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I was really excited about the new iPhone 3G that will be out July 11th.
Two things that were requirements for me were missing in the original iPhone: 3G and Exchange support.
I care about Exchange support because I have my own Exchange server via 1&1. This lets me use Outlook on my desktop, and a web browser anywhere else to access my email/calendar/contact list. My AT&T Tilt supports Exchange, so I also have access on my phone. With Exchange, you don't have to sync anything...update data in one place and it is automatically updated everywhere.
The new iPhone adds 3G and Exchange support.
Now there was nothing stopping me from getting an iPhone...until I started digging a little deeper.
iPhone is missing several features that I currently have on my AT&T Tilt and I'm not prepared to give up. These missing features are enough for me to change my mind and pass on the new iPhone.
What's missing from the iPhone 3G (but my current phone has)?
- iPhone can't be used by a laptop to connect to the Internet (tethering/internet sharing). My Tilt uses Bluetooth to connect my laptop wirelessly to the Internet...works great and it doesn't cost anything extra because I have unlimited data downloads.
- Can't run multiple apps at the same time. I think this is a *big* problem with the iPhone. The last time I used an OS that couldn't run multiple apps at the same time was DOS! A typical usage pattern for me that won't work on the iPhone is:
- Start reading mail
- Click on html link in email
- Continue reading mail while web page loads
- Click on attached picture in next email to download
- Switch to web browser to see html link
- Switch to see downloaded picture
- Switch back to email
- Doesn't fully support Exchange. The iPhone supports email, contacts, and calendar. But it *doesn't* support task lists and notes.
- Web browser doesn't support Adobe Flash. That means a lot of web sites won't work on the iPhone (like youtube.com, for example).
- No copy/paste support
- No hardware keyboard
- Writing software for iPhone requires a Mac (who has one of those?!?!) and programming in Objective C (who knows that?!?!?) Hey Apple...how about the other 99% of the market that has a PC and knows C++?
- The iPhone is a closed platform...the only applications you will see are ones that Apple approves. If Apple doesn't want Adobe to make Flash work on the iPhone, then Adobe is out of luck (which seems to be the case).
The best thing about the iPhone is how much focus mobile phones are getting now...I expect to see some interesting developments over the next year from Google's new phone OS Android and the next versions of Window Mobile.