3 reasons I returned my iPhone 3G

A couple of days ago I bought an iPhone 3G. Today I returned it. Although it’s an amazing device and revolutionary, it didn’t really suit me. My Nokia N95 is pretty much exactly what I want at the moment – it’s like comparing a quality family car like our Ford Focus C-MAX with a supercar such as the Koenigsegg CCX:

Whilst it’s great looking at and borrowing someone elses supercar, you wouldn’t want to go to Tesco’s in it, would you? It would be impractical. And so the iPhone proves to be. Here’s the 3 main reasons why I returned the iPhone 3G:

1. It’s difficult to text

With the N95, as with most mobile phones, it’s possible to compose and send text messages with one hand. It’s not straightforward to text on the iPhone – it requires two hands and is fiddly to enter characters using the QWERTY keyboard.

2. Hannah wasn’t happy

Although if I’d really liked it this wouldn’t have been an issue, my wife didn’t like the fact I’d taken out a contract with 02 when I’ve still got a few months remaining on my Orange contract. We get free broadband and VOIP calls with the latter contract, you see… :-p

3. It’s painfully proprietary

Although you can jailbreak it and there are workaround to create your own ringtones on the iPhone, it’s not always straightforward. It makes you feel like you’re using someone else’s device rather than your own. It’s kind of the same reason I bought and then returned a Nintendo Wii earlier this year.

What I’d like to see is a touchscreen tablet, slightly larger than the iPhone, that can connect both to wireless networks and to mobile broadband via HSDPA. I’d carry that around in addition to my N95 (or equivalent). Either that, or something that has a touchscreen and a keyboard… šŸ˜€

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  1. And was it easy enough to return it having taken out a contract?

  2. And was it easy enough to return it having taken out a contract?

  3. Yes, absolutely! The Mac 'Genius' only asked out of interest – youdon't even have to specify a reason within 14 days. :-)

  4. >What Iā€™d like to see is a touchscreen tablet, slightly larger than the iPhone, that can connect both to wireless networks and to mobile broadband via HSDPA.

    Have you looked at the Nokia N810? http://www.nokia.co.uk/A4630129

  5. >What Iā€™d like to see is a touchscreen tablet, slightly larger than the iPhone, that can connect both to wireless networks and to mobile broadband via HSDPA.Have you looked at the Nokia N810? http://www.nokia.co.uk/A4630129

  6. Thanks Andy, but you can't connect when there's no WLAN around, can you?

  7. I believe you can use the data connection on your N95 via Bluetooth.

  8. I’ve found ‘Three’ to be excellent for data. It sometimes messes up when I use it with my MacBook Pro though. I agree with you on the iPhone thing, the N95 is somehow better; you need it to do something, somebody else has written the application.

  9. Yes, the Nokia N95 has HSDPA capability built-in. Before I bought mymobile broadband dongle I asked Orange how I'd go about 'tethering' myN95 to my netbook via Bluetooth. They said that it would cost me a lotof money as they don't do unlimited data plans. O2 on the otherhand… šŸ˜‰

  10. I've found 'Three' to be excellent for data. It sometimes messes up when I use it with my MacBook Pro though. I agree with you on the iPhone thing, the N95 is somehow better; you need it to do something, somebody else has written the application.

  11. I'm with 3 as well on pay-as-you-go. It's a bit annoying that anycredit expires after 30 days, though!

  12. I just returned mine after using 3 days. Iphone battery sucks. With out of the box settings, it lasts 2-3 hours max. apple says to disable 3G and location services(gps) to improve battery life. disable 3G for iPhone 3G? I tried disabling both and I got around 6-8 hrs battery life. May be mine was faulty. I am going to wait couple more months before considering iPhone again. phone is also not stable. It used to restart more, not sure why.

  13. I just returned mine after using 3 days. Iphone battery sucks. With out of the box settings, it lasts 2-3 hours max. apple says to disable 3G and location services(gps) to improve battery life. disable 3G for iPhone 3G? I tried disabling both and I got around 6-8 hrs battery life. May be mine was faulty. I am going to wait couple more months before considering iPhone again. phone is also not stable. It used to restart more, not sure why.

  14. I bought and love my iPhone 3G. The widgets are great. But I do have some trouble texting on it. Otherwise, great for me. And I drive an old, inexpensive car.

  15. I bought and love my iPhone 3G. The widgets are great. But I do have some trouble texting on it. Otherwise, great for me. And I drive an old, inexpensive car.

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