New iPhone 3G PC user facing loads of PC specific iPhone issues...HELP!!

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by m021478, Aug 6, 2008.

  1. m021478 macrumors 6502

    Nov 23, 2007
    I finally switched from windows mobile to iphone (my most recent device was the Verizon XV6800), and have to say that I am very close to switching back in the coming days....

    There were obviously things that annoyed me about the windows mobile pocket pc phones but I didn't realize until now how much they did do. The iPhone is very cool but lacks multiple basic functions that seem intentionally left out.

    *BUT* I love the iPhone for all of it's other functionality which as I'm sure everyone knows is absolutely amazing, and would rather not switch back to my primitive-yet functional windows mobile device, so I was hoping someone here could recommend some options I have to deal with these issues...

    Below is a list of the 'deal-breakers' for me, and unless I can find a solution to address most of them (if not all of them), I am likely to switch back to my Windows Mobile phone...

    1) No ability to synchronize your Outlook inbox and email folders (personal data file or .pst). I have been an Outlook user for years and am not about to change. What's so hard about syncing the emails in my inbox and my email folders? Windows mobile has been doing that for years.

    2) No ability to sync tasks. What??!! I've already forgotten to do a couple things since I received my iPhone last week. This is basic. And the fact that Apple is letting a company, Chapura, create an app, "KeyTask" that syncs your Outlook tasks for $10 per year is criminal. This is a basic function that should be included and is in all WM phones.

    3) Outlook notes. No support. Enough said.

    4) No ability to invite attendees when creating a calendar event. I don't even use this option more than with my wife to remind each other of what we are doing but how then are business users supposed to adopt to this? This is just a basic feature of Calendar that has been on WMobile devices for years.

    5) Cut and paste. The day I got my iphone someone texted me and asked me to txt them another person's phone number. Instead of going into my contacts and copying the number I had to find a pen and paper and write it down, then type it back into my txt. No stylus but carry a pen! This is incomprehensible. My pocket pc 2002 device had this feature and palm had this feature in the 1990s.

    6) No ability to save files to the hard drive. Why? It's a hard-drive. I own it. Let me use it. What do you care if I save files to it? I don't want to have everything in my email and open it from there. What happens when I'm on the subway for 30 minutes and no internet access? Saving files on hard-drives has been a basic feature of computers since the 1980s. I want to put word docs, excel docs, powerpoint docs, PDFs and other stuff on my device to reference at my whim.

    7) Why no T9 dialing to search for contacts? With over 500 contacts in my phone, if someone isn't in my favorites its pretty annoying finding them. The number of steps I need to make to actually call a phone number is multiple times more than on my windows mobile 6 phone. If you would just add T9 it would be a huge help. Then I could find contacts with only my thumb.

    8) GPS. Why no turn-by-turn directions?

    9) I need Office Mobile suite. Many MACs already have office. Why not the iphone? How is it supposed to be business ready without mobile office?

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated... Thanks so much!
  2. t0mat0 macrumors 603


    Aug 29, 2006
    sounds like another mobile, or an EE mini laptop or similar would help you more. Easier to find a product that fits, than jump up and down about the iPhone not doing what you want currently.
  3. gray67 macrumors member


    Aug 6, 2008
    As a fellow PC user, let me take a stab at your below.

    All in all, I'm curious as to why you even bothered with an iPhone - even just a small amount of research would have told you that it was totally unsuited to what you were looking for. Either stick with WinMo or see if a Blackberry would fit your needs better. Sorry, but it just seems like your needs are too based around WinMo and Office to make an easy transition to an iPhone.
  4. HUZAIFA macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2009
    How Do I Upgrade My Iphone To 3.0 Firmware Without Losing Apps Instld From Friends Pc

    PLEASE can anybody help me with this..?
    i have purchased an official iphone 3g ....2 months back...and have installed more than 50 apps on it from my friends computer(synced on my friends computer)...!!
    i have not synced my iphone with any other pc after that...!
    now i want to install the new 3.0 firmware through my laptop....and at the same time i want to make sure not to lose any of the apps/music/contacts/videos/ that exist in my iphone...!!
    how to do so..?

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