Forbes recently wrote an article called "Seven iPhone Disappoinments" listing seven issues described as "some minor, others major – that make the iPhone a mere gadget".
However, the said disappoinments are a shot in the dark to simply find something to complain about.
In this article, we tell you exactly why each of Forbes’ disappoinments (with the exception of one) is a completely ludicrous claim.
FORBES: The Cost
"Those crafty phone companies! Yes, at $199, the new iPhone is cheaper up-front than the original, which first went on sale starting at $499 last year. It is not, however, less expensive to own. Do the math and you find out the iPhone will cost $160 more over two years than the original iPhone because AT&T (nyse: T – news – people ) put together a pricier data plan for the phone to help it subsidize the up-front cost of the handset. The gadget fiends at Gizmodo called that "a small price to play," but Bits, the technology blog at The New York Times, called it "a step backwards for consumers." "
Let’s be real here. Yes – the iPhone 3G does end up being more expensive over the course of 2 years than the original iPhone – but realize what you are getting for the price!
Apple could just have easily made the phone $600 while AT&T still put together the pricier (extra $10/month) data plan. It is simply ludicrous to complain about the price of the iPhone 3G – this is the bargain of a lifetime!
The price of the iPhone 3G (device + monthly payments combined) is within the same range (and most of the time cheaper) as all other smartphones in the market. Simply look at the new Samsung Instinct – the device sells for $130 but the plan is $100/month.
FORBES: No Flash
"The iPhone is a surprisingly capable Web browser. 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 (nasdaq: ADBE – news – people ) 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 native flash. Perhaps Adobe will be selling Flash in the App Store?
Or beter yet…iTransmogrify
FORBES: 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."
The essence of the iPhone is its "one piece" design where nothing comes apart.
Number one, it has good battery life. Number 2, there are car chargers.
And number three, the Mophie Juice Pack
FORBES: Video Recording
"Apple’s (nasdaq: AAPL – news – people ) 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 (nyse: SNE – news – people ). Despite its built-in two-megapixel camera, Apple isn’t building the ability to take video into its new phone, a feature even many low-end so-called "feature phones" include."
Apple went into the market to design a smart handheld device, not a camera.
There have been cellphones with mega cameras around for years, and none of them succeeded.
There is a certain balance that Apple went for with the iPhone – one where
superfluous hardware was avoided, and instead replaced with top of the line
If video recording is what you really need, then go here.
FORBES: 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."
There’s nothing I can say here. Why is there no cut-and-paste?
I can’t accept the fact that Apple simply forgot about it – there’s gotta be a reason it’s not there.
Steve Jobs, I know you’re reading this, so feel free to send us an email with the answer.
FORBES: 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. Forbes.com’s David Ewalt sees the lack of support for Multimedia Messaging Service as one of the most maddening. Want to open an image sent to you via MMS by a friend from her (dirt-cheap) mobile phone? No dice."
H-E-L-L-O people there is email! Full fledged email – who needs MMS? MMS was a simple method to cut the corner before cell phones could actually handle email.
Update: There is a hacked way of sending and receiving MMS via iPhone.
FORBES: No Voice Dialing
"No blogger we’ve seen has complained about this yet. Maybe that’s because all the geeks who might whine about how tough it is to dial the iPhone died in fiery auto wrecks first, seeing as the iPhone doesn’t have the voice-recognition smarts to let users dial verbally–the one feature makes the BlackBerry, with its nubby little plastic keyboard, usable on the road."
I’ll tell you why nobody has complained about No Voice Dialing – because nobody cares. Voice dialing is a tacky feature which people generally set up, use for a week, and never use it again.
In conclusion, it’s important to realize the balance that Apple was clearly striving for with the iPhone. Voice dialing, MMS, and some of the other features listed here are associated with the analog cell phones we’ve been dealing with for the past decade.
The idea of the iPhone was to break away from the norm – and that it did. It also became a revolutionary handheld device that literally redefined the market.