I’ve had my iphone 3G for about 2 weeks now. Like everyone else I was just playing with the buttons, understanding the way it works. I then spent huge amounts of time downloading and playing with the apps from the app store.
And of course reading the reviews and the continuing hype that the iphone 3g release had generated.
So, what have I found so far ?
Well to start, the most fair in-depth review I’ve found is here http://arstechnica.com/reviews/hardware/iphone-review.ars
ars technica mentions the virtual keyboard – and I agree with the reviewers. at first i found it a bit hard to use, two weeks later I am happily typing and usng the keyboard without giving a second thought. the software intelligence behind the keyboard fixes any errors i might make. once you learn the iphone way its “intuitive”.
The screen is absolutely great. Its big for a phone, and video and text look perfect. I’ve watched videos and read at least three ebook novels using the screen and its very capable.
Webpages are OK. the ability to turn the device sideways to use a wide screen aspect and the ability to pan and zoon makes reading even a difficult wwebpage for a mobile device readable without too much drama.
Multi columns in a webpage are easily handled and the zoon feature allows you to zoom into the content of a webpage and ignore the google advertising thats usually ina column on the right hand side.
One week in and chris harvey posted a link to TALO about the FSF shrill warning about the iphone : http://chris.superuser.com.au/free-software-foundation-5-reasons-to-avoid-iphone-3g
funnily enough I didnt feel oppressed. – I don’t buy music – there’s plenty of free stuff around, and even if I did, I know the tricks and utilities to get it onto my iphone. And i find iTunes the most convenient way for me to subscribe and manage my podcast/ vodcast subscriptions.
I replied to chris on TALO with :
The iphone is over-hyped and missing some pieces of the puzzle, but it challenges all phone makers to raise the bar.
We will all benefit in the long run from the iphone.
and I expect the new iphone will be jailbroken just like the last one, so DRM , and application control wont be a problem.
BTW there are a couple of things that are not correct in that article.
* DRM is not an issue – itunes will rip any CD and put the content on the iphone.
* Mp4 is an open standard as are AAC and h.264
* The Software Development Kit for the iphone is free from Apple
* Apple will host applications on itunes for free if the charge to consumers is free.
* There is a method where enterprises can deploy applications to iphones without going through the Itunes store.
* The iphone doesnt have to play ogg and theora as AAC and h.264 are open standards. Utilities lke super C make conversion easy.
* The GPS in the iphone can be switched off, so even conspiracy theorists can rest easy.
if the iphone is so evil no one would buy one right?
following on from that I found a reference to chris’s blog post here : –
I havent read Kerry J’s blog before, and i agree with here on somepoints and disagree with others.
She’s right about the fact that the media hype about the iphone was WAY over the top. and apple seem to be masters of creating a stir about their product lines. But i dont know why she target’s Apples hype in particular. At least they do innovate, and do bring products to the market that impress and delight. I cant think of another organization that can claim the same.
We do agree that Vista is a OS that has very little of offer over XP.
I dont know why she’s so against Quicktime. My experience with quicktime has always been positive. It was the first and the best multi platform video application , i can tthink of another application that plays video, music, Virtual reality ( VR), Midi, and allows the user to do basic cutting and pasting. I’ve been using quicktime for years and found it bette than Real player and Windows media player. About the only other player I find holds a candle to it is VLC player.
Kerry J then goes onto list the criticisms she’s found on the net.
The first one I’ve mentioned.
the next one referrs to apple dropping the ball with mobile-Me. despite having an iPhone, I have not used – nor expect to use Mobile me, I’m not missing it either. ( of course I try it out at some-stage)
The next point she mentions is the dataplans for the iphone.
The major reason I bought an iphone is because its a wi-fi device. I have wifi at home and at work. I have had the iphone for 2weeks and have 5.9 MB of 3G data despite having 250Mb of data per month with my plan.
The next article she references mentions the dismal iphone plans released by vodafone, Optus and Telstra.
I agree. Telstra and Vodaphone were smoking crack when they thought up their plans, the Optus ones were bearable but not great.
She then goes off topic and discusses a laptop sound issue ( which can be fixed with some sound utilities i believe)
So what are the real shortcomings of the iphone ? well before I give ammunition to the naysayers I think that all of these problems will probably be fixed in later releases of the firmware and if not, Jailbreaking and unlocking is always an option.
1. Safari needs flash. safari is a good browser but it needs flash.
2. iPhone apps need a way to get data out of the sandbox. As part of the security of the iphone all applications are separated from the Operating system and other applications. this limits apps in getting data back to you PC/Mac. I have tried a lot of the sound recorders for the iphone but only one allows you to email the recording back to you PC. ( no direct transfer)
3 Bluetooth – underutilized.
4 PDF’s – although safari will display them, there needs to be a free app that allows you to read and manage PDF. there are a couple of non free apps that I have yet to try.
5 There needs to be a Tom-Tom app. Google maps is OK but Tom-tom is better.
6. The You-Tube app is a bit slow and clunky. it needs to be improved.
7. Cut and paste!