Why I Don't Have An iPhone

Why I Don't Have An iPhone

Here’s the #1 reason I don’t own an iPhone: It’s not the phone I’m looking for. I already have a phone. I hate it. It’s not the phone I’m looking for either, but it syncs with iCal and that’s good enough for me. My phone, even with its high degree of suckage, serves me well enough as a PDA and telephone. I was very interested in the iPod Touch when it was first announced and thought it might function as a decent PDA replacement. But since you can’t create calendar entries from it, it’s useless for me. I know that the iPhone allows me to create calendar entries, but I already have that capability on my current phone and can’t justify the price increase simply for the sake of having an iPhone.

So, why isn’t the iPhone right for me? Here are a few reasons.

  1. You can’t create ring tones from songs you already own. This is idiotic and, in my mind, evidence of Apple bowing to the music industry. The iPhone only allows you to create ring tones from songs you’ve purchased from iTMS. And even then, you have to pay another $0.99 to convert the song to a ring tone. Only an idiot would pay twice for something (s)he already owns.

  2. I want a phone with a vibrant and lively community of third-party developers. While there was a quickly growing community of developers surrounding the iPhone, Apple decided to poison the water supply with the latest iPhone update and began seriously interfering with third-party developers. Messing with a community which actively supports and promotes your product is never good business. Again, I think this is nothing more than Apple favoring its contract with AT&T;, et. al., over it’s customers. I’m not saying Apple is absolutely wrong here, but from 10,000 feet, it doesn’t look like a wise decision.

Speaking of unwise decisions, Apple has further alienated its community of early adaptors by releasing the latest iPhone update which turns their $599/$299 device into a very expensive brick. Granted, Apple gave fair warning, but their response is somewhat lacking. Yes, I realize that many people violated the terms of service and they accepted the inherent risk. Still, Apple’s response does nothing more than distance the company from their more avid supporters.

  1. I find the cost of the iPhone, when combined with the AT&T; service plan, unreasonable. Granted, Apple’s recent price reduction has made this point less important, but cost will almost always be a consideration for me. I’ve written about the cost issue before.

  2. The iPhone has no printer support.

  3. The iPhone doesn’t support Flash. For better or worse, Flash is heavily used on the Internet these days. I’d estimate that 75% of the websites I use daily rely on Flash. However, Flash can be such a processor hog and I don’t see how Apple will be able to adequately address this any time soon. I don’t currently surf the ‘net from my cell phone because the display isn’t that great. However, I would if I had an iPhone and at that point I’d be feeling the pain of not having Flash.

For me, these combined issues constitute one huge deal breaker. Obviously, at this point in time, the iPhone is not the phone for me. Given the iPhones limitations, combined with Apple’s desire to completely control the iPhone experience – customers be damned – and it’s increasingly negative attitude toward Apple’s more rabid following, I’m not interested.

As John Welch writes (speaking to the many people who are incessantly complaining about what the iPhone can’t do):

You never really wanted an iPhone in the first place, so please, go buy something that you do want. …

I bought the iPhone with full understanding of its limitations, and don’t see how whining that those limitations are really real is any better than people moving next to an existing airport and discovering that, OMGWTFKHAAAAAN!…airplanes are loud.

It’s a valid point. If the iPhone doesn’t do everything you want it do, why’d you buy it? Go buy the phone you want.