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The Honeymoon is Over. Time to Look at Our Relationship with the Apple iPhone 3Gs


Let’s face it, us technology people are a somewhat fickle bunch. We “oooh” and “aaaah” over our shiny new toys. We treat them better than most of our extended family. And then the moment a shinier newer toy is available, we grab it and then the cycle starts all over again.

Such is the case with our iPhone. We traded in that Edge model for the sexier new 3G. Once we grew tired of our slimmer & sexier phone, we were treated to the 3Gs. Well, now that the 3Gs honeymoon is over, it’s time to evaluate the relationship.

So, here we go. A look at three things - a feature I love, one I hate, and one I want in the next generation.

WHAT I ABSOLUTELY LOVE


The video camera. It is fantastic. The ability to quickly edit video in device, enjoy the playback on a screen that’s a pleasure to watch, and then immediately upload to YouTube or share via email is very cool. Beyond cool. It’s just freakin’ awesome.

Yes, Mr. My Smartphone Already Had a Video Camera, it took awhile for iPhone lovers to have video. But, you know what, the wait was worth it. My video camera is better than yours in every single way. My interface is better, picture quality is better, and the entire user experience blows yours away.

WHAT I ABSOLUTELY HATE

I can’t completely fault Apple for this issue. BUT (that’s a big but) I am trying to envision a scenario where the entire 800 pound AppleGorilla couldn’t bring AT&T to a place where users could enjoy full SMS capability on launch day...and, well...I just can’t do it.

Also every fiber of my being despises knowing that my iPhone 3Gs supports tethering yet I cannot utilize this feature in a Wi-Fi dead zone.

I hate having features that I have paid for (and, trust me, there is a cost associated with every feature, function, button, and whistle in every single product you ever buy) not available to me.

WHAT I ABSOLUTELY WANT IN THE NEXT GENERATION...A LIST BECAUSE I COULDN’T PICK JUST ONE

HD quality video
Multiple email support
Application toggling
An integrated GPS with TTS (Text to Speech)

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