1. The Contract.
You have to purchase an AT&T contract in order to be able to activate your new iPhone 3G. In the long run, it turns out to be much more expensive than the original iPhone. All the $199 talk was just a marketing gimmick by Apple after all.
There are iPhones being sold without contracts but they are still very expensive at $599 / $699 and are locked to AT&T’s network anyways. So you still have to suck up to AT&T and choose from its crappy plans. Of course, there are other ways but we ain’t talking about them here.
2. The Camera.
After all the iPhone bashing, it turns out that Apple hasn’t yet learnt to consider customer feedback and has brought back the same crappy 2 MP cam in the iPhone 3G. Yea, no Flash, No Auto Focus and of course, No video recording. No advanced manual settings. It doesn’t even have a front facing VGA cam for Video calls over 3G.
3. No Multitasking.
With all that powerful hardware packed under that sleek body, OS X limitations still dont allow a decent Multitasking experience. Apple expects that all iPhone users are noobs who just like to run one application at a time. Great going, Apple!
4. A complete waste of Bluetooth.
You still can’t send your documents, media and other files over Bluetooth to other phones. You cant sync your files over Bluetooth. Add to that, the absence of A2DP. Apple expects you to use Bluetooth just for super cool & exciting tasks like talking on the iPhone using a Bluetooth headset.
5. No MMS.
You can’t send Multimedia messages through the iPhone just for the simple reason that Mr.Jobs thinks that no one should use MMS any more. So what if it is an extremely popular feature for media sharing and every 3rd person on Earth would like to use it. However this reason doesn’t hold out much anymore because email is becoming increasingly popular for file sharing on mobile phones. But having MMS wouldn’t have hurt, surely.
6. The Touchscreen keyboard.
The only way you can expect to use the iPhone’s Touchscreen keyboard accurately & efficiently is if you have fingers the size of Frodo’s or if you undergo surgery to make them thinner. It takes a bit too long to get used to tapping the keys on its virtual keyboard comfortably, in case you have normal human fingers. And there is no alternative as well. Also there is no option to select / cut / paste text yet.
7. No Flash support.
The Safari browser on the iPhone still doesn’t support Flash animations or videos. As a majority of the videos on the internet are in Flash, this means that iPhone users will miss out on a lot of content. However to watch Youtube videos you can use the Youtube App.
Bonus reason :
The iPhone 3G just adds more to the already overflowing pool of overzealous, annoying and idi0t fanboys. They want you to believe that the iPhone is the best phone ever and if you point out the list of features where it lacks, they just say that those features simply suck and no one wants them anymore. All iPhone features become super cool for them, even if they have been implemented by a gazillion other phones ages ago.
Adding to the above 7 reasons, the battery of the 3G iPhone cannot be removed. You dont get the dock bundled with the phone anymore, you have to buy it separately for $30. It does not have FM. The battery life is not too decent. Also there are many other phones that provide most of the features iPhone provides, in a much better way and are way cheaper than the iPhone 3G.
someone has said it better:
No bluetooth music streaming and/or file transfers (video is out of the question)
No drag and drop file juggling
No Flash support
No copy and paste
No front camera
No video recording
No video calls
No user replaceable battery
No VGA resolution
No IR port
No physical keyboard
No external storage card support (Micro SDHC cards are up to 32 GB now, 8GB is NOT enough these days, especially for a media device)
No voice command (WM devices and even some "el-cheapo" phones have featured this for years now)
No MMS (it doesn't have phone-to-phone MMS, it has phone-to-air-to-phone picture sharing necessitating a data plan)
No Live TV (that doesnt require you to be connected to an app like Orb on your home PC, which defeats the purpose, why would I want to watch it on a dinky non VGA screen instead of just on my home PC when im at home anyways)
No camera flash
No camera zoom
Same old, subpar, 2 MP camera for that matter
Limited video format support
Limited picture format support
Limited file format support in general
you must know very little about the smartphone market or be a complete tool to buy this piece of junk for a phone
this is the
2 MP camera!
no bluetooth transfers!
uses itunes! (can`t transfer music back onto computer)
does the exact same thing as an ipod touch! except you can call someone on it :)
wait, this is a phone? most people would call this a cheap ipod with an industry low 2mp camera. or a better term is a piece of sh!t ;)
Mark, 20 May 2009Hi Guys,
Im planning to purchase an iphone 3G anytime nextweek and i'm a bit cofused on the... moreThe battery is pretty good for a phone, if you just left it in your pocket and didn't use it.
The trouble is it's such a joy to use it's very hard to put it down and the web browsing and games are so good you'll find you'll use it a lot more than other phones.
This is why people complain about the battery life.
Anonymous, 20 May 2009Wait for the 2009 version, which will come out in this summer. Iphone 3G owners will be as scr... morei dont think so kid.
OS 3.0 update is free to iphone 3G users.
will have many new features and applications.
it will feel like a new iphone 3G again.
i think it will be enough to make you wait another year for another iphone 2010.
Mark, 20 May 2009Hi Guys, Im planning to purchase an iphone 3G anytime nextweek and i'm a bit cofused on the... moreWait for the 2009 version, which will come out in this summer. Iphone 3G owners will be as screwed as Iphone 2G owners was in summer 2008...
laker fan, 20 May 2009i guess some comments on the iphone are totally biased and done without review.camera function... moreexcuses excuses
well the web browser doesnt make a top phone too if using your argument, but look at what apple is marketing it as?
luki, 20 May 2009to all these peoples who say that iphone sucks, it realy has a big price but if you jailbreak... moreand void your warranty that makes ur device a paperweight on the next time it spoils
Wow , ok now I wish I had waited and got the Ipone 2009 . Not sure about the led screen though . The 3g is amazing in sunlight . I hope that o2 other upgrades . With OS3 on board I feel Apple will fianally have what can be called a smart phone.
Here's to waiting
Im planning to purchase an iphone 3G anytime nextweek and i'm a bit cofused on the reviews?
some said that battery suck? is it true? how long does it last?
any comments out there?
please give comments that will help me decide whether to buy this phoen or not
One thing i don't understand is that all the other cellphone users always attack the iphone. Why are people writing how bad the iphone is if they don't have one. What are they trying to prove. I don't say that Nokia ect. is bad. Everyone got different reasons why they want a phone so don't attack other cellphone's.
i guess some comments on the iphone are totally biased and done without review.camera function or video cam,or video call capability are not the things that make this phone a topnotch one.two nice things why you would get this-- Itunes and apps.i really like my iphone simply because it serves me the basic needs for a cellphone and more.here in the us either you have a blackberry or an iphone.others, you are just copycats and a waste of money and id rather get the freebies from my carrier.
to all these peoples who say that iphone sucks,
it realy has a big price but if you jailbreak it you will have a thousand application for it,
you will install video recorder and to tell the truth video recording is fantastic.
me for my self i have jailbreak it and i have application that is worth 300 $.
I have purchsed Iphone 3G yesturday, In calender the language for Month is not coming in english and it is coming in some different language , please can any one suggest how to change the same,
I am a long time nokia user but will be going to the new iphone for 2 reasons. Great screen with awesome feed back and the app store is amazing... no more paying $10 for an app.
Hopefully a few issues are fixed with the new iphone... the N97 was a close second because of the keyboard but the app store wins out.
Anonymous, 20 May 2009It's pathetic for a self-claimed multimedia centric phone, while it can't record video, under ... moreI tried to explain that before that if the camera was better with auto focus and a flash the pictures would look so much better on the iphone, but the people on this forum just don't get it. Plus no secondary camera for skype use. They also need voice guided gps.