The morning after

OK, I have some sleep. The waiting-in-line with famous original Mac team members Kool Aid is wearing off.

I want to be snarky. Write a horrible review of the iPhone and tell you how it’s all a bad joke.

I want to tell you how the keyboard sucks. I want to tell you all about how the camera sucks. How it sucks for not coming with any video games. How the activation process was too difficult. How horrible it is that there isn’t a replaceable battery. That the device is already getting tons of finger prints and smudges on it. That the fonts on the browser are too small to read on many Web sites. That it wasn’t worth the time waiting in line (although you could have walked right into the Palo Alto store last night and picked one up).

Oh, this snarky review would continue to discuss what a tragedy it is that it doesn’t have 3G. That it doesn’t have Flash, or the .NET Framework, or the Java runtimes on it. That it’s not available to people in most of the world.

But then I start playing with the device and I find I overlook all these faults. My Nokia N95 doesn’t have any of these faults but it just isn’t as easy to use. Nor as fun. And the screen! Whenever I look back at my Nokia I feel like I’m using Windows 3.11 on a 640×480 screen again after I’ve gotten Windows 95 and am running it at 1024×768.

This phone is far from perfect. It has lots of weaknesses that Apple’s competitors can exploit. The snarky reviewer inside me can point them all out to you on this morning after if you’d like. But it really doesn’t matter. This phone drags you back to it even if you’re kicking and screaming and noticing the flaws.

But the other companies are only going to be able to keep Apple from taking massive market share if they dramatically push their phones forward.

Seriously there’s one customer who REALLY should think about not buying an iPhone: someone who uses a thumb keyboard phone like a Blackberry. The keyboard is frustrating to use if you are a heavy Blackberry user. That’s the one case where the iPhone’s other benefits will have a tough time counteracting those flaws.

For ME that’s not a big deal (I will never own a device with a thumb keyboard again because back in the 1990s when I owned a Blackberry I was such an addict to using it that I got repetitive stress problems and my hands started hurting. That pain went away when I lost that Blackberry in a cab in New Orleans back in 2000).

My #1 frustration this morning with the iPhone? Fonts. Dave Winer’s right. I want to change the default view on the Web browser to always be zoomed in.

So, what’s your “morning after” review?

I’ll have Patrick give his morning after review after he gets up. The poor kid was pushed to his breaking point. He was so tired that he didn’t even want to stick around to meet Steve Jobs. If you know Patrick you’d know that’s how you can really tell he was tired since meeting Steve Jobs is one of his life goals. Back later.

68 thoughts on “The morning after

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  2. I think I’ll wait for iPhone V2.0… Let them put in all those neat features upgrades and let the price come down a little.

    It is so nice that there are people on the edge so that us penny pinchers can get better technology at cheaper prices. Yea, I know that we will never be as cool as the early adopters, but we might just retire a couple of years earlier.

  3. I think I’ll wait for iPhone V2.0… Let them put in all those neat features upgrades and let the price come down a little.

    It is so nice that there are people on the edge so that us penny pinchers can get better technology at cheaper prices. Yea, I know that we will never be as cool as the early adopters, but we might just retire a couple of years earlier.

  4. I love most things Mac/Apple, but I’m waiting this one out to hear more about it, for the price to drop, and for the bugs to be fixed. Once that happens? We’ll see.

  5. I love most things Mac/Apple, but I’m waiting this one out to hear more about it, for the price to drop, and for the bugs to be fixed. Once that happens? We’ll see.

  6. Don’t loose sight of the fact that 99.99% of the iPhone functionality is SOFTWARE.

    Apple have already alluded to the fact that the iPhone will receive new functionality in the coming months (because they have chosen to account for it over a 2 year period, which apparently that have to do if they want to enhance for free something you’ve already paid for).

    Can you think of any phone manufacturer who has shipped an updated software for a phone that’s already been shipped ? I can’t – and even if I could, I don’t think you’d find anyone who was actually technically savvy and brave/stupid enough to attempt to apply it. Updating your iPhone software will be as simple as clicking OK in iTunes when the update becomes available….

    Apple are listening. Remember – the iPhone you have now is the WORST iPHONE THERE WILL EVER BE. Your iPhone will, in 6 months time, have a host of new and/or improved features – without you having to do or pay anything.

    That, for me, is the killer feature of the iPhone. Nokia, Sony, Motorolla, LG – none of them have anything that comes anywhere close to the software distribution system Apple already has in place !

