What about the iPhone?
I know a lot of people love the iPhone, and praise it as the perfect phone. I don't get it- the iPhone, despite its popularity, is actually one of the least useful devices to bear the name Smartphone in my opinion. As a power user, I can't justify even considering it.
Since Apple is all about the user experience and convenience, one would assume that the slick and simplified iPhone would be perfect for a Smartphone.
I will admit that the iPhone has great looks and actually makes mundane tasks fun to do on it (flick, slide, pinch!). The problem is, many people will actually find it FAILS when it comes to doing anything serious with it.
1) The biggest problem: MULTITASKING.
The iPhone as a platform only allows one application to be running at a time. This is a problem for people who are juggling things on the go.
Joshua Topolsky, editor (and talk-show cameo celebrity) of engadget.com laments trying to use the iPhone in a doctor's office waiting room to work remotely.
Joshua logged into a chat room using an IRC app for iPhone, and begins to converse with his other writers. Thank goodness, as they say, there's an App for that. The problem is, as soon as he switches away from the screen to check an email or copy and paste something from a web page, what happens to the IRC app? It closes! He then has to start it up again, connect to the chat, and he has now missed anything that happened while he was away from the screen.
"We don't work like this on our computers -- why does Apple think we want to work like this on our phones?"
As far as I'm concerned, it doesn't matter how many Apps are in the App Store- if I can only run one at a time, that's a great big fail. I need to have my mail, browser, possibly a spread sheet (or two), or even an IM window open, and be able to swap between them seemlessly. This isn't hard to do- Smartphone classics like Windows Mobile and Nokia's Symbian have been able to do this for going on a decade. The iPhone surely could have been designed to multitask, however Apple feared that 3rd party multitasking support would create a very messy and decidedly inefficient OS, so they left it out.
2)LACK OF HARDWARE BUTTONS
Many enthusiasts have a keyboard atop their iPhone wishlist, but I'd like something a little more basic first- buttons. The sleek design of the iPhone is aesthetically pleasing, but at the very least some shortcut buttons would make one-click access possible. Most modern phones have a dedicated key for things like the camera, voice command, menus, "back" to the previous screen, etc... relying on a touch screen for everything sure does look cool, but it actually makes navigating the OS take more steps (click, select, scroll, scroll, click)!
Not to mention an on-screen keyboard, no matter how elegant Apple tries to make it, is always going to be a compromise feature.
I'll admit something- I love the novelty of Touch Screens, and I've have them since the first Pilot 1000 running Palm OS was around... but they are not convenient to use!
A standard feature phone can be used without looking because of the physical keys- many "old-school" phones can be silenced or have their profiles changed without even taking them out of your pocket. Can you do that with an iPhone?
There are other things that irk me about this phone as well but aren't worth going into detail, such as the fact that you can't swap batteries (I always try to have a spare battery around for those trips that may leave me for days without a charge), or the fact that all apps throw their icons into one giant directory instead of allowing you to organize them into sections or folders (you could easily have a couple of hundred apps and scroll through pages and pages to find the one you want- no joke! What is Apple THINKING?!).