Six Subpar Things about iPhone4 #TechTipTuesday

On Saturday I wrote about Six Sensational Things with iPhone4. Today, I am turning it around and compiling a list of six things which I think could be better or different. In both articles I am focusing on features that are unique to iPhone4 and not iOS4 in general.

On Saturday I wrote about Six Sensational Things with iPhone4.  Today, I am turning it around and compiling a list of six things which I think could be better or different.  In both articles I am focusing on features that are unique to iPhone4 and not iOS4 in general.  This is somewhat difficult and on at least one item, I stray over to the iOS4 side.

Also, since Saturday, I have experienced the alleged antennae reception problems in a substantial way.  I am not certain that this problem fits on the list though because it is defect in the phone, one that Apple should and hopefully will remedy promptly.  Nonetheless, dropping calls repeatedly and watching my bars go from 5 to 1 by holding the phone is not positive.

1. The Screen should be bigger.

The display is gorgeous without a doubt, maybe the best mobile display ever.  But a couple tenths of an inch would make a large difference.

2. The antenna on the outside appears to be a bad idea.

If holding the iPhone4 like I have held every phone for the last 10 years is a problem then, yes, something is wrong.  Even if it only happens to left-handed people  (not the case) and even it only happens in low signal strength areas.

Is there going to be a moment when someone at Apple shouts “Oh @#!$%!, why did we ever think we could put an antenna on the outside!”

3. The physical feel is not as comfortable.

Squared corners and sharp edges make for an attractive look.  To my touch, these items make the phone somewhat less comfortable than its predecessors to hold.  A case will help but the natural feel of the device is important.

4. Folders need larger app limits

Having folders in iOS4 is a good start.  Limiting folders to 12 apps is cutting into some of the potential of the folders.  If I have 23 apps that fit neatly into one category, why not allow me to place in the same folder?  It is a small detail, bordering on being ridiculously picky, but an annoyance nonetheless.

5. FaceTime restrictions are annoying

The potential of FaceTime to expand video calling to the masses is obvious after using it a few times.  However, expansion will come slowly, if at all, due to the predictable but nonetheless disappointing limitations:  it can only be used over WiFi (Thanks AT&T!) and only between iPhone4s.  The pool of potential users is miniscule measured against the smartphone market and particularly when compared with computer users.  I predict FaceTime explodes when people can use it with other smartphones and computers.

6. More glass?

A glass display is wonderful, crisp and solid.  Glass on the back of the phone is . . . well, I am not certain at this point, but it seems like another component that could be shattered.  And why use glass?  Does it improve the phone other than aesthetically?

Let me hear from you: What else could be improved on the iPhone4?

Posted by Shawn Roberts

On this blog, I write about and try to answer practical Oklahoma legal questions. My focus and most experience is in estate planning and business issues including Oklahoma non-compete law. I make a living as an attorney in the law firm I founded, Cazes Roberts, PLLC in Oklahoma City. I live in Edmond with wife Amy and my two children, Sam (17) and David (9). We live precisely in the path of where the "wind comes sweeping down the plains."

2 comments

Lee Roberts

Great critique. Got me thinking I am O.K. with my OLD iphone. Thank you