7 Ways iPhone CANNOT Replace Your Home Computer

Published: Jan 28, 2009

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2 Responses

  1. Vanessa (6 comments) says:

    I wonder if Apple read this. I have the 3GS, and they have remedied several of these issues :) But not the flash player, which I REALLY REALLY want, so I can watch Hulu shows :)

  2. Mark (21 comments) says:

    I think the question is misguided. The iPhone is complimentary to the desktop, not a replacement.

    I can’t imagine wanting to do heavy browsing or word processing on such a tiny screen and a “hunt-n-peck” keyboard. Even if they added, say, a keyboard of some kind that could plug into the phone, can you say “eye strain”? I envision being hunched over, squinting.

    No, we should, ahem, “think different”. The two should compliment each other, not compete. I find such things as the calendar (with MobileMe sync) to be hugely useful. Try having an elderly parent with doctor appoints out the ears sometime. Being able to pull the phone out and have it on the counter as we make appointments is a life saver.

    I do agree cut-n-paste is desperately needed. I’ve had to resort a couple of times to digging for pen and paper to write down an address I found via Google or some other source so I can type it into the Maps widget. Safari does its best to recognize things and so does Google but sometimes, the address is just screwy. Not to mention, why does the iPhone think every number is a phone number? I was trying to scroll a page once and managed to dial… Mars I think.

    I’d like to see the, call it, “touch and hold” thing be a kind of “right click”. This bit about popping up a URL or such baffles me. I don’t see what’s useful about a long, complicated string like so many URLs are being popped up. Half the time not even fitting the screen and trailing off into… I dunno.

    Anyway.

    Biggest problem I would see in the idea of “iPhone as desktop” is going The Way of Redmond. Trying to cram so much into the phone, it runs like molasses and crashes so much it makes Safari Mobile look stable (and, really, what’s up with that?).

    I think we could end up killing the usefulness of the phone by trying to make it be something it isn’t. Things like heavy duty web browsing and word processing “on the road” is, well, the domain of laptops.

    “Featuritis” is the hallmark of Microsoft. Let’s not go there…

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