4 More iPhone 4 Design FlawsOct 12th, 2010 | By James Lewin | Category: iPhone, iPods & Portable Media Players
There’s been lots of discussion recently about “glassgate” – the ongoing problem with glass breaking on iPhones.
With the iPhone 4, Apple put glass on both sides of the phone. Presumably because it looks pretty cool.
But you’d expect a device with glass on two sides to end up with cracked glass about twice as much as a device with glass on one side, wouldn’t you?
Now Squaretrade (a company that sells iPhone extended warranties) says that iPhone 4 glass is breaking 82% more than iPhone 3gs. It’s about what you’d expect, but still a pretty major design problem that Apple has made worse instead of fixing.
But Glassgate and Antennagate aren’