It's really misleading for Apple to advertise business productivity and then fail to provide common tools available on every other phone on the market. I'm still just inside my 30 day trial period and I believe i'm going to have to exchange the iPhone for one with adequate business tools even though I love the phone for personal use. It's a cute toy but I can't earn a living with it. :0(
There are millions of that do, "earn a living" with the help of the iPhone. I'd be lost without it, and I could care less about selectively deleting - all or nothing works fine. If it should become a feature, then so be it, it's just one more good thing for some folks.
It's hardly a toy, not when you consider the things it can do, and do well.
Nope, I'm a real live honest to ggodness brand new iPhone owner and user with a real live question about how I can separate and save business calls in my call log while ditching the personal call clutter. Seems like a reasonable request to me. By the way, there's an example of why I need a spell checker.
Actually, neuroanatomist, I bought 2 32G iPhone 3Gs on an AT&T family plan and was referred to this forum by the salesperson at my local AT&T store. She said the forum members would help me with my questions as I learned to use the device. Obviously, she was wrong.
If anyone cares to read further and actually try to help a newbie, here are my other questions:
What do I have to do and / or buy to get a traditional spell checker for email and documents?
What do I have to do and / or buy to be able to read and modify my MS based business documents?
Can I access my office computer via Remote Desktop?
Can I turn off the prompting for spelling words since it frequently guesses wrong in my technical documents?
How do I print documents created on my iPhone?
BTW, I do miss my Crackberry because it would do all of the above, and I've spent hours trying to figure out how to do them on my iPhone. Should I change my screen name to NotATroll or FrustratedOwnerOf2iPhones?
Try QuickOffice for MS Docs... http://appshopper.com/business/quickoffice%C2%AE-mobile-office-suite-word-excel- email-wifi
Maybe this for Remote Desktop... http://appshopper.com/business/remote-desktop
Settings > General > Keyboard > Auto-Correction
For others, search the app store... http://appshopper.com/
You do have 30 days to return it so don't lose track of that. For some people the BB may be the better device. Good luck.
I'm not sure of any spell checkers that you can get, however the App Store in iTunes is the place to find all of the Apps available for the iPhone.
There are a couple of apps that allow working on documents.
I'm not sure about Remote desktop, however I know there are VPN settings you can make in the iPhone. That one might require a little work.
You CAN disable the auto spell that resides on the iPhone. I stand corrected.
You may have the option to print a document in the apps that allow for editing documents, not sure about that since I don't use it.
I wouldn't worry too much about how some people react on the forum, there are a large number of people that supply great advice. Some people make comments based on people's screen names and, meaning no disrespect, including blackberry in the name could ask for problems. I hope you are able to resolve your issues. I know many people use their iPhones for business so you could survive.
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She said the forum members would help me with my questions as I learned to use the device. Obviously, she was wrong.
Actually, one can get a lot of help here.
The tone of the question sets the tone for the answers, in general. Had you simply asked a question: "Is there a way to selectively delete items from the call log? I have read the user guide and can't find a reference to this."
You probably would have been barraged with helpful tips and advice, even page numbers in the user guide. However, I sensed some tone in the last two sentences of your original post and felt that any answer I might post would not be received well.
Just a thought.
Nope, I'm a real live honest to g
goodness brand new iPhone owner and user with a real live question about how I can separate and save business calls in my call log while ditching the personal call clutter. Seems like a reasonable request to me. By the way, there's an example of why I need a spell checker.
Yes, it was a reasonable question, to which I thought I provided an accurate and reasonable answer - including a link to submit a feature request to Apple (and trust me, you will not be the first to submit that request - I have no doubt that enhancement is on their list, but they have other priorities).
But, your further posts included statements like, +"It's really misleading for Apple to advertise business productivity and then fail to provide common tools available on every other phone on the market...It's a cute toy,"+ etc.
We're not all 'rabid fanboys,' but it did seem to me that your subsequent posts, after your initial question was answered, were intended to provoke a response. If mine was not the response you were hoping for, I apologize.
We (most of us, that is) know the iPhone is not for everyone. Many people actually come here with these questions before they purchase new iPhones, which helps them to make that determination.
Also, the iPhone is clearly not perfect - you point out the auto correction feature, and that's a good example - the reason typing ggodness fails to produce the prompt for the correct spelling is, quite simply, a bug. The same feedback site I linked above is a good way to report those to Apple, and they do fix them. For example, with a previous version of the iPhone OS, one could not directly type the word 'Farrah' - the iPhone's context sensitive keyboard, designed to help one type by increasing the sensitivity area for letters the OS 'thinks' you'll type next, would allow one to type 'Farrag' or 'Farrak' but the 'h' key was actually disabled after typing 'Farra'. People reported the bug, and now you can type Farrah (interesting timing there, to say the least).
If you decide to keep the iPhone, feel free to ask questions here - but, as LenH stated, it's often true that you get what you give, and there's the old adage about catching more flies with honey than with vinegar.
Incidentally, I number myself among the 'business' users who are quite productive with an iPhone. Some aspects of that could be accomplished on a Blackberry, but others, like viewing medical images (MRI, CT, etc.) in standard DICOM format are not possible on a BB, whereas there are 3 different iPhone apps that allow me to do just that.
I do see the benefits of the iPhone and it's graphic capabilities and access to the internet for research are among them. Those assets are why I dropped good dollars on two of them and changed carriers to get them. They're also why one of them is still in my hand rather than back in its box. I expected a learning curve, prepared to relearn how to do some things, but I was not prepared for the seemingly simple things it won't do. How would I have prepared for a mobile phone that won't let you edit the call log? I've never seen another one that won't.
I want to keep the iPhone, but unfortunately I have to find ways to handle business related tasks or I won't be able to.
Thanks to every one who posted advice. Is there a forum or web site which compares or rates iPhone apps. I'm willing to buy the tools I need but if you look at something like document apps, there are at least a dozen and I don't know how to find the right one other than buy and try them one at a time.