  7. Don’t loose sight of the fact that 99.99% of the iPhone functionality is SOFTWARE.

    Apple have already alluded to the fact that the iPhone will receive new functionality in the coming months (because they have chosen to account for it over a 2 year period, which apparently that have to do if they want to enhance for free something you’ve already paid for).

    Can you think of any phone manufacturer who has shipped an updated software for a phone that’s already been shipped ? I can’t – and even if I could, I don’t think you’d find anyone who was actually technically savvy and brave/stupid enough to attempt to apply it. Updating your iPhone software will be as simple as clicking OK in iTunes when the update becomes available….

    Apple are listening. Remember – the iPhone you have now is the WORST iPHONE THERE WILL EVER BE. Your iPhone will, in 6 months time, have a host of new and/or improved features – without you having to do or pay anything.

    That, for me, is the killer feature of the iPhone. Nokia, Sony, Motorolla, LG – none of them have anything that comes anywhere close to the software distribution system Apple already has in place !

  8. I’ve had diffuclty sync’ing my calendars (but nothing else) and many of my old ipod cables (a mini ipod firewire, and my car’s FM & power cable) seem suspect. Not sure if the old cables work with the new machine.

    But this thing has raised the bar for every phone company that is out there. Remember the first ipods weren’t exactly perfect vs. the Rio’s and Creatives that were out there at the time, and this doesn’t necessarily have every feature, but the interface is intuitive and that alone means the death knell for some handset manufacturer in the next five years. Yup.

    For those waiting for v.2, you can always wait for a better piece of technology, but then you can also find yourself in an endless circle. Technology is supposed to used, and I think if you are the kind of person who needs the features and services that something like iPhone v.1 offers, then buy it now and USE IT NOW.

    I figured the price somewhere like this:

    ipod Nano 8gb $249
    New mobile phone $99 (I needed a new one)
    On the go web/email $200 (value to me, because of work)
    Coolness factor $0, well, it’s probably worth a few bucks to me :-)

    Final Value of the iphone:
    $549

    I paid $599, so quite honestly, I’m happy.

  9. I’ve had diffuclty sync’ing my calendars (but nothing else) and many of my old ipod cables (a mini ipod firewire, and my car’s FM & power cable) seem suspect. Not sure if the old cables work with the new machine.

    But this thing has raised the bar for every phone company that is out there. Remember the first ipods weren’t exactly perfect vs. the Rio’s and Creatives that were out there at the time, and this doesn’t necessarily have every feature, but the interface is intuitive and that alone means the death knell for some handset manufacturer in the next five years. Yup.

    For those waiting for v.2, you can always wait for a better piece of technology, but then you can also find yourself in an endless circle. Technology is supposed to used, and I think if you are the kind of person who needs the features and services that something like iPhone v.1 offers, then buy it now and USE IT NOW.

    I figured the price somewhere like this:

    ipod Nano 8gb $249
    New mobile phone $99 (I needed a new one)
    On the go web/email $200 (value to me, because of work)
    Coolness factor $0, well, it’s probably worth a few bucks to me :-)

    Final Value of the iphone:
    $549

    I paid $599, so quite honestly, I’m happy.

  10. The best news for new owners of an iPhone is that Apple is committed to providing software upgrades that ought to be able to address many of your concerns. Contrast this to current state of cell phones, in which (outside of a few obscure firemware updates) if you buy a phone in June 2007, you are locked in to June 2007 technology. This is true even for smartphones like my Treo 700p.

    The iPhone is a platform a la a computer, not just a static device. On my laptop, every OS upgrade is an opportunity for me to feel as if I have a brand new computer with improved and sometimes brand new functionality. We can reasonably expect the same from the iPhone. (Now, if Apple will only see fit to open the iPhone up more broadly to developers…)

  11. The best news for new owners of an iPhone is that Apple is committed to providing software upgrades that ought to be able to address many of your concerns. Contrast this to current state of cell phones, in which (outside of a few obscure firemware updates) if you buy a phone in June 2007, you are locked in to June 2007 technology. This is true even for smartphones like my Treo 700p.

    The iPhone is a platform a la a computer, not just a static device. On my laptop, every OS upgrade is an opportunity for me to feel as if I have a brand new computer with improved and sometimes brand new functionality. We can reasonably expect the same from the iPhone. (Now, if Apple will only see fit to open the iPhone up more broadly to developers…)

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