A Year Later: 25 Things STILL Wrong With the iPhone

Jun 12, 200827477Views91Comments
Nearly a year after I published my list of 25 things wrong with the iPhone, the post has grown considerably with nearly 100 readers adding comments to it. By now Apple has addressed some of the problems with the iPhone, and I want to thank them for listening to our feedback, but also encourage them […]

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  1. i love my iphone but the lack of accident damage protection bites. i have found out that the glass screen is entirely toooo fragile. and repair/replacement comes out of your own pocket for more than half the original cost! why have a great piece of technology that has extremely sensitive screen with no way to really protect it. what about plexiglass? and the unability to forward text messages is lame. camera is lame. safari is a joke. but all-in-all it beats carrying a phone, ipod and laptop everywhere at the same time!

  2. I think iPhone must be more portable. It’s a revolutionary device, no questions about this, but the “still wrong” reflects Apple’s legendary standalone positioning. And it won’t work in these days. Nokia N97 is here, MS Office Suite rules business world… Well, just like Chris said 1 year ago, let’s push Apple to make it better.

  3. The fact that you can not forward a text message is frustrating as well. I often get texts that simply need to be forwarded to someone else. Since the Iphone doesnt provide that option I have to type the whole thing over since we also don’t have cut and paste.

  4. AIM is available but annoyingly it logs out every time you leave the app and go to anything else on iPhone. this needs to get fixed…it looks like you are logging in and out every 5 minutes. friends and co-workers complain that they are notified every time i go back to the app on my iPhone. Why not just leave users logged on and let them sign on or off or close the app themselves like you can on Blackberrys and other phones?

  5. No notes synch and very poor Calendar syncing options.

    It is not possible to synch Outlook notes and iPhone notes. I have had to buy the Apigo Notebook, which syncs with ToodleDo notebook on the web and give up using Outlook for note taking altogether. Apple have sown things up so that Mobileme is their only solution. Crazy!

  6. The service sucks. The phone drops 50% of your calls. This is ok when talking casually but for business calls its unreliable. i am switching to a blackberry immediately. Apple chose the wrong service to go with. AT&T is an awful company and should be bitch slapped.

  7. Hey i think you are right. I also like to share one review of the babyphone. Just read it once.

    The main screen of Babyphone shows the current status, the microphone sensitivity and the threshold for triggering the alarm.

    If the Microphone’s display reaches or exceeds the set threshold, the previously defined phone number will be called. After completion of the call and the expiration of the delay Babyphone will reactivate itself again.

    In the settings you can enter the number to call. In addition, there is a sleeping interval with an adjustable delay in minutes, after which Babyphone will reactivate itself again.

  8. I have not seen the very basic problems I’ve expirenced.
    1) ringer and speaker phone volume is ridiculous.
    2) calender alert is unusable, 3 second inaudable notifacation.
    3) no data capabilities for other devices (ie: Tomtom or Garmin).

    I’ve gone back to my Motorola v3xx which is a great phone.

    Anyone want to buy an iPhone used (new 6/2008) about 3 weeks, in as new condition CHEAP!!

  9. HI
    @ palash
    Dont jump to such a conclusion. In days to come you will see that iPhone will catch the nerve of every technology loving individual.And by the way HTC P3400i is good too.

  10. I hoped to replace my mobile, iPod and Palm with the iPhone. At the moment it replaces just the first two on the list. A lot of the wishes mentioned above are fixed through apps from the app-store. For me, the main disadvantages remain in the organizer-section.

    1. no categories 2. off course the copy&paste-issue 3. no file-management 4. short battery life 5. weak bluetooth support 6. weak sync support, esp. for windows-users 7. no audio-downloads possible from audible because of restrictions from apple

    8. no weekly view 9. no number of the week display (yes, there is a specialized app; but no integration into the calendar) 10. no todo-app, which is integrated into the calendar, like in datebk3 on the Palm.

    11. regular crashes

    12. no download through 3G

    But nevertheless: I like my iPhone and i hope that there will be programmers to fix most of this.

  11. I agree with 90% of the list. There are some decent 3rd party todo/task apps but I really need it to sync with Outlook Tasks and outlook notes. Why would apple only allow you to sync with half of Outlook?

  12. No cropping option for photos. – This is resolved throught the various picture editors available in the app store. Try Ezimba, it’s free and though a bit slow it does work.

    Voice Recorder – again, resolved by getting the app in the app store, there is a free voice recorder.

    To Do List – This AGAIN is resolved through apps, there is one I believe is called iProcrastinate which helps build to-do lists and reminders. There is also a Birthday program where you can store birthdays and anniversaries. Especially great if you have many business contacts or a huge family.

    Also, one issue I haven’t seen come back up but it was in the original list was the saving pics from safari, I recently discovered (by accident) that if there is a pic online you simply put your finger on the image and hold for about 3 seconds and then the option to save the image appears. Soemtimes I have to re-position my finger because it doesn’t always work the first time, but it does work and I have saved many pics this way.

    The newest software update greatly increased my signal strength, reduced the amount of dropped calls I had and even made my battery life better.

