iPhone flaws highlighted
I like the 3G S, don’t get me wrong. But – and I’m not the only one to point this out – there are some flaws. Sorry, iPhone fans. It’s true.
If it’s not reports of overheating batteries, it’s security flaws. The vulnerability, which can be exploited through sending computer code via the phone’s text messaging system, was highlighted a few weeks ago, but has yet to be fixed.
In the meantime, experts warn, iPhone users are vulnerable to having their devices taken over and puts affected users at risk of identity theft.
But aside from the security vulnerabilities, there are a few things missing from the iPhone.
My top five:
1. Decent battery life. I was (mistakenly, clearly) under the impression that the iPhone 3G S had a better battery life than its predecessors. Not in my experience. I’m averaging one charge a day if I’m lucky – and I barely use it as a mobile phone. If it’s supposed to be used for music/phone/internet/email, why doesn’t the battery reflect it? And while I’m aware that it’s (partly, at least) due to push settings on the applications, surely someone somewhere in Apple should have picked up on this fact before it was released.
2. The ability for apps to run in the background. Getting logged out of instant messaging because you want to check your email is a bit of a pain. Likewise that I can’t run Boombox or other music apps in the background while I work online.
3. An FM radio. Which would handily eliminate the need for the third party radio apps that currently don’t run in the background.
4. The ability use it as universal mass storage. That way you don’t need to use iTunes for everything and you could possibly use it to edit documents on move without having to download yet another app.It might handily solve that annoying tendencey it has of prompting me to erase my phone’s music library any time I dare plug it into my laptop to transfer music instead of my desktop, which just happened to be the first PC I installed iTunes on.
5. A better camera. Yes, it’s a phone. No, a camera is not a necessity. But fact is, people use them. So instead of relying on third-party apps (yet again) to zoom or perform even the most basic editing features, perhaps Apple should have put a little more work into the camera functions.