darngooddesign, please allow me to say it another way : Bluetooth is hot. Voice dialing, flat out – isn’t. Why waste resources getting the iPhone to support voice dialing directly when Apple (or a supported third party) could release a Bluetooth headset - with voice dialing? That way Apple can work on the iPhone itself and let third parties deal with the voice dialing.
bavlondon2, there are some features the iPhone seems to lack but many of them are currently on the iPhone, indirectly or otherwise. “No Flash?” Within a year we might not care, as Google and Apple/third parties start releasing more web-based interactive apps that don’t use Flash. Again, the iPhone is introducing a new platform, not just a cell phone, so within about a year they’ll have a portable personal/business computer that just about anyone can use. The price won’t have to drop because the demand keeps raising.
“Only 2mb” camera? That figure isn’t the most important in a digital camera anyways, it’s just one of many. Is it quick and easy to use, view, delete, email, and overall work seamlessly with the rest of the iPhone? It does. So in effect, what’s wrong with the camera itself, especially compared with what most camera cell phones accomplish?
“No SMS forwarding?” There are plenty of free online services which allow you to email them a picture and they then use SMS forwarding. Again, no charge. Since it takes incoming emails, which the iPhone can do, thus – indirectly, the iPhone can send SMS forwards. So, you were saying?
“No copy and paste of text” This one’s true. Copy and paste is not hard to do from a technical standpoint, it’s hard to introduce to the masses on a multi-touch interface. The cell phones that have copy/paste use a Microsoft (or related) OS. Has anyone else considered that? So how can people type in “Ctrl-C” and “Ctrl-V” when there isn’t a “Ctrl” button on the iPhone keyboard? How can they hit “Edit” then copy or paste when there isn’t an Edit menu bar? Should the iPhone have “Copy” and “Paste” buttons?
I’m sure Apple wants to wait until a few million people use the iPhone (hard core) to get feedback on the best way to use copy/paste. Maybe they’ll add two new buttons to the keyboard interface, just for that purpose. Maybe they'll have a triple tap to start where the copy begins and another triple tap to stop it. I don't know. But since they have holding your finger for a few seconds brings up the magnifying glass, its possible they're looking for the best way to copy/paste for the most people - rather than release their first impression of how it should work.
“no mp3 as ringtones”. Ok, bavlondon2, on this one you missed the memo, hehe. Apple already introduced that feature for the iPhone and it’s insanely great. It’s better than what’s out there because with iTunes you select up to 30 seconds of what part of the song is the ringtone. Can you do that with other ringtones you buy elsewhere? No, that’s right, the ringtone you bought for that other cell phone sounds exactly the same as the one anyone else buys for that ringtone. Apple? Ten people could have the same song but each of them could have a different section – the beginning, the chorus, the ending, some shorter, some longer, etc.. Unique? Definitely.
As a bonus, bavlondon2, along with anyone else that might have missed this great news, the entire song comes with it – total cost - $2. Already own the song? No problem, upgrading to a ringtone is just another 99 cents. The selection of music that can be made into a ringtone is growing.
“phone/contract expensive”. Ok, bavlondon2, on this one plenty of people missed the memo. Apple has never (and will never) try to market to those that want to play life with the “el cheapo” sign stamped on their foreheads. Apple prices their products based on their extremely high level of quality and service. In effect, people get what they pay for – and more, since Apple stands behind their products and constantly improves them.
Want to buy a BMW or a Mercedes? Should they drop the price to hopefully get more people to buy it? Why on earth would they do that?! The iPhone flat out is the BMW or Mercedes of the cell phone market. Those that buy it are willing to pay for it. Who gets in a BMW and says, “Hey, most cars, at half the price, have more cup holders.” Those that buy a BMW have other concerns than the size and number of the cup holders.
Lastly, let’s not forget, the status of simply owning an iPhone – its hot. Most people don’t care what kind of cell phone you have and very few actually enjoy using theirs. The iPhone, on the other hand, is just like those that have a iMac – they really enjoy using it!
Overall, what it all comes down to is a product that we, the consumers, choose to buy or not, use or not. Apple is working on making more updates to the iPhone and the point of this topic is expressing that for some the speed of the updates seems slow.
However, for any and all that seem, for whatever reason, not to like the iPhone or take delight on pointing out what the iPhone lacks – let’s do a simple reality check :
What other cell phones on the market do you spend your time talking about? Are you on the Chocolate or various Nokia/Motorola/Sprint/Verizon forums debating why and how and what features their phones should have? Why are you spending your time here, if you don’t even own an iPhone, might not even want one – why spend even 10 seconds here?
Yup, just what I thought – even there, the iPhone wins, hehe.