    I work for at&t and was at work the day the 3G launched, I have seen the errors that can occur first hand and yet, I still bought this phone and aside from a few irratations (and some wish-list items) all in all, I am satisfied and can’t imagine using another phone. I had the Blackjack II previously and this phone experience FAR exceeds that of other PDA’s, dispite the limits.

    I love my iPhone, I hope you all do too. If not, wait a bit and 4G (fourth generation) will be launching before you know it!)

  13. To start off with, i LOVE my iPhone, i find it user friendly, great to navigate and a very entertaining unit.

    However, i cant understand why apple inc. have decided to not include some great features that would make this product a powerhouse in its market.

    Most of these problems i list below i have solved via a jailbreak method, but it shouldn’t be that way.

    #1 – Built-in modem, via usb or wireless or bt. to use the 3g bandwidth with my laptop on the road is fantastic, i would much prefer using email on my laptop then my iphone anyday. the iPhone email app is great for push email and on-the-fly replies to important clients ect.. with jailbreak, you can setup the phone as a proxy though and get around this issue if you have time to kill.

    #2 – Camera, its terrible, we can all agree on that, changes need to be made to up the MP or include flash and ANY type of blur reduction tech.

    #3 – Custom sms tones – why we cant? no idea….

    #4 – On screen sms notification – its hell, and pretty damn embarrassing when you mate is checking out you new iPhone and your ex or girlfriend has a great sms to send you at that time….

    #5 – Wallpaper on the springboard – no probs on a jailbreak handset, but the only time you actually get to see you wallpaper is when your unlocking the damn thing.

    #6 Sleep Function…… ZzzZzzz – Wouldn’t it be great to listen to itunes, or a internet radio app then have it turn off in 30 minutes… nope, too hard for apple.. sorry :(. Again, a feature provided by third parties in jailbreak.

    no doubt this features will be added soon, as apple bleeds new firmware to us in due time ^^

  14. I think the iphone is not for Indian market.It required huge changes in terms of features and price.

  15. How about calling numbers and extensions from calendar items like a blackberry?

    Sorting/Searching email would be a basic, nice feature.. I agree with all you listed as well.

  16. Hi,
    Well guys the iPhone does not seem to be for india even after its launch in INDIA.
    A phone with so much functionality missing and that too priced at 36K seems that iPhone initially lost their market in india.
    And on top of that ..i was hoping that once it comes to india the service providers will launch seperate data plans for only iPhone.Well actually they did but they are charging TOO MUCH for what they are giving.Vodafone is going to charge 50Paise for 10KB.How fair does that sound?I mean with a phone which has been in a revoultion in internet usage on mobiles you give such high rates for usage?Many a times even opening a website takes far more that 100KB.Inthis case the person having the service will be paying more data transfer charges than his mobile bill.
    Something must be improved.Hope So.

  17. in india network operators should reduce internet browsing charges and make these services available at chepaer prices then iphone surely a revolution

  18. To me the benefits outweigh the flaws by far.

    Having said that, still:

    – the lack of copy-paste is a big issue
    – the camera is it’s weakest link, even when you factor in photo-editing-apps.
    – battery life is (understandably) frustrating, especially in combination with long term navigation apps
    – it freezes way too much for my taste, even allowing for user generated causes

    As a graphic designer I cannot help but admire it’s functionality, let alone the esthetic into which it is translated.

  19. I can understand why the headphone jack would be protected to prevent breakage – i’ve had a few ipods die from this. Though I’d be bitter if I couldn’t plug in some proper headphones! Besides that, very sad to see so many basic things missing from such a device, as wonderful as it seems. Not being able to copy-paste a URL, or search for terms in Safari is pretty feeble.. Shame. Still by far the best bet in terms of such devices!

  20. There is AIM and all the other messengers available for free in the AppStore, Safari has crashed on me just once, and SSH into the phone to use it as a storage drive.

  21. Hi guys,
    Well its nothing more than a wish list which we refer as PROBLEMS with the iPhone.Guys its human mind it keeps demanding and demanding.
    But i guess if we dont demand we wont get anything.
    Even i figured out one more thing that the iPhone lacks its the BACK button. When ever we move form our mail app to safari we end up being in safari even after our work is done with safari.It should have a stack for recording application launches so that we can return to the previous application whenever we want.
    I mean as iPhone runs a Mac OS we can get this functionality it does not need to be freshly implemented.The OS has the capability.Lets urge apple to drive out as much as it can from the OS and from the iPhone.
    But i guess apple is hurrying things.Even the 2.0 is not well versed with the requirements.
    Its basically the competition that is driving apple for such unsatisfied releases of its firmwares.I still feel apple should take time because if its about fame and pride it will remain with apple despite of the competition because long held technology is what matters than rapidly developed technology.

  22. I am on the cusp of buying the iphone even with these issues. Or, waiting for the Samsung Instinct. Is that any better? Does anyone have any suggestions about what to buy which will be better than an iphone?
    Would really like some help before I put down my cold hard cash for one.

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