If you read this iPhone blog on a regular basis, you know that I'm not a big Apple fan, and I take any chance I get to talk smack about them. There are enough fanboys, so someone needs to be the devil's advocate... Last week I wrote about 7 reasons to buy the new iPhone 3G S and today I'd like to give a few reasons why the new iPhone 3G S is kind of a joke.
The Name Sucks
Lets' start with the obvious: the name - iPhone 3G S. I had speculated about several names for the new iPhone and I really thought they would simply call it "iPhone". You have to admit that "iPhone 3G S" is a pretty clunky name. If you were going to have a "S" in the name, why not simply call it "iPhone S". It would have been a shorter and more "esthetically appealing" name.
The Design Is Boring
I think what I hate the most about the iPhone 3G S is the design which is exactly identical to the iPhone 3G. When I pay $560.16 for a new phone, I expect to have something that looks different from everybody else. Yes, the iPhone is a phone for the elite, I admit it. I kinda miss the days of the first iPhone, when people came to me and candidly asked me "wow, is this the iPhone?". I was proud of it. Now everyone has an iPhone, and even worse, everyone has an iPhone that looks similar.
I was really looking forward having a revamped iPhone design. To those of you arguing with this, think about it this way. What would you say if BMW came out with the same car design twice, even though the engine was different? Any car critic would just roast BMW for their lack of creativity. Strangely, no one seems to care that the iPhone design is the same as the previous one.
The Camera Still Sucks
We went from a 2 to 3 megapixels camera. It's better than nothing but it's still 4 years behind every other smartphone, possibly more. The camera doesn't even come with a flash. My old BlackBerry pearl did all this 4 years ago...
New Features Are Old News
Voice dialing, video recording and copy/paste were welcome as the messiah during WWDC. That's BS if you want my opinion. This is just a software update, and once again, any smartphone on the market has had these features for years.
The Pricing Is Scandalous
The attractive $300 price tag for the 32GB iPhone 3G S is only applicable to new AT&T customers. While I understand the whole subsidize thing, I am really pissed I have to pay $560.16 for this new phone, especially when I see that the iPhone 3G S costs about 17% more than the G1 and 32% more than the Palm Pre over the course of a 2 year contract. AT&T is cashing in on existing customers, yet it won't give throw them a bone and sell them the iPhone 3G S at $299?
No Tethering Or MMS At Launch
This is not specific to the iPhone 3G S, but rather to AT&T. AT&T has most likely been aware of these new features for months, and it still couldn't manage to get its shit together on time. That's a huge fail for AT&T who claims tethering and MMS will be available "later this summer". At least AT&T won't charge extra for MMS but I can't see their future tethering plan under $30. I'll stick to PDAnet for my free tethering.
The iPhone 3G S really is a non-event for existing 3G owners but the success of the pre-orders shows once again that fanboys are willing to throw money at anything Apple releases. If it wasn't kind of my job to have the latest iPhone, I probably wouldn't have upgraded.
I look forward to reading your comments and see whether you will upgrade or not.