I didn't think I was the sort of guy who develops addictions. But a few hours ago, I realized that I've long had a monkey on my back, and it's probably never getting off.
I own a 3G iPhone, and I actually make calls with it—or rather I try to. I always start my conversations by telling the person "When the connection drops, I'll call you back."
I just accepted the phone problems because I'm an Apple nut and love everything about the iPhone—well, except the phone part.
My Intervention came in a black box containing an LG Lotus, a squarish avant-garde flip phone running on the Sprint network 3G network.
I fired the thing up and called Mom. OK, it wasn't that easy. The qwerty keyboard is a number-letter combo deal, and with my big fingers it was an awkward hunt-and-peck procedure. Sigh. No touch screen that can morph into a giant numeric keypad, as on the iPhone.
But I got the job done and held the thing up to my ear. Then I remembered why flip phones used to be so popular. The curved shape naturally fits in my hand and against my face. I had been holding that flat slab of iPhone up for so long that I'd forgotten how awkward it is.
That call went well: I never lost her. Then, I drove around and made a bunch of other calls. Wherever I went, I had reception. The volume of the handset was loud and clear, and I didn't hear any strange sounds. Yes, I was using a mobile phone, and it was actually reliable.
"Big wup!" you say. "It's 2008, not 1998." Who cares that I made a bunch of phone calls from a flip phone? Well, if you'd just had eight dropped calls in a row from your regular phone, you might understand.
The honeymoon ended when I asked the Lotus to do other things—like get on the Internet. Just as the flip style took me back a few years, so did Web browsing on a small screen with poor navigation. Sprint's EV-DO data network ran circles around AT&T's service. But I spent so much longer navigating the Web interface on the Lotus that the overall process was ultimately slower than on the iPhone.
Next I jumped onto Sprint TV. The iPhone doesn't even have a streaming TV function (though other AT&T models do offer cellphone TV). But after checking out Sprint's offering, it doesn't seem like such an omission. Given the low resolution and out-of-synch audio and video, I wasn't able to watch for long.
So I relapsed.
Practical as the Lotus and Sprint network are (despite the latter's mounting financial troubles), I'm so taken with the iPhone's bells and whistles—and especially its brilliant interface—that I'll tolerate AT&T's abysmal wireless service. The cute Lotus is on its way back to Sprint, and I'm waiting on my next dropped call…
So, the iphone is good at everything -- except being a phone?
It seems like everyone who owns an iPhone knows that it sucks in so many of the most basic areas of mobile phone operation (especially for a supposed smartphone), and yet they just love that interface and all its "bells and whistles" so much they'll put up with anything! And same thing with the ubiquitous iPod; it's mediocre in the most basic areas (sound quality, battery life, etc.) Plus the DRM-heavy iTunes all but guarantees that once someone buys on iTunes, they're stuck with iPods and iTunes for good. Apple deserves kudos for its expertise in user interfaces, but even more than that it deserves the consumer backlash that will inevitably come if it keeps screwing customers like this. That's why I'm sticking with Windows PCs, "other" MP3 players, and real phones. You keep your "sexy" Apple junk, just know that I pity you.
That's interesting, I've had maybe two dropped calls in the 18 months I've had an iPhone, and iPhone 3G. Volume? No problem.
Use an earpiece. Problem solved.
I do wish, however, that Firefox or Google could come up with a browser for the iPhone. Safari for iPhone SUCKS!!!
"You keep your "sexy" Apple junk, just know that I pity you."
It's SO important for the typical Apple-bashing loner that we know Apple users are being bitterly 'pitied' by them. It's more important, in fact, than offering actual useful criticism of Apple's products, as this article did.
Yes, the secret of the iPhone (well, maybe not SUCH a secret, but anyway) is that it's not much of a phone. Flip phones ARE more functional as phones! They DO feel better in your hand! Sound quality IS superior and dropped calls fewer!
