Tag: iphone

I’ve been using my iPhone for 6 weeks now.

Long enough to spot some good and some bad things about it πŸ™‚

First, the good:

  • Very attractive device ( Hardware )
  • It has the same smooth and silky look and feel that we’re used to from Apple ( Software )
  • Standard apps are very easy to use ( as in non-awkward ( think Windows Mobile πŸ˜‰ ) )
  • Multi-touch, rotating pics, … ( yeah others support it too, but they were first afaik )
  • Chat/IM-like interface for SMS ( takes SMS to a whole other level, but you tend to SMS a lot more as a result πŸ™‚ )
  • Frontside glass seems to be very scratch-resistant
  • The virtual keyboard is pretty handy to type on, even with my big hands πŸ™‚

Now, the bad/ugly:

  • You _have_ to use iTunes to be able to use the device ( activation ) and sync/backup it.
  • You cannot choose what you want to install ( unless Apple said it was OK )
  • Battery life.. with bluetooth and wireless disabled, I can’t even make 48 hours without recharging!
  • No MMS.. I don’t use it, but FFS, every cheapo phone supports this for years..
  • No bluetooth file transfers.. Same comment as above.
  • No Caldav for calendaring. This one annoys me the most. Incredible.
  • 15 EUR for an ‘official’ stupid recharge USB-to-Apple-stuffs cable.. ( $2 on dealextreme.com btw πŸ˜‰ )
  • They don’t allow competitors ( Opera, Firefox, …Β  anyone? )
  • When calling, I cannot keep the phone to my ear for longer than 5 mins because my head starts feeling very warm. I have to swap sides regularly ( sounds very healthy πŸ™‚ )
  • No access to the source πŸ˜‰
  • API’s are mostly closed. Calendar API being the biggest annoyancy for me, and the reason why Funambol can only sync contacts through their iPhone app. Calendaring is still impossible because of Apple.
  • Camera _really_ cannot handle any movement πŸ˜› ( blurry pics as soon as you move )
  • Fanboys that downplay every issue listed here with no technical arguments whatsoever.

I am sure I have forgotten a lot of items ( both pro and con ).

The general feeling I have is that this has everything to be a killer phone. Too bad Apple wastes a lot of opportunities by the vast amount of lock-in they oppose on the device. Let the community free to build/extend it and it would be orders of magnitude better/more attractive. But I guess this is typical Apple behaviour. If Microsoft would have the same behaviour as Apple, it would cost them millions and millions in Anti-trust lawsuites. I hope the EU wakes up one day and starts judging the anti-competative police Apple handles currently.

All in all i really like the device and hope Apple would pull its head from its *** and clean up shop!

Apple lock-in

Dear Apple,

I’m using your highly priced ( but for the most part awesome ) iPhone. When people cash out that much money for a phone, the least you can do is open up your API to allow other 3rd party applications to interface with it. Because of your closed iPhone calendar API for example, I’m unable to sync my OSS Zimbra with my iPhone. Lucky you, Apple, for not being as closely watched on lock-in practices as Microsoft is. Don’t worry, keep up this kind of unethical practices and I’m sure it’s just a matter of time.