iPhone – Smart Enough?

Alright, I finally managed to buy myself (and my wife) the mighty phone – the iPhone. It was a long wait, but Singtel and my ABN AMRO credit card worked hard to get me the much-awaited phone.

Much has already been written about the capabilities & quirks of the phone – whether its the elegant multi-touch screen or the lag-free user interface or the average 3G performance or the restrictions imposed by the ‘closed’ operating system. I quite like the phone. But, given that I use mobile phones extensively for much more than making calls, I do feel that the iPhone needs to grow up – just a little bit:

  • My basic expectation from a smartphone is ability to multi-task. For the uninitiated – simply put I must be able to listen to music, browse the web, view a spreadsheet and chat via IM at the same time. I loved my Nokia E series devices for this. Unfortunately, the iPhone just can’t do it! You can work on one application at a time.
  • Secondly, to customize a phone so that one is able to ‘power-use’ it, there has to be a lot of applications available. Sure, we have the Apps Store from Apple, and some of the apps are great, but the I didn’t find the assortment complete.
  • Again, a smartphone without VoIP capabilities is difficult to digest for me. Sadly, it is not possible to talk to people over Gtalk / Skype etc. at the moment. Hoping that Fring comes up with something soon.
  • Finally, I still share the gripes of so many other iPhone owners about the usual things – no SMS forwarding, no Video recording (despite being Youtube capable), no Business Cards, average PIM capabilities etc.

Really hope that we get around some of these in the not-so-far future.

Update: I am quite unhappy with the battery performance even after the 2.0.2 update. I am just getting about 2 hours on 3g data connection and about 3 hours on EDGE. To put things into perspective, my nokia E51 could be on EDGE on push mail all day on a single charge!



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2 thoughts on “iPhone – Smart Enough?

  1. Just got myself an E71 Nokia..works well for me..its my first Smartphone so no real precendents in the mind…
    btw, my url now is http://cityment.blogspot.com (as against ynot-socrates)
    hope ur finding Singapore great..you still haven’t told me abt whereabouts 😦
    mail me when u find time!

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  2. The Zune concentrates on being a Portable Media Player. Not a web browser. Not a game machine. Maybe in the future it’ll do even better in those areas, but for now it’s a fantastic way to organize and listen to your music and videos, and is without peer in that regard. The iPod’s strengths are its web browsing and apps. If those sound more compelling, perhaps it is your best choice.Have you tried the ipad? you can get one free at FreshGiftCard.com

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