What the iPhone Doesn’t Have

June 27, 2007 at 6:34 am Leave a comment

Finally Confirmed: What the iPhone Doesn’t Have – Gizmodo

More reasons not to waste $500 + activation fee + 2 years of monthly payments to AT&T.

It seems to be more eye candy and fluff than practical. Kind of like Windows Vista.

Key points, for me:

• Songs as Ringtones
I would have thought this was a given. I can’t believe it doesn’t do this.

• Any flash support
So much for that fancy browser!

• Picture messages (MMS)
You’ve got to be kidding me. It can’t do something a $19 phone could do years ago?

• Video recording

• Voice recognition or voice dialing
Ditto. Ditto.

• One-size-fits-all headset jack (May have to buy an adapter for certain headphones)
Not sure what exactly this means. If it doesn’t have a plain-old headset jack- that sucks.

Their little Google Maps integration demo in the commercial would actually take several minutes.

This seems odd too, especially given the coolness factor of the maps and that GPS integration is quickly becoming a standard item on cell phones.

• A real keyboard
I have friends with other “smart phones” that use on-screen keyboards. They suck. No physical feedback when you press keys or to indicate key locations or boundaries. They also force you to look at the phone- making it exceptionally dangerous in certain situations- especially driving.

• Removable battery
This, along with AT&T being their carrier, was one of the two biggest reasons I decided not to bother with one of these. Generally Lithium Ion batteries are only good for about a year in cellular phones that get frequent use. Their life and performance starts to drop off after that much time. So- you are spending $500+ and committing to a two-year contract on a device that will probably be unusable before the contract is up (unless you don’t mind using it while it is tethered to its charger).

• Direct iTunes Music Store Access (Over Wi-Fi or EDGE)
This is something else that just blows me away. All the hype about how cool this phone and its Internet browser are- and you can’t even use it to download music from iTunes directly.(?!) I could understand EDGE- since it sucks and it would take a half-hour to download a song, but you certainly should be able to over WiFi.

All-in-all I think the iPhone has a lot of potential to change the smart phone industry. It is certainly unlike anything we have seen before, and the demos I have seen online and on TV are very impressive. It is lacking in a lot of what I feel should be “standard”, both for a cell phone and a “smart” phone. I guess we shall see what the iPhone 2.0 looks like.

Entry filed under: Cellular, General.

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