The iPhone reality distortion field

I was much more excited about the iPhone yesterday than I am today. Why? Cause reality is setting in. This thing is not as good as it seems. Paul Kedrosky has the details. He forgot a few things (he lists five):

6) Battery is only two hours up to five hours and is not replaceable (if you play video). UPDATE: sorry for getting that wrong, but tons of people, including some Mac journalists told me it’d only get two hours in video playback mode. Watch a video and your battery is dead. Now your cell phone is dead too. So, you won’t want to watch a video on a plane flight with this thing like you would with your iPod.
7) It’s Cingular only and GSM. That automatically keeps more than half of Americans from considering this and for the rest of the world? They are laughing about the iPhone now.
8) The camera sucks. It’s a 2megapixel device without flash, without zoom. Nokia’s newest cameras blow this one away.
9) No GPS. For a $600 device that really, really, really sucks.

More later. In the BlogHaus last night there were a few “pro Apple folks” who were REALLY disappointed with this. They also pointed out that if you need to text, or email, or blog from your phone that using a touch screen will be very unsatisfactory compared with a Blackberry or a Treo.

405 thoughts on “The iPhone reality distortion field

  1. I must be one of the few iPhone users who can get multiple days use off of one charge. I tend to use Wi-Fi instead of 3G. Its faster and uses less power. I can watch 3 videos on it in one charge. If you are on a plane, turn on airplane mode and it will help conserve battery. If it can't get a signal on a plane, the phone will continuously try to ping a tower which will drain the battery. I like that it doesn't currently have a native GPS system. It would severely drain the battery to have to constantly communicate its location and give you directions. The Google Maps function on the phone gives a good enough GPS function for now. The pin even moves on the map as you do.

    I have noticed that people complain about the battery life and don't bother trying to do anything about it. The iPhone is a phone first and multimedia second. For those who would bash the “crappy” signal strength they get, I have no problem getting a signal in the city, suburbs, or in mountains. There were a few dead spots in the mountains, but there also weren't any town around.

  2. I must be one of the few iPhone users who can get multiple days use off of one charge. I tend to use Wi-Fi instead of 3G. Its faster and uses less power. I can watch 3 videos on it in one charge. If you are on a plane, turn on airplane mode and it will help conserve battery. If it can't get a signal on a plane, the phone will continuously try to ping a tower which will drain the battery. I like that it doesn't currently have a native GPS system. It would severely drain the battery to have to constantly communicate its location and give you directions. The Google Maps function on the phone gives a good enough GPS function for now. The pin even moves on the map as you do.

    I have noticed that people complain about the battery life and don't bother trying to do anything about it. The iPhone is a phone first and multimedia second. For those who would bash the “crappy” signal strength they get, I have no problem getting a signal in the city, suburbs, or in mountains. There were a few dead spots in the mountains, but there also weren't any town around.

  3. el negro,

    That whooshing sound you’re hearing is the breeze generated by hordes of iPhone-haters looking for ways to distance themselves from you, lest they be associated with this comment.

    If you want to hate the iPhone, knock yourself out. (I, for example, will be passing on the iPhone, opting instead for something simple and cheap. If I determine that I want the application capabilities of the iPhone, I’ll start looking into the iTouch.) If you want to love the Sidekick, I’m not about to stand in your way.

    However, if you’re going to brag about the texting capabilities of your LX, you might want to check your spelling, capitalization, and punctuation. Otherwise, people might assume that you’re using a piece of crap for a phone that doesn’t allow you to type correctly, instead of the glorious device that blessed us with your wit and wisdom. – Tim

  4. el negro,

    That whooshing sound you’re hearing is the breeze generated by hordes of iPhone-haters looking for ways to distance themselves from you, lest they be associated with this comment.

    If you want to hate the iPhone, knock yourself out. (I, for example, will be passing on the iPhone, opting instead for something simple and cheap. If I determine that I want the application capabilities of the iPhone, I’ll start looking into the iTouch.) If you want to love the Sidekick, I’m not about to stand in your way.

    However, if you’re going to brag about the texting capabilities of your LX, you might want to check your spelling, capitalization, and punctuation. Otherwise, people might assume that you’re using a piece of crap for a phone that doesn’t allow you to type correctly, instead of the glorious device that blessed us with your wit and wisdom. – Tim

  5. Ay I just wanna say Fuck that damn iphone.. All I hear about is people talking bout how cool it is..and how its the best phone ever made! Dude suck a dick!..the sidekick is the best phone for text,email,and instant message..im so tired of seeing people wit the iphone going onto sidekick blogs talking shit bout it.. Hell I do everything on this
    phone.. O0o yea and I typed all this on my LX!.. Now wut iphone lovers.. U can’t type all this on that big touch screen..holla at me! Peace!

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