Jun 27 - iPhone Drawbacks: Still want a iPhone?

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Jun 27 - iPhone Drawbacks: Still want a iPhone?
 

 
From a slow data network to a sealed battery, here are some of the drawbacks to consider before you buy the season's hot phone.

1. 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.


2. 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?

3.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."


4. 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.




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89 comments for "Jun 27 - iPhone Drawbacks: Still want a iPhone?"

 10 years ago '05        #2
tdubbayou 1 heat pts
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"dont dont dont believe the hype" this is just a over price product that no one needs but for some reason everybodys gonna want i also wanted one until i heard at&t only
 10 years ago '05        #3
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Since somebody stole my Ipod, and im sick of Sprint..... HELL YES! I will cop on friday.
 10 years ago '06        #4
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The first generation of anything electronics will have its drawbacks, just wait it out a couple months, it'll get better.
 10 years ago '06        #5
LakerFan 5 heat pts
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maybe its cuz im almost 32 but i hate texting, hate that idiotic looking bluetooth thing in everybody's ear (unless you are secret service) and hate ipods. its not because im old fasioned or anything like that, i love technology, i just think why do all that texting if you can just call somebody and chat or use the walkie-talkie feature? I know it has its advantages like if you want to be quiet or something like that but i hate it.
 10 years ago '04        #6
rasheedwallace 55 heat pts55
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im getting the new blacberry, personally. i don't need all the extra sh*t this has. i wanted it at first but i dont need the excess.
 10 years ago '04        #7
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You cant have a mutli-function electronic device and think its going to be like a stand alone device. They have to make shortcuts to get everything on one device.
 10 years ago '04        #8
Silentmurdah33 1 heat pts
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overpriced piece o sh*t lol
 10 years ago '05        #9
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 Briellz said:
Since somebody stole my Ipod, and im sick of Sprint..... HELL YES! I will cop on friday.


i can understand your reason. but other mutha fu*kas who already got ipods is stupid and i almost fell into the stupid category.
 10 years ago '04        #10
creep 14 heat pts14
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alreayd got a sidekick 3 + ipod. so no need.
 10 years ago '04        #11
synopsis03|m 1 heat pts
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im still split on my decision the battery life thing was so obvious though cause the mac laptops are like that u turn the wifi off and the battery last way longer i wanna wait to see if that keyboard is gonna be a problem
 06-27-2007, 02:54 PM         #12
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 creep said:
alreayd got a sidekick 3 + ipod. so no need.
:applause:

Even though we both know as sidekick 3 users that the data is just a sh*tty...ehh well I guess that just means we are ahead of the pack and have had iPhones for months in a technical sense
 06-27-2007, 03:04 PM         #13
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 rasheedwallace said:
im getting the new blacberry, personally. i don't need all the extra sh*t this has. i wanted it at first but i dont need the excess.
i'll be getting the curve also
 10 years ago '04        #14
DJ Maximum|M 48 heat pts48
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Sidekick plus Zune >>>>>>>>>>
 10 years ago '06        #15
RAZAH CUTS 5839 heat pts5839
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 tdubbayou said:
"dont dont dont believe the hype" this is just a over price product that no one needs but for some reason everybodys gonna want i also wanted one until i heard at&t only

co-sign......
 10 years ago '04        #16
Stormtrooper 
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It's the first one people i had the first ipod people use to look at me like i was god lol.. no i have a 80 gig that sh*t is regular.. This is apples first phone in a year once they work everything out.. this sh*t is going to be nuts.. i saw a demo on Msnbc this sh*t makes everyphone look stupid.. Real internet not this mobile sh*t... They said the touch keypad takes one week to get use to, and that sh*t really movies and scrolls and zooms in and out with a touch.. sh*t and i can make calls.. im a get it just after the update the the software a couple of times
 10 years ago '06        #17
Clyde 1193 heat pts1193
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stil fukin wit my razr
 10 years ago '04        #18
collegeboy58 3 heat pts
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I imagine that its hard to dial when driving and u cant feel the buttons...anyway, sh*t still looks hot...I got this $150 apple gift card I was gonna use for an iPod but I'ma wait till Oct (when my nextel contract is up) and get this sh*t
 10 years ago '06        #19
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 young clyde said:
stil fukin wit my razr
I'm a power user. I need a full featured pda. Not a trendy smart phone that is overpriced and over-hyped. It aint worth half of what they charging. There are way more drawbacks then the ones that are posted

-no memory slot.
-no way to upgrade the sh*t( which means once it gets old, you throw it out & get a new one)
-no 3g
-no mp3 ringtones( you have to pay in order to get ringtones)
-no homebrew apps( so, the only apps you can get are those lame azz carrier apps for WAY too much money. When there are homebrew apps that do the same thing for free)

-I could go on and on.

Only spoiled a.ss rich kids are gonna cop this sh*t. And dumb n*ggaz
They just tryin to lock you into a plan and sh*t. Why would I pay 600 for a device and STILL be under a two year contract? U know they not gonna insure the sh*t. And with that big a.ss screen, you know its gonna scratch easy.
 10 years ago '04        #20
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get a T-Mobile Wing, k!lls it in every way!
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