So, yeah, the Apple iPhone has been revealed. Yes, it looks sexy. Yes, it's loaded with features.
However, there's some glaring flaws with it that will become readily apparent once people start getting their grubby hands on it.
1) No physical keyboard. You may not think this is a big deal - but that's only because you've never dealt with an all touchpad phone before. Having had a Samsung SPH-I330 for 3 years, I know very well the pain of having to use the touchscreen for everything. I didn't realize how bad it was until I got a Palm Treo 700wx, which has a nice physical qwerty keyboard, and having a real keyboard makes a HUGE difference in usability.
2) It's a crippled smartphone. Sure, it runs OS/X, but it will not support any non-approved third-party software. Say hello to limited functionality and high prices. Palm OS and Windows Mobile has a huge edge in software availability because anybody can create software for it. Fortunately, if Apple changes its mind, then enabling third-party software is a simple software update. Here's a petition for enabling third-party applications.
3) Limited storage space. 4/8 GB? Really? In the age of 60/80 GB iPods? Combine that with the lack of removeable storage (SD, miniSD, microSD, etc) and you'll feel that crunch every single day.
4) Non-removeable battery. Hmm... MP3, cellular, photos, videos, wi-fi, internet surfing, email. And you think that battery's going to last more than a few hours? PER DAY? And cellular batteries are notorious for losing their overall capacity rather quickly. So once that battery is dead, so is the phone.
5) High price & required 2 year contract with Cingular. So you're buying a phone for $500/$600 even AFTER a 2 year contract. And you can't get one without a contract. I've never had Cingular service, but from everything I hear about it in the Dayton area, it's horrible.
6) No wireless sync! Huge disappointment. How convenient would it be for the iPhone to start syncing as soon as it comes in range? Or, how about being able to download from iTunes directly to the phone over the cellular/wi-fi internet connection? But again, this can be added with a software update, so it's not that big an issue.
Don't get me wrong - the iPhone looks like it's going to be a revolutionary device. The screen, gesture interface, user interface, all seem amazing. However, given the above issues, I think a lot of people are going to be disappointed.
My predictions of the people who get the iPhone:
25% don't like it and sell it on eBay for a nice profit.
30% like it, except for some small issues, but they can live with it.
20% love it, it's the best gadget ever, have apple tattoos on their bicep.
25% hate it, but pretend they're in the previous group.
Ah well, no doubt it'll do tremendous business regardless. But as usual, it'll be the 2nd iteration i'll look forward to :)
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Saturday, January 13, 2007