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Five things to hate and love about Apples iPhone

So you want an iPhone? By Matthew David

Unless you have been living under a rock, you cannot have failed to notice the multi-million dollar marketing blitz Apple and AT&T are conducting about the iPhone. If you read the reports and the blogs on the Internet it is hard to know if people love the iPhone or if they hate. With that in mind, we have put together a list of the five things to hate about the iPhone and five things to love.

Five things to hate about the iPhone
There is a lot of people (I think Samsung and Nokia are sponsoring them) who are not too happy about the iPhone. This is what they are saying:
1. The price! 
Really, who is going to fork out up to $600 (plus the tax) for a phone? People, this is a phone with an MP3 player, an average camera and the Web. Isnt this what any phone running Windows Mobile has? On top of this you need to spend another $125 for the Bluetooth Apple Ear piece. For the same price you can buy a new laptop with WiFi, install Skype and be just as connected.
2. Connecting to email that matters
The iPhone boasts email. Really? How about, it boasts email from circa 1995. The email client is just a POP3/IMAP4 client. There is no connection to Microsoft Exchange or even Notes. The lack of support for industry email systems is an immediate turn-off for corporations.
3. The hard drive is only 8GB
Do you own any movies from iTunes? Well forget putting more than a couple of them onto your iPhone. The phones boast 4GB and 8GB of storage, but forget to mention that nearly 900Mb is defaulted to the OS. You can get more music onto a cheap Nano than the 4GB iPhone.
4. Wireless Access, anyone?
The iPhone boasts WiFi, but what if you are on the train or waiting in line at the grocery store? At these times you are forced to use the AT&T EDGE network. Remember those wonderful dial-up speeds of 1998? Yes, you too can relive the frustration of connecting to the Internet at 40-80Kbps. Suddenly Googles Web page will seem to take a long time to load.
5. Where are the buttons?
There is no keyboard! I have to tap onto a screen with no tactile response to know I have hit the right key. SMS messages and email is going to go gobbledygook for millions. You thought those SMS messages were cryptic before, wait until you try reading them with typos up the wazoo.


Five things to love about the iPhone
On the flip side of the iPhone table is the group who believe the iPhone is the next best thing since sliced bread. In fact, I would not be surprised to find out that the iPhone does indeed make coffee for you and is likely to create world peace and cure cancer. Here is what is being said:
1. its an iPod, its a phone, its the Web
At last, I no longer need to fill my pockets with dozens of technical gadgets. With the iPhone I get my MP3 player, cell phone, email, Web browser and a bunch more in one device. Now I have room for my car keys and wallet.
2. Internet access is free
Included in the iPhone contract is unlimited Internet access. You can surf the Web and check email without the fear of getting a $100 data download bill each month.
3. The business users power tool
It is easy to see why companies are looking longingly at the iPhone. The form factor and Internet connector make porting Web applications very easy. Using technologies such as Web 2.0 and the internal digital camera, it will be easy for someone, such as claims adjustor, to use just one device to fully document a claim anywhere at any time. No need for clip boards, forms and the time to refill in the data back at the office.
4. The iPhone tools are tightly connected
Each of the tools on the iPhone are tightly connected. You can take a call and then send the person you are talking to a photo. This close connectedness between OS-Phone-Usability is prevalent throughout the device.
5. Its just too damn cool for words
Enough said.

What will your decision be?
At the end of the day the only person that really matters about whether you love the iPhone or hate it is you. Will you be buying a phone sometime over the next 2-4 months or will you wait until iPhone 2.0 comes out in 12-18 months?
As for me, I will be buying an iPhone. And for those of you that do not buy an iPhone, you can look on in envy because you know you want it.

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Matthew has written four Flash books, contributed to a dozen Web books, and has published over 400 articles. He is passionate about exposing Internet's potential for all of us. Matthew works directly with many companies as a business strategist coaching IT architects and business leaders to work tightly with each other towards common goals.
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