This is probably a no-brainer, but the iPhone doesn’t do everything. I mean, it doesn’t even double as a flying car. How disappointing is that? In all seriousness, during my love affair with my phone, I’ve discovered a few things that I assumed it would have but didn’t. First off: a video camera. Nearly every modern cell phone has a camera built in. More expensive models go one step further and have a video camera. The iPhone…does not. No, the camera is just a regular still camera. For $400, the least they could have done was put in a video camera. I know, not that big of a deal, but I’ve always wanted to film people with my camera. It’s a geek thing.
The other major thing I noticed today is that the iPhone’s Bluetooth capability is limited to headsets and the like. While other phones (especially smart phones) have the ability to connect to a computer and transfer files via Bluetooth (my dad’s Samsung Sync can do that), the iPhone can only pair up with a Bluetooth headset or similar device, and even then it takes forever to realize that the headset is on and sitting right next to it. Again, it’s not really that big of a deal, since my laptop doesn’t have a Bluetooth card, but honestly, I expected the iPhone to be a lot more advanced than this.
Don’t get me wrong: the iPhone is the best phone I’ve ever used. The touch-screen interface works better than I ever expected, and it does just what I want. But there are a few things that just seem…missing. Hopefully, at least some of these will be fixed in the upcoming firmware update for the iPhone, but I get the feeling I’m going to feel gypped when Apple comes out with the second generation iPhone that has everything I’m missing in my current iPhone. Apple is like that sometimes. Or all the time.
I can’t believe I actually did it. I bought an iPhone. Updates (maybe pics) to follow. Sometime.
I’ll just say it right now: it’s awesome. Seriously. A very much needed upgrade from my old phone. It was a good ol’ phone, but its time had come. Now it’s off to be recycled, while I enjoy the awesomeness of my iPhone.
Of Nukes and Fanboys
How do you mistakenly transport nuclear cruise missiles across the United States? Better ask the Pentagon, which recently admitted a B-52 bomber flew over several states loaded with nuclear weapons. Scary? Just a little.
What’s even worse, the crew of the plane didn’t even know what their payload was. What would have happened if they lost an engine (or four) or ran out of gas? “It’s okay, we can ditch the plane! It’s not as if we’re carrying bombs on board!” Strange how the press secretary to the Defense Department said the public was never in any great danger. I think I hear Murphy’s Law calling.
I can’t even understand how this could have happened. My guess is that some hacker in New Jersey is laughing his butt off, having created false orders for ground crew or some such. I really have no idea. It’s not as if nuclear missiles look like, I don’t know, giant cardboard boxes filled with teddy bears for Katrina victims (the plane was headed to Louisiana, after all). Someone goofed.
In other (random) news, the iPhone is getting a much-needed $200 price drop, which means anyone who ran out and bought it the instant it came out is going to be crying themselves to sleep for a while. You’ll be getting no sympathy from Steve Jobs. While he did give out $100 store credit certificates to early adopters, the general feeling is “That’s what you get for succumbing to the hype, you geeks.” Okay, he didn’t say that, but it’d be funny to have Jobs calling people geeks.
Call it the Snakes on a Plane effect. Something gains immense popularity based solely on hype. Everyone thinks it’s going to be amazing, but none of those people have any actual evidence of that something’s awesomeness. Good examples are the movie Snakes on a Plane (much ballyhooed by teh Interweb but sucked massively), politician Ron Paul (acts like a libertarian, but is just as anti-everything as the next Republican), and the recently released iPhone.
Surprisingly, the iPhone didn’t (completely) succumb to the SoaP effect. Yes, it was being hyped way before it was even officially announced in 2004, but the hype appears to have been justified. I mean, this is Apple we’re talking about. Look at how successful the iPod is and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
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