[Update: This article was written when the original iPhone was first released. See my new post: 25 things STILL wrong with the iPhone.]
I love my iPhone, but it does lack some important features and functionality. That’s why I’ve put together this list of 25 fixes Apple should make to the iPhone.
Apple, if you read this, please consider these suggestions the next time you issue an iPhone update.
25 things wrong with the iPhone:
1. Can’t copy & paste text.
2. Except for the first and last SMS messages in a session, iPhone text messages lack timestamps.
3. iPhone’s Safari browser does not support Java or Flash, so you can’t watch videos (except for YouTube ones) or see parts of certain websites.
4. The on-screen keyboard can’t be used in landscape mode in applications other than Safari.
5. Vibrate mode for incoming text messages is weak.
6. Incoming text messages appear word-for-word on the screen upon receiving them, which may be a privacy issue for some. (Update: Here’s a sort of solution.)
7. No Undo function for when you’ve accidentally erased or mistyped text.
8. Scroll bars don’t appear in some text fields in the browser, and there are no arrow keys to maneuver through text.
9. Can’t save usernames and passwords in Safari.
10. The YouTube app does not allow you to view or post comments on videos.
11. Can’t download or save Word documents, PDF files, or any other file for that matter. Why not add a My Documents folder?
12. No spell check feature for web forms.
13. Can’t send more than one image in an email.
14. Except for in the Camera Roll, photos can’t be edited or removed directly from the iPhone. You have to edit them on your computer and then re-sync them.
15. The iPhone lacks a Find function for sorting through contacts, e-mails, calendar appointments, notes, etc.
16. Can’t update your Facebook status via iPhone’s Safari browser. Facebook is a fast-growing social network, so iPhone should support it. (Update: Facebook now has an iPhone version of the site, located at iphone.facebook.com)
17. No mass edit feature for handling calendar items, notes and e-mails.
18. Can’t search within web pages in the browser.
19. Its 3-day, expensive battery replacement plan.
20. Can’t highlight text.
21. Limited ringtones. Can’t set songs as ringtones. (Update: Apple now lets you convert some songs into ringtones via iTunes for $0.99 each.)
22. Difficult to rewind and fast-forward through long audio and video files (like audiobooks and TV shows or movies).
23. No AIM or iChat application.
24. One too many steps to dial a contact. (Update: In a software update, Apple added a feature that lets you double tap the home button to access your Favorites list of contacts.)
25. Because it is recessed, the headphone jack is incompatible with non-Apple headphones. Griffin’s headphone adapter can solve this problem.
*Bonus* – MORE things wrong with the iPhone
Here are a few more things wrong with the iPhone, as readers have pointed out in the comments below.
26. iPhone’s camera is archaic (no zoom, poor image stabilization, poor quality in low-lit areas).
27. No speed dial or voice dial functionality.
28. Cannot add attachments to emails.
29. Can’t use iPhone as a hard drive storage device, unlike the iPod.
30. Can’t change the sound notifications for email, voicemail, etc.
31. Can’t delete individual entries from the recent calls list without deleting them all, a potential privacy issue.
32. No 3G data speeds. EDGE is slow at times.
33. Cannot send photos via text messages.
34. Cannot send mass text messages. (Update: Apple added mass text messaging to the iPhone via firmware update 1.1.3)
35. iPhone lacks a video camera. (See my article on why mobile video is important)
36. No tasks or To-Do widgets.
37. No support for games.
38. Can’t disable auto-correct on the keyboard. Every time it makes a suggestion you don’t want, you have to tap X to cancel it, which can slow down typing a lot.
39. iPhone’s calculator lacks a backspace, so you have to clear the entire process if you accidentally touch an unintended digit.
What else? Leave a comment below & let us know.
Don’t forget to read my iPhone review for a more balanced look at the iPhone.
[ Update: Take a look at my more recent article, 25 things STILL wrong with the iPhone, about what’s lacking in iPhone 2.0 ]