Cons Speed - Because AT&T probably won't deliver. Should have been there all along.
MMS - Because AT&T will charge too much. Should have been there all along.
Tethering - Because AT&T will charge too much
Voice - Should have been there all along
Summary The speed that can be attained from the hardware is very good; however, AT&T probably has a lot to do with that, and they have been far behind the curve for a long time, Did the Apple powers-that-be pick up on the laughter directed at AT&T yesterday when they were one of the only carriers who were not going to be able to service their customers without a litany of excuses and delays. Also, it is great that Apple is finally giving us some options that have been standard on other phones for a long time. And yes, it is nice that they do it in a cool way. But, those standard options should not be the primary selling point at WWDC. Not matter how you slice it, MMS is something that should have been on the phone all along. Don't make it out like you are actually giving us something amazing.
When I weigh the pros and cons, Apple is really not giving me anything. If I factor in the absurdity of doing business with AT&T, then I really don't have an overwhelming reason to continue to use the iPhone after my contract expires provided I find a decent alternative. I am on the fence.
Pros It's pretty, plays music and video well, excellent web surfing capabilities and office tools, slick looking, 3G and AT&T coverage better than expected
Cons Poor battery life, Apple's stifling of development, business applications limited, no drag and drop disk mode, everything revolves around buying services and things from Apple, no spam filter, no real utilities, cost of service versus other carries
Summary On one hand, it's a lot of fun to use the phone. Media playing is excellent as is web surfing. Phone is very responsive. On the other hand, if you've ever used a Blackberry, Palm, Windows Mobile or other device, it will quickly become apparent how poor the iPhone compares in some areas. For example, no spam filter - really, no joke. Read all the articles trying to use Gmail to redirect email because Apple hasn't gotten around to that part yet and won't allow developers to touch their perfect invention.To add about poor business applications, the lack of disk more makes true document sync impossible and none of your business applications can browse the phone to open the documents. Each application must sync its own version of the document in order to be viewed. That's ridiculous. The iPhone lacks good business applications and many of the fill in gaps like utilities are also unavailable because Apple refuses to allow developers to improve the OS (for example, no way to set predefined alarm times for appointments. Current PIMS still don't work directly with Outlook and few good options.)
In some ways the phone is innovative and others it is 50 steps backwards. There is no disk mode - you can't drag and drop and synchronize files like you could with any PDA almost 15 years ago.
Apple closes off areas to send you towards revenue producing goods and services to the point where it's ridiculous. Document synch pushes you toward an Apple service. Registering the phone requires you to get into a financial relationship with Apple. Getting an application requires one click purchasing in the iTunes store. Everything revolves around going to iTunes and, of course, seeing what Apple has to sell. I'm all for revenue opportunities but to a point.
Battery life is noticeably poor. So far I haven't gone a day where battery life hasn't hit 50% - and that is with zero talk time. I'm guessing that by dinner I'll be at 30-40% battery life and there is no way that the phone will last through any part of a second day without a full charge.
I've put up a complete business review of the iPhone 3GS at thelawprofessor.com in case anyone is interested.
Updated on Jul 4, 2009
Pros Camera is really crappy on exisiting iphone. Will appreciate nicer camera and video.
Speed, perf and battery life improvements are always appreciated.
Cons The inability to leave even one app playing while you do something else is rediculous. also, many if not most of the websites i care about use flash, which currently renders them useless. The lack of these two features is inexcusable!
Summary Some nice features but still missing absolute must have basics. Pricing is ugly for existing users who already pay out the nose for iphone. Very disappointed.
Pros its made by apple?
Cons made i apple! lol
Summary seriously should've had these things longgg ago, however, if u upgarde your iphone for this one, your stupid, all they did was upgrade the camera...still no FLASH! alow it to do videos, put a compas in it (what is it 1508??) and put voice control! LOL how lame!!!!
Pros Fantastic for factor, features and overall coolness. There is nothing that compares to this phone when you stack up all the components and features. Everyone knows how great the app store is and it lives up to your expectations.
Cons Phone quality is terribly unreliable, battery life is limited, speakerphone is weak and not very effective. Dropped calls are the daily norm, as is charging the phone in the late afternoon.
Summary I have had three iphones now and I can say while the features are all amazing and the app store is fantastic, the phone still lacks the basic component that makes this the best phone ever.
If you plan on talking on the phone with any level on consistency, the battery will not last a day. My profession requires me to be on the phone constantly and the iphone has awful battery life in this regard. Conversely, when you put it into airplane mode, I have gotten over 9 hours of use out of it, so I guess having the phone/3g on really drains it. The standby time is good, but again, the second you start talking, the battery meter start to dip.
If I am trying to talk on the speaker phone it is almost comical since it is so quiet, if there is any ambient noise (ie driving in a car) it is near impossible to hear anything.
I also drop calls daily. I live in San Francisco where cell coverage is great and no matter if I am talking locally or nationally, I will drop on average 5 calls a day which is very annoying.
Don't get me wrong, I think the iphone is the coolest device in the market, but there are several shortfalls that I have had to deal with. I would recommend the iphone for anyone using it for personal use and/or owns a mac. The sync is fantastic and everything is backed up instantly when I connect it to my computer. If you are a business user, I would probably recommend a blackberry since the battery, call quality and speakerphone all outmatch the iphone's capability. I own and use both types of phones so I don't want to seem like I am pushing one or the other, but the simple fact is that blackberry has the best business device. Now when I am traveling and want to use all the sweet apps and the ipod on the iphone, it really shines. Being able to have one device to be entertained, check casual email and surf the web is great, just hope there will be some place to plug in. Having the ability to hear a song on the radio, use midomi to find out which song it is then instantly download it on itunes is great. The ipod is great, and being able to watch tv/movies makes traveling with it easy.
Using Google maps to navigate is awful, and the UI isn't as intutive as blackberry's version of google maps. IE searching for "Food near me" the iphone gets confused and the navigation feature works well very rarely.