I actually quite like my iPhone but I cannot buy into the zealous frenzy that some people whip themselves up into over the iPhone.
The iPhone – and for that matter every other phone on the planet – is far from perfect. Here are 10 things that actually really annoy me about the iPhone.
10 - No copy and paste. The iPhone does not support copy and paste and this can be really annoying.
9 - No support for A2DP bluetooth profile. The iPhone is a personal media device, but it does not support the bluetooth profile that enables you to use bluetooth stereo headphones. Why not? Sure it will impact battery life, but shouldn’t that be my choice?
8 - No support for AVRCP bluetooth profile. This is the remote control bluetooth profile that would let you control the media playback with a bluetooth remote. Many bluetooth stereo headphones also have controls that let you play/pause, control the volume and skip tracks.
7 - No Support for HID bluetooth profile. This is the worst of the lot. Why can’t I pair with a bluetooth keyboard so I can type a longer email or blog post?
(7-9 could all be summed up as half-assed bluetooth support. More on bluetooth profiles here.)
6 - call failed. I hate that message. You are in the middle of a call and it goes silent. you look at the screen and there is a two word error message on the screen. Grrrr.
5 - no true multitasking. This, IMHO, will hold the iPhone back as an application platform. Decent instant messaging, SIP and turn by turn GPS navigation are just some of the apps that would greatly benefit by being able to run in the background.
4 - Can't create a meeting request. If I am in a meeting or having a coffee with someone I can’t book a follow up on the spot. I can create an appointment for myself, but not a meeting request with an invitee. PITA.
3 - Can't search GAL for phone numbers. From the email app if I type a name it will search the Exchange and give me their email address. But I can’t search my corporate address book for a name and get their phone number from the contacts application or phone application. It is a phone – don’t you think I may want to get someone’s phone number and call them?
2 - No search for Exchange mailbox. If something is in my Exchange mailbox but not synced to my phone, tough. There is no way to search the rest of my inbox or the other folders on Exchange from the phone.
(2-4 are pretty freaking dumb for an “enterprise” smartphones. If you have your mailbox on Exchange 2007 then Windows Mobile leaves the iPhone for dead.)
1 – Apple are not listening! This is the worst of all. Some of these issues, like copy and paste and the bluetooth issues, have been raising the ire of iPhone users since the first generation. All of these issues are software related and as such CAN be fixed. Why haven’t Apple been listening and fixing some of these issues?
The perfect phone for me would have the styling and UI of the iPhone, the business features of Windows Mobile and the reliability and battery life of a good old Nokia brick.