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iPhone First Impressions

John Gruber:

I hope you like top-posting, and quoting the entire message you’re replying to. Me, I despise that style of email, but iPhone Mail doesn’t really work well any other way. One problem is that the iPhone doesn’t support the concept of selected text. That means you can’t just select a specific portion to quote of the message you’re replying to; nor can you select a chunk of the quoted message and delete it while editing. The only way to delete text is one character at a time (although the keyboard does let you press-and-hold to repeat). And to top it off, there’s no way to reply without quoting anything at all.

Not a surprise, but noteworthy nonetheless: iPhone’s Mail has no spam filtering whatsoever. You’ve either got server-side spam filtering or you’re stuck wading through the dreck.

Or you can use SpamSieve on your Mac to filter out the spam. It’s not the most elegant solution, but as far as I know (I don’t have an iPhone yet) it works, and it has the advantage that you don’t have to download the spam messages over an EDGE connection.


...which means moving away from Mailsmith.

Lee, you can stop laughing now :)

Seriously, I wonder if the iPhone has had them reconsidering their decision to not support IMAP. I was using that protocol on one of my email addresses for the last 2 years and liked being able to access my inbox from anywhere. I can only see the usefulness of the IMAP increasing with the iPhone and like devices.

Yeah, I never found IMAP to be that interesting because I always read my mail with my Mac. With an iPhone, IMAP would be useful for me, even without considering the spam filtering aspect.

Yeah, i used to be that way. Then I stopped carrying my laptop to school everyday and I never brought it to my office last summer. In addition to viewing my inbox from anywhere, the other benefit I found to IMAP was being able to send an email from any location and having my Mac download and treat it as a sent email, as opposed to BCC'ing it myself for my POP accounts.

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