Less than one month ago, a 16GB iPhone was sent to me for development purposes. We have some clients interested in porting their web applications to iPhone devices so I needed the Apple device to test applications.
After one month testing I can say that I'm totally disappointed with the iPhone as mobile device and today I've turned back to my Nokia N95.
First I thought it was only a matter of time. I believed that, as usual, when you buy a new device you need time to take confidence with the new tools, features and shortcuts.
But I was wrong.
These are some of the most important bad things about iPhone that made me switch back to Nokia N95:
1. Low Battery Duration: a mobile phone can't last 4 hours. And the time could be a lot less if you browse internet, watch YouTube videos, using the GPS mapping system, launch applications, listening music . Everything on the iPhone is battery-intensive and can drastically reduce the battery usage. I can't recharge my phone 4 times per day. It's absurd ! My N95's battery last all day long (watching videos, navigating, using the GPS ...)
2. Poor camera quality: the quality of the camera is very low (2 MegaPixels). You can't print (with a decent quality) an image taken with 2MP camera. Nokia N95 has 5MP camera.
3. No flash and no zoom: when I discovered this I went crazy. iPhone camera DOES NOT have flash and zoom. Is useful a digital camera without the flash and zoom features ? Not at all. Th Nokia N95 has a 5MP camera that means having a real digital camera device with you !
4. No video: iPhone can't make videos. It's fun because iPhone gives you the ability to watch videos on the web via YouTube but the camera can't take a video. I travel a lot for conferences and I often need to shoot video quickly. The Nokia N95 makes great videos.
5. No MMS: Multimedia messages are very popular in Italy. They're fun and useful. iPhone can't send MMS messages.
6. Bad autocomplete features: This is one of the worst feature that makes me very unhappy. When you write text messages iPhone tries to help you autocompleting text. 95% percent the system is wrong. Then if you don't click on the popup with the suggested text it will overwrite your word. It should work in the opposite way letting me choose whether accepting the suggestion or not. The Nokia's T9 system is very powerful and useful. I can write a complete message while driving without watching at the mobile screen (it's impossible to do that with iPhone)
7. No video conference call: I'm not a fan of video calls but they can be useful when you want to see your girlfriend when you're out for business for a long time. iPhone does not support video calls.
8. no FlashLite plugin for browser: I'm honest. With the ecosystem of applications available for the iPhone you won't miss Flash Lite standalone player. But what it's missing is the Flash player browser plugin. I think that the iPhone is a great Internet device. But it's a great limit for an Internet device not to show flash contents. Nokia N95 has Flash Lite player embedded.
9. No Expansion slot: 8 or 16GB can't be enough, especially if you start installing many applications, copying videos and music. iPhone does not have any expansion slot. Nokia N95 supports microSD cards !
10. Cut and Paste: no needs to explain this feature. You can't cut/copy and paste anything !
UPDATE: 11. Modem usage: this is something I forgot to mention but it's crucial for a mobile device. iPhone device can't be used as a modem connecting it to a laptop via USB. The Nokia N95 once connected through USB to a laptop can connect to Internet working as a modem.
iPhone is a trendy device. It's cool, user friendly, with a a fabolous screen (for size and quality) and it's one of the best Internet device I've tested so far. But it's not a mobile phone.