Thursday, January 11, 2007

My thoughts on the iPhone

I'm talking about Apple's iPhone and not Cisco's; this trademark issue sounds like good $$ for the law firms. Overall, the technical spec and the features on the Apple iPhone sound amazing. It's very Apple. But here are some things that I was hoping for:

1) I wonder how well the multi-touch screen will work when using the device as a phone. When I want to send an SMS while doing something else, I can pretty much feel the keys with my fingers and type without fully looking at my phone. The sames goes for dialing a number. I can open my phone and call people on my speed dial or even enter a number without giving the phone a lot of visual attention. I just don't think it'll be possible with the iPhone as there is no touch feedback.

2) I hate voice mails. I hate navigating a long list of menus, I hate the blinking red light, I hate being forced to write down or remember a phone number quickly, I hate how people don't repeat numbers or how they don't even try to speak clearly, I hate how I sometimes have to leave a voice mail for someone else regurgitating info from a voice mail I received instead of being able to just forward the email, and after using Gmail for so long I hate how I cannot search my voicemails. Last year, contacted the IT department at my work and canceled my voice mail!! The voice mail UI on the iPhone is much better than most cell phones. But it can still do a lot better.

3) I think that voice recognition is key for doing search on a phone. All of us have called 411 while driving to get directions, find an address, etc. I guess I can still call 411 on my iPhone. But that's a pity given that I'm holding a $600 device. I wish simple searches could be done completely using voice.

4) The price and the size of the device can be better. But I'm sure that'll take care of itself in future iterations.

Nice job to Apple for building this and for keeping it a secret for so long. At work, I sometimes hear the expression: "maintain a healthy disregard for the impossible". I think the Apple team on this project certainly did that.

7 Comments:

Blogger pooya said...

Have you seen videos of the Nokia 888 concept phone? That sounds like the perfect phone to me:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3dF44XtHek

And that's not something impossible. All the technologies needed for that are already developed. I think it's only a matter of making it commercial.
If the new flexible displays come out, then it should be possible to have some small micro-switches put under the display. This way when you press a key, you can feel the pressure feedback.

10:43 AM  
Anonymous automobile said...

i d like that if tecnology is available, it comes out. I have when steps on are made slowlier just to make more money!

12:02 AM  
Anonymous stress said...

i agree

12:02 AM  
Anonymous occasione acquisto auto said...

yes, it's only a matter of making it commercial.

3:41 PM  
Anonymous cartomanzia amore said...

i like a lot Iphone, but there is something better over there

9:46 PM  
Anonymous tarocchi said...

i like a lot the touch screen feat., and the design...

7:44 AM  
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