Returning my iPhone5

So, I’ve had and used my iPhone5 for around a week now, and I’ve decided to exercise my right to return it. Why?

Lightning cable

By far the biggest disappointment Apple have ever dished out.
Fine, if there’s some technical reason to change the connector, then do it. But do so in a gracious manner, and don’t try to charge people £25 to make their accessories they’ve accumulated over the last 3+ years of loyal custom!

Apple argue they needed the new connector in order to deliver better speed – but since iCloud they’ve been urging us to sync wirelessly, so who cares?

The rumours of ID chips in the connector to stop people making third-party (and cheaper) chargers and adapters also really annoys me.

Supplying ONE charger cable (and not even allowing us to buy more online until October) seriously isn’t good enough.
It wouldn’t be so bad if the battery were actually any good…


No major improvement.
In fact, if anything, it’s worse.
This could be due to me perhaps the phone more, but I would need to charge it at least once a day, maybe twice.


The annoying and reported rattle coming from the back of the phone (tap it just where the flash is to reproduce)
There’s videos on YouTube of people having similar issues.

To me, paying this much for a phone, it shouldn’t feel like that! 

Lack of cases

A £600 phone will always go straight in a case. Esepcially since Apple insist on making phones out of materials that scratch and dent easily

Unfortunately, due to the new shape, there aren’t that many manufacturers making cases for the iPhone5 just yet.
My favourite case for the iPhone4 was infact a cheap £1.99 silicone rubber one off eBay – it did exactly what it was supposed to, was washable, made the phone bouncy when it was dropped etc..

I got one for the iPhone5, however they understandably don’t fit as snugly just yet (I guess they’ve only had drawings to make the moulds for them)

I tend to use the personal hotspot (tethering) feature on my iPhone every week or so (while out at meetings, it’s handy to connect laptop if there’s no wifi available)

Recently, I stumbled across Onavo

Essentially this compresses mobile data before it’s sent to your device, to reduce your data usage, and speed up your browsing etc…

I installed the app, and it creates a profile on your phone, to point your connection

It does this by installing a configuration profile that overrides your normal Carrier’s APN settings, redirecting traffic through its AWS based cloud. There, the assets are downloaded using inexpensive wired access, evaluated and compressed, before being sent on to the Carrier (in my case, Three) – compressed.

After a couple of weeks of using it, I noticed my personal Hotspot option had suddenly disappeared.
I was outraged.
Immediately, I thought Three had taken it away from my package, and tweeted them accordingly…

Three assured me this wasn’t the case….

So I did some thinking, and remembered Onavo.

I uninstalled the app using this method, restarted the phone, and voila!
My personal hotspot option is back!

Seems this isn’t just limited to the Three network, nor do I seem to be the only one, according to their support page:

I made an interesting, if somewhat irritating discovery earlier today.

I use Google Sync to enable email (and contacts, calendar etc..) to be pushed to my iPhone.

As I mentioned back in June, with the release of iOS 4, you can have multiple Exchange accounts set up (Google Sync on the iPhone takes advantage of the Exchange protocol)

Delete label shown, when sliding finger on

However, I’ve only just noticed that when viewing mail, either in All Inboxes, or a specific mailbox, sliding my finger across a spam message and choosing Delete doesn’t actually delete the message.
It Archives it.

This is pretty annoying, since this is how I like to filter out a lot of crap from my inbox on the move.

The spam filters in Google are great, but every now and then, you will always get an email through that you just can’t be bothered to read.

Deleting like this always seemed a good idea. Until the other day, when I just happened to look in “All Mail” on my Google Mail screen.
I noticed that the deleted mail was still there! It simply had it’s Inbox label removed (archiving)

See images below:

Here’s the original set of mails:

Mail in inbox

I’ve “deleted” the mail using my iPhone. Sure, it’s no longer in my inbox….

Mail deleted from inbox

In “All Mail” – offending message is still there!

Mail still in All Mail! Not been deleted, just archived

Surely, the Bin icon inside a message deletes?

Bin icon inside a mail message

The same applies if you go into a message, and click on the even more confusingly graphic Bin icon (shown below)
The message is simply Archived.

Normal Gmail

Set up normal gMail account on iPhone

If you sync a “normal” gMail account using the method to the left, it gives you better idea of what “deleting” actually does.


Archive label shown when sliding finger - if it's a normal gMail account!

On a message in a “normal” gMail Account, sliding your finger over the message has a more accurate button displayed.




It would seem there is no way to move a message to the Bin (actually deleting it) from the iPhone mail application.

I really hope this is something Apple fix- as I do like to actually delete mail while on the move, and don’t want to have to fire up the mobile version of the site every time!

With the release of iOS 4, you can have multiple Exchange accounts set up to push Mail, Contacts and Calendars to your iPhone.

I already have my personal email set up as an Exchange account on my iPhone, which works great, however, at work, we use Google Apps for Mail (and calendars etc..)

Currently, I have to use iCal to get my work calendar from Google Apps shown on the iPhone, and there’s no way of syncing my work contacts, as well as my personal contacts from my hosted Exchange account.

Since Google Sync on the iPhone takes advantage of the Exchange protocol, we weren’t able to use both at the same time, until iOS . 
This is great news, as it means I can now have both my Google Apps, and hosted Exchange accounts syncing properly on my iPhone.

iPhone – No folder management support for Exchange

One big thing for me with regards to the iPhone Microsoft Exchange integration is the inability to create and manage folders.

I am one of those people that religiously file emails away once dealt with – for example, I have an "eBay" folder, with "buying" and "selling" sub folders for all the emails relating to my purchases and sales.

The iPhone (unlike Windows mobile devices) has no ability to create, delete or rename folders on the Exchange server, which is a bit of a shame.

I was hoping they would include this in the OS 3.0 update.

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