A Weak Week Into The New iPhone
by Chris Hardwick on July 22, 2008
I’m a week in. I decided to early adopt because it’s my nature and I also figured I’d return it if it didn’t hold up, and I have to be honest…I might return it. It is a stunning device with amazing potential but I really don’t think it was ready to release. That would make this the second piece of hardware this year that Apple prematurely ejaculated all over the tech marketplace (the other being the Air*). I suppose I understand that they were under the gun and had to try to quell tech-hungry geeks like m’self but the reality is that despite all the glorious app-ing and superb design the 3G iPhone fails on the most basic levels and it’s mostly AT&T’s fault.
Here’s a rundown of my experiences so far:
1) Apps crash the phone 20% of the time. On the upside, this will improve with firmware updates…but when?
2) The drain on the battery from the 3G Network is unforgivably bad. Keep a charger close to you at all times.
3) My cell signal is actually WORSE on 3G, and it was pretty bad before—I drop at least half of my calls EVERYWHERE, and that is no exaggeration. When I can get onto 3G (which is not a lot of places) I have to turn it off because EDGE has an ironically better voice connection (the plastic casing and new antenna placement help). This is all due to AT&T’s weenie 3G Crapwork. In case you missed my previous post, AT&T is truly the erectile dysfunction of wireless and I swear I’ve never met one person who had anything good to say about them as a carrier. I only publicly hate on them because I secretly hope that one person will hear about it and actually take actions to improve, but I know that’s a teenage fantasy.
4) The phone performance is choppy and slow; even just going into my contacts I expericence a lag before I can actually search, but this, too, will improve with firmware updates. Folks with 1st gen iPhones who updated to 2.0 are having this problem as well.
5) On the up side, the phone is lighter, less slippery, feels better in my hand and has much improved Bluetooth. Plus, when I’m in a 3G hotspot the data is markedly faster.
All in all, if you are a patient person, STAY AWAY for now. Wait until the holidays when Apple will probably release some kind of minor hardware upgrade. Don’t get me wrong…I love Apple products but there is entirely too much “hot cheerleader syndrome” going on between them and AT&T. In other words, they’re chronically cocky and not really that concerned with listening to consumers or providing what people really need (e.g., copy & paste, MMS). I hope they remember that consumers are fickle and will turn on them sooner or later.
*why would you pay three grand for a 64G Solid State Drive that is going to lose a third of that to the OS?