In addition to texting (which I have come to appreciate on a depth level), being able to handle almost all my photo from taking to having near PhotoShop abilities in apps, and a variety of other uses, my iPhone just notified me of flash flooding in the area via a very loud and obnoxious blaring warning noise while coordinating that auditory notice with a the very bright flash which strobed with the “blat! blat! blat!” noise. (“Danger, Will Robinson!“)
When I flipped the iPhone over the text was very easy to read and the iPhone kept making noise and flashing until I acknowledged the message was received. Since I wasn’t sure where the message came from I did check google and it had the same alert from NOAA for the area around my daughter’s home (where I am). So that’s kinda neat.
Big brotherish? You know who you are – I can hear the grumbles from here, even without my hearing aid. I use the location feature so that if I leave it somewhere I can find it, have it make noise and flash, lock it, or even disable it. This really helps when it slides under a car seat – especially at night when the flash is highly visible.
Apparently, NOAA or some other governmental or quasi-governmental function can now send critical warnings to my cell as well as radio and TV stations. Works for me.