Yes, I am now among the ecstatic legions with an iPhone – if my Samsung had not managed to last so long I would have jumped long ago. And now I’m as happy as all those other souls.
After 10 days of use, though, I have noticed a few small but surprising shortcomings in the otherwise killer UI:
- No cut-and-paste of text. Given that this is the best-known shortcoming, I can’t believe it hasn’t been addressed yet.
- No ability to highlight text and then delete it. You can only backspace it out. Really limits text editing.
- No reordering of information for a contact. Phone numbers (work, home, mobile) not only appear in random order after a sync with Outlook (apparently a sync issue), but there’s no way to reorder them (drag and drop does not work). What would fix both problems is the ability to set a default order for contact info and have every contact use it, so it’s consistent throughout. I just dialed someone’s fax number because it was the first on the list, where I expected their mobile to be.
- No ability to see the exact number of a recent incoming call. Given that this was the only option my old Samsung offered (it wouldn’t show the contact name on the received calls list), I was very surprised to find out that the iPhone does the opposite: it lists the contact name, but not the number. So if the contact has a landline and a mobile, you can’t find out which one they just tried you on – you just have to guess. (Update 2009-03-11: I learned via a comment that the iPhone does highlight the number the contact used on the page displayed when you click the blue arrow next to the name on the recent calls list. However on some iPhones this highlight is red, whereas on mine it is blue, which was too subtle for me to notice and understand what it meant. I’d like the ability to control this highlight color in preferences.)
- No ability to edit a contact off the recent calls list. Especially when you are first using a phone, you want to be able to add contact info for a call you just received. You can do this if the caller is not in your contact list yet. But if the caller IS already in your contact list…no dice. You are forced to switch to the Contacts app and look up the contact again there. Not intuitive at all (but, like cut-and-paste, probably has to do with apps not being able to talk to one another?)
’nuff said. Doesn’t make me rave about the iPhone any less. Just makes me want perfection to be even more perfect.