7/10/08
8:31 pm

First Impressions of First iPhone Apps

So I spent some time this afternoon playing Super Monkey Ball, Band, and trying out some of the other apps. Super Monkey Ball looks great and runs smoothly. It is a tough game because of the way you control movement. As a gamer, I’m not so sure I like the idea of the challenge being in how you can control movement. I prefer strategy or reaction time.
Band is interesting, but I got bored with it quickly. It may be more fun if there are a few people who have it and you can “jam.” Or, it may grow to be an excellent app once more instruments are added and perhaps there is a better system for saving and editing music. I’d love to see a desktop version so you could start composing on your iPhone and then polish it off on your Mac later on.
By far, the app I like the best is Pandora. Pandora is the Web site/service that plays music it thinks you will like based on feedback. I’ve been a user for a while, and I love the commercial-free “make your own radio station” idea. Now that it works on the iPhone, oh boy. That’s the end of radio for me. I even tried it in the car on the drive home and it played song after song over the Edge network without missing a beat.
I was a little please and also disappointed in AIM (AOL Instant Messenger). This is basically iChat for the iPhone, as you can use your AIM account or your .Mac (MobileMe) account. It just seemed very buggy. And I used an AIM account at first, and the only way I could figure to switch to my .Mac account was to delete the App and re-install. Likewise, Twitterrific seemed unfinished. I can’t seem to get it to display the most recent tweets when I start the App. It is still easier just to go to Twitter.com on the iPhone and get what I want faster.
Looking through the App Store, I saw a lot of junk. There were Apps for $1 that really didn’t do much. There were others, like the FaceBook App that did LESS than the equivalent iPhone-formatted Web site. So what’s the point?

Comments: 5 Responses to “First Impressions of First iPhone Apps”

    Corey P
    7/10/08 @ 8:47 pm

    I’m getting the new iPhone tomorrow afternoon. (gotta work) I am upgrading due to the GPS and 3G. The idea of surfing the net for information and talking on the phone with clients or co-workers is priceless. Gary, do you think the apps seem “unfinished” due to you installing before the 3G is released? I am trying to be optimistic.

    7/10/08 @ 8:54 pm

    My guess would be that they are same exact apps you will get tomorrow. Maybe AIM and Twitterrific were rushed to make the release date. Though Twitterrific always seemed flaky to me on the Mac as well.

    7/10/08 @ 9:09 pm

    I’m totally waiting on the 3G now that I have iPhone 2.0 installed! I love my new apps, so much so I wrote about my 6 favorites:
    http://www.jeffmccord.org/iphone-20-favorite-apps/

    Check it out! Great post Gary!

    7/11/08 @ 8:40 pm

    Gary,

    Have you seen the Gizmodo and MacRumors posts tonight about users who installed the firmware early (yesterday) should restore in iTunes and download the “official” iPhone 2.0?

    I just did it and it does seem a bit faster??

    Jeff

    7/11/08 @ 8:44 pm

    Jeff: Yep. Saw that. Working on it now…

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