things to consider if you want an iphone

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by johnee, Jun 26, 2007.

  1. johnee macrumors 6502a


    From an article I saw :

    Want an iPhone? Of course you do. It looks sexy, it's innovative, and--for a while at least--it'll be the ultimate status symbol. But in the fog of iPhone hype, it's easy to lose sight of the fact that the latest Apple sensation will still have its share of disadvantages. We don't have the king of gadgets in our mitts yet, but judging from the information that has already been released, clearly some folks could have problems with the iPhone. So before you dump your current cell phone, consider these issues.

    Data that crawls: When AT&T's EDGE network debuted in 2005, it seemed zippy indeed, delivering data at up to 100 kilobits per second. But that was then. Today, with true 3G technologies delivering data at up to several hundred kbps, Apple's decision not to support AT&T's UMTS-HSDPA 3G network seems short-sighted--especially given the iPhone's investment in cool new Web browsing technology that doesn't suffer from the compromises of a mobile browser. In our limited hands-on tests a few months ago, downloading the New York Times' front page via EDGE took quite a few seconds. AT&T has tacitly acknowledged this potential problem by announcing upgrades to its EDGE network in anticipation of the iPhone launch. And of course, the iPhone will support Wi-Fi, which will make Web page downloads much more feasible if you're in range of a hotspot.

    Limited third-party apps: Lots of cell phone power users get more value out of the applications they've loaded on their handsets themselves than the often lame or expensive offerings from their carriers. When the iPhone was first announced, third-party apps seemed shut out entirely, a move that prompted one online petition of protest. Now Apple says that developers can create iPhone apps that run in Safari. Only two problems with that: First, those apps may be fairly poky given the iPhone's slower EDGE network connection. Second, many developers seem to hate writing for Safari. As PC World forums member dazeddan said, "As a developer, we have more problems designing around Safari than any other platform. I wish it would just go away."

    Where are the keys? The iPhone's software keyboard, with its on-screen key images, may work fine with Steve Jobs's single-finger hunt-and-peck approach, but it could prove problematic for those folks who have honed their thumb-typing skills on BlackBerry units, Treos, Motorola Q handsets, or other PDA phones with physical QWERTY keyboards. Things did not go well for one PC World editor when she tried typing on a prototype iPhone in January; even the best predictive text entry software would have been stymied by the string of incorrect characters. Plus, what happens when the on-screen keyboard covers up the very e-mail text you're trying to respond to?

    It costs how much?! You've probably already heard about the iPhone's astronomical price: $500 for a 4GB model and $600 for 8GB. But you may not have calculated all the other costs associated with buying one. You'll have to make a two-year commitment to AT&T at a per-month cost that starts at $60, recent reports say. And unlike with pretty much every other phone in the world, making that commitment doesn't knock down the price, it's just a requirement. Plus, if you're in the midst of a prior two-year commitment with a competing carrier, your cost of iPhone ownership could be further inflated by the early termination penalty you'll pay your current carrier. And finally, AT&T doesn't always receive high marks for its service. You may be okay with the deal now, but how will you feel in a year if the iPhone is no longer the coolest handset on the planet?

    Businesspeople need not apply: It's a safe bet that many professionals will want an iPhone. But BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Palm, and Symbian smart phones offer a long list of business-related features that the iPhone apparently won't, at least upon release. Included on the list are support for Exchange and Domino servers, the ability to view and edit Office documents, and industrial-strength data security options.
    More Potential Drawbacks

    Unplugged Web plug-ins: The iPhone's Safari may turn out to be the most desktop-like browser ever to appear on a phone. But it won't offer the full complement of plug-ins, players, and other enhancements that today's sites require. And an iPhone without Java, Windows Media, Real, and Flash Video support will fall short of delivering an uncompromised Web experience. (Even its much-touted YouTube capability won't let you watch the full catalog of YouTube videos, at least initially.)

    The battery life question: Apple says that the iPhone's battery will survive up to 8 hours of talk time, up to 250 hours of idle time, up to 6 hours of Internet use, up to 7 hours of video playback, and up to 24 hours of audio playback. And to explain how it came up with these numbers, the company has posted a list of footnotes and disclaimers that rivals the rules you find on a "free trip to Hawaii" sweepstakes form. We won't know the reality until we're holding the iPhone in our trembling, multitouching fingers. Apple's spec page says that the 8 hours of talk time was achieved when "the Wi-Fi feature Ask to Join Networks was turned off." So how disabled was the Wi-Fi when talk time was tested? Apple also doesn't make clear what combination of 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and EDGE was employed to achieve the 7 hours of Internet use. Macs have pretty good power management settings. What will the iPhone offer? Until more is known, be prepared to carry around the phone charger.

