This has been a long time coming. I go through this with every phone; I buy it, I am blinded by its flashy gizmos then I start picking at it. The difference with the iPhone is that it’s taken me about 6 months to get to the point where I feel compelled to complain, whereas it usually takes about 6 days. If I’m honest, I’ve been fully aware of the limitations of the iPhone from day one, but I was so impressed with the new touchy-feely-ness with it that I blocked out any bad thoughts. So here are the things that bug me most –
- There is no cut 'n’ paste feature. Why not? I have no idea. It seems so fundamental to have this feature in this type of phone.
- Where is my To Do list? I need a to-do list when I’m out and about. I think of things while waiting in queues, on trains or even when I wake up at night. These need to be synchronized with Mac Mail.
- I really want an off-line RSS reader. I don’t want to have to connect to the internet while roaming if I can avoid it, yet I have plenty of time to catch up on blogs while on trains, waiting in more queues, etc.
- There is no pocket Word, Excel or PowerPoint. You can read these files. Now I finally have a screen big enough to edit files but I don't have the capability.
- I can't cache YouTube movies. This means that if I do bookmark anything I have to download it every time I watch it. This is fine in the US where you can get fixed data plans, but don't try this at home if you're in Europe.
- The SMS application is pretty limited. I can't have distribution groups, forward txts or call phone numbers in txts. There is a community SMS application that gives you most of this and more, but I really expect it to come from Apple.
- I don’t like being tied to a network. I have different SIM cards for different countries, which means I either have to carry around 2 phones (that’s sooo 2005) or I have to unlock the phone.
- I wish the iPhone strategy were based on a more open platform. I do think it’s a good idea for Apple to govern the applications that published for the iPhone, but as a consumer I would prefer to have a choice to only install Apple approved software or use 3rd party applications. It feels a bit like Microsoft all over again.