I'm done, I'm handing in my Apple iPhone badge and tacking back my Samsung BlackJack II.
The reasons are:
- Battery life. It's beyond frustrating how low the battery is, I'm constantly in meetings and hardly at my desk most days. Having a phone that can withstand the day to day slog of an average business manager is something I need first and foremost. The iPhone simply doesn't sustain the battery power to last.
- Keyboard. I heard a joke the other day "help, I'm blind and bleeding and can't dial 911". It made me laugh as the keyboard for me is frustrating, the spell checking is bad at predicting words and it's harder to type at the speed I'm used to with the Black Jack II. I need a physical keyboard to touch instead of the 2 finger style typing one does now,
- Outlook Inbox. This could be our fault or it could be there's, I'm not incline to care whom as at fault. Suffice to say going from Windows Mobile Outlook to iPhone is 5 steps backwards. I get average 44 emails per hour some days, and having the need to filter out emails is critical. In the BlackJack I simply start typing B R A D and then all emails are filtered back to my bosses name, Brad. Important when he's asking me a question on a topic at the time. iPhone its "can i get back to you on that.." which puts me in follow up mode. Hate follow up mode
- Outlook Contacts. This may not be for the mainstream out there, but here on Microsoft campus there's what 150+ buildings we own in the one area. Trying to find where a building is is part of the problem, then finding out a persons location is annoying. Furthermore to make the most out of my time, I at times want to visit folks while I'm in their building. Figuring out where some of the Program Managers live isn't possible on the iPhone. I instead have to keep a separate notes of all my friends locations? the location field is missing.
- Applications. In general the applications really aren't that special. There's an odd application here and there that I use briefly, but I get annoyed or easily bored with them and they just sit there in the offscreens doing nothing. The fact I also have to close an application and can't multi-task between applications gives me the biggest annoyance. In that say I want to make a phone call but can't remember the conference call code, i then want to go back into either email or the application - it just takes time. BlackJack II never had this problem.
There are benefits to the iPhone but for me, it's just not working out so I'm breaking up with the iPhone.
We had laughs with YouTube, it sang to me when I needed a pickmeup (iPod) and it always left me unbored at lines (Movies).
That being said, i have an iPod Touch, which is sitting on my desk gathering dust. If i want the "perks" of the entertainment / game factor, iPod Touch is perfectly fine.
Now convince me that I'm just over-reacting...