Apple iphone - 7 biggist flaws

source from news(dot)com(dot)au

APPLE'S new iPhone 3G promises to be 133 grams of awesome.

It will do everything the iPhone does well — surf the web, serve up music and movies, and let you flick through your voicemail messages with a fingertip — only faster and cheaper.

Yet imperfections still lurk, in spite of Apple chief executive Steve Jobs's maniacal attention to detail. Even before its release, there are some niggling issues — some minor, others major — that make the iPhone a mere gadget, just like any other.

Here are the seven biggest iPhone disappointments, as noted by bloggers.

The cost

Those crafty phone companies! In the US, the new "$199" iPhone is about $US300 ($314.69) cheaper up-front than the original. It is not, however, less expensive to own because US mobile carrier AT&T has a pricier data plan to subsidise the up-front cost.

The gadget fiends at Gizmodo called that "a small price to pay" but Bits, the technology blog at The New York Times, called it "a step backwards for consumers".

In Australia, confirmed iPhone carriers Optus and Vodafone have not revealed the local pricing, but both will offer it on a no-contract prepaid plan.

No Flash

The iPhone is a surprisingly capable web device. Its wide, high-resolution screen and the ability to bop around the web by tapping links with a fingertip has turned mobile web surfing from a chore into a pleasure.

The biggest hitch: the iPhone still doesn't support Adobe's Flash technology, which means many multimedia-rich sites remain off limits.

While Adobe is working hard to make its technology iPhone-friendly, don't hold your breath.

No replaceable batteries

Hardcore road warriors don't have time to stop and recharge their phones. Instead they carry their batteries with them, clicking them into their BlackBerrys in the backs of cabs, or, if they're lucky, in a coffee shop.

By contrast, there's no easy way to crack open the new iPhone's sleek case to pop in a battery, disappointing bloggers.

And while kits are available for do-it-yourselfers, we wouldn't recommend trying it in between bites of your bagel.

Video recording

Apple's computers come preloaded with iMovie, a slick little application that makes video editing easy and fun. Apple's iPods, with the exception of the Shuffle, have evolved into snappy little video viewing machines. But if you want to record video, you'd better talk to Sony.

Despite the iPhone's built-in two-megapixel camera, Apple didn't include video capabilities, a feature even many low-end so-called "feature phones" have.

No cut-and-paste

The inability to copy a chunk of text and paste it into another application has baffled geeks since the iPhone's introduction last year. It's a simple tool that would make blogging and zapping bits of text to friends via e-mail a breeze. And yes, it can be done without screwing up the phone's interface.

No multimedia messaging service

This might be the most interesting example of what makes the iPhone quirky: There are some things dirt-cheap phones cranked out by the tens of millions can do that the vaunted iPhone cannot. The lack of support for Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) is one of the most maddening iPhone flaws.

Want to open an image sent to you via MMS by a friend from her (dirt-cheap) mobile phone? No dice.

Bonus — no voice dialing

No blogger seems to have complained about this yet. Maybe that's because all the geeks who might whine about how tough it is to dial the iPhone have already died in fiery auto wrecks because of this problem.

The iPhone doesn't have the voice-recognition smarts to let users dial verbally — the one feature that makes the BlackBerry, with its nubby little plastic keyboard, usable on the road.

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