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Dec 9, 2009 | By iPhoneChris | Tags: ,

Update: The contest is over. Thanks to those who participated. Feel free to add to the discussion below, though prizes have already been awarded.

iPhone holidays

For all its majesty, the iPhone has its flaws. That’s why this Christmas, I want a better iPhone!

The iPhone is a remarkable device, but a strict App Store, privacy concerns, and a “closed” operating system prevent iPhone from reaching its full potential. That’s my opinion, now I want to hear yours.

The “iWant a Better iPhone” Challenge

Tell me what one iPhone improvement would make you most happy this holiday for a chance to win 1 of 6 first-rate iPhone accessories.

The companies below have been kind enough to donate their iPhone accessories as prizes for the ‘iWant a Better iPhone’ challenge. If you’re slacking on holiday shopping, this gear makes a great gift for an iPhone owner in your life.

  1. miCradle & UltiMount iPhone Car Mount Solution

    miCradle iPhone car mount
    Who makes it: Pro-Fit International
    My review: iPhone Car Mount Review: Pro-Fit miCradle UltiMount V2, Jan 30, 2008

  2. iON Mobile Power Bank Backup Battery for iPhone

    iON Mobile Backup Battery for iPhone
    Who makes it: FSP Group
    My review: iON Mobile Power Bank: Backup Battery for iPhone [Video Review], Jul 13, 2009

  3. GoRide iPhone Bike Mount

    Bicio iPhone bike mount
    Who makes it: Bicio
    I have not yet reviewed this product.

  4. Defender Series iPhone Case

    Defender iPhone case
    Who makes it: Otterbox
    My review: Otterbox Defender iPhone Case Review, Oct 12, 2009

  5. Pogo Stylus for iPhone

    Pogo Stylus for iPhone
    Who makes it: Ten One Design
    My review: Pogo Stylus for iPhone [Video Review], Feb 15, 2008

  6. Xtand for iPhone

    Xtand for iPhone
    Who makes it: Just Mobile
    My review: iPhone Xtand [Review], Feb 1, 2009

Six of you will get these accessories for free!

How to win

To enter, leave a thoughtful comment (one sentence to one paragraph) on this blog post telling me:

  • The one iPhone improvement that would make you most happy this holiday.
  • Your top 3 preferred prizes, numbered from 1 (most preferred) to 3.

I will randomly select the winner of each accessory and notify you by email.

Don’t wait!

Update: The contest is now over, but feel free to comment anyway and tell me how you think the iPhone could be improved.

Disclaimer: Comments that do not answer the question, or those that include profanity or personal insults, will not be considered. I reserve the right to give your prize to someone else if I don’t hear back from you within 3 days after emailing you, or for any other reason.

Why do YOU want a better iPhone? Let me know!


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  1. dakota (2 comments) says:

    i think it would be great to give the iphone camera the option to take pictures in black and white ect. and give the camera and video better quality

  2. jim (12 comments) says:

    oops. just one?
    ok
    er..
    all of the above?

    ok ok. better battery

  3. jim (12 comments) says:

    front facing camera
    outgoing s/mms previews
    background youtube playing
    multitask. even just a few apps
    call log editing
    ipod integrated sleep /wake timer function
    flash support
    better battery life

  4. steven (9 comments) says:

    they need to make it where we can run more than 1 app at a time….2,1,6

  5. Richard Regan (2 comments) says:

    I would like to have more than one app open at a time. And beef up the battery to make this possible.

    Pro-Fit miCradle & Ultimount iPhone Car Mount Solution
    iON Mobile Power Bank Backup Battery for iPhone
    Just Mobile Xstand for iPhone

  6. Shannon M. (2 comments) says:

    I want a keyboard that folds out or even that attaches so that I can actually type a document or email that is lengthy without having to get on my computer and lug my laptop around. I seriously can really only type with one finger on their stupid keyboard. how hard would it be? come on, Apple!!

  7. Anne (4 comments) says:

    I love my iPhone 3G but there are a few changes I would love to see. Can I mention a few?

    The one that would make me the most happy is for my iPhone to be able to sync with the Tasks list in Outlook on my PC. It will sync my calendar and my notes but not my to do list.

    I would also love it if the iphone would support Flash media. It can show youtube videos so why not other short videos, like ones people post on facebook?

    I would also like it if you could disable the sound that the camera makes when it takes a photo.

    Of the prizes I would most want 1. the car mount 2. the bike mount and 3. the iPhone case.

    Happy Holidays, Anne

  8. itasara (61 comments) says:

    I would like :

    1. a glass or glass substitute that DOES NOT BREAK or at least a special protective cover that will prevent breakage that Apple provides since they charge so much for repairs.

    2. replaceable battery that I can change myself

    3. open carrier so I can move to a company with better coverage

    4. Definitely want an earpiece like I used to have at Verizon that lets you call the no. you want without touching the phone. The voice feature on the newest OS is nice, but still required looking at the phone while driving which is not good enough.
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    1. Ritchie Champagne (4 comments) says:

      I’d love it if my iPhone wouldn’t completely stop responding when it’s receiving an email. I’ll be typing away and there’s no response for a bit. Suddenly, I get the audible notice for new email. Also, I’d love it if I could assign ringtones to texts so that I know who is texting me without looking.

      1 Pro-Fit miCradle & Ultimount iPhone Car Mount Solution
      2 iON Mobile Power Bank Backup Battery for iPhone
      3 Otterbox Defender iPhone Case

  9. xbbradley (2 comments) says:

    I would love to see a flash added to the camera. Would be great to fire off
    a flash when needed to add light to photos at certain times.

  10. Lori Attack (3 comments) says:

    I love my 3G iphone and I use it all the time. In Ontario we are not allowed to talk on the phone while driving so I have a bluetooth earpiece. Problem – I can’t call out because the 3G doesnt have voice activated calling. I would love an update that would fix this.

    1) Battery Backup
    2) Bike Mount
    3) Stylus

    Merry Christmas everyone!
    Lori

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