In today’s mobile market, every company is holding its grip tight to dominate and in actual fact, there is indeed a vivid competition between these mobile companies and their products. It is no mistake seeing Apple on the top list in the mobile market today because the iPhone surfaced with a well built mobile operating system and strong physical build with some other features. It’s undisputable that Apple changed what we call smartphones today but if you’re new to the iPhone or presently stuck with it, you may probably think there’s nothing better than having an iDevice.
Of course, you may discover you’re unable to do certain things most old phones would easily let you do but you may not want to agree that your phone is fully loaded with many restrictive features and lack the flair, bells and whistles other mobile companies bring to the table. This post doesn’t talk “about this Vs that”, or saying the iPhone is a rip-off or something, it’s just about reasons why iPhone sucks and I know many users will reluctantly concur with me on the following reasons.
1. File transfer & mass storage
Other smartphones make file transfer very easy with drag and drop function from the mobile to computer and vice-versa; just connect the phone to a computer and its internal memory will show up as an external disk, but with iPhone the case is different. Every little thing has to be done through iTunes and even at that, using your phone as mass storage is still a pain in the butt. You may have iTunes installed on your PC but what if the other computer you’re transferring to has no iTunes installed? Another annoying thing is the case of bluetooth transfer. I doubt if Apple would approve any application to be released into App Store to perform that function?
2. Expensive and rather over-priced
iPhone isn’t cheap and we all know this! Sometimes, I even feel it’s rather over-priced. Despite the fast growing competition between mobiles companies, Apple still remains adamant to reduce their product price. A couple of months after most mobile companies launch a new product, the price is likely to drop but with Apple, this is never the case.
3. External memory
It’s clear Apple is trying so hard to be different and not to follow the crowd but all what we see is setbacks… or why won’t the iPhone use an external memory? Sony managed to build a water-resistant phone, Samsung did something great with that eye scrolling thing to just mention few and they did all these without neglecting basic things that still make phone usage easy for consumers. In recent years, Apples lacks the innovation it used to be known for and even if they want to create something different and unique, they should find other ways of doing this without depriving mobile users of what they’ve been enjoying for years.
4. Media Support
With the audio output of the iPhone acceptable to a reasonable degree, media support for different video formats is impossible. With the default video player, you’re only allowed to play MP4 videos and nothing more. You can’t just download a video from the internet and watch on your device without going through the pain of converting to MP4 on PC and synchronizing through iTunes. I know there are certain apps that play other video formats but this should be possible be default without any third party application.
All iDevices run on Apple mobile OS which is iOS; this is clean, simple but very restricted. It’s almost impossible to modify or customize in anyway unless you jailbreak it. This jailbreak process still give some users a bit of freedom but I must tell you, Apple is doing everything possible to make jailbreaking process impossible for everyone. iOS 6 was tough till Evasi0n jailbreak came in, right? Just wait, iOS 7 will be tougher!
6. Limited devices
It’s the iPhone so, you have no choice but to either go for iPhone 5, 4S, 4 or 3GS. Variety, the say, is the spice of life but this is not the case with Apple products. There are limited devices to choose from and even worse, iOS is getting old… it’s the same old boring look since 2007 that’s just being re-polished. There are many types of Samsung galaxy, Nokia Lumia, Sony Xperia and others to choose from ranging from low-end smart phones to high end devices. Apple leaves you no choice.
It can’t be denied that Apple is a major player in the mobile market and their past innovations was very commendable but the tight competition they’re facing now should make them step up their game and give consumers what the consumers really want, not what Apple thinks they want. I’m sure a survey should actually help the company but I doubt if they actually listen to their customers at all.
With all the reasons above, I am not implying that one phone is better than the iPhone or trying to be a fan of a particular company, I’m just stating facts here. I like the iPhone but I can see it’s numerous flaws. What do you think?