One last note on the iPhone

Ok, I promise, a last blog post on the iPhone. I like what the current model has hardware-wise, but I am not happy with its software features. In detail my software-specific needs:
TenGO-like keypad. The current one is slow to type because you have to target precily for keys.
– Native SDK (not just JS Widget crap)
– A2DP/AVRCP Bluetooth support
– SIP+Skype+iChat voice support (if no SIP, no cake)
– Multi-IM [and MMS] support
– I want it unlocked

And a hardware-specific wishlist (even if I had to pay a premium):
– 480×852 480p HDTV 4″ resolution (by adding some thickness to the device they can implement this slightly bigger screen without making it longer, as there is some space to trim out from the top and bottom)
– triband 3G
– GPS in hardware
– VGA video call camera
– User replaceable battery
– 3.2 MP camera with a flashlight
– Mini-usb connector instead of the iPod connector

Having said that, software is my big beef with the iPhone, not that much its current hardware. If Apple adds the software features I need, I would buy it, even if the hardware requirements are not met for until the next model. But man, no TenGO-like keypad and no SDK, I can’t forgive that.

Oh, well, I already own an iPhone anyway. I even reviewed it a few weeks ago… ;-)

UPDATE: I made a few calculations to make sure that my aspect ratios are correct, and apparently there is enough space on the current model to stick a 4″ higher res, true wide screen (although the device might need to become a bit thicker in order to fit the rest of the electronics). There is space for the video-call camera too (these are usually very small cameras and they fit fine even in less space on other phone models, e.g. some made by Nokia).

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MacGuy wrote on January 11th, 2007 at 1:29 AM PST:

Hello! i think i saw in the keynote some reference to COCOA when jobs started to present the iPhone… so it will support desktop classgrade apps… but i will see again that part of the keynote just to verify…

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Eugenia wrote on January 11th, 2007 at 6:17 AM PST:

Matt, the Apple keyboard solution is the SAME as the one found on the PocketPCs. It is a normal virtual keyboard with some auto-correction. And the fact that the screen is wide means that it’s a bit less wide than the one found on 3.5″ PDAs. And the fact that Apple is expecting you to use your fingers instead of the much thinner stylus, this is a HUGE problem.

Sorry, but you haven’t seen TenGO. TenGO is basically a T6 solution and it can lead to up to 65 wpm. The Apple solution is not better than 30-35 wpm.

Besides, I never said that the current solution should not be included!! There are always cases where you need a real keyboard, e.g. when inputting URLs. But a TenGO solution MUST be included as well, for normal emailing etc.

Regarding Cocoa, he just mentioned that it’s written in Cocoa, but this doesn’t mean that an SDK will be given away.

matt wrote on January 11th, 2007 at 1:43 AM PST:

Have you used the keyboard? I doubt it, unless you were one of the lucky few at macworld gifted a touch. The software running on the iPhone to work the keyboard, looks miles better than tengo’s software.

Remember tengo’s stuff is great for common words but in my experience is tedious when a lot of the words you use aren’t there. I think the dictionary on the iPhone will be massively comprehensive, and using both advanced search techniques (for example remembering the keys near the button you touched, so if you accidentally hit an incorrect key those words won’t be ignored) and the multi-touch (patented) interface this will work really well.

Check out this demo about multi-touch interfaces

multi-touch demo

ljun wrote on January 11th, 2007 at 10:37 AM PST:

I could’ve swore I read somewhere it DOES support A2DP …. :)

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Eugenia wrote on January 11th, 2007 at 10:41 AM PST:

There was no such information released, and based on their iPod track to not do so, I am not keeping my hopes high,

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