When Apple began to recieve thousands of compalints about its recent iPhone 4 antenna problems, Apple CEO Steve Jobs himself told that they are not perfect. So we dugg into other ‘imperfections’ featured by this most wanted toy and share them with you.
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 allg
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.
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.
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!
A complete waste of Bluetooth.
You still can’t send your documents, media and other files over Bluetooth to other phones. You can’t 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.
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.
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.
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 idiot 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 don’t 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. You may want to check out our list of Top 5 iPhone 3G Killers.
Apple has been plagued with complaints about the iPhone 4’s propensity to lose reception when the phone is being held very firmly in a user’s left hand, the so-called “death grip”. Apple explained that software incorrectly displays signal strength as being stronger than it actually is and offered consumers free phone cases to address reception complaints that have hurt Apple Inc’s image and shares.
Consumers in France, the UK, Holland and Sweden had reported that thier iphones exploded. A number of iPhones that reportedly “exploded” in France were not due to the battery overheating as had been suggested, Apple has replied to complaints. So basically the customer was to be blamed for the misuse of this greate smartphone.
Speakers do not work
Apple customers who buy an iPhone are happy untill they realise that the speakers do not work. They complain that music plays through the head phones, and when they are on the phone to someone they can hear them fine. But, as soon as they try and put someone on speaker phone, or try and play music out loud without headphones plugged in, no music will play. Apple covers this defect by the warranty but customers receive exactly the same defected iPhone in replacement… Perfect customer care indeed…