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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Friday, February 6, 2009
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With over 3,000 votes from iLounge readers, our latest poll, “Which crashes more often, your computer or your iPhone/iPod touch?” has ended. Readers could say their pocket device was more or less stable than their Windows PC or Mac, with options given for each platform, as well as an option for those who don’t own an iPhone or iPod touch.

Of the respondents, 53% (64% of the total) said they owned Windows PCs, and 30% of the respondents (36% of the total) said they owned Macs. Roughly half of the Windows PC users said that their iPhones or iPod touches crashed more often than their PCs, while roughly three-quarters of the Mac users said that their iPhones or iPod touches crashed more often than their Macs. While far from scientific, the results suggest that iPhone/iPod touch software is more crash-prone than Mac software—comparable to the instabilities PC users deal with. Finally, 17% of respondents said they didn’t own an iPhone or iPod touch. Thanks for all your votes!

Our new poll deals with the growing number of farting and bikini apps on the App Store. We want to know whether you think we should cover them or not. Should we cover everything, even if it’s in questionable taste? Steer clear of all but the most notable ones? Ignore them all? Or do you simply not care, or don’t have an iPhone or iPod touch? Our new poll, “Are you interested in seeing iLounge cover fart and bikini iPhone apps, or should we ignore them?” lets you answer that question. You can find the iLounge poll in the left hand column of the main iLounge.com homepage. Vote today!

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I do appreciate iLounge covering and reviewing everything, as it tells me what is crap and not worth my money or my time. I always look to iLounge first before purchasing anything iPod/Apple related for reviews, opinions, and insight. I have never been disappointed, please keep up the excellent work.

Posted by Jim on February 6, 2009 at 11:44 AM (PDT)

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Actually, I had to mark “Windows PC” on the poll, even though it is inaccurate, I use a Linux PC… But regardless of that little detail, my iPhone crashes quite frequently, especially if I use more than 1 app before I reboot it, or play more than 50 songs before rebooting it. Rather annoying, actually.

But the most annoying, is how it crashes the phone part… so I get 0 connection as a phone (or over the EDGE network), even though it shows bars on it, and I have to reboot the phone, with no signs outwardly of an issue, in order to get the phone to work right and people aren’t just sent straight to my voicemail.

Posted by Cliff on February 6, 2009 at 12:28 PM (PDT)

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This, of course, is even above and beyond the fact that AT&T;‘s coverage in my area went from mediocre to horrible over the time I’ve owned my iPhone, and come June when my contract comes up, I’m dropping it all together. I went from an average of 4 bars everywhere, to now no connection - 1 bar at best when I’m home, and random disconnects throughout the day, with about half of my home town having no coverage.

Posted by Cliff on February 6, 2009 at 12:31 PM (PDT)

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I own an iPhone3G running 2.2.1 firmware. (latest)

I own a PC.

My iPhone crashes ALOT more than my PC ever does.

The main reason why is due to the Phones built in temporary memory,,ie: 128MB RAM.  The OS uses a good portion of the RAM and leaves remaining small amount the rest for the games and phone functions. The problem is that when you play a game,,it can and most often WILL exceed the phones leftover RAM,,which inturn causes the phone to crash right in the middle of you palying the game. (Fieldrunners crashes all the time…sucks…but I love the game)  And dont even try to play the ipod will using a game,, or sufing the web at the same time. This triples the crashes. I believe this is the single biggest reason for the phone crashing. I do not believe it is the OS software, but rather the RAM.

Also what most people, who do not have an iphone don’t realize is that the iphones may advertise as 8GB or 16GB,,,but that does not mean you can install 8GB/16Gb worth of apps. With the app store currently having 19,000+ apps, the iphone can only have 148apps on the phone. (unjailbroken) Due to you only having 9 main app screens at 16 apps for each screen, plus the 4 on the bottom dock, for a total of 148. If you attempt to install more than this,,,the phone will also then get more unstable and crash on you. Again,,one can argue all day that 148 apps is enough, but what good is it to consider buying a 16GB from a 8GB,,,when the amount of apps for both phones is each limited to 148. And with the availabilty of 19000 apps on the appstore,,,one should be able to use the 8 or 16 GB of memory with as many apps as they choose. So again,,,installing more than 148 apps causes crashes.

These are the 2 areas that apple needs to fix on any future iPhone,,,in my opinion. These are my biggest frustrations. Even more than the MMS and video lacking issues.

Then my next biggest issue would be a decent better backup solution for the iphone. I hate the itunes restore option. It sucks for a restore option…period. I had “Sprite Backup” when I used my WM phone and loved that program. I also use acronis to image my PC,,,both flavor of options I would like on the iphone. Having to wait and have itunes reinstall all my apps,,,hoping the itunes restore got my settings right,,,is always a consitent headache. I ask myself,,,why cant I just get a one click restore from previously saved image app. Fast and simple. Itunes restore is crap.

Just my opions,,latter.

Posted by pimp on February 7, 2009 at 5:31 AM (PDT)

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