VS iPhone: 5 Technical drawbacks
Friday, June 29, 2007

Never before has the launch of a mobile phone generated so much buzz than with the iPhone which marks Apple's entry into the cell phone market. Steve Jobs has high hopes for the iPhone and plans to capture 1 % of the mobile phone market which may seem small, but it is not as 1 billion handsets were sold last year which would mean 10 million iPhones, not to mention that it is an expensive phone at $ 499. Coming back to the topic here are the Top 5 technical drawbacks of the iPhone.
5) 2 Megapixel camera - Apple did put all the latest stuff from accelerometers to light sensors then why stick to a dated 2 Megapixel sensor when its main rival the Nokia N95 sports a 5 Megapixel camera.
4) Battery Life - It is much obvious that when you have the slimmest smartphone with a huge touchscreen battery life is going to be a problem. 5 hours of talktime is not the lowest in the class as it still beats the Motorola Q but it will surely be a turn off for heavy users.
3) No Expansion slot - 8 GB is a lot of memory but sometimes we cant get enough of it as you wont be deleting "Lost" to accomodate some new movie this is when a Memory card comes in the picture.
2) No 3G - Sure it does has EDGE and Wi-Fi but adding UMTS or HSCSD would not hurt either.
1) Non Removable battery - Apple's tradition of non-removable battery continues with the iPhone. Mr Jobs we know that Mac OS X is pretty stable but it is definitely not perfect so what do we do if the phone freezes, as removing the battery is the only option to get it started again. Smartphones are prone to such problems and as you start filling up the onboard memory the chances of the phone freezing increase dramatically.

Apple has not yet disclosed vital information like what kind of Processor it has, what speed it runs on and the amount of RAM in it.

7 Comments:

[July 18, 2007 at 10:20 AM] Blogger S. McClure said...

Some thoughts on your points:

5. A 2 Megapixel CCD is better than or equal to most smart phones on the market today. The N95 isn't necessarily iPhone's direct competition. You'll notice it was absent from Apple's comparisons between the iPhone and other smart phones.

4. Battery life hasn't been a problem for me yet. It typically lasts a day, and that's using the phone's networking features more than I normally would, from all the people who want to play with it. YMMW, of course.

3. 8 GB has allowed me to store quite a bit on the phone, including various music videos, a full-length feature film, and the last 6 episodes of Heros. Because I manage all this through iTunes, I can specify that it only keep the last few unwatched episodes of the series I watch, and automatically remote the ones I've already watched from the phone. It works well. Sure, it would be nice to have a memory card slot, but the phone does well without it.

2. Designing any mobile device is a series of trade-offs and compromises. There is no getting around that. Leaving out 3G in this first generation of the phone made sense for several reasons, including decreased battery life from the higher draw of the available 3G chipsets, and the lack of broad 3G support on AT&T's network. Sure, it would be nice to have, and I'm sure future versions will have that.

1. Non-removable battery has proved to be a non-issue so far, at least for me and other iPhone owners I've talked to. The iPod doesn't have a removable battery either, and if it freezes, you hold town two buttons, and it forces a restart. Same with the phone.

Bottom line is that it's impossible to build a device which is all things to all people. When you design a product, especially software, you have to limit its feature set to something manageable. This is especially critical in the first version. You have to stick to a limited feature set, test and debug it, then ship it. You get feedback, feature requests, bug reports, etc. and you use that to guide your work on the next release. MS Word 1.0 didn't ship with all the functionality it has today. It evolved over time, as the iPhone software will.

I think this is a great first effort on Apple's part. There are quite a few things that need work, including Mail, but they are things are can be resolved with software updates. We'll see how they do.

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