I hope I can wait until tomorrow before I throw my shiny new mobile phone back in Apple’s face.
I stood in line 6.5 hours in 100 degree heat for this phone on Day 1. I’ve had every previous iPhone. Trust me, the antenna is not the only problem. I wish it were.
Here’s my list of pet peeves with this version of the iPhone.
1)It turned itself off yesterday right in the middle of a conversation and wouldn’t turn back on. I thought it was dead.
2)When if finally came back on, my selected ring was gone.
3)When I attempted to download app updates, the Apple Store made me give my credit card information again and would not let the form be submitted until I had not only re-added my security code, but also filled in my “Salutation.” Of what use is it to them that I am Dr. Hardaway, except for unwanted marketing communications?
4)I have the antenna problem when I don’t use the bumper. When I do use the bumper, I can’t get the phone to charge on it’s charger, so I have to keep putting the bumper on and taking it off all day. As a result, it has stretched a little.
5) The phone also has crummy blue tooth, which means it doesn’t work too well with my car, the 2009 Honda Accord.
6) Only some apps really run in the background. The NPR app, for example, turns off its stream if I try to tweet.
7) Video’s not as easy to edit as promised. You have to buy the iMovie app.
8) Battery life is not better. If anything, it’s worse.
Why bother telling you more? Coupled with the obvious issues with AT&T, I find this iPhone a big disappointment. Yes, it’s got FaceTime, which is fun with my family, although only one of them has an iPhone4. I FaceTimed once with my business partner and we felt like we were violating each other’s privacy (well, maybe that’s because the phone takes screen shots and I tried to put one on Twitter). And yes, it definitely has a better camera.
I like good industrial design as much as the next guy, but I’m getting sick of paying a premium for Apple design and winding up at the Genius Bar.