With mango comes some regular OTA updates. This seems to only apply to app updates but it is a nice feature. That it works via 3G and not just WiFi or tethered mode is nice. Definitely not critical, at least it hasn’t been with the apps I have had updated. Now this seems to work better than the built-in podcast automatic updating but I need to watch that more closely to verify the frequency. On the podcast note, I think part of the issue is there is a default size issue that demands a wifi connection. While I understand wanting to help users so they don’t exceed their data usage, that should be the users option, if they want to download media via cellular and not just wifi/tether that should be their choice.
Also something to point out. I had noticed that my phone’s connection to my home wifi was frustratingly inconsistent. Even after NoDo and Mango, there were times when I had to restart my wifi router to get the phone to connect. None of my other wireless devices had an issue but they rarely left the proximity but I had been disappointed with the signal strength I had observed when just outside of my house. I have grown leery of the Linksys products since Cisco took over. I recently upgraded my internet service and was offered a chance to use their wireless access point or use my current access point (are you listening UVerse?). I opted to try their device. The phone now connects right up every time it comes into range and where it would lose connection as I walked out my garage it seems to stay connected a decent distance down the street and the wideband is a definite upgrade.