I am not one to quickly jump on the bandwagon for many trends. However, I do love new techy hardware. That’s why I love the concept of the iPhone. When I say concept, don’t get me wrong. I’m not against the iPhone it’s just that not that many people have actually used it. I’ve got too recent a memory of a product I really loved. I bought a Canon MP830 printer that could scan multiple pages, fax, print in beautiful color, had a color display on the printer… It’s pure beauty and just so I wouldn’t jump into something I’d hate later I did my research. However, its flaws didn’t become apparent for weeks to months later. It started answering every call that rang. People that had distinctive ring on their phones had me looking at their printer because the feature just all of a sudden wasn’t there any more. I looked on my printer as well and the display had it disabled and had to go back to Canon for repairs to the motherboard of the printer.
Why the history? Well, all that glitters (even in reviews) isn’t gold. The iPhone has many beautiful looking features but the first problem is that all that was on TV. In reality, iPhone works on the AT&T network with is notoriously slow and in my personal experience, here in Los Angeles and in the San Francisco Bay area, had horrible coverage. I really think they should have gone to Verizon Wireless which I do love. Secondly, they decided to go with a glass face and a metal body.
These two things together equal pure eye candy however, so does dripping honey until you notice the bee hive. Glass, ummm… CRACKS. It does that very well as you may know. Also, metal (unlike plastic) doesn’t absorb shock at all. The combination will have more than a few people buying the plastic coverings for their iPhone. Problem is, you paid a premium for pretty which you’re now covering. So, in essense, you’ve bought the most beautiful outfit in the world but have on a full length burlap trench coat.
Also, I have been fighting it but I really don’t think the touch screen idea will work but I don’t take myself too seriously there because I would have told the guy who created Starbuck’s, “Really? A coffee shop? Maybe you should go back to the drawing board.” This could actually work. Actually, I do want it to. I’m just not a believer in the hype.
Show me how well it supports video codecs and really plays back video. Show me that sticky finger marks won’t make it ugly every day. Show me that email clients can sync with it easy as a Blackberry. Show me that and I’m sold.