iPHone Gets Off Easy
Any other device, from any other manufacturer with this appalling lack of features retailing for $500-$600 would ordinarily get creamed in this forum. Some of these missing features are as follows:
1.) No UMTS or HSDPA support, EDGE only.
2.) "Crippled Bluetooth" I believe the only services supported are Handsfree and Headset. No OBEX! Lack of this service in particular seems to always bring accusations of fascist ...
Now that Apple has jumped into the cell phone industry, I'm sure they will eventually try to crack the smartphone business and I'm waiting to see what they'll come up. Maybe by this time next year or so, other companies will have released similar devices as well (ie. a US version of the LG Prada?). Anyways, good post. I keep getting tempted to buy the iphone, but I'll keep reading your post to remind me to wait.
Kudos to Apple, they were very cool about the return and waived the 10% restocking fee.
I agree, its missing some stuff that makes you scratch your head and say how could a company who makes the best computers in the world miss this. It is however, truly an amazing interface. Everything is just so simple, beautiful and easy to use. It is only 2 clicks to dial, not 4 as mentioned.
I am now back using my Motorola Q and despite the fact it has more features, its like trading in a Porche for Kia
but were looking at about 1 year and a half is what all the people at apple corp are saying before a word is released about the new phone
Regardless, we felt that most people already know what it's "missing". We weren't trying to "gloss over" those things, we just wanted to focus on the subjective things that you can only know from hands-on experience. A spec sheet will tell you the features; a review should tell you how well those features work.
While I understand that subjectivity can add a certain flair to a review, it should remain marginal. Objectivity should be the order of the day here. Why???? Because people who know nothing about this device are looking to your review to provide them with key information they will use to determine whether or not to make a purchase. Your personal likes and dislikes may not be the same as someone elses. This is why elaborating on what the device is, and is not capable of is critical.
I digress though.....
What I was really calling out was the inconsistancy. Normally a device with all these shortcomings would get killed on this forum. However your review see...
I don't think people need to hear a rave or rant about "OMG it does everything" or "it sucks because it's not my perfect phone." We just wanted to find out and relay how well it delivered on what Apple promised, and I think we did that.
At $600, it's for people who expect a lot from their phone, to be sure.
However, a $600 device can be a lot of things. It can be designed for road warriors who do a lot of email on the go and/or need special third-party software, or it can be designed for average folks who need something that doe...
Apple delivered a device with a unique, fun to use interface that appears to provide benefits here to fore unseen on previous devices. Good job Apple. Revolutionary no. To me however, at the end of the day it's another interface that will become tired like every other.
I look forward to iPhone 2.0.
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I feel the review was one of the most thorough, objective, and qualitative reviews I've seen on the Iphone. As a result of reading it, I feel like I've almost held it and KNOW what I'll get if I purchase one. Isn't that the point of a review?
Up to this point, (and most prior to the release of the Iphone) there were forum comments, Apple bashing and "uninformed reviews" that the Iphone had this set of features or was lacking that set of features. In the context of a consumer wanting to purchase a device, clearly the most important output from a review is to objectively understand what features the device HAS and how well they...
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