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Why I still love the iPhone

Tweet Today Apple showed a sneak peak at what is coming in the iPhone 3.0 software updated (read iTalk Magazines list of iPhone 3.0 updates). I recently had a chat with a friend here in the office. A while back I won myself an iPhone & around the same time my friend bought herself an [...]

Today Apple showed a sneak peak at what is coming in the iPhone 3.0 software updated (read iTalk Magazines list of iPhone 3.0 updates).

I recently had a chat with a friend here in the office. A while back I won myself an iPhone & around the same time my friend bought herself an HTC Touch (Diamond I think). She talked to me at length about how she’d weighed up the two and her partner (an IT geek) and told her that the iPhone was lacking things like:

  • Cut & Paste
  • MMS
  • Push Notification
  • Background Alerts
  • and more …

I commented that I’d have a fully fledged Windows Mobile phone with many of these features and that I just didn’t really use them. I’ve never really missed them with the iPhone (aside from once or twice wanting to copy and paste a URL – and maybe wanting to send a pic of my daughter to my father via MMS once or twice -okay so I’ve missed some of them).  I loved my iPhone and she enjoyed her HTC.

Two days ago she came to me and we were talking gadgets & she made a comment in passing “I hate, I detest my HTC”. The vengence with which she said this caught me off guard & she’s now thinking of buying a new phone.

Why I love the iPhone

Here is one HUGE reason why I love the iPhone. My friend has to throw away and replace a very expensive phone because she wants new feautres. Apple today announce a massive update of features including:

  • Full bluetooth support for applications
  • Background alerts for applications
  • Push notification for applications
  • Full MMS & SMS messaging support
  • Full hardware integration and control for applications & accessories
  • Cut & Paste
  • Updated search functionality
  • and more ….

But I don’t have to think, oh crap I have to spend more on a new phone to get this? No, I simply download (when it’s ready) the new operating system. This unlocks more of the feautres of this device.

iPhone 3.0 = iPhone 1

It does feel like Apple are finally at a point with iPhone 3.0 that they really should have been with the first round of OS for the iPhone. Many of these features that are being released are fixes to existing holes, upgraded interfaces and patches for functionality that was … well just lacking.

I feel the Smart Phone battle has just been restarted with this announcement today, the iPhone OS is now at a point where you can compare Apples to Windows to Palm WebOs, instead of Apples to Oranges like before. Finally it feels like we have a “level playing field” with the iPhone now having the full range of “expected” features a Mobile Phone should have … PLUS … the amazing features it has that are leagues ahead of competitors.

Summary

Sure, the iPhone is still just a device. Sure it’s taken Apple 3 years to get the OS to where they should have had it from the begining. I still love my iPhone, and I’ll love it even more with iPhone OS 3.0

If you are in the market for a new phone – take a good look at what’s on offer, then go buy and iPhone, you won’t regret it.

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03.18.09

I think Keran you’re missing the big point here. Or rather – you’ve mentioned it without realizing that it’s the key to the “why I love my iPhone” question:

“I commented that I’d have a fully fledged Windows Mobile phone with many of these features and that I just didn’t really use them. I’ve never really missed them with the iPhone (aside from once or twice wanting to copy and paste a URL – and maybe wanting to send a pic of my daughter to my father via MMS once or twice -okay so I’ve missed some of them).”

What people are comparing is apples_to_apples or apples_to_oranges, but the comparisons are irrelevant. Feature lists make NO sense if the implementation of those features is so lame, useless, counter-intuitive or just plain frustrating that you won’t be using them anyway.

And that’s the key to Apple’s success and HTC’s failure. Apple chose to release iPhone with a OS that was not feature-complete but was a joy to use. HTC and others are releasing devices with many more features, but awkward to use. Which one of those two would you rather own?

You forgot to mention one piece of information – why does your friend actually HATE her HTC so much? Is it for the newly found lack of features? I’d hazard a guess here – it’s because using it is endlessly annoying.

And that’s why _I_ love my iPhone (first gen) even if the new OS update does not support all the new features on my phone (MMS and A2DP bluetooth in particular).

03.18.09

Once again a great comment Jakub. You are right a feature list is one thing … implementation is another all together. I agree Apple did the right thing releasing 1.0 as a polished, albeit a “smaller feature list” iPhone. That is do what you do and do it well – then when you can add more to that & still do it well, then add those things.

My friend hates her HTC because it’s annoying. The novelty factor of it’s 3D style interface, the requirement to use the stylish or something firm to interact with it, the smallness of the screen etc all got to her.