Korea's lifting its WIPI standard, which means many smart phone models which were restricted from being sold to average customers in Korea are coming to the market, including the infamous iPhone. Apple enthusiasts have sung the praises of the iPhone for months now, and blogbuzz has hyped Korea's access to the iPhone considerably. But is it really so great Does the iPhone revolutionize the smart phone market, or is it just one more hunk of plastic to line the glass shelves of the oversaturated Techomart shelves
Yes, the iPhone really is that good. First, it's got more style than a fashionista with a thin cigarette. It's supposed to be in the same category as the Blackberry or Motorola Q, but they look like particularly badly-designed all-in-one remote controls compared to the slick simplicity of the iPhone. The iPhone is also thinner than the Q at 4.5 inches high and 2.4 inches wide, which makes it one of the smallest smart phones available. The Blackberry and Q have a lot of bulky buttons covering most of their top surface, giving them small screens. The iPhone's screen covers its whole surface.
Its functionality makes life easier. It's got speaker phone mode, so people can use it without holding it. It will sync with Outlook 2007 for email handling which is arguably a great way to make life easier. Its interface is sleek and easy to understand, and people say that its web browsing interface is the best for any mobile platform. People can open Excel spreadsheets, look at PDF files, see Word documents, and generally poke around as if they were on a laptop.
No, the iPhone doesn't live up to the hype. The list of things that it cannot do, but people were expecting, is longer than its feature list. For one, it doesn't have flash support, so a lot of web pages are missing vital features. Second, the Internet speed is often very slow, because of limited connectivity. Also, it's expensive. The price starts at $400, or $200 and a two-year service contract.
Technically, it has some problems too. The touch screen is said by some to be imprecise, and cannot be adjusted for possible finger/screen offset. There have also been reports of extremely strong radio frequency interference. Some have complained that the speaker is too weak. There is no possibility of voice dialing. The battery cannot be replaced by the user, it must be sent back to Apple to replace the battery. The camera quality is quite poor, no digital zoom, no video capture. Also, it has no voice-record capability. And, finally, the headset jack is not phone-standard.
The iPhone just has too many limitations to be worth its hefty price and all the hype surrounding it. Better to wait for more functionality in another smart phone.