I’ve had my iPhone for a week or so now, and I really do like it. However, I’ve got a few questions. Doubtless thousands of other bloggers have mentioned most of this same stuff, but I haven’t posted anything in a while so I’m going to join the chorus.
- What do you mean I can’t copy and paste?
This has been a ridiculous limitation on what is touted as such a sexy and incredible device. Trying to ride on a friend’s WiFi network the other day, it was impossible to type the long security key correctly (the iPhone won’t let you see what you typed in a password field), and without copy and paste he couldn’t even mail it to me. Trying to remove large amounts of text from something you’re forwarding, etc., is also a pain since you can’t select chunks of text.
- What do you mean I can’t write software for the device, only web pages for the device?
This is another glaring omission. This is largely how Apple lost the initial war to Microsoft – it was easier to develop stuff for Windows machines. Not letting us build native apps for this machine, depending on everything to run in the browser, is completely backward. Face it, if I want to run web apps, I’d rather be at a real browser, not a phone browser. The Safari browser works pretty well, but an application platform it ain’t.
- What do you mean it won’t run Flash?
With the amount of Flash web content out there, Apple puts a lot of web sites out of the iPhone’s reach by leaving this out. Hopefully this was a rush to market decision and we’ll see a Flash player on the device soon.
- What do you mean I can’t search for anything?
One of the true beauties of the Palm OS is the way you can search the entire device for a bit of information. On the iPhone, you can’t search for anything. You would think that the contacts list would provide this at the very least, but nothing I’ve seen so far gives you the option to search, short of pulling up Google in the web browser.
- What do you mean birthdays and other dates I attach to contacts don’t show up on the calendar?
This seems like a pretty obvious opportunity for applications to work together, but the contacts list and the calendar are oblivious to each other. You see other evidence of the vacuum in which some of these were created by watching the position of Done, Edit, and other buttons. They are not terribly consistent.
- What do you mean there is no punctuation on the keyboard?
I’m getting used to the touch keyboard – it’s not as bad as I thought it would be, although I do miss my Treo keys – but I don’t understand why they hid the period and the comma. When you type in an email address, the space bar turns into extra punctuation, so there’s clearly room. They should just leave it on all the time. They could make the symbol key itself a lot smaller and gain room for quotes or a question mark.
- What do you mean there’s no menu?
Apple sometimes goes for minimalist stuff when it just doesn’t make sense. I would love to see a standard, top of screen menu that lets me get to settings and such for the app I’m running. If I need to tweak something in my mail settings, it’s stupid to make me leave the mail app and launch the Settings applet, then drill down to mail settings, tweak, exit, load mail and then start the whole process again.
- What do you mean not all of the apps rotate?
People are always wowed when they see the Safari browser or the photos turn sideways when I turn the phone, but why don’t all the apps do this, or do this consistently? The browser will let me view it from any angle, but the video player has to be held a certain way. HTML mail messages are often difficult to read because they are too wide, but turning the phone doesn’t affect the mail application.
- What do you mean there is no SD slot?
This is another place that Apple suffered in the hardware wars – expandable PC’s ruled over closed Apple hardware. They could easily have fit an SD slot in this thing and give me some power to increase the capacity.
- What do you mean the battery is soldered in?
I know that they claim they couldn’t have made it this small and had a user replaceable battery, but I cry foul. I was comparing the phone with my wife’s RAZR. The back of the RAZR is thinner than the iPhone, but somehow they managed to incorporate a door and a removable battery. Are Motorola’s designers more clever than Apple’s?
All that being said, I still love my little iPhone. I’m just hoping that they rushed it to market and will fill in many of these blanks as time goes on. I was more surprised that they shipped it with such huge gaps. It’s got it all over my Treo (with the possible exception of the keyboard), so I’m happy I switched and I will not be going back.
Although I’m pretty sure I’ll have to upgrade if V2 has a real keyboard.