Cool thing: My iPhone automatically remembers the volume settings for 1) being plugged in to my car stereo 2) having its headphones plugged in 3) having nothing plugged in. It’s fun to see the volume slider zip back and forth as I connect and disconnect the headphones. This is a really nice touch.
Uncool thing: There is no way to view the description of a podcast episode. On an iPod, you can hit the center button twice while the episode is playing, and you see the text that shows when you click the little “i” button in iTunes. The people at the Santa Monica Apple Store were unable to come up with any way to access the text. I listen to a podcast, LDS Voices, where every episode is by a different person, so the “artist” is different every time. (Actually the person’s name is in the episode title, but I use a script to move it to the artist field.) The iPhone gets confused by having a podcast by various artists, so the end result is I have to guess who it is.
I’m also holding off on the latest iTunes and iPhone updates, since they broke MakeiPhoneRingtone and iToner, respectively. I like my ringtones, especially the Star Trek sound effects I bought from the iTunes Store. I had to use MakeiPhoneRingtone because iTunes won’t let me make ringtones out of anything on that album (not that I would have paid the money anyway, I already bought them once for crying out loud). But you can make ringtones out of these tracks of Nichelle Nichols talking about Gene Rodenberry. But which of your contacts would you assign those to?