Wednesday, July 13, 2011

I Hate My iPhone 4

A couple months ago I needed to get a new phone in Korea, but Galaxy S2 wasn't out yet, and the only carrier willing to sell me a phone was SKT, so I decided reluctantly on an iPhone4. It is to date my most regretted electronics purchase ever, but I'm stuck with it. Here are some reasons why I hate my iPhone 4:

1) It friggin' sucks as a phone.

Okay, call me old school, but I firmly believe that voice is by far the best way to convey a lot of information in a short amount of time. And unfortunately, my beautiful iPhone is near worthless as a phone. For some reason, iPhone on SKT is a terrible combination - reception sucks, 3G always drops out, and if I hold my phone like, well, a phone, the call drops. Sure, I can stick a lame bumper on it, but that's like buying a Ferrari and putting cardboard on the doors to protect it from scratches.

2) The UI is great in some places, terrible in others.

Why isn't it obvious how to mute an incoming call (I Googled it, but I shouldn't have to). How come the entire UI freezes at inopportune moments (today it froze as I accidentally dialed a recent number, and I couldn't cancel it)? Why is Maps so much worse than Android? And for god's sake, why do I have to switch entire keyboards to type mixed language messages? I know I'm a rare user, but these things annoy the hell out of me.

3) The Contact list is worthless.

I can't tell who on my Contact list actually has a phone number, cause I synced my contacts, and the UI doesn't convey any useful information besides the name.

4) I can't call someone from Messages.

Why not? Isn't that a common use case?

5) For some reason, iPhone on SKT has the worst failure case for text messages.

If your phone can't send a text due to size issues, either you receive absolutely no indication that it wasn't sent, or you receive a bounce 24 hours later. For one thing, why should I have to know whether the recipient can receive an oversize text before I send it? Why doesn't that *just work*? And if you're gonna be lame about it, then how come there's no character counter in Messages? I'm supposed to count myself? Gimme a break.

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It's the little things that make or break a user experience, and I'd have to say that the more I use my iPhone, the more I can't stand it.

I miss my little robot.