The guys over at the Boy Genius Report have a great article on the shortcomings of the iPhone. They pretty much nailed it. Everything that they describe is available in Windows Mobile and most of the features were available in the early releases almost 10 years ago!
It is unbelievable that to this day, there is no cut and paste on the iPhone and there is no user accessible central document store to store, um documents. Oh but they have Apps! I am waiting for the day when HTC or some other manufacturer releases a phone with Windows Mobile, touch features, at least a 3.5 in screen and HSPDA 3G for the US. On that day, the iPhone experiment for me comes to an end and it may be permanent.
Now, on to the list…
1. You can’t use custom sounds for email notifications, SMS, etc.
2. Copy and paste. Sorry, but it’s ridiculous at this point.
3. When forwarding an email with an attachment, the iPhone sends it out locally. That means if you have a 1MB attachment, you have to send 1MB worth of data when forwarding. This doesn’t happen on Windows Mobile or the BlackBerry — it’s sent from the server. Not cool.
4. No unified inbox. At this point, there’s no reason you should have to go through the rigmarole of switching through tabs and endless menus to get to another email inbox. Cut this down, give us color-coded emails that correspond with that particular account — something!
5. Video recording. Again, it’s technically possible, but we don’t have it.
6. The touch screen capture button in the Camera application is horrid. Let’s use one of the volume keys or something to take a picture. It’s not a good setup.
7. You can’t forward text messages. Something that is a no-brainer just isn’t here.
8. There isn’t a way to delete individual calls from the recent call list. Not that we need to hide anything from our girlfriends or anything…
9. No file structure that is user-accessible. That means you can’t save any attachment that isn’t a photo, you can’t download files from websites, etc. Additionally, each application can only access its own file structure so you can forget about doing anything sexy.
10. The push-background notification service is still nowhere to be found.