Wednesday, June 06, 2007

My thoughts on the iPhone (seriously, no drooling, a good look at why Apple made the right decisions)

No one cares, but I'll post this anyway, because I've read many heated debates in forums and other places on the Interwebs. And while none of those people will read this entry, well, dammit, they should.

But, if you really don't care, just skip the entry.

AT&T
Every Verizon and Sprint customer who's also an Apple fanboyperson is either bawling their eyes out, or angrily whittling away at the self control of fellow commenters. They don't like that AT&T got the iPhone.

More specifically, they don't like that Apple -- who is pretty good about open-sourced stuff -- built a handset for AT&T, and only AT&T. But they're just being ignorant American asses. Apple built a handset for every cellular carrier in the world minus Sprint and Verizon.

Tough noogies that your provider uses technology not in sync with the rest of the world.

So all you T-Mobile customers out there, well, OK, you have a right to complain. T-Mobile's service is great, their prices are low, and in the over-a-year I've been with them they haven't dicked me around at all -- in fact they've provided excellent customer service. I'm sad to leave them.

But T-Mobile isn't a U.S. company. I'm sure you'll get an iPhone when Europe does.

GSM
This is kind of subsection b). to the above section. Those same Verizon customers are whining about why Apple didn't build a CDMA version of the phone.

Well, if you were about to enter the mobile phone business, would you want a phone that might flop in the U.S. but do well internationally, or a phone that might flop in the U.S. and that's it?

Really, the simple answer to this is the SIM. The little white wafer-thin card in the back of every phone (OK, so I think Cingular cards are orange and blue). Well, every GSM phone, anyway.

That card is the subscriber identity module. Put it in a phone, and, well, you know how this works.

With CDMA (Verizon) and TDMA (Sprint), the phone is the SIM. The whole phone. How is that better? Change carriers and you have to dump your phone.

No wonder Verizon offers customers a free phone upgrade every two years. Customers can't just buy a new phone and use it.

So again, Apple's making their phone for the world, not just the U.S.

NON-REMOVABLE BATTERY
OK. So this isn't the norm. You can pretty much remove the battery of anything in existence, except an iPod.

But, I can see the thinking behind this. The phone, I'm almost sure, runs two batteries. One for the smartphone stuff and one for the iPod stuff.

So do you really want Bubba Frat Bro. opening the back of his phone and not knowing which batt to replace? It's way too complicated for the demographic Apple hopes latches onto the phone.

Sure, it might be a pain to take the phone in to an Apple store or AT&T store, but I bet you anything they'll be able to take it in the back and pop in a new batt (if recent rumors about providing an "iPhone experience" to customers are true).

Well, I think that's it for now. I would thank you for letting me vent, but dammit, it's my site, I'll do what I want (cue '80s music).

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