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Monday, November 19, 2007

iPhone far from perfection

Well, the iPhone is far from perfect. Yes, in many ways it lives up to the hype. Yes, it is an innovative, fabulous, desirable gadget. And yes, it is the best thing since sliced bread. But it is still a very long way from the truly "convergent" device, the holy grail that will revolutionize the way we use mobile technology.

I won't bore you by listing all of its shortcomings here, save to say that anyone looking for a mobile office will find the iPhone experience a frustrating one and would be best advised to stick with one of the many Smartphones already on the market.

Some of the iPhone's weaknesses will no doubt be fixed by a future "software update" from Apple. Others, like the non-expandable, measly 8GB of flash memory, the Bydisappointing 2 mega-pixel camera and the frustrating 2G data transfer speeds on the mobile network owners will just have to live with.

However, despite its shortcomings, the iPhone is the device that has strapped a much needed rocket to the rear end of the mobile industry. It's forcing manufacturers to raise their game. Things move quickly in the world of mobile technology and, in just a few short months, rest assured there'll be a host of devices boasting iPhone type features at much more affordable prices.

And how are today's iPhone pioneers going to feel when Apple, faced with all this competition and innovation, produces an improved device? The blogosphere is already abuzz with rumor about plans for iPhone Mk2 and they'll be stuck with Mk1 until the end of their contracts.

So, if I were you, I'd resist the temptation to get an iPhone. Just for a few more months. You'll be glad you did. You never know what's around the corner, but I bet it'll be worth the wait.

By CNN Anchor/Reporter Adrian Finighan
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