Yet another example of an illiterate opinion posing as an entertainment-cum-journalism sorta review, this time from Flora Graham of CNET UK’s Expert Tech Reviews. The iPhone is great and everyone loves it. What’s the problem?
But as an actual call-making phone, it’s rubbish, and we aim to prove it.
Alright, finally someone with credible experience and tests and charts and graphs to prove the iPhone is a bad phone. Many have tried, all have failed.
Call quality on the iPhone is pathetic, and it’s mostly because of the tiny speaker. It has to be aligned with your ear canal with the accuracy of a laser-guided ninja doing cataract surgery, or else the volume cuts down to nothing as the sound waves bounce uselessly around your ear shells.
Wait? Is that the proof? How tiny is the speaker? How does it compare to other similarly priced smart phones? Despite the cute phrases, Flora, can you give us some examples of better designed handsets with better speakers? No? Anything else?
The microphone is similarly craptastic, letting in all and sundry sounds to pollute your important calls, from fire alarms to passing unlicensed mopeds. Thank heavens the 3.0 version of the iPhone’s software supports Bluetooth, so we can get our headset on and make some calls.
Craptastic isn’t really a technical analysis term is it? Did you conduct tests to see how well the microphone compares to other smart phones? No? Anything else?
Most iPhone 3G and 3GS users can share stories of phone calls that disappeared mid-chat or voicemails that frighteningly appear, fully formed, without the phone ever ringing. But the people we’ve talked to who own the first iPhone, which sticks to the 2G network, don’t tend to report the same problems.
Oh, you mean dropped calls? Every cell phone I’ve ever used had dropped calls. After two years of using the iPhone, my scientific analysis says it’s about the same. How did you conduct your test, Flora? How many locations? How many cell towers? How does the iPhone’s connectivity compare to other smart phones? Is it possible that dropped calls are a result of a number of factors, most of which are not controlled by the iPhone itself?
Did you consider cell system capacity? Terrain? Buildings? How does the iPhone compare in that regard to other smart phones? Anything else in your list of proof?
Perhaps the worst of the iPhone’s problems is its ability to sit there stealthily and ignore incoming calls. With no ring or vibrate to clue you in, your friends and family are redirected to voicemail… or just treated to silence. If you’re in a two-iPhone family, it can be a case of the deaf leading the mute.
Funny, that same thing happens on Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint here in the States. How does the iPhone compare, statistically, with other phones you’ve tried? Anything else?
But the iPhone was the first to really flaunt its slim body while you watched the bars drop almost in front of your eyes. A couple of hours of Google Maps over 3G and you’ll be lost in the woods without even the possibility of phoning for help. Compare that to the good old days when your phone would last a week without charging, and you’ll wonder why you ever bothered to switch.
Yeah, Flora, you’re right. My old cell phone had dropped calls but I never could connect to the internet, or do email, or play games, or track locations, or anything else I can do on my iPhone. Maybe that’s why I switched. Anything else? How about battery life?
The iPhone 3GS is an improvement over the iPhone 3G. In our tests, it lasted over 45 per cent longer—but we were comparing a new 3GS to a six-month-old 3G, and batteries do hold less charge over time. And, if you turn off 3G, GPS and Wi-Fi, you can squeeze a weekend out of the iPhone 3GS… but why would you want to, without the best features of the phone?
If you’re looking for proof, as you stated you had, why not compare an iPhone, whatever version, with the battery life of other comparably equipped smart phones and report your results? I mean, you said you had proof but you didn’t even have one comparison. Flora, all you’ve given is conjecture and opinion, not proof. Where’s the proof?
The fact is, although the iPhone is the worst phone in the world, it’s the best handheld computer there is. Web browsing is a revelation, it’s a fantastic music- and movie-playing iPod, and it’s easy as pie to install thousands of apps that do everything from editing your photos to tuning your guitar. And unlike its competitors, its responsive touchscreen and crystal-clear user interface make tapping away on the iPhone a real pleasure.
Uh oh. Somehow it became a fact that the iPhone is the worst phone in the world even though you never compared the iPhone’s performance with any other phone anywhere else in the world? Is that your proof, or is that your opinion, or did your CNET editor tell you to write something inflammatory and cute and sassy so the page hits would increase today?
Along with your proof that the iPhone is the worst phone in the world, how about a little truth? Really, you wrote that headline because it would generate visitors to the CNET site which would make your editors and advertisers happy, not because the iPhone is a bad phone. Right?
Many of us prefer Facebook and text messages to chatting on the phone, and the home phone is dying out altogether. Meanwhile, for some of us, finding a new venue without a little Google Map help is like trying to navigate by the stars, and we can’t bear to wander without Wikipedia. For all these features that make smart phones live up to their names, the iPhone does a bang-up job. Just don’t try to actually make a phone call on one.
It’s easy to point to the iPhone and all it can do and determine that the world is, indeed, changing. One thing that hasn’t changed is the need for inexperienced technology writers to create sensationalist headlines purporting a journalistic review which only deliver a digital diatribe of sad, incompetent product perspectives.