I’ve been trying to figure out why the iPhone didn’t get a camera refresh or a storage bump in the 3g model. Both things that would have been pretty much direct component swaps without much if any additional engineering effort.
I’ve come to the conclusion it’s to make me want a new model next year. If they upgrade everything in the revision 1 to include 3G, double storage, 5 megapixel camera, A2DP etc… then I’m going to have no incentive to buy another one next year. I would guess ultimately they also had an up front goal of getting that price as low as possible on the build construction.
I have a sneaky suspicion that each model is made only attractive enough to get me to want it over the current model. I keep considering this and as time goes on I’m starting to lean toward the side of buying one again.
The other side of this is perhaps they put so much polish on getting the current features right that there wasn’t time to squeeze anything else in. The App Store is likely a huge software effort to get it all up and running and integrated into iTunes.
I believe after the initial surge of lines out the door is over I’m going to take the plunge and get an iPhone 3G in the hopes that I’ll still be able to move the sim back to my other phones if I want to. I’ve had windows mobile phones for years and years and I think it’s time I took a look at something else. I get bored easy and windows mobile isn’t exciting me lately. Maybe windows mobile 7 will make me want to swap back but it’s a long way off. I’m in the habit of getting new phones every 6-12 months.
I have sworn up and down for years that I was operating system agnostic and it didn’t matter what I used but when I upgraded my laptop a month ago I went with a black MacBook primarily for form factor and i’ve been extremely happy. I wish I’d made the jump years ago when OSX was released.
For some other musings that have lead up to this decision please have a read at my earlier posts
In my ongoing internal struggle to decide if an iPhone is for me or not I started looking around last night for articles on how to use it as an ebook reader. I’d like to do this and I’m sure some enterprising individual is going to come up with a solution that will work great with things from Project Gutenburg and pdf’s and hopefully iSilo and other formats that have been around for ages.
I found a few good solutions for online books, like Open Library‘s online reader, and you could maintain your page by keeping a safari instance on your phone open to the site on the last page you read, and also use the squeeze to zoom the page in safari. This is not to terrible considering all of the ebooks should be pretty slim downloads and a real ebook reader will probably implement some way to store the books in the local sandboxed sql storage each application can access.
This made me realize that it would be difficult to take a pdf from an email attachment and save it then open it in an ebook reader because as far as I know the iPhone has no traditional local shared storage among applications. I see this as a pretty big shortcoming right now. The iPhone is terribly powerful yet severely crippled it seems as I dig more into what I would have to sacrifice by changing over to one.
Lets take the following scenario for instance. My wife emails me a great picture of our daughter she took on her phone, I want to save that and open it in my favorite image manipulation program from the application store, as far as I know there’s no way to do this right now. Each application is sandboxed in it’s own area with it’s own non shared storage. I open images and mp3′s in several different user written applications on my windows mobile phone pretty often. An operation I do pretty often is take an image with the built in camera, save it to the SD card, open it in ceTwit to post the image to TwitPic, then upload it to flickr or possibly mail it off to someone else.
More to think about in my pondering of the iPhone, someone enlighten me if I have this wrong but I couldn’t find any information that was counter to this thinking.
Sure I could get around this all by jailbreaking a current iPhone 1 but I don’t want to do that. I want to use the device as it is and I want Apple to empower the user to use the device to it’s full potential.
Honestly, I can’t make up my mind. After the WWDC keynote I was ready to throw down my $200 and join the happy iPhone camp. As more time passes and the reality distortion field lifts I’m waffling back and forth about weather an iPhone would be a good device for me. I spent about an hour typing solid on my friends iPhone in the notes applications today and decided to write up some thoughts about it.
There are a few things that bother me about the iPhone right now:
There are lots of great things going for the new iPhone though:
Things I commonly do with my current ATT Tilt
Of the above seven, I would loose the ability to do 2,3,7 right out of the box if I switched. In theory A2DP could be added in a future update, and someone might port a midlet manager to the app store though I’m guessing this would be a very large undertaking. I don’t see being able to run background applications anytime in the near future on the iPhone, Apple illustrated as much by trying to spin their push notification as a replacement for this. It’s not that you can’t do some really cool stuff with the push architecture they are making available to the developers but It’s not a replacement for a true multitasking environment.