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Iphone Disappointments

Discussion in 'Bits & Bytes' started by ethics, Jul 1, 2007.

  1. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    From another forum:

    Here's the short list:

    1. Bluetooth is ONLY good for connecting a headset. That's it.
    2. There is no file browser on the device at all. Data must be organized (if at all) in the appropriate application.
    3. The camera is a simple application that has ONE button: the shutter. Pictures come out okay on the device, but nothing too fancy on a monitor, especially if it was an attempt at a macro shot.
    4. SIM card is damn near impossible to open, if at all. I didn't look into it extensively.
    5. Web browser is slow, even over WLAN. Even the simple OneList web app that was created takes around 20 seconds to load over WLAN. You can not highlight, cut, copy, or paste and text from a website, and you can not save any images you find from a website either. The only nice thing about it is the tabbed browsing, which crashed on me when I went to Engadget and YouTube on two tabs. This is the only application that allows you to use the keyboard in landscape mode.
    6. The keyboard sucks. It gets slightly better after the iPhone "learns" you, as the employees said, but even then, it's not a device you can use with one hand comfortably, much less without looking.
    7. You can only send one picture at a time in an email.
    8. No custom ringtones (yet, as we were being told) and the alert tones can not be changed whatsoever.
    9. The default ringtones are incredibly lame.
    10. The only form of customization outside of a lame default ringtone is the wallpaper, which you'll only see when you need to unlock the device or when you get a phone call.
    11. "Picture pinching" or using two fingers to zoom on any content is certainly fun to play with, but not practical whatsoever. This operation depends solely on using the device with two hands.
    12. No document editor or native viewer. You can not store documents on the device to be viewed, they can only be viewed as attachments when they're sent to your in an email.
    13. Visual voicemail is laggy and reacts about the same way as pushing the fast forward and rewind buttons on traditional voicemail systems. The only advantage is for those that get that many voicemail messages a day that they need to sort them according to priority.
    14. NO games. None.
    15. No voice dialing.
    16. No speed dialing (which can be made up by the "quick list", but getting to that quick list isn't as fast as holding a single key on a real keypad).
    17. No video.
    18. No MMS.
    19. It's still <4GB for $500 and <8GB for $600
    20. It only takes around 2 hours to explore every menu without any options for expandability except to scrounge around for new web apps that will load slowly and nowhere near as smoothly as the native apps.
  2. Kangaroo

    Kangaroo Passed Away June 15th, 2009

    I understand it is hard to see in sun light. Which could make it impossible to use, since it has no real keys. Makes sense from the TV ads; they were all shot in the dark.
  3. rowd

    rowd Spark Maker

    Can I PLEASE have just a telephone that makes a phone call ?????! ! ***:banghead:

  4. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

    It constantly amazes me when people start bitching about what a phone doesn't do. Here's a small hint. Yo! Asshole! It's a fucking phone! You want all the full blown features that you find on your computer? Then use your stinking computer!
  5. joseftu

    joseftu ORIGINAL Pomp-Dumpster

    Nope. The reviews say exactly the opposite. The screen is bright and easy to see, even in sunlight.

    But I'll let you know tomorrow or the next day! :)
  6. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

    This isn't a full blown PDA. It's not supposed to have many of those "nice" things you find on the Blackjack, Crackberry, HTC, or Treo. Seems many are trying to find things about the phone that weren't designed to be in there to begin with.

    Saw one yesterday, and I was quite impressed with it. While it would be nice to have one, it's not something I'm going to run out and get.

    Granted, there are a couple of things that should have been included from the get go, but if they were included now, how would Jobs bring out the "improved" model to get folks to buy even more of the devices? ;)
  7. Brazbit

    Brazbit Nah... It can't be.

    But but the iPhone was supposed to change the world!

  8. Steve

    Steve Is that it, then?

    I'll wait until it comes as standard equipment on a Segway.

    Then we'll see some revolutionary changes in the world!

  9. Violet1966

    Violet1966 Stand and Deliver Staff Member

    That amazes me too especially when you have people wanting to view the net and movies on huge screens these days, but they don't mind one bit having to strain their eyes on a relatively small device.

    I've seen a few spots on the news about the poorly sized keyboard. The keys are very small and close together so if you have big fingers, you're going to fumble with it. They'll probably come out with a pen device for people who can't work the keyboard. LOL
  10. MNeedham73

    MNeedham73 Well-Known Member

    I'll stick with my Blackjack :)
  11. Cariad

    Cariad cymru am byth

    It got so many bad reviews and warned users they would be the guinea pigs for the phone and v2 was already being worked on - makes you wonder way anyone was stupid enough to go out and buy one in the first place.
  12. SixofNine

    SixofNine Jedi Sage Staff Member

    That was the Segway's job. :p
  13. Greg

    Greg Full Member

    You forgot one. :) Just like the iPod, the iPhone's battery is NOT user replaceable.

