Friday, August 1, 2008

Tenuous Link to teaching/IT Law....

But consistent with where my attention has been this week...

Finally got an iPhone.

My initial assessment is OK - just OK.

Interface seems very unintuitive in places.

No BlueTooth calendar/contacts syncing - this is absolutely astounding
and a total surprise - this is such central functionality that I
didn't even this before committing - presumably this a deliberate
attempt by Apple to drive revenue through the MobileMe service (which
I havn't tried yet(.

Mail downloading has failed about 8 times - requiring the unit to be

Mail is very inflexible - can't download only certain folders - eg I
don't need all my spam on me at all times (probably don't NEED any of
my mail on me at all times)

The 'virtual keyboard' is very clumsy and much slower than the
predictive text on previous SonyEricssons.

I can already tell battery life is going to be an issue.

Ergonomics/usability of the main button are bad - unnatural - should
have a back button on the touch screen - again the user interface on
the Palm and SonyEricsson seem much more natural.

No Mobi eBook reader (not that that is Apple's doing directly)

2MP camera - what where they thinking - saving a few dollars I guess.

The whole way the device is geared to constant (read expensive) data
downloading for GPS, updates. MobileMe etc - ACCC have already
'warned' customers re the nasty surprises that await those new to
mobile data charges.

It's my view that Apple and the carriers are, at best, less than clear
about what excess charges cost and (naturally) how to prevent/curtail