Second thoughts about iPhone

So I’ve thought more about this iPhone business and a few things really bother me. First, the battery situation is not good. With no removable battery, I’m kind of out of luck in getting the most out of a device like this. Although I don’t carry any extra battery for my RAZR now, I know I could if I needed to (I also don’t listen to music or watch TV shows on this phone). The second thing that bothers me is the lack of a tactile keyboard. For email I’d probably use a Bluetooth keyboard but for knocking out SMS and short emails it would be the virtual keyboard on the screen; not sure if that would work out too well. My final objection is the apparent lockout of 3rd party applications. This might actually be the show stopper for me as I’m not sure if there is an RSS aggregator built into iPhone or a podcasting application. We’ll see when it ships in June.

So I might just pick up the dated, but solid, Treo 680 for around $200 when the time comes, or wait until iPhone Gen 2.

I still think iPhone is going to be a big deal 🙂

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  1. Honestly, the internal battery is not a big deal. Don’t forget that you can recharge it with all of your current iPod accessories, and those include car chargers, iPod Docks (which I’m sure will be able to connect to the iPhone through some wacky adapter), and battery-backup units.

    I honestly don’t believe that WWDC will go by without Apple announcing some deals with third-party developers. I don’t think there won’t be apps, it’s just that they want to be the gatekeepers. Hopefully that won’t last too long, I’d love to write some software for the thing.

    I also am concerned about the tactileness of the keyboard though. I’ve typed on keyboards with little to no tactile feedback before (bluetooth laser keyboard, for one) and it wasn’t good at all, I was always hitting the wrong keys. I can’t imagine making the keyboard smaller will make it any better.

  2. Michael,

    I kind of agree on the battery issue, but I just returned from a road trip and went through both of my Axim batteries before I was in a car long enough to recharge. So if the iPhone doesn’t have removable batteries, then some sort of power brick will be necessary to recharge it.

    You could also be right on the 3rd party apps, but Steve didn’t seem to leave any room for such an opening during his keynote. For example, he could have said they were working on an API to be released later and have some sort of a certification process before the platform is opened to others. But he didn’t, so I have to assume iPhone is closed (like iPod) from an applications standpoint. Because this device is a lot more than an optimized media player, I think this would be a mistake, but as Doc Searles says, “…it’s not smart to bet against Steve Jobs.”

    So the keyboard might be the biggest issue here. Let’s see what it’s like once it’s in our hands…

    Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Michael,

    I kind of agree on the battery issue, but I just returned from a road trip and went through both of my Axim batteries before I was in a car long enough to recharge. So if the iPhone doesn’t have removable batteries, then some sort of power brick will be necessary to recharge it.

    You could also be right on the 3rd party apps, but Steve didn’t seem to leave any room for such an opening during his keynote. For example, he could have said they were working on an API to be released later and have some sort of a certification process before the platform is opened to others. But he didn’t, so I have to assume iPhone is closed (like iPod) from an applications standpoint. Because this device is a lot more than an optimized media player, I think this would be a mistake, but as Doc Searles says, “…it’s not smart to bet against Steve Jobs.”

    So the keyboard might be the biggest issue here. Let’s see what it’s like once it’s in our hands…

    Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I too will probably wait for iPhone v. 2.0 before taking the plunge. The third-party apps issue is a non-issue for me, and I think it’s smart for Apple to keep it closed up. As others have mentioned in various pieces, all we need is for a third-party app to break the phone somehow. When we’re working on our computers, we can usually undo anything that has broken our system since we can get to the innards via terminal etc. Worst case scenario–reformat and reinstall.

    But if the phone stops working because of a small mistake, there’s no easy way for the user to get in and fix it. Can’t even do a reformat/reinstall.

    That would not be a fun scenario when the phone needs to be used in an urgent situation!

    Plus, do we really want malicious coders writing Trojan horses for our iPhones? 🙂

  5. I too will probably wait for iPhone v. 2.0 before taking the plunge. The third-party apps issue is a non-issue for me, and I think it’s smart for Apple to keep it closed up. As others have mentioned in various pieces, all we need is for a third-party app to break the phone somehow. When we’re working on our computers, we can usually undo anything that has broken our system since we can get to the innards via terminal etc. Worst case scenario–reformat and reinstall.

    But if the phone stops working because of a small mistake, there’s no easy way for the user to get in and fix it. Can’t even do a reformat/reinstall.

    That would not be a fun scenario when the phone needs to be used in an urgent situation!

    Plus, do we really want malicious coders writing Trojan horses for our iPhones? 🙂

  6. After fully understanding the deal, I will definitely wait until the prices come down on the iPhone. I thought there was some subsidy on the $499 entry point but after watching the keynote, that is the price with the subsidy from Cingular. Too rich for my blood particularly when you can get a smartphone like the Blackjack for $75 with a 2 year contract extension.

    On the other hand, a version of the iPhone without the phone might be attractive at around $300. It would be a wide-screen iPod with wifi web access and all the PIM features of the iPhone. You might even be able to pair that with your cell phone via Bluetooth for data access. Hope Apple is thinking along those lines.

    Thanks for your thoughts, Bill.

  7. After fully understanding the deal, I will definitely wait until the prices come down on the iPhone. I thought there was some subsidy on the $499 entry point but after watching the keynote, that is the price with the subsidy from Cingular. Too rich for my blood particularly when you can get a smartphone like the Blackjack for $75 with a 2 year contract extension.

    On the other hand, a version of the iPhone without the phone might be attractive at around $300. It would be a wide-screen iPod with wifi web access and all the PIM features of the iPhone. You might even be able to pair that with your cell phone via Bluetooth for data access. Hope Apple is thinking along those lines.

    Thanks for your thoughts, Bill.

  8. Honestly, the internal battery is not a big deal. Don't forget that you can recharge it with all of your current iPod accessories, and those include car chargers, iPod Docks (which I'm sure will be able to connect to the iPhone through some wacky adapter), and battery-backup units.

    I honestly don't believe that WWDC will go by without Apple announcing some deals with third-party developers. I don't think there won't be apps, it's just that they want to be the gatekeepers. Hopefully that won't last too long, I'd love to write some software for the thing.

    I also am concerned about the tactileness of the keyboard though. I've typed on keyboards with little to no tactile feedback before (bluetooth laser keyboard, for one) and it wasn't good at all, I was always hitting the wrong keys. I can't imagine making the keyboard smaller will make it any better.

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