I am not an owner of an iphone or likely to be i nthe near future. However there are a few people at work that raved about them - then a week or so later a few short comings come to light. No T9 / Predictive text ? ok no big deal....
No flash for the camera ? this is a big deal as phones and cameras for the most part are becoming more and more integregated.
And I hear rumours that often text messages can end up going to the wrong person if you are not careful when composing a message and another message comes in from someone else.
Ok thse may be minors points... but its not cheap, no replaceable battery (not by the user anyway)
I enjoy using my iPhone 3G S. I have owned it for about two months and I am very pleased with it. I have always had ipods, and I was sick of my previous phone - an N96, so an iPhone seemed like a logical upgrade. I opted for the 16GB model because it works out quite a bit cheaper with Orange and I don't really think that larger storage space is worth the extra money. It is so easy to remove music/add more that I don't need to carry around vast amounts.
In regards to the predictive text stuff, the keyboard is irritating and the only failing of the iPhone. Firstly, I have to turn my iPhone landscape to be able to use the qwerty keyboard successfully as the on screen buttons are too small in portrait [upright] mode. Secondly, the phone likes to second guess what words i am going to write or have written. For example if you type the word "puck" [like hockey puck] it will SOMETIMES replace it with "duck". Likewise it does not recognise swear words and will replace those. You can add words to the dictionary but its irritating as the dictionary seems quite small. The phone will replace/suggest the wrong words which is enfuriating.
Audio quality is very good. I do however have a few gripes with how the music playback software orders your playlists, it just doesnt seem logical.
Video quality is also superb, I cannot fault it.
However loading web pages can be hit or miss. Sometimes very quick, sometimes very slow, even with the same levels of 3G coverage.
There are plenty of applications to keep you amused for the life of the phone, personally i dont see the point in going mad and spending loads of money on apps. £40 can be spent in some cases on, for example, GPS SAT NAV software. Combine that with the actual cost of the phone & then think about the downsides of using your phone as a satnav, - in my opinion some products are best left seperate and not part of your phone, GPS Satnav being one of them .