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Sunday, June 19, 2011

I hate my iPhone

After the recent frustration with this bewilderingly stupid device, I came up with a list of things I hate about my iPhone:
  • Requires entry of a valid credit card before using the phone
  • Extension cable is not an acceptable accessory
  • When downloading updates, the device cannot go into an off state or it will quit downloading them.  You have to keep messing with the phone.  This would be fine when its not plugged in to save power, but when it is?  Annoying as hell.
  • On 2 occasions now has deleted all my settings, folders, and organization
  • On 2 occasions, I've used the iTunes program manager to organize things and it just drops my changes and reverts to the original.
  • Poor battery life is manageable by turning off Wifi but its 4 button presses before I can get to a wifi management screen.  It doesn't sound like much until you're doing it 3 times a day and wonder "why isn't this on the home screen?"
  • Voice memos tool that comes with the device is unresponsive until about 10 seconds after the program actually comes up
  • Device usage must be reset every month to keep track of data use.  It doesn't do this automatically.  The AT&T app you can download to handle this in the iPhone's place is not easy to use, probably because they have a financial incentive to let you go over your minutes.
  • iTunes is bloated, difficult to use, and doesn't back up my device correctly.
  • On a Mac, if you don't have iPhoto installed, it won't copy over your pictures.
  • When using the App Store and surf through categories of programs, every time you download a program, you must start over at the beginning of that category and can't keep surfing through that section.
  • I "authorized" a second computer to manage my music and now when I connect it to the first computer, it insists on deleting all the present music before I can manage my library.  Ugh!
  • Much prefer my Android music player to the iPod program included on my phone.
  • Can't connect my iPhone via BlueTooth to my computer and transfer files or sync the devices.
  • No system for backing up iPhone programs or settings outside of the iTunes software.  If iTunes doesn't work or messes it up for some reason, you're screwed.
  • If an application update causes problems, there's no way to go back to the previous version.  This isn't easy on Android, but can be done.
Anticipating the question: "Why don't you stop complaining and get another phone?" I'm working on it.

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