Lost In Mobile

Shaun McGill

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Lost In Mobile is the continuation of PDA-247 which, under various names, provided news, reviews and commentary on the mobile world for 10 years.

I have been writing about the mobile industry, mobile products, apps and everything else in between and beyond for more than 10 years, and currently write freelance for Imagine Publishing and also undertake one-off projects upon request.

I welcome your comments and thoughts and if you want to get in touch, please do so via the email address or phone number above.

Thanks for stopping by.

Shaun McGill

Taking control

I had a good old moan last week about my iMac and my iPhone 4S and the problems I have encountered with both. Lion has lots of memory problems and of course the 4S has a battery that has never worked properly for me.

I then realised that moaning won’t help me. Apple changed my iPhone 4S a few weeks ago for an iPhone 4S with exactly the same problems. This was not the first time and so I conclude that the iPhone 4S is a complete lemon for the way I use my phone. Something about my usage, and that of others, causes poor battery performance and I don’t see a solution coming any time soon. The time had come to spend more money and buy a decent FM Transmitter for the car that could also charge the iPhone properly. By the time I get to work I am on 100% and when I get back in the car I am on roughly 20%. I charge it on the way home and then when I am home back to 100%. This regime seems to work and means I am not continually stressing about the battery.

For the iMac, I spent £41 on 8GB of RAM and this, so far, has enabled me to work as I need to. The overall speed has increased, but most crucial of all I haven’t suffered the freezes and spinning beach balls that would drive me to distraction every single day.

Some would say that I should not need to spend money to make products work properly, but what else could I do? Most people have decent battery life on their iPhone 4S’ (I say most, but most people I know who own one say it is the worst part of the phone) and I can only presume that most are not affected by the Lion memory problems.

I have, to a point, sorted my mobile and desktop problems without spending a fortune and sort of wonder if it is unrealistic to expect a trouble-free experience all of the time. Unfortunately, Apple does market some of its products in a way that makes us not expect these problems, and to be fair so does every other company I can think of, so maybe I need to take myself back a few years and get my hands dirty now and again to make things work for me.

For a while there things got a little too easy, and maybe I became complacent. Silly me.