    Off-limits battery: While we're on the subject of the battery, it's worth noting that, like the original iPod, the iPhone has its battery enclosed in a superslim case among tightly negotiated electronics and behind a top surface of glass--reducing the chances of a DIY battery replacement to next to nil. (Plus, we suspect that attempting a replacement voids the warranty.) So if your battery life dwindles to roughly 6.5 minutes per charge, or the battery malfunctions, you'll have to send your iPhone in for repair.

    Finally, a few other issues that probably aren't deal-breakers but are still worth considering:
    It's a thief magnet: Everybody wants an iPhone, including people who aren't above stealing yours.Multismudge screen: You can use all five fingers on the screen at once? Better wash your hands first.OMG no IM: Inveterate chatters won't be so :) about being limited to SMS.
  2. indig0blue macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2007
  3. eskimayo macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2007
    Well EDGE rates in NYC are over 400 kbps, my buddy has an HP and while at dinner last night downloaded a page and it was at that rate, i have 3g right now so i could not try it on my phone..
  4. wongulous macrumors 6502a

    Dec 7, 2002
    All info we already knew and some new journalist's spin on it all.

    Another unnecessary thread. :rolleyes:
  5. fj2007cruiser macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2007
    Long Island NY
    We are all aware of the facts presented. It has been beat like a dead horse. I for one accept the imperfect iPhone for what it is. There is no other phone like it, and there are things no other phone can do. I will enjoy the experience. If you don't want it or can't afford it, then don't buy it, but please do not try to ruin the experience for others.
  6. eskimayo macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2007
  7. Flowbee macrumors 68030


    Dec 27, 2002
    Alameda, CA
    You should always provide the original link when quoting an article. Or at least let us know where you copied it from. Is it from the "New York Times" or from "Random Joe's Beer Blog?" Makes a difference.
  8. diabolic macrumors 68000

    Jun 13, 2007
    Austin, Texas
    I love when people write their reasons not to buy one. It's like they need to convince others for some reason.
  9. earnjam macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2007
    North Carolina
    It's probably because they are trying to convince themselves too.
  10. Photography macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2007
    Agreed. And fj2007cruiser said it best.

  11. /dev/toaster macrumors 68020


    Feb 23, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    EDGE) Doesn't bother me, I live in San Francisco. Most of the places I have been so far I have found wireless networks very easy. Where I live and work there are tons of open wireless networks. If I can't find a network, or I am in a car EDGE will do fine for my purposes.

    3rd party apps) In the next few months apps to do everything you can think of will start to popup. At some point, you might be able to save the HTML and javascript locally to make loading very fast. For the sites I have developed I have found developing for IE is the pain in the arse. No work arounds were needed to get it to work in Firefox, Safari and Opera. After that, I had to spend countless hours getting IE to work well with it. I have found many sites that don't work right with Safari. HOWEVER, its not because of Safari its because the developer of the site took short cuts and didn't do things the right way.

    Keyboard) Well, very few people have used the iPhone, so there is no fair review here. Sorry, I don't trust someone doing a review after using it 15 minutes ... not to mention a review of a prototype.

    cost) That cost is fine. I paid $500 for a Treo 700p when it came out, I am also paying $250 a month for data and 5000 minutes. Sure, not everyone can afford this. Its expensive and its currently not intended for those that don't have some extra money to burn. Not everyone can afford a Ferrari. (Car, not the ugly phone)

    Business users) The iPhone can use IMAP and can open office documents, thats good enough for me.

    Plugins) Don't need Flash and thank god no Java. I hate Java apps.

    Battery life) Well, we will see soon enough how long it will last. If battery power is a concern of yours, I agree you should wait to see some real world results.

    I know its gonna be a theif magnet. You better believe I won't let it out of my site and will be careful as crap with it. :D
  12. /dev/toaster macrumors 68020


    Feb 23, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    I love the iPhone concept, I can't wait to get it. I am not here to convince anyone to buy or not buy it. The way I look at it, the less people who buy it the better chances I have of actually getting it on Friday.
  13. kdarling macrumors P6


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    Max EDGE download is usually 236kbps.

    How did your buddy measure his rate?
  14. synth3tik macrumors 68040


    Oct 11, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    The whole EDGE vs. G3 debate is way way way over drawn. I can't speak for everyone, but at least for me. 99% of the time that I would be using any part of the iPhone the accesses a network I will be within range of a wifi signal.

    I guess on Saturday morning I will find more of these disadvantages.
  15. paulyras macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2006

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