The iPhone

I like it. I think that it’s a really nice device and when (and if) the unlocked 3G versions starts to rolling on, it will be even more successful than it already is. I plan to buy an (if/when) unlocked one, when v2.0 comes out that might support third party apps.

Of course, there are things to be added in the next major revision of the OS, like a file picker, cut/copy/paste support, send files via bluetooth, A2DP/AVRCP/PAN/LAP (no need to have modem support for laptops, the PAN solution is cleaner), Flash, speed dial (?), UPnP, internet radio, iChat AV, sound recorder, video recording, Tasks and maybe T6 support like this one.

Funnily, there are no games included in the iPhone, not a single simple finger-friendly game. IMO, they should ship with one or two. Java games on other cellphones are very popular, which shows that people would indeed like to play games when they have nothing better to do or when they are awaiting for a bus/train. I don’t believe that Apple should port J2ME on the iPhone, because 99% of these Java games are not only not designed for touchscreens, but they won’t operate on a non-buttoned environment. I have touchscreen phones myself (from many different companies), and the vast majority of the games don’t work, and the situation would be even worse in the iPhone that has even fewer control buttons and higher resolution screen. New kinds of games will have to be designed for the iPhone — in addition to a hardware accessory that plugs on the bottom and adds the necessary buttons.

Regarding the hardware, a better headphone jack placement, removable battery, GPS, video-call camera, flashlight for the back camera, and maybe a move to a standard mini-USB connector and an FM radio would be nice too.

Regarding MMS, I don’t think that Apple will ever add the feature. You see, email is a better solution, and MMS was always seen like “mobile email”. Thing is, Apple does not want to do anything “mobile”, which would mean “crippled”. Apple will try to kill MMS — and that’s a good thing. Not only because the MMS implementations suck throughout carriers, but by eliminating it, you eliminate one more thing that a carrier can drag you down with.

Overall, I am impressed so far with the iPhone, for a v1.0 product. I will have my bar higher for v2.0 though.


Alex Forster wrote on July 2nd, 2007 at 1:31 AM PST:

“Funnily, …”

I use ‘funnily!’

“Regarding MMS, …”

Well put. I absolutely agree that this was a conscious decision by Apple, and I’m glad that you support it (didn’t expect you to).

Marchino wrote on July 2nd, 2007 at 7:42 AM PST:

I want to add another missing feature that is very important for the european market, that is the 3G support (UMTS). We’ll have the opportunity th buy it only this fall, but rumors make me confident that it will be present. However, I think I’ll do as you, that is I’ll wait till 2.0 release: less bugs, more features…

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Eugenia wrote on July 2nd, 2007 at 8:25 AM PST:

I do mention “3G” in my post. Additionally, many European countries only have 3G in the big cities, and just like in USA not the whole Europe supports 3G in all places.

William Volk wrote on July 3rd, 2007 at 6:18 AM PST:

Hey, here’s a great iPhone game called iWhack where you get to “hammer home” the success of iPhone by whacking Steve Balmer (Microsoft CEO and iPhone critic) every time he pops up on the screen.

More fun to come!


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