iPhone on AT&T: You respondI asked the question: does your iPhone suck? And you responded. In droves. Plus, Type-A personalities galore on this week's Mailbag.
Hello, everyone! I�m Molly Wood and welcome to the CNET Mailbag, the show where you will not hear a bad word ABOUT the iPhone � unless you totally agree with me, and that�s running about 50/50. I�ll subject you to two emails about this week�s Buzz Report, in which I suggested that the iPhone sucks due to its connectivity problems on AT&T. First, Paul, who writes: Hi Molly, Your baseless attacks on Apple are hilarious, almost as funny as your outfits. Please tell me someone /makes /you wear those clothes! But seriously, I understand CNET needs to rag on Apple to seem somewhat unbiased, especially since a large majority of your reviews are quite favorable towards Apple and you obviously have your more then fair share of Apple promos on your site. I guess I wish you'd just be a bit smarter about your jabs, instead of wielding uncontrolled blows that really miss the target completely - let's just call them "lies without eyes". I've had my iPhone 3G since last September. I am yet to have a dropped call and the 3G reception is great. Maybe this comes from living in NY, or maybe just from the fact that the device generally works well. Incidentally, I recently took a road trip down to DC and back and had consistent coverage throughout the trek. � Your specific rants just make me want to barf all over your face - or spank you. Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend! Oh, Paul. Your adorably predictable ad hominem attacks on my clothes and transparent attempt to ruin my weekend with your mean email just remind me why I do love to antagonize a fanboy, any fanboy. On the other hand, John writes in to say: I loved the iPhone part of this week it is so true I'm so tired of going to the apple store and complaining about the phone and getting out of there with a replacement I'm on my 5th iPhone i had to get a new of a week after i purchased my first i never own a apple product that sucked this bad in my life or should i say a product that suck this bad.... they have to fix it or they will lose it... not to even mention how many drop calls i have this thing suxs.. its the worse phone.. but the smartest device... without a phone... i really hope some other company get it beside att...i had it. sorry for the spelling I'm just mad.... uhhhhhh Ok, well. Paul was WAY more erudite, I�ll give him that. Anyway, we did get a lot of commentary on this video, and if you�d like to add your two cents, it�s available in a blog post at CNET�s Crave blog, at the link on the screen. Thanks for all your comments! And now, let�s turn to some of my favorite types of mail � the Type A correction mail. Starting with Mike, who notes: On the 5/21/2009 Buzz Report, you incorrectly referred to the Government Accountability Office the General Accounting Office. From the GAO website: Effective July 7, 2004, the GAO's legal name became the Government Accountability Office. Thank you, Mike P.S. You're not the first person to get this wrong. I know, because I actually got that from the PC Mag article I used as my citation. Man. You gotta fact-check EVERYTHING these days! Good catch, Mike. Do you work there? Anyway. Here�s a correction of sorts from ksoloway, who says: I have to take issue with Brian Cooley about the proper way of winding cables. When using the over/under technique you do not move from the front to the back of the stack. You keep all the winds either front or back. The big advantage to this kind of wind is that, to unwind, all you have to do is pull on one end. There is no need to unwind it manually. The over/under technique keeps the cable from becoming twisted. By the way, for heavy cables like power or mic, you can hold one end and throw out the stack. It will unfurl kink-free. Wow. You guys should have a Type-A-cable-winding-off. We could sell tickets to that. One to each of you. But that�s why we do videos like these � people care about winding cables. Like, care, care. In other requests today, Ed writes in to say: CNET TV People, Thanks for the reviews on CNET TV (via Tivo). I have just one request. Please just ask Brian Tong to keep his shirt on. It's bad enough we have to put up with his kerpow antics and huge cross, etc. to see the product comparisons. I'm going to unsubscribe if I see Tong nipple one more time. Ed, Brian Tong would like you to know it�s wuh-pah. But I think I�ve figured out the problem � you�re watching us on TiVo on your actual TV � which is a lot bigger than the computer screen most people see us on. So � the nipple is like, a lot bigger! Sorry about that. We�ll discuss. And that�ll do it for this week�s show, everyone. Thank you to everyone who sent birthday wishes last week, including Jakub and Agata, who sent a card from Australia, but then emailed me later to make sure I got it and tell me I�m really getting old. That was � super. Thanks, guys. And that�s it for this week, everyone! Keep the feedback, questions, and crazy mail coming! Email me at Mailbag@cnet.com, or send your snail mail to 235 2nd St., San Francisco, CA, 94105. Thanks for watching, everyone.