    You would think that while you're downloading songs from your PC to your iPhone that you would be able to select any of your downloaded songs as a ring tone. Nope. Evidently they didn't want to kill the market for selling ring tones.

    Rather than criticize or ridicule iPhone purchasers and enthusiasts, all I'll say is that evidently you have different priorities than mine. I'm quite content with my iPod and separate cellphone, and if either breaks I can toss it and get a new one.

    BTW I've had my 6GB iPod mini for 2-3 years and its battery--also not replaceable--is doing fine. However, I see cellphone batteries as getting much heavier cycling than iPod batteries at least with my usage patterns, which would cause them to fail sooner since the number of recharges has great influence on battery lifetime.
  14. tke711

    tke711 Oink Oink Staff Member

    Because unlike other phones, the current iPhone can simply be upgraded to v2 with software updates through iTunes. That is where the iPhone is "revolutionary". Pretty much every other phone on the market has to be swapped out to get new, upgraded features.

    My current LG phone doesn't have voice dial (it's one big shortcoming) and if LG came out with a new model that did, I'd be stuck having to buy a new phone. However, iPhone users will simply update through iTunes instead of buying a whole new phone.

    I think that aspect is pure genius on the part of Jobs.
  15. tke711

    tke711 Oink Oink Staff Member

    Yep, the battery was another mistake in my opinion. Although, since it will take approximately 2 years before anyone will see a decrease in battery capacity, I don't think it's as huge of a deal as some reviewers are making it out to be. It's a mistake, but I don't think it's a huge one.
  16. Greg

    Greg Full Member

    And I expect that a significant number of cellphones get discarded, lost or otherwise deactivated before they reach end of life (end of battery), so the battery problem will be biggest for the most loyal and enthusiastic iPhone owners, and may be no big deal for many others.

    And then there's the problem that you can't change cellphone providers although most people accomplish this by replacing the phone when they switch carriers.
  17. Cariad

    Cariad cymru am byth

    But why buy a phone for $600 knowing it's not yet "finished", and why produce a phone where the battery isn't replaceable - good grief how stupid is that? Even I carry a spare battery around with me.

    It's a cute phone, much like my LG chocolate, but I'm tempted to run over that with a truck because it's the most annoying thing I've ever bought.
  18. tke711

    tke711 Oink Oink Staff Member

    I just got back from my local Apple store where I got to play with the iPhone for about 20 minutes or so.

    OMG....I'm in love!!!!!!!!!!!!! It took all of my self control to leave the store without purchasing one. :)

    Just some quick general comments because I have to run and cut the grass:
    • You CAN dial phone number with one hand very easily. I did it about 5 times calling various friends/family
    • Call quality seemed excellent
    • The size was actually a bit smaller then I thought it would be and was extremely comfortable in your hand
    • Ease of use is incredible. Very easy to navigate through the menu's and use the features
    • Screen is amazing and the finger gestures work great
    • Typing was easier then I expected and I flew through typing out an email to my gmail account
    • Web pages loaded decently over WLAN in the Apple store

    Overall, I was VERY impressed. The "cool/geeky" factor is off the charts and it was VERY easy to use. The only real stumbling block for me is the price tag, which is a bit steep, especially when you add in accessories.
  19. Violet1966

    Violet1966 Stand and Deliver Staff Member

    This is the reason why I've never really desired to own an "i" device. Anything that I buy, I want to be able to replace the battery myself and not have to pay extra for someone else to do it for me. I don't ever see myself buying any of the "i" devices ever, if they don't change that.
  20. joseftu

    joseftu ORIGINAL Pomp-Dumpster

    I said it in the other thread, but it's worth repeating. The "non-user-replaceable" for Ipods is just bunk. It's not true. Apple might want you to think so, but it's completely false. I've replaced two separate batteries on two separate Ipods myself. It's simple. I'm sure the same will be true for the Iphone.

    Apple doesn't want you to replace the battery, that's true, and you'll void the warranty, that's true. But the warranty will already be long gone by the time you need to replace the battery, so that's completely irrelevant.

    If you're the slightest bit handy--and I mean very slightly, like you can check (not change) your own oil--you can do it yourself.

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