Jeff Croft

I’m a product designer in Seattle, WA. I lead Design at a stealthy startup. I recently worked at Simply Measured, and previously co-founded Lendle.

Some of my past clients include Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo!, and the University of Washington.

I’ve authored two books on web and interactive design and spoken at dozens of conferences around the world.

But seriously, who gives a shit?

Link // 06.16.2008 // 8:47 AM // 3 Comments

Daring Fireball: The iPhone 3G Upgrade Question

Gruber walks through the “should I upgrade to the new iPhone,” dilemma, one I’m currently having, myself. He correctly points out that the only real noteworthy advantages are faster networking and GPS. He doesn’t mention the flush headphone jack, which isn’t a big deal to me personally (I’ve already gone and bought V-Moda iPhone earbuds), but may be to some audiophiles who’ve been avoiding the iPhone because they can’t use their favorite headphones with them.

For me, I think it’s going to boil down to this: Will the location-based SDK apps work with the triangulation functionality of the original iPhone, or will they require GPS? And if they do work: how well? I’m excited about the location based services more than the 3G networking, myself. If these work reasonably well on the original iPhone, then I may not have much incentive to upgrade this time around.

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  1. 001 // Clint Ecker // 06.16.2008 // 9:37 AM

    All the Core Location APIs will work on all iPhones/iPod touch with varying degrees of accuracy.

    iPod touches will have the worst, as they can only rely on WiFi hotspots (skyhook’s DB)

    The original iPhone will be next best, using cell phone tower data and Wifi data.

    The new iPhone will be the most accurate, and probably as accurate as they’ll ever get.

    The big difference will be that the iPod touches/old iPhones accuracy will vary with the density of cell phone towers / wifi hot spots. Meaning while you might get pretty good accuracy in the city and suburbs, it’ll get really bad in smaller cities and in the country-side / other countries.

    The new iPhones will be as accurate as long as you can pick up a few GPS satellites anywhere in the world.

  2. 002 // Jeff Croft // 06.16.2008 // 10:23 AM

    Gotcha. So the real question is how well will these apps actually work on an original iPhone? I mean, in practice, how useful is, say, Loopt with the level of location accuracy I can get on my original iPhone? How useful is photo geotagging with that level of accuracy? How useful is a Brightkite app with that level of accuracy?

    I don’t really know the answer, and I doubt anyone does until we see them in practice. Right now, my strategy is probably to not buy a new iPhone on day one. Rather, I’ll upgrade my current one to iPhone 2.0 and give it a try for a few weeks. if it sucks, then I’ll go buy a new one. :)

  3. 003 // Brad // 06.16.2008 // 4:43 PM

    For me, I wasn’t going to upgrade until I looked on ebay and found that I could sell my 1st gen iPhone unlocked for $350+. I did exactly that just the other day and ended up getting $410 from a guy in the Netherlands. Now I’m borrowing a phone until the new iPhone comes out so I’m pretty happy. Not sure if you’d want to do that but for me it was a no brainer.

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