Brit Blog Names iPhone 'World's Worst'

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by FearNo1, Nov 6, 2009.

  1. FearNo1 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2009
    So iphone service is also crappy in UK. So maybe its not at+t after all..? :confused:

    In June, Apple's Smartphone was the editors' choice at CNET UK. How times have changed.

    "The iPhone may be the greatest handheld surfing device ever to rock the mobile Web, and a fabulous media player to boot," writes CNET UK's Flora Graham in a mock award citation posted Tuesday. "It may be the highest-rated mobile phone on CNET UK, rocking the pockets of half of our crack editorial team. It's certainly the touchscreen face that launched a thousand apps. But as an actual call-making phone, it's rubbish, and we aim to prove it."
  2. nehunte macrumors 6502


    Apr 30, 2009
    Opinions are worth what you paid for them. Calls make up a small percent of what typical iPhone users do while using their phone. Plus, after reading the article, I found a lot of those problems to be more of network issues rather than phone issues.

    I live in Indianapolis and one of the Indianapolis Star columnists wrote an article completely bashing the iPhone (she owns a 3Gs). She talked about how if she wasn't locked into a contract with AT&T, she'd leave immediately and go get the Droid. She spoke as if the iPhone was the most inadequate phone in the history of the world. It completely blew me away.

    But look at the iPhone, so many people have it. If that many people have the iPhone, it's not a bad device. It's very clear that what the media says is important on a phone doesn't mean anything. The great thing about capitalism is that consumers create the demand in the marketplace. Obviously, the consumers have spoken.
  3. Maverick1337 macrumors 65816


    Nov 4, 2008
  4. klamse25 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 25, 2009
  5. matttye macrumors 601

    Mar 25, 2009
    Lincoln, England
    If you actually read the entire article she makes very good points.

    The iPhone isn't all that great at being a phone. The speakers are poor and there's been SO many complaints about poor reception; it can't all be down to the networks!
  6. Roessnakhan macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2007
    The iPhone is a great device, I wouldn't say its a great phone. Apps, e-mail, media, browsing - does all these exceptionally, call quality and drop rates are definitely an issue though. A lot of that blame can be shoved off on AT&T though, I suppose.
  7. Unspoken Demise macrumors 68040

    Unspoken Demise

    Apr 16, 2009
    I think its a fantastic phone, and the best on the market.
  8. Maverick1337 macrumors 65816


    Nov 4, 2008
    I would have to say it would all depend on the networks. The iphone is a very data intensive phone that AT&T didn't predict. In my little part of Poly Canyon in San Luis Obispo, there is a blank spot of reception unfortunately right where I live. I know the phone isn't that loud but I would have to say that it's a great phone. I never had a problem with dropped calls until i moved out here where the reception is bad. I would have to pin it all on AT&T because where I lived in good reception, the phone was a phone, but without reception, how else would you figure you're getting dropped calls, none other than the cell companies. Anyways, that's how I look at it anyways.
  9. Ericatomars macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2008
    Chicago IL
    It was a pretty lame argurment... Really burning your face? "the iphone sucks- so what?" really like is that suppose to make people wanna trade it in that second. Yes I will agree the battery isn't it's strongest point and blame AT&T for the dropped calls not the iphone.

    I think this is a terrible attempt to try to make an argument... Some soild points but nothing solid to hold it down
  10. klamse25 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 25, 2009
    I thought it was just AT&T that got complaints about it...
    And i thought the speakers are actually pretty good IMO.
  11. matttye macrumors 601

    Mar 25, 2009
    Lincoln, England
    That sentence contradicts itself. A phone cannot be a great phone unless it is able to produce loud, clear audio.

    When I had the 1st gen iPhone I could not even use it next to a road because the sound of traffic would drown out whoever I was speaking to. The 3G/3GS are better but I still can't comfortably hear people when there's background noise.

    I have a Nokia 5800 now, and it's not as fun as the iPhone but it is a much better phone. I don't constantly have to shout WHAT? during a conversation :D
  12. chandsa Guest

    Feb 1, 2009
    Glad that i'm not the only one that thinks that the iPhone is a piece of crap! I will have to agree that the frequency of dropped calls is a function of the network reception, however, having lived in an area with excellent AT&T reception I have been experiencing far too many dropped calls and so is my wife, who lives in the New Orleans metro, where AT&T claims that it has "excellent" reception.

    For the past 2 weeks after updating the firmware to the latest version, my wife and I have been experiencing dropped calls, dropped txt messages. We have been to AT&T, had our SIM cards swapped out and then been to the Apple stores and fought with the technicians at both stores to get them to understand that there is a problem with the phones we have. But they don't want to seem to hear any of it.

