Now, remember I said my company is buying me one, but after reading
this, I'm not sure I would buy one. Here's why? remember I want to
focus on hardware issues, but there are some important software issues
for me that became apparent. Maybe these can be changed in the
firmware at a later date. Let's hope so:
1. can't use as a WAN modem for my laptop - This is a major thing I
want in my next phone.
2. no bluetooth support except for handset type peripherals. You can't
connect to your laptop for example to transfer files, sync iTunes,
3. can only use an AT&T sim card. ok, I know why they did this, but I
travel overseas for work, and being able to rent a sim is helpful.
4. Can't wifi to sync; can't wifi to share
5. Only Yahoo mail has a push feature. Imap and POP and Gmail and AOL
are every 15min. pull. IMAP - pull? Yucko. It does say here htere is
no exchange support, but I've read elsewhere that there is. Maybe this
is an "update" since Dave got his.
6. No LED flash is a tad annoying.
To Pauric's major contention about battery life it seems that they do
spend a lot of time protecting the batter life for you. Its the major
reason they claim to have not gone 3G on the WWAN. But I don't mind
recharging every day.
Now, these are very personal reasons to not get the iPhone. And let's
face it, for some people these can be quite meaningless, for others
they have even more reasons. It is one product and it will not fill
the entire space over night. It is amazing, but it is expensive, and
has its limitations.
The fact remains that there are many other good options out there
depending on your point of view. I mean, would I turn down a Nokia N95
or an e61a at this point. hell no!
HTC Touch, Helio Ocean, Blackjack, MOTOQm9 (in China you also get the
ROKRe6 and MING from Moto), Tons of Samsung options, MOTORIZR 8, etc.
Oh! and blackberries have gotten pretty good over the years as well.
iPhone does some stuff nifty and they have done an amazing job of
controlling the operator in ways that no one before except Helio (by
becoming their own operator) has ever done. And kudos just for shakin'
up that barrel of monkeys.
The world is different today (in 1.5 hours) for many reasons due to
this release whether you want one of these beauties or not.