I am a Mac Geek, and an Apple evangelist, and I dearly want to want an iPhone. But I can't -- basically, the feature set is still awful. The iPhone, is, at last, a phone with an operating system that could make it a real pocket computer (Newton, anyone?), and that could realize the marriage of phone and PDA in a way that no Palm or Blackberry phone ever could... But guess what... it doesn't. Sadly, a large screen and a big hard-drive are about the only features the iPhone adds over many phones that have been around for 2-3+ years. Your Palm or Blackberry phone still does a heck of a lot more. For less money. Want some quick reasons why I am still waiting for a "real" iPhone? How about these: * You cannot use a bluetooth keyboard with the iPhone -- what is the freaking point of all this OS ability if you cannot even do efficient data entry? * You cannot listen to music on a bluetooth headset -- you have to remain wired to the device. * As long as we're talking about bluetooth, the "Browse (BlueTooth) Device..." feature that enables a Mac computer to hands-on transfers of data via bluetooth with just about any modern bluetooth device does not work with the iPhone -- with iPhone you have to do all your syncing via "MobileMe"/iTunes. * And all those clever accessories for the iPod...? Like the ones that let you use your iPod as a mobile voice recorder...? Foh-gedduh-boudit!! They don't exist. • Puh-lease -- the thing does not even have a radio. * Sure, you can buy third-party games, and one or two *slightly* useful programs for the iPhone, but nothing that would really make the iPhone any more useful than a Motorola V551 or a Sony Ericsson z750, in terms of real-world productivity. It is especially sad that Apple does not live up to paltry competition when the iPhone could easily do so much more! For example, where is the iPhone client for FileMaker?? Doesn't Apple still own Filemaker? The only thing the iPhone seems to have inherited from FileMaker is an utter disregard for what the public really needs. At least sync with Bento, for crying out loud. • You MUST by a third-party case, if you want to put the iPhone in your pocket without screwing up the screen, or if you want to hold it without it slipping out of your hand. The 3g seems even flimsier in the hand than the first iPhone release. • Battery life is low compared to many other cellular phones. • Reception and transmission quality are still *substantially* better in MANY other phones • The new screen appears to have a yellowish tint • The iPhone is advertised as having Wi-Fi -- but the Apple representatives I asked say that does NOT mean one can access the internet through wireless networks in your vicinity -- you must still go through AT&T's data services plan ($30+/month). So if you don't connect to the internet all the time, and don't mind only connecting when you are in the vicinity of wireless networks in order to save $400/year, you are just plain out of luck. Thankfully, they are wrong about that, at least. You *are* required to activate the $30 plan when you buy the 3G iPhone, but Apple and AT&T reps say you CAN cancel the data plan the minute you walk out of the store, and the iPhone CAN access wireless networks and the internet without connecting via AT&T data services. (I am waiting to see if there is not a hitch in that which causes one to be charged for data services by mistake in this case... just a little cynical about AT&T, I guess.) I am certain Apple will sell over the top with the 3G iPhones. There are plenty of people who will use it as a mobile web-browser, to listen (through wired headsets) to some of their tunes, to watch (teeny tiny) movies, and to waste time playing super-basic games. Nevertheless, Apple should be ashamed of itself for so drastically limiting the productivity features that would make the iPhone really useful, and the flexibility to which the Apple faithful have become accustomed, and which they deserve. For people who would like a phone+PDA in order to get real work done, they are still mostly out of luck when it comes to the iPhone 3G. Me. I am still waiting until Apple gets it right.