Today I woke up at 6 am. Siri woke me up actually because I was playing around yesterday and said ‘wake me up at 6 am everyday’.
First thing I did tonight was disable all my morning alarms!
I also decided to try out the Etisalat Easyblaze network on my iPhone 4S today. That turned out to be a great idea. The 3.75G network made Siri reply to my comments almost instantaneously. I also noticed that Siri even connects on EDGE networks.
I figured out a few new features on iOS5 on iPhone 4S that I forgot to mention yesterday, probably due to the excitement. I tried to make all the screenshots smaller so that the page loads faster. I hope that helps.
Here you go:
This is Apple’s reply to BBM. It allows you to send messages to anyone with an idevice running iOS5 or later using whatever internet connection is available. It also sends pictures, videos, but not music of course (Apple would rather sell their music – bummer). All in all, it’s pretty sweet.
- It’s super fast.
- Shows typing, delivered, read. Even allows you to customize whether or not you want the other person to know when you’ve read a message or not.
- You need an Apple ID before you can activate it. I feel it would have been nicer if Apple allowed usernames and not those boring Apple ids. The only compensation is that iMessage automatically detects if your contact has iMessage and sends the iMessage to such contact instead of SMS. The iMessage bubble is blue while the SMS bubble is green.
Apple has finally decided to put in Emoji icons in iOS5! I don’t know what they were waiting for! Anyway it works pretty decent. Just go to settings, then keyboard, then add new keyboard, then emoji and you’re off.
Apple recently launched the app, iTunes trailers. It’s nice to have all your movie trailers in one place. Saves you money when you’re thinking of watching a boring movie.
iOS 5 also comes with iCloud. This lets you sync almost everything to the Apple servers. Everyone is entitled to 5GB free space on the servers and you can synchronise from contacts to documents online. Not a bad idea but I don’t think I’ll be using much of that with the costly data plans in Nigeria.
Did I mention, it is super fast! Browsing is way faster than on my laptop even on the same network even when it loads the full site. I know that’s not an objective way of assessing but you get the picture. Sometimes, I get ‘wowed’.
Today the battery didn’t last so long. Maybe around 14 hours but that’s because I keep caressing the helpless device.
I still love Siri. You activate either by holding down the home button for 2 seconds or by pressing the handsfree button when using the headset. I noticed that there are some words that sound alike that Siri misunderstands in my accent. I tried to tell her to ‘cancel all my alarms’… she heard ‘counsul all my alarms’. I changed that to ‘remove all my alarms’ and was fine. I seem to think that the server keeps improving as sometimes it understands some certain things, and other times it doesn’t. I’ll add screenshots too for good measure.