In July, iPhone 3G was released, with a product hype the web world hasn’t seen in a long long time. It’s a nice little product, but in my opinion, there are some fundamental flaws.
Let’s start with the alleged “camera”. The iPhone has a 2 megapixel camera with no autofocus, and definitely no way to record video with it. This is in par with what the other cell phone manufactures were offering back in about 2005, and it doesn’t just baffle me, I think it’s a disgrace to release a new cell phone with such a poor camera.
If I were to buy a new MacBook Pro, the equivalent were if it came with 128 MB of RAM or perhaps a 1 Ghz processor. Really, Apple, what were you thinking?
No FM radio
To me, the lack of FM radio is a big drawback. Again, all other competitors can offer in their products, but Apple just stubbornly won’t. The most annoying argument against radio goes something like this:
Why would you want radio, dude? Just buy/download the music you want, it’s like an iPod, man.
Personally, I like listening to the radio, since it’s much more personal with people talking, any random music can come up, music that I might not own or didn’t even knew I wanted to hear. It’s the ultimate unpredictability, and what I love. Therefore, arguing that everyone have to own all the music they’re listening to is just bullshit, and pretty much out of sync with the times of today.
Of course this is due to Apple having the iTunes Store and wanting to sell more music, but still, it’s a well-requested feature. Anyway, iPhone owners, you’ll never get FM radio, mark my words.
Pricing & subscriptions
Not sure if it’s Apple being just plain naive or widely disrespectful against their customers, but the completely up-the-wall mandatory contracts/subscriptions in almost every place where the iPhone has launched is ridiculous. What it shows is that they just don’t care about people actually already having subscriptions or catering to people’s needs.
They must also be a 100% uninterested in the company market as well. Companies naturally already have subscription deals with great fees and terms, and for them to completely drop this and just to get an iPhone is just not very likely at all; especially since, incidentally, Apple seem to have made it a sport to have deals with the most notorious cell phone subscription providers in every country they have launched.
When Steve jobs presented the new iPhones, he stated that they would cost $199 respectively $299. It was implied that on top of this, there would be a subscription fee, but in my book, in the few places were they’re sold without any contract obligations the price is around $600 and up.
In that case, the prices Steve mentions are totally wrong. The only way they matter is that it is the internal price of the iPhone, but since it will never, under any circumstances, be the price for the end customer, why even bring it up (except it being a good lie for marketing purposes)?
When I work as a consultant, I think I’ll tell my company to write offers to clients that I will only cost $10 an hour. Lots of customers will of course be interested, but maybe just a tad disappointed when it turns out that on top of this they have to pay the consultant-actually-showing-up fee of a $150 per hour…
Breaking the law
There a a lot of people trying to get iPhones without subscriptions, and they’re definitely open for breaking the law when it comes to importing, jailbreaking and cracking the iPhone to get it working (just look at the first version of the iPhone; Sweden was riddled with it although it wasn’t even sold here).
I think it’s preposterous that people adapt so much to the company selling the product, instead of looking at companies actually showing them the decency of offering them what they want and actual options.
I’ll probably not get one
With these arguments in my mind, I will most likely not get me an iPhone. I’ll be completely honest and admit that the iPhone definitely has some nice features, and that it is overall a good product, but with such shortcomings as mentioned here, it becomes insufficient for my needs and wants.
App store is nice, and it’s interesting to see how how lots and lots of web sites adapt their presentation for iPhones (although weird, given the worldwide low market share for iPhones), but Apple have to deliver more and better than this to catch me in their net.