I've had my new iPhone for a few days now, and so I thought I'd share my observations. Apple touts this phone as having several new features, but some of those are simply part of the 3.0 OS upgrade (which is available to anyone with an iPhone). The unique features of the new iPhone are: (1) faster processor, (2) directional compass for better GPS functionality (3) video and better camera, and (4) voice commands.
- "Call [name of person]"
- "Dial [phone number that you say, slowly]
- "Play music"
- "Play songs by [name of artist, spoken clearly and carefully]
- "What is this song?"
If you want to know what commands are available just invoke the Voice Command and look at the words scrolling by on the screen. These are your options. You won't have long to look before the Voice Command disappears. But the point is that you can learn by looking as you first begin to use it. Eventually, you will learn how to use this tool to call your frequently dialed contacts. When that happens you'll find that you are able to operate the phone without taking it out of your pocket (or your purse).
- Take phone out of pocket
- Swipe to turn on
- Navigate to phone, and then to contacts within phone
- Slide finger carefully along right side to zero in on the contact I want to call
- Tap the contact's name
- Locate the best phone # to call for that contact
- Tap the desired phone #
Now, I do this if the phone is in my pocket and I have the headset in my ear
- Hold down the middle button (equivalent to the 'Home button') until Voice Command announces
- Say "call John Appleseed [short pause] mobile'
- Wait for confirming announcement, which if correct means I just wait for the phone to start ringing.
If you don't a headset you still have to perform the first two actions of the old sequence. That takes a bit of time, but it's not too bad. But, trust me, once you get used to being able to use the Apple headphones you'll find life suddenly becoming A LOT easier.