Thursday, July 17, 2008

DivineCaroline more like HackDvorak ...

This "I need attention and hits Dvorak-style article appeared on DivineCaroline.COM this morning:

* comments = rebuttal

7 Reasons the iPhone 3G Sucks

1. Too expensive to own.

Apple and AT&T may have shaved a couple of hundred dollars off the price but they will more than make up for it in monthly fees. If you take into account the regular monthly fee, the data fee, the text message fee, which used to be free, and the $99 annual mobileme fee you could end up spending over $1,000 a year to own an iPhone, that’s 200 gallons of $5 gas.

* MobileMe is not only optional but unnecessary on 95% of the iPhones being sold. If you require MobileMe - most likely its a business expense or paid for by your employer.

2. Can’t use the GPS like a GPS.

Forget about getting turn-by-turn voice directions in your car from the new iPhone 3G. The iPhone SDK makes it pretty clear it’s not allowed, “Applications may not be designed or marketed for real time guidance.” Yes it will superimpose your position on a Google map, or show you the closest pizzeria but what about getting real-time route guidance? If you read reviews for other GPS devices you never come across a GPS that doesn’t provide some form of guidance. There’s a rumor that TomTom may be developing a guidance application but you have to wonder how they’ll get it past the Apple police.

* Its not a rumor - Apple IS going to allow turn by turn - several interviews with Apple have indicated such

3. Can’t tether the iPhone to your laptop.

Want to save sixty dollars per month for a 3G card for your laptop and use the iPhone instead? Not going to happen—not allowed. Although there are plenty of phones, including AT&T’s Tilt, that will allow you to use your 3G phone as a high speed modem for your laptop, the iPhone won’t be one of them so you can add the cost of a 3G card for your laptop at $720 a year to your total cost of ownership.

* This is a limitation of AT&T and MOST of their phones - not just the iPhone. One does not HAVE to access the internet via 3G. This statement also doesn't take into account that buying the 3G card for your laptop also opens up 70% of USA airports, McDonalds, and Starbucks wifi hotspots for use. And by the way, AT&T will not allow VOIP on their network either - so no 3G VOIP calls.

4. Still no cut and paste.

Cut and paste has been around on Apple computers since the earliest Mac Plus computers. What’s the big problem with implementing it on iPhones? Why is cut and paste so important? Suppose you’re browsing a web site and want to capture some text or a URL, or someone sent you an email and you want to grab some text from it and send to someone else. Not possible on an iPhone. Speaking of email, where’s the spell checker? Predictive typing is fine but spell checkers are everywhere else but here.

* Apparently this isn't an easy "just add it" feature from a design or programming perspective. Apple wants to avoid writing to memory and avoid menu pop up - cut and paste requires both.

5. Wimpy 2 MP camera.

In the world of 5 MP Smartphones and 10 MP point and shoot cameras that you can buy for under $200, why is the iPhone still stuck with a measly 2 MP? That’s so 2003. While we’re at it how come we can’t record video, afraid the non-existent SD card might fill up? The iPhone should be able to stream video by now just like many other cell phones can already do right now.

* The camera on my iPhone ROCKS - it takes pictures better than any of the 3 dozen cellcameras I've had

6. No stereo Bluetooth.

We thought the iPhone was supposed to be part iPod. At least they fixed the recessed headphone jack flaw (and called it a new feature) but the A2DP stereo Bluetooth standard has been around for a while and is missing from the iPhone.

* There aren't many good stereo bluetooth headphones and I don't think Apple wants to invest in their own separate product at the moment. Besides its not secure and would provide an easy avenue for sharing music - something that I suspect the RIAA has harassed Apple about. This also doesn't mention that Bluetooth Stereo is a HUGE battery hog - I've had a Motorola dock connector for my iPod - oh and that's a point - buy a dock connector!

7. The list goes on.

Still no Flash player for rich media content (what grudge does Steve Jobs hold against Adobe). Still can’t send pictures in MMS messages, still no native voice dialing, no mobile TV, no replaceable battery, no flash memory card, and on and on.

* Flash is a CPU hog, insecure, provides too many instances for Spamvertising, and isn't needed. The web needs to change, not the iPhone.

* A sling player is available for the iPhone - a better one is promised SOON

* The battery is replaceable

* I don't need a memory card - I'd love to see a poll of how many people actually use their memory card slot

The only valid point here is no voice dialing and pics in MMS - but I'm almost positive a poll would indicate how few people actually use it.


Anonymous said...

Your counter points are mostly right on, but not the camera. It is very hobbled on the iphone.

Every other camera phone I've used does video, has a flash and a self-portrait mirror, most have a dedicated camera button, and some even have auto-focus. The camera button is necessary for those times you see something you want to take a picture of and only have a moment to capture it.

But honestly, in my experience using camera phones from a variety of manufactures, the only one that had worse image quality than the iphone was a Sony-Ericsson.

Paul Douglas said...

I've never seen or hear anyone use voice dialing except as a novelty back when it first started appearing - you know, the "look what I can do" thing. Do all these people clamouring for it actually use it? I find that hard to believe.

Back to Cut and Paste, you're completely right. People have been going on about this since launch and I still don't see why they think it's such a simple thing. They're isn't a logical way to implement Cut and Paste in the iPhone OS GUI (This is coming from someone who looks a lot into usability, interface, design and so on) short of changing the paradigm or adding a button, which is out of the question. Even if you could find a way, the way iPhone OS runs it apps is not necessarily conducive to cut and paste.

More likely is the implementation of smarter, more pervasive data detectors. Apple is known to be working on improving these and these would be resolutions to the problems commonly cited as needing Cut and Paste (URLs, things to dos and so on).

FYT said...

Anonymous ...

The camera ... I wouldn't consider it hobbled. I REALLY REALLY would like a Youtube upload and video capture capability ... but this isn't a feature that will never come to the iPhone - it is CERTAIN to. It was mentioned as a dealbreaker.

I haven't seen a mirror or flash on a cellphone that was really worth calling it a feature or benefit. If wanting a mirror - may I suggest one of the cases that have such integrated?

The picture taking is a good point and shoot for me - you can hold the "on screen" button down and then turn the camera over and release the button. I would like to see the option of making the home button the pic button though when in camera mode.

JensonB ...

I used it for two days when I first got my Sony Ericcson T610. Whenever I would say "Dave" it would say "Frank" ... I'm sure the iPhone could have a better implementation but it gets more complicated than that - with the variety of bluetooth headsets and quality of those headsets.

I don't think I have EVER seen someone in public touch their headset and say a name to call someone.

The app store brings several free speed dialing apps.