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iPhone 2.0/3G

As some of you may know, I own an iPhone.  No biggie, right?  It seems like everyone and their brother owns one, so no, I don’t think I’m special here.  As a matter of fact, I purchased a refurb 8GB from AT&T during their first refurb sale in March for $250, so no, I didn’t stand in line for days on end or pay the outrageous $600 to have the “privilege” or “honor” of being the first one to own one on my block.  I do that enough for other consumer electronics (HD DVD and Blu-ray anyone?).

However, that’s not to say that I wasn’t wanting one since it was introduced in 2007.

I’ve been a BlackBerry user for about seven years now, in part due to what I do for a living.  For what BlackBerry does right (corporate push e-mail, phone and build quality), it does a number of things wrong (web experience, music and video).  I’d usually find myself in need of more than an e-mail king, especially when I’m on the road.  I needed something more than the BlackBerry, but less than a laptop in a compact format.  I needed portability, but didn’t need multiple devices to put through the airport X-Ray machines or one device to weigh me down even more.  

Maybe one day I’ll get into what drew me into iPhone, but it mirrors what pretty much everyone says about the phone.  It’s a good phone, good at e-mail, a great web experience, and a damn great iPod w/ Video.  It has its warts as well, which is why I looked forward to 2.0.

2.0’s promise of third party software, ActiveSync, possible full Bluetooth profiles, and a whole host of rumored features excited me.  Finally, new features that would allow the iPhone to move from a good user experience to an excellent mobile platform for both consumers and enterprise users.

And that’s why I’m somewhat disappointed with WWDC yesterday.

I think Apple really hit the mark with most of the software features, and really catered 2.0 towards the enterprise market, especially around security and Exchange support.  However, consumers are still missing a few things, especially full Bluetooth profiles, cut and paste (why oh why is this missing), native MMS, and *gasp* Adobe Flash!  I mean, hell, many of the websites are unbrowsable due to a lack of Flash.

I am hopeful the 3rd party apps will resolve many of the software gaps, and I wholeheartedly admit that it may be Apple’s plan to begin with.  But the choice of demos of some of the apps being worked on were, well, strange.  Games is not what really sells these things.  Medical apps?!?  Wasn’t it Steve Jobs who doesn’t believe LCDs are good for medical applications, especially medical imaging?  And now medical apps on a 3.5″ screen?  Where were the apps that made people go hmmmm?  Where were the apps that thought out of the iPhone?  These innovations are what I’m looking for, not pedestrian games.  I hope on July 11th when I upgrade iTunes and my iPhone that the AppStore does blow me away.

And the iPhone 3G?  I’m not selling my iPhone 2G just to get 3G networks and GPS (and a slightly different black or white back).  I already have WiFi pretty much everywhere and EDGE gets me what I need when I’m not in range of WiFi.  And GPS?  While a great feature, it’s not something that’s going to make me run out and buy a new one.  Looks like I’ll be waiting for iPhone 3.0 before I upgrade.

Now let’s see what July 11th truly brings.

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