, 2003
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Dont have a list, but the lack of a todo list is mind boggling. The number one thing I miss about my old phone.
 

roland.g

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Apr 11, 2005
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The slider.
The feel.
Custom Ringtones and Alarm Music.
The slider.
The feel.

I had a Nokia 8801 slider. Nice weight, stainless steel. Slider bearings made by BMW or Mercedes-Benz, I forget which. It opened and closed so nicely. Still have it and as it is unlocked I can throw my AT&T Sim in there, but I don't see any reason too.

#6. The thing was basically unscratchable, screen and body. All stainless steel, not a single mark on it after almost 2 years.
 

timotheezz

macrumors regular
Jul 6, 2007
144
1
New Jersey
Came from an LG nV from Verizon.

1) MMS
2) Video Capture (even though it sucked)
3) Zoom/Flash on Camera
4) Dual screen (well not really, iPhone's is one massive screen)
5) Ability to SMS multiple contacts

I grabbed the LG the other day and pretended to send a text. It felt literally yucky (dunno how else to describe) to type on it.
I have to press hard on these keys? WTH?
It doesn't auto-correct? Huh?!!

Nearly 3 weeks with the iPhone, and I love typing on it. Texting and e-mailing is awesome. It's literally touch typing at its finest.
 

Nall

macrumors regular
Aug 15, 2003
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1) J2ME games
2) bluetooth
3) download and manage files
3) MMS
4) SMS w/ multiple recipients
 

CyberGeek

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Jun 30, 2007
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1) Being able to dial a number right after unlocking it.

And that's my entire list. That phone was lame.
 

Goldenbear

macrumors regular
Jun 30, 2007
226
3
Los Angeles
Still have the old SLVR L7 as a backup...

1) Voice Dialing
2) Custom ringtones (even though it only worked sometimes - yeah, phone sucked)
3) Voice Dialing
4) No worries about scratches
5) Did I mention Voice Dialing?

Having said that, there's no way I'd willingly go back to a "normal" cell phone (or even one of the not-so-smart phones).
 

zap2

macrumors 604
Mar 8, 2005
7,241
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Washington D.C
Not having to care about it....my old phone was terrible. Its screen had be broken since '06.......very happy with a phone I can see who is calling me on
 

keithpetey

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Nov 30, 2004
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i miss the way my old phone and i would connect on another level.

right when i would be in the middle of a important call, it was like it almost knew that it was a perfect time to drop a call.

charging it all time. it was kinda like caring for a child in a way. it was so needy. always hungry for more. in fact i named him, Sam Sung.

once i got really trashed and hung up on this girl and started talking **** about her to my friend, but good old Sam...he knew that she wanted to hear it so he kept her on the line and actually put her on speakerphone. how thoughtful.

dealing with good ol sprint customer support...the phone conversations usually went along these lines.

me: i want to throw more money at you.
them: you do?...uh well...ummm...im gonna have to extend your contract for an additional 2 years.
me: *click*
 

ricgnzlzcr

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Jun 7, 2005
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1. GAMES. I really need this because sometimes I'm in areas with no signal and in which I don't want to watch videos. It doesn't have to be anything too complex (although that would be welcome), but something that can keep me busy for 1 minute or 60 minutes.

2. 3rd party apps. I can't stand the web apps. I was in the hospital the other day and had no connection so immediately I had no internet, phone, or any apps to play with except notes and calendar. I want apps on my phone.

3. No crashing. Although this is very very minor.

4. The money in my pocket. Very expensive but worth it.

5. The stares. I'm not very fond of attention from strangers so when I whip this sucker out everyone notices and I'm not a fan of that.
 

kellen

macrumors 68020
Aug 11, 2006
2,363
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Seattle, WA
Miss the SD card reader and thus the ability to use it as a storage device.

Things I dont miss is the treo 650 resetting every 1/2 hour, the format of the web browser, and the bulkiness of it (iphone nearly the same size, but seems sleeker and better).

Just ordered a treo 750 from AT&T, as my contract was up. Going to sell that to subsidize my iphone.
 

mrat93

macrumors 68000
Dec 30, 2006
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In no perticular order:

1. MMS
2. Video recording.
3. Now I use the iPhone even when there's a faster, easier way to do something (I use the iPhone for internet or email when the computer's right in front of me or I'm a minute from home)
4. Games
5. Absolutely nothing :D , RAZRs suck!
 

digitalfx

macrumors 6502a
Jul 18, 2007
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1. 3G
2. Exchange support
3. 3G (Simultanious voice/data)
4. better applications
5. copy/paste
 

jamesarm97

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Sep 29, 2006
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1) Notes that I can enter on the PC/Mac and sync. It really sucks to have to type all my notes on the phone.

2) No To-do list (don't give me the web 2.0 to-do list crap. I have tried twice to use them and both time I had no signal way back in the grocery store).

3) eWallet / Secure storage of important numbers / accounts / settings, etc. I used this all the time on my pocketPC to store my ssn numbers, bank accounts, webpages / username passwords, other useful important info. (I will not use the web 2.0 app to store such important info, and it takes forever for the page to load, if I have a signal when I need it).

4) Cut and Paste

5) Local storage and file viewer. I need to put on some PDF's and Word documents that I can view at any time. A good eBook reader would also be nice.

- James
 

lilnyc

macrumors 6502a
Jun 5, 2007
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1. 3G (not b/c of speed as much as dual data/talk capability)

2. Search

3. Specific tones differentiating between calls and incoming data

4. Voice dial from my bluetooth headset (not AT&T's service)

5. Obscurity. No one was like, "Oooh, the Cingular 8525!! Let me see!"

Overall, I don't miss it. Otherwise, I wouldn't have sold it.
 

tobefirst

macrumors 601
Jan 24, 2005
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St. Louis, MO
I came from a Sony Ericsson w810i, so you know where I'm coming from.

I miss the battery life the most. I could get 5-6 DAYS on my w810i. The iPhone needs to be charged every other day.

I miss the one touch dialing. "Favorites" is cool and all...but not the same thing.

Bluetooth file browsing.


That's about it. (Anyone wanna buy a great phone?)