I just responded to Mark Vandewettering’s post over on brainwagon (which was in turn a response to this post on Gizmodo), talking about 10 things people complain about the iPhone lacking. Thought I’d repost my comment here, for further discussion.
- Not all iPod Accessories work – I’ve yet to run into an accessory that doesn’t work. That said, I only have charging/speaker accessories.
- AT&T is Evil – Yes, they are. But AT&T is no more or less evil than any other carrier (I’ve used them all). There’s nothing about their contract terms and plans for the iPhone that doesn’t also apply to every other phone they sell. Their unlimited iPhone data plan is half the price of what I was paying for 3G before, and it includes 200 text messages.
- No MMS, can’t record video – I have never once used MMS on any of my phones. Why would I, when I can email a better quality photo, and not get charged a quarter for the privilege? As for video, That’s what the Canon SD700 IS in my pocket is for. Shoots great 640×480 video for those spontaneous moments I want to capture.
- No Instant Messaging – As of a few hours ago, this isn’t a valid complaint anymore. Meebo.com started working on the iPhone today – they added a “Go” button. Works with all IM services (Gtalk, AIM, Yahoo, MSN, Jabber, etc.). Works wonderfully on your desktop browser, too.
- Not for business use – Neither is your iPod. I don’t care. The experience is too wonderful. My calendar and contacts sync just fine. And so what if I can’t access my work email via Exchange for a few more months? (Actually, I still carry my 8525 for that reason alone – mobile wifi access to my Intel email).
- It has no games – So what? There are web-based games popping up already. Chess. Whack-a-
mole-Balmer. I bought one game for my iPod – Zuma. Played it a couple of times for novelty, then never touched it again. If I want to game, I pull my DS Lite out of my pocket and game (currently, that means Etrian Odyssey).
- It’s not a smartphone – I don’t understand this one. It’s BETTER than a smartphone. Better than any smartphone I’ve ever used, and I’ve used them all. I’m constantly stunned by full-sized websites that work (well!) that I never, ever expected to see working on a mobile device like this (Gmail, Flickr, Meebo, etc.).
- The EDGE data connection is slow – Yes, it is. This took me a while to get over. But I realized that I’m almost always swimming in WiFi – at home, at work, etc. And for the times when I’m not, EDGE isn’t that bad. I’ve been doing speed tests, and getting about 150-200Kbps. Not as good as the 800Kbps I used to get on 3G, but latency is lower, and it’s still usable.
- No GPS – GPS would be cool, but my previous phones didn’t have it, either, so I don’t feel like I’m giving anything up. Besides, how many phones are there that have real GPS (not the crappy pay-$5-a-month stuff the carriers offer)? One or two Nokias, and some rare Windows Mobile devices from HTC overseas. Again, great wish, but I can’t really hold this against the iPhone.
- No custom ringtones – These will come (and apparently, you’ll pay $0.99 for the privilege of converting a song you already have into a ringtone). And frankly, the standard iPhone ringtones are much, much better than hearing a tinny version of someone’s favorite MP3 as their ringtone. I’ve always preferred simple ringtones, and the iPhone ringtones are nice and elegant. This is Apple we’re talking about.
So what do you think? Am I the one that’s full of
crap baloney? Drop me a comment, or post on your own blog and link back here. I’m not afraid to defend my position on these.