July 09, 2007

iFair. iBalanced.

I got to play with another iPhone on Saturday and it still looks sooooo cool.

But the negative reviews are streaming in.

Here's a long bulleted list of things this one guy doesn't like about the iPhone. Some of them are valid complaints in my book, others are just items of personal preference to him, I think.

Here's a fun bit:

The iPhone’s battery is apparently soldered on inside the device and cannot be swapped out by the owner like most other cell phones.


Users would have to submit their iPhone to Apple for battery service. The service will cost users $79, plus $6.95 for shipping, and will take three business days.


...because some users will not want to live without their cell phones, Apple is also offering a loaner iPhone for $29 while the gadget is under repair.

Like many PC users, I am greatly irritated by Mac users who fail to recognize the strengths of PC's and weaknesses of Apples. But I would levy the same criticism against many PC users who refuse to recognize the power of Macs.

Anywhoodles, there you have it.

Posted by Flibbertigibbet at July 9, 2007 02:26 PM | TrackBack

I use both...a PC for work and a mac at home. Clearly they are designed and built for different purposes. I think for most personal use, the Mac is a much better and more reliable machine than a PC. With business use, most companies install heavy protection against viruses and such so PCs are fine and most business applications are designed for a PC anyway. The good thing about a Mac is that you can run Windows on it and so that sort of makes it moot to need a PC if that is the only reason you're buying one. I think my issue with PCs is that they are more of a target for hackers and people who create viruses and without the proper protection, a not so savvy computer user might find their home computer a damned mess. Whereas with the three Macs I have owned, I have never been aware of any virus. I understand why Macs are more expensive...they last longer and hold their value better if you decide to resell one. But in my head, a computer made more for personal use than business use should be more affordable, which probably explains why Apple still has less than 10% of the market share.

In terms of the iPhone, I read that article and was a bit miffed, though not surprised by the battery issue. For the most part however, the battery should last 18 months, if not two years and typically cell phone users switch to a newer phone in that time anyway. I will however be keeping an eye on my battery life and trying not to charge it everytime it uses up a little bit of the battery power.

Most of the things I have found that I do not like about the iPhone are things that can easily be upgraded with software updates down the road. I have already found a way to use google chat on it, which was a big negative for me that iChat was not a program already installed.

I like how people are jumping all over this Nano iPhone article that came out yesterday without paying attention to the fact you're buying a $300 phone without internet capability and a click wheel instead of the touch screen. Which is the entire reason why the iPhone is so damned awesome.

Either way, I'm nearly two weeks in and still perfectly happy with my iPhone. Just FYI.

Posted by: Britton at July 10, 2007 04:23 PM

Oh and to comment on a few of that guy's issues, since you have to be registered to do so on his site and I can't be bothered:

He mentions voice dailing. Does anyone use that? I have had that on my last three phones and never thought about it. How hard is it to hit the phone icon (even while driving) and find the name on the gorgeous finger scrolling glass touch screen? :) Besides the fact, even with a headset, stay off the damn phone in the car. It still distracts you while driving.

Battery - covered this. It sucks, I agree with criticism but I actually prefer the case not having a back you can take off that will break, come loose or fly off all the time like my RAZR I just threw out my car window. I'll just buy a new phone when the battery dies. :)

Verizon has the fast speed internets. I have admitted I hate that this is on EDGE. But honestly, Verizon's phones suck a fat one and who cares if its fast if you can't even pull up a regular webpage on it anyway. Of course its fast if you're pulling up nothing but texts. What he fails to mention is that for non-professionals, Apple has done a reasonable good job of pulling out things like google searching, google maps, email, stocks, weather, youtube, etc. so that you aren't even using the browser to check them out so its faster. And clearly they will add more with software updates later (try that on your regular LG phone). Though overall I agree and wish that Verizon had been the chosen carrier (which of course it wasn't because CDMA technology is antiquated and not used in the rest of the world).

The iTunes issue. Who doesn't have iTunes? People who have iPods have iTunes already. And if you don't have an iPod, you probably don't want the damn iPhone anyway. That is just a stupid criticism when clearly the issue is the fact you're using a PC. Buy a Mac, problem solved.

Instant messaging. Solved. iphone.beejive.com. It's not ideal, but it works. And I think an iChat update is clearly on the way.

No picture messaging. Um, take a picture and email it. Then again I never use picture messaging so not a big deal for me.

I mean he lists a lot of things the phone doesn't do. I have never had a phone do most of the things he mentioned. GPS? Sure, that is becoming more common but is it really that popular and common anyway? And clearly later additions will come. I just think the design of the phone is what is innovative and frankly he agrees. All the quirks and additions we all want to see will come with time. And now that they have impressed us with how pretty it is, we'll want to stick with Apple when they do bring all those other features that are missing. Some of his points are valid, for sure, but I think some of his issues with it are easily resolved, whether with software updates or on the second version. I do like how everyone is like, oh I'm not buying htis one but I'll buy the next one when it does this, this and this. Well don't you think that is exactly the point? Gadget freaks like me who can't wait will buy this one. You will play with it and love the interface and when the version comes out that you want you'll buy it. I mean you're already sold on it basically.

Posted by: Britton at July 10, 2007 04:41 PM

I agree with most of what you said except the iTunes thing. I think having iTunes on the phone makes great sense and I'm puzzled as to why it wasn't. I hope they add it soon, because to me it's a great opportunity for me to spend my entire paycheck on new music.

Posted by: Flibbert at July 10, 2007 04:55 PM

Oh - I read his critique as more of the fact you had to have iTunes on your PC which means have Quicktime which I guess he thinks has issues working correctly on a PC. I missed the part about the iTunes on the phone. You can be assured that if it means people will buy music on the go, they will update that. I'd say it would be fairly easy to create a software update, but honestly, I would not want to try to download a song using their EDGE network...talk about taking forever. Though if you're in a hot spot, it'd be awesome to do it. When the new version comes out, if one of the only major updates is it working on 3G, I'm going to have to really see that there is a significant difference in speed. I have heard even 3G is being outdated by other providers and that overall it isn't significantly faster. We'll see.

I mean overall his criticism is understandable for some of the issues, but to assume this device will have everything all at once is a bit silly and to overall crap on it is just ridiculous. I have a feeling he is just a Mac hater. To me the biggest issue I woudl have is the push email so people can use it for work purposes and he kinds of blew over that like it was no big deal. To me that is really the biggest advantage of other smartphones/blackberry devices.

Let's face it, this first release is all about the beauty of the touchscreen and getting people to see how cool it is. And yes, I was one of the freaks who just had to have it and couldn't wait until it was improved upon...not to say I still won't buy a newer version when it comes out. :)

Posted by: Britton at July 10, 2007 08:12 PM
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