- AT&T Is the Carrier:- As iPhone users outside the United States begin to enjoy tethering and multimedia messaging services (MMS), AT&T’s exclusive hold on the iPhone angers existing customers and may be irritating Cupertino as well. The cellular provider is slow to provide tethering and MMS, and it’ll likely charge a hefty sum once it gets around to adding them. Add long service contracts, higher data rates, and unfair usage conditions, such as the inability to use SlingPlayer over 3G even while other AT&T phones can, and you’ve got plenty of good reasons to hate your wireless carrier.
- Remote Wipe Costs $99 Per Year:- The iPhone was definitely in your pocket when you got into the taxi, but now that you’re home, it’s nowhere to be found. What to do? If you aren’t already paying $99 per year for MobileMe, you’ve got no way to nuke your phone from afar and protect personal information.
- E-Mail Management Is Weak:- Though the iPhone’s 2.0 OS update added bulk e-mail management, it’s not very good. You can tap individual messages to mark them for deletion or movement to another folder, but there’s no “Select All” option for deleting or moving batches of mail at one time. It’s also not possible to run a search term and delete the results, so forget about easily wiping correspondence with particular people.
- You Can’t Create Contact List Groups:- On the iPhone, everyone’s your friend, even your boss. That’s because the built-in Contacts app won’t let you split work and personal contacts into separate groups or allow you to create custom groups. Everyone’s co-existing in one massive list unless you first create subsections on your computer.
- IMAP Gmail Is Lame:- If you’re an avid Gmail user, you know that you can configure the iPhone’s Mail app to retrieve your Gmail. Sadly, the iPhone’s Mail app is devoid of all the features you love about Google’s mail service, especially threaded viewing and starring. If you like to e-mail friends or engage in otherwise long conversation threads during the day, the Mail app will quickly become overwhelmed.
- You Can’t Store Files or Attach Them to E-Mail:- Sure, the iPhone isn’t a computer, but a smartphone with so many capabilities and a generous hard drive should at least allow storing and sending of files. Photos and video can be sent directly only from the iPhone’s camera roll; also, you have no way to download Word documents and other files for editing and sending later.
- Battery Drains Too Fast:- Because the iPhone is a cellular phone, we tend to forget that the battery won’t hold up for more than a day when its computerize functions are pushed to their limit. (Isn’t it disheartening to see the battery meter drain during a prolonged session of Tap Tap Revenge?)
- The App Store Is a Pain to Browse:- There may very well be an app that suits your wildest dreams, but good luck finding it among the junk that populates so much of the iPhone’s App Store. Only a text search or sorting apps by release date will get you beyond the top 100 in each category, and even then you’ll turn up plenty of unwanted results. (As reported this week–and as we’re glad to hear–Apple has added search keywords, but we understand that the function is somewhat glitchy.)
- You Can’t Run Pandora or Other Apps in the Background:- One of the iPhone’s greatest assets is the ability to stream Internet radio stations such as Pandora and Slacker from anywhere with a 3G or Wi-Fi connection. Too bad you can’t listen to that music while checking e-mail or playing games.
- Default Apps Can’t Be Hidden:- The iPhone’s start screen is filled with shortcuts to prepackaged application that come with your iPhone whether you want them or not–for example, an app for checking stocks whose shortcut can’t be removed from the iPhone interface. Despite Apple’s insistence, not everyone wants to check the Dow Jones Industrial Average or for that matter the weather, or even use the iPhone’s calculator. That the iPhone’s prepackaged apps can’t be hidden, deleted, or otherwise customized speaks to the stubborn rigidity of Apple.
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