iPhone

I’ve known that the iPhone was coming since my trip to Cupertino in January last year (didn’t know any details though) and now it’s finally announced.

Cons:

  • Battery is not removable (AFAIK).
  • No 3G. It’s being released in June 2007 and no 3G… Web browsing over EDGE is not a pleasant experience.
  • Closed – no SDK for 3rd party development.
  • In the US, a 2 year Cingular contract will be required.
  • No access to the iTunes Store from the phone and no syncing over WiFi.
  • Camera is only 2 megapixels.

Other than that, I can’t wait to try one. Hopefully the lack of tactile feedback is not going to be an issue.

10 thoughts on “iPhone

  1. Sören Nils 'chucker' Kuklau

    It should be noted that the amount of Megapixels hardly says anything about the actual resulting photos. A 2 Megapixel camera with a good lens can easily beat a 5 Megapixel one with a mediocre lens.

    I really hope they’ll reconsider on the lack of SDK.

  2. jonass

    although courrently i am not using it currently, my next (smart-)phone should have umts. afaik iPhone is not a umts device

  3. flowolf

    apple can’t develop a phone that everyone would wish for. no one can.
    there is no perfect phone or device.

    i don’t think the internetdevice part is meant to be used with edge. i think therefore you should use the built in wifi.
    to send mail with photos in it is not quite funny either over gsm or edge.

    and yes i can’t wait to get my hand on one either. and i have to wait untill the end of the year. :(

    greets from austria

  4. mos8ball

    Also, no built-in GPS. And uses Apple’s proprietary cable. A usb cable would be able to charge and connect to a computer just fine.

    It does have a standard headphone jack which is cool though.

    When a later version comes with 3G, I hope you can stream your media from the appleTV. Also, it would be nice if it had an isight on the front to make video calls.

  5. Daniel

    So there’s no iTunes store? Well, with only EDGE, downloading songs would be a pain anyway. But just thinking about this, couldn’t FairPlay be ported to Windows Mobile? That would effectively make any WM phone an instant iPhone too. 😉

  6. dimitris

    The UI looks like (and will probably be) impressive.

    However, I detest closed platforms, and when it comes to my personal communications, a closed platform is pure poison.

    The lack of UMTS doesn’t bother me that much. Data plans are ridiculous anyway, so I’d much rather condition myself on only using data-intensive apps when in WiFi coverage. On the other hand, on board GPS is sweet, so the phone I’m really waiting for is the OpenMoko (or, more likely, the WiFi-enabled model that’s sure to follow). Fully open Linux phone, that’s more like it. I can live without Jobs’ and Cingular’s eye-candy-shaped shackles.

  7. David Warde-Farley

    I wouldn’t so much mind if they required third party apps to live in a sandbox. But no third-party apps whatsoever? Pfffft.

    The whole touchscreen-with-precision thing looks like an HCI marvel, but I’m not going to shell out $500 USD for something that won’t run my code if I want it to. Granted, most phone SDKs only run on Windows, which is a big hassle.

    No Wi-Fi syncing? What the hell CAN you do with it’s Wi-Fi, then?

  8. Duncan

    # Closed – no SDK for 3rd party development.

    Well as it runs OSX I would expect that one can (eventually) run small aps on it.

    # In the US, a 2 year Cingular contract will be required.

    I haven’t seen any good phones recently that don’t require a contract. The Cingular exclusive may be more of a bore than the contract length for some. (I really couldn’t care less.)

    # Camera is only 2 megapixels.

    Thats fine for a phone. My present (1 year old) phone only has 0.8 Megapixels which is ok for snapshots. Unless you are seriously thinking of having a phone replace a camera?

    The other points are valid.

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