    It just frustrates the heck out of me when I know that there are problems with the phones we've been given and neither company will come forward and address the issue. Seriously, this recent experience has led me to believe that Apple with all its innovative designs and what not can't make a simple exchange for a defective product.

    I have posted in other threads too about my iPhone malfunctioning and quite honestly at this point I seriously wish I had invested my $$$ in a Roth IRA than give it to these unscrupulous companies claiming to be innovative when they put out ****** product.

    Yes I understand that the units i've got might be defective, but the problem I have is why won't the companies fix the issue and admit that the unit is defective and replace them with either refurbished one's or new ones, especially since they are still under warranty. I'm led to conclude that they are doing this to prolong the problem and turn a deaf ear, so that when the warranty expires they can claim that its out of warranty and they can no longer replace the defective unit.

    Whatever it is, it just leaves a bad taste in my mouth for the way these companies have treated me. Enough said!
  13. Zedsdead185 macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2006
    I've had this problem with most phones. Sounds like someone who thinks they kno everything to me, the kind of smug arrogant person who thinks they kno everything, or one thing better than everything else.
    Put it this way, if the iphone was anywhere as near as popular and successful as it has been, would there be the need for a reporter to write about how much they think it stinks and try to prove it to everyone with a blog? :rolleyes:
  14. rjohnstone macrumors 68040


    Dec 28, 2007
    PHX, AZ.
    Actually the iPhone is a pretty crappy PHONE. As others have stated, great device, but it is not really that great at being an actual phone.

    Part of the blame for dropped calls is the iPhone's sub-par antennae design.
    AT&T has it's fair share of issues, but Apple needs to talk to Nokia about antennae design.

    I've compared my N75 (work phone) to my iPhone for months now and the N75 kicks the iPhone's butt at reception and call quality.
    And yes, they are both 3G devices on AT&T's network.
    I think that makes for a very fair comparison.
  15. Maverick1337 macrumors 65816


    Nov 4, 2008
    My sentence didnt contradict itself. I was talking more about the speaker phone in that it's not as loud as say a blackberry but it definitely is great quality. I don't constantly shout "WHAT DID YOU SAY" in my phone if that's what you're talking about. I think it's great as a phone and all the other processes make it the best in my opinion.
  16. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
  17. matttye macrumors 601

    Mar 25, 2009
    Lincoln, England
    I don't know what you're comparing it to, but the iPhone is not a great phone.

    My mum's sony ericsson w850i is a much better phone and that's about 5-6 years old now? Maybe even more?

    Disclaimer: when I say phone, I mean phone. There's no doubting the iPhone is a revolutionary device.
  18. studio¹³¹ macrumors 6502


    Jul 31, 2009
    good article. my 3gs is much better as a phone than my original iphone was; ear piece volume, signal strength, etc. personally, i hate talking on the phone (keep conversations under a minute if i can) but this device is the best for me with everything else it does...
  19. bstpierre macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2008
    Are they saying that draining your battery by using Google Maps in the woods isn't a problem if you have a phone that doesn't have Google Maps?

    I'll admit that it isn't that easy to get the speaker aligned to your ear canal correctly but once you do it is fine.

    The iPhone not ringing is not unique to the iPhone and AT&T. I have had the same problem with my work supplied Casio Boulder on the Verizon network with signal repeaters installed in the building.
  20. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    You know what ruins an otherwise interesting discussion? Hyperbole. I mean, "world's worst phone?" that's where I stopped paying attention.
  21. bstpierre macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2008
    I have never had a better phone than the iPhone and I certainly have never had a phone with a better phonebook.

    Granted, I have not had a lot of "cool" phones. My previous was a Treo 650. It was a fine phone but no better or worse than the iPhone.
  22. bassjunky macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2009
    What the hell is wrong with yall's ears? I've never even heard of such a complaint until I read this ridiculous article.
  23. Dr Kevorkian94 macrumors 68020

    Jun 9, 2009
    SI, NY
    i will admit it does make some good points but the only problem ive ever had with my iphones is a dropped call in my basement
  24. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Agreed. For me, the iPhone is an average phone at best. Everything else is fantastic, but the phone could stand some major improvement.
  25. Battery Pulse macrumors member

    Battery Pulse

    Oct 7, 2009
    United States
    The author did make some valid points though. As a phone, the iPhone is beat by other devices and could be deemed average, but as a pocket sized personal comp it's quite superior. If Apple improves call quality and battery life, it would be an almost perfect device.

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