I was approached last week by columnist Andrew Kantor Kantor writes notable tech columns for the Roanoke Times & USA Today. He asked me a few questions from my perspective (apple enthusiast) what my thoughts were on the phone. Be forewarned.. it's not from the perspective of an Apple lover. In fact, it focuses more on the limitations of the iPhone. I agreed to give my thoughts because at least he was being fair to get someone to represent the Apple enthusiast perspective. It's a fun read, check it out. You can read the resulting column HERE. Keep reading below to see the full length questions and answers.
Here are the original questions that I was asked, along with my unabridged responses.
There are a lot of cell phones out there, including a bunch that do what the iPhone can. What about the iPhone appeals to you so much?It consolidates many of the devices that I carry around each day - Cell Phone, iPod, and Internet Device. The integration between all three is phenomenal. Top that off with an amazing user interface and you have 1 out of 3 people in America interested in the iPhone.
What kind of cell phone do you have now, and what carrier do you use?I currently use a Moto Razr with US Cellular.
Are you happy with it?I am moderately satisfied. Portability & durability are very good, but the functionality is lacking, especially with email.
The iPhone has been criticized for several things, and I’d like your reaction to three of them — basically, do any of them make you want to wait for v.2.0?
1. The lack of 3G support?For our area, it's a non-issue. 3G support isn't even available in the NRV or Roanoke Valley, and is not even anticipated until 2008. Edge is the better choice to hit the largest audience, since 3G is limited to select metro areas nationwide. Viriginia has one of the best EDGE networks in the country, and while slower than 3G, most people will be using the WI-FI connection when not in the car.
2. Only a 2-megapixel camera?It's on par for the range of current smart-phone offerings. For example, two popular phones, the Blackberyy Pearl and Curve only offer 1.3MP to 2MP Cameras.
3. The lack of support for Microsoft Exchange servers?iPhone is targeted to consumers. MS Exchange doesn't even enter into the picture for Apple's target audience. However, corporate users can still use the 'Web Access' feature of Outlook. For the rest of us, the iPhone will support all of the popular email services - GMail, Yahoo!, & AOL. Additionally, the iPhone supports the industry email standards POP3 & IMAP, and it even syncs with Outlook on the PC.
Update: After I wrote this, The rumor mill started buzzing with the word that ostensibly 'MS Exchange may be supported soon."