Originally Posted by solipsism
Someone help me out here. What other options are there an AppleJims post is anything but an outright lie or a defective unit that hes chosen to complain about instead of getting replaced?
Well, I didn't have a 3GS, so I can't compare speeds with that, but myself and 2 bandmates all got iPhone 4s within the past week, and have all had issues with the proximity sensors and VERY flaky reception/signal strength issues. I've had at least 10 people tell me they have issues hearing me during phone conversations, which is very unusual compared to my old crappy Nokia.
One of my friends has made the comment that speed, signal and battery life were all much better on his 3GS (he's the only one of us who had one), although he also says 4 improves basically all other aspects of the user experience.
My main issue with the proximity sensor has been that it's sluggish. It takes a few seconds sometimes to take effect, which is too long IMHO. I haven't had dropped calls due to it, but one of the other guys has had a few. Maybe it's user error or he needs to change the settings or get used to holding the phone closer or further away, I don't know.
I'd also like to add that all three of us have had poor results with the compass (the arrow never points forward in maps - mine likes to point at a 45 degree angle to the right even if I'm driving down a perfectly straight street) and the battery life is well below my expectations, although maybe it'll just take a few charge cycles to get optimized. I'm still learning the phone so maybe I'm doing something wrong for the compass to always be so screwy.
Every other aspect of the phone has been great so far. It's my first "smartphone", and being able to Skype/Tweet/Check Mail/Use Maps easily has been great, and I'm very glad to be able to eliminate the iPod from my pocket and (soon) the GPS from my car. The UI is very impressive, and very responsive. The camera is ok for a phone, but my 6-year-old Canon IXUS 4-Megapixel is much better in basically all respects, except convenience.
I want to make it clear that the above isn't a bunch of random bashing, I do have these issues, and if it's a defective unit, then it must be an entire defective shipment, as there are 3 of us here with the exact same issues. I think/hope all of the issues I have with the phone can be improved with an update or two to iOS - battery usage has been improved in Macbooks via OSX updates, and I'm sure the noise cancellation, A/D conversion and signal strength could also be tweaked and improved somehow via software... I also came in under the wire for a free case, so maybe that'll help a bit too.
Anyways, this thread's about iTunes, so I'd just like to say it's nice Apple's fixing a few issues BUT:
1. Wouldn't it be great if Ping, the Genius and the Colour Scheme were all "extensions" like in Firefox or Chrome, so we could choose not to have them if we don't want them? As in not have them at all on our computers or in iTunes (not just hidden)?
2. Why still no FLAC? Lots of (also mainstream) folks are now selling and distributing their music as FLAC, and lots of people in this day and age of cheap 2TB hard drives are ripping their CDs to FLAC because they've got space and like the better sound quality. I admit it's difficult to hear a difference through the POS D/A converters in my Macbook Pro and iPod, but lots of folks have setups with quality converters where the difference between FLAC and MP3s are very noticible.
3. Why isn't iTunes 64-bit yet? I too get occasional hiccups in playback while simultaneously scanning through my admittedly large library, and I can't help but assume access to the full 4GB of memory in my macbook pro might help...