Archive for February, 2009

mene mene tekel iphone (found wanting)

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Posted by mobile phone:
The iPhone is a conumdrum. On the outside, a slick, shiny-desirable siren, underneath, a 40-something cutie who looked way better last night. Of course, this is nothing new for Apple. As the old saying goes, “The Jobs giveth, and the Jobs taketh away. The real question is, why the heck did Steve release a phone with so much left out that other phones have had for years?

Anyway, here is a short list of mind-numbing features that Apple conveniently has left out of both the iPhone and the iPhone 3g. C’mon, Apple, it’s been two friggin’ years! Get on the ball!

1. A2DP (using bluetooh wireless headphones)
WHAT! I thought the iPhone was a MUSIC PHONE!

2. AVRCP (controlling your playlist via your headset)
Again, c’mon Apple. Don’t make people buy a $60 accessory to make their phone do what it should have done in the first place.

3. Recording videos.

4. Install any application.
Again, if I wanted someone to tell me what I can and can’t do with my phone, I’d go live in North Korea.

5. Replaceable battery.
After 2 years or a few hundred charges, you’re getting a new phone!

6. Slot for extra storage.
Again, North Korea.

7. Being able to leave AT&T.
This is more a symptom of the stupid dfferences between the US and European markets, but still, STUPID. And thanks for bricking the phones that try to get around this crap.

8. Hardware keyboard.
Wow. No.

9. Voice-dialing.
Combined with the lack of keys, every time I talk with my stepfather about his iPhone, he tells me a new story about how he almost threw it out his car window again after trying to dial someone.

10. Copy and friggin’ paste.
What. The. Crap. APPLE! COME ON! One button mice! PowerPC is the best! Now Copy and Paste?

11. Being able to pay $599 for your phone!
Isn’t the early adopter curve great?

Innovative? Check.
Ground-breaking? Check.
Useless, typical Apple Feature-Restrictions? Check.

Sorry, I’ll stick with a phone that doesn’t feel like a prison shower.