What Apple has made is a pocket internet appliance, gaming platform and MP3 player. It merely happens to also work as a phone.
Fortunately for Apple, people such as yourself like the other stuff well enough that they tolerate what really is a very mediocre, at best, cell phone.
It would be great to see an iPhone device that actually, you know, outperformed in the phone department. Maybe some day they will. Amazingly, though, as of now they don't really have to.
"I do wish, however, that Firefox or Google could come up with a browser for the iPhone. Safari for iPhone SUCKS!!!"
Not gonna happen. When asked in an interview with Wired if his company would produce a version of the browser for the iPhone, Firefox CEO John Lilly responded, "No. Apple makes it too hard. They say it's because of technical issues — they don't want outsiders to disrupt the user experience. That's a business argument masquerading as a technological argument."
<i>Plus the DRM-heavy iTunes all but guarantees that once someone buys on iTunes, they're stuck with iPods and iTunes for good.</i>
That's why I buy iTunes Plus music which is DRM free. iTunes is no more DRM heavy than most other things, especially in the realm of video... iTunes does after all allow you DRM free ripping of CD's, or importing of video from other sources (I have an over the air HD receiver that transcodes DRM from video into iTunes).
And being "stuck" with something that works better than any other device (as the article speaks of) is hardly a hardship.
Personally I've found call quality to be good and not many problems with hangups - but just like any other cell phone it's hugely dependent on the network the provider has. The good think about all the iPhone sales is that it's allowing AT&T to greatly expand the network and improve the quality, it's already better here than it was a few years ago.
Also I'm not sure what people are looking for in other browsers, as Safari is a fairly excellent browser on the iPhone.
QUOTE: "I'm sticking with Windows PCs, "other" MP3 players, and real phones. You keep your "sexy" Apple junk, just know that I pity you."
You know, Apple bashing is much more effective if you stick to your basic talking points -- while not revealing yourself by becoming emotional.
Hope this helped...
I have had the iphone original for over a year. I went on a 9000 mile trip coast to coast and all around the country. Drove through 21 states.
I only had a short distance in Northern CA where the system didn't work well.
I live about 7 miles from the nearest cell tower and there are certain spots in my house where it doesn't work well. All I have to do is go where it does work. Same as I had to with my Motorola Razor.
I really do love my iphone and it has been so handy to check stocks, weather, maps, addresses, emails, text messaging etc.
Now with the uptdated sofware and the app store, there is no end to the updating and fun and enjoyment and tools available. I think credit should be given where credit is deserved. RIGHT ON APPLE, I ALMOST AM READY TO GIVE UP MY PC FOR ONE OF YOUR COOL LAP TOPS TOO.
well one thing that i'd have to point out is that of all the cell phones i've seen, ever, the iphones are the most fragile. about have the iphones i see have a cracked screen just by putting it in your pocket. i have a flip phone and i'd have to say that the iphone wouldn't have survived half of the dropps that my phone has endured. the flip has a general sturdyness compared to the iphones' flat screen. plus the main screen doesn't get scratched half as much as the touch screen the iphone has. nextel is the only company that is military grade and used in the field, and since they merged with sprint quite a while ago, i'm guessing sprint learned a few thing about duribility. the friends that i know worry a lot more a bout their iphones more than flip phone owners, not because it's the "in" thing, but just so the screen can work properly. considering how we all generaly treat phones today, i'd choose the Lotus anyday.
I just got an iPhone a couple of months ago an haven't had a problem yet. Hope it stays that way! I had sprint before and the service failed more often than it worked. As the owner of a company this is unacceptable. To top it off, there customer service said there was nothing they could do about it. I think I'll stick with at&t and my iPhone, even if it starts having a couple of problems. What is the point in having a cell phone if you can only use it half the time?
are we arguing overs the phones, or the companies?
Since now days companies have the sole rights to sell certain phones, both matter. The service will affect the phone and the phone will affect the service.
A very smart and diplomatic answer. It is really appreciable and generous
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