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Tanya Goodin
Tanya Goodin
6 March 2008

It’s been a while since I updated this blog and if you want to know the truth it’s because I knew I was about to commit sacrilege. You see I have to admit that I am disappointed with the iPhone. There, said it.

Like Steve Wozniak who admitted the same in his blog a few days ago, I waited in line to get my iPhone and seized on it with eager hands. And, like the obsessive that I am, I was utterly besotted with it for the first few months. I used to get it out of my bag and double tap the screen on demand to any passing stranger while cooing about its general gorgeousness.

But like any love-affair the initial honeymoon period wore off and I can now see the iPhone for what it is. A neat piece of technology but a failure as a phone.

Wozniak’s main gripe is that it’s not 3G. For me it’s more fundamental. I always knew the keyboard would frustrate me as it’s impossible to type in one hand (my one-thumbed texting and typing speeds are legendary) but I thought I would get used to it. I haven’t and I’m still using my BlackBerry for texting and emailing. I never changed my main mobile number over and now pretty much use the iPhone as a toy. Oh yes and the screen cracked not that long ago as it’s not robust enough to be shoved in a bag or pocket like a ‘normal’ phone without some wear and tear. I don’t want a phone that needs to be handled with kid gloves.

So, rather like those brilliant Carphone Warehouse adverts with the phones abandoned by their ‘owners’ because they’re not sexy enough, my iPhone sits neglected and sorry on my desk. Not because it’s not sexy, it still is, but because it’s not practical. It’s the difference between a love affair and a marriage. For a fling superficial sexiness is plenty. For a long-term commitment you need reliability and a bit of practicality. So, wild affair over (and hey, it was fun ;-) ) I now use the iPhone just for music and web browsing but it’s not my phone. That honour still goes to my lifetime partner the BlackBerry. What it lacks in sex appeal it makes up for in reliability and practical application.

Sorry Apple, but I agree with Steve and I suspect you’ve lost more than one fan on this one.



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