Incidentally, the 8525 had basically the identical problems as the iPhone users are complaining about. I have written about this before on this blog. But to summarize;
- Often the phone does not ring at all. I get the voicemail notification though so I know someone called just a minute ago.
- Anytime there was a 3G to GSM switch, it dropped a call and won't connect until I either reboot or bring the phone off-line and back online.
- Even in a very strong signal area (by the freeway in Redwood City), 3G did not connect up at all.
Then voice dialing. This I cannot go. It is a safety issue for myself and drivers and people around me.
So, it was really really hard to miss this opportunity to not to get the iPhone 3G. I am an avid Apple fan, but I really cannot buy into a phone that does not work as a phone like 8525 I had, but I did like a lot about 8525 and I decided to place my bet on the new AT&T Tilt.
Turns out that this is the best cell phone I've ever had.
- Now the calls never drops all the way from my home in Half Moon Bay area to Redwood City! I thought that dropping of the call was due to the ruralness of our area, but I was wrong. It was the phone.
- It now rings in my office and also at home without restarting.
- The GPS works with Google Maps
- I can tether it with my Macbook Pro and get on the Internet. No more hotel and Starbucks WiFi fees!
- The SIM card can be swapped without replacing the battery. This can be useful if I go out of country a lot and use the rental SIMs.
- I wish that the display tilt up all the way vertically. If it does I can leave the phone on my dash and see the Google Maps easily while driving.
- I miss the function buttons that were on top. Now they moved all the buttons and clustered them really close together at the bottom of the phone. I often hit a wrong button to end the call etc.
- So far I could not activate the Voice Command with Jawbone