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Old 07-18-2008, 09:46 AM   #1
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Apple missed the boat with the iPhone?

I've just read a review of the new iPhone 3G and am quite shocked by some of the features missing from it:
  • No MMS messaging.
  • No video recording.
  • No forward-facing camera for video conferencing.
  • No stereo bluetooth connection.

These are basic features which one would expect any modern "smartphone" to provide. I'm very surprised indeed to find that Apple would omit them. The lack of MMS messaging in particular is utterly inexplicable - that's something that even the cheapest European handset generally provides.

I just don't "get it" with Apple. They make a great product like the iPhone, and then miss out some really basic features which all their rivals provide. Perhaps they should concentrate more on the basic functionality and less on the "sexiness"?
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Old 07-18-2008, 09:48 AM   #2
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Old 07-18-2008, 09:58 AM   #3
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Old 07-18-2008, 10:27 AM   #4
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Oh, I'm sure that the iPhone is going to sell breathtakingly well despite these shortcomings. As I say, I just wish that the emphasis had been a little more oriented towards adding useful functionality rather than concentrating on the "looks". The lack of MMS messaging is a bit of a "show stopper" for me personally - that's something I use all the time. Perhaps it's less popular in the US?
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Old 07-18-2008, 10:54 AM   #5
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I've just read a review of the new iPhone 3G and am quite shocked by some of the features missing from it:
  • No MMS messaging.
  • No video recording.
  • No forward-facing camera for video conferencing.
  • No stereo bluetooth connection.
With the APP store many other features are on the phone. All the above things are not something I would use my phone for. My messaging is done via several apps like Twinkle or SMS. I have a camera for video recording and don't care for anyone to see me while talking on the phone, I tend to be doing other things. I don't understand Stereo bluetooth, I use the standard earplugs and don't use BT with my phone. Its bad enough seeing cyborg people talking to themselves in stores, cars and on the streets.
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I've just read a review of the new iPhone 3G and am quite shocked by some of the features missing from it:
  • No MMS messaging.
  • No video recording.
  • No forward-facing camera for video conferencing.
  • No stereo bluetooth connection.

These are basic features which one would expect any modern "smartphone" to provide. I'm very surprised indeed to find that Apple would omit them. The lack of MMS messaging in particular is utterly inexplicable - that's something that even the cheapest European handset generally provides.

I just don't "get it" with Apple. They make a great product like the iPhone, and then miss out some really basic features which all their rivals provide. Perhaps they should concentrate more on the basic functionality and less on the "sexiness"?
I read an article about the lack of stereo bluetooth. Apparently, Apple wants to make it impossible to create non-Apple licensed bluetooth accessories or to transfer music files from one iPhone to another. It was something like that anyway .... I sort of blew through the article because I have no interest in purchasing an iPhone.
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Old 07-18-2008, 11:00 AM   #7
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I don't understand Stereo bluetooth, I use the standard earplugs and don't use BT with my phone. Its bad enough seeing cyborg people talking to themselves in stores, cars and on the streets.
Stereo headphones are for listening, not necessarily for talking although they often do have this feature as well. Of course they are not as cool as white wires going to the device which is now a status symbol. The idea of Bluetooth is no wires to the device at all.

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Old 07-18-2008, 11:13 AM   #9
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Yea, there are several such adapters. I have one for my nano from G-sat but it is not as cool as white wires.

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No ... that's what I'm talking about. If they put the bluetooth into the phone, then some other company wouldn't have to pay Apple a huge chunk of money to make an iPhone bluetooth adapter. That's what the article I mentioned was talking about ... I think .... I'll have to see if I can hunt it down.
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No ... that's what I'm talking about. If they put the bluetooth into the phone, then some other company wouldn't have to pay Apple a huge chunk of money to make an iPhone bluetooth adapter. That's what the article I mentioned was talking about ... I think .... I'll have to see if I can hunt it down.
I was just commenting on the OP's references that which the Iphone may not come included with certain features, However some will have 3rd party support.

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Old 07-18-2008, 12:05 PM   #13
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With the APP store many other features are on the phone. All the above things are not something I would use my phone for. My messaging is done via several apps like Twinkle or SMS. I have a camera for video recording and don't care for anyone to see me while talking on the phone, I tend to be doing other things. I don't understand Stereo bluetooth, I use the standard earplugs and don't use BT with my phone. Its bad enough seeing cyborg people talking to themselves in stores, cars and on the streets.
Don't forget, though, that the original iPhone never really took off in the corporate world, and Apple claim to be trying to target the iPhone 3G at the Enterprise market as well as the individual. Video conferencing is now hugely important in the large Enterprise market, especially with rising transport costs meaning that most companies are trying to reduce travel to meetings. The organisation I work for makes massive use of video conferencing. It seems like a curious omission - it's something which pretty much every other phone aimed at the business market has, and its lack could hurt Apple's sales in that market sector.
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Don't forget, though, that the original iPhone never really took off in the corporate world, and Apple claim to be trying to target the iPhone 3G at the Enterprise market as well as the individual. Video conferencing is now hugely important in the large Enterprise market, especially with rising transport costs meaning that most companies are trying to reduce travel to meetings. The organisation I work for makes massive use of video conferencing. It seems like a curious omission - it's something which pretty much every other phone aimed at the business market has, and its lack could hurt Apple's sales in that market sector.
Must be one of those differences between Europe and the US. Outside of demos, I've never seen anyone use a cell for video conferencing. Heck, several of the companies I do business with still don't allow camera phones on the premises.

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Perhaps they should concentrate more on the basic functionality and less on the "sexiness"?
I thought sexiness what the only design goal? You mean some people actually find another use for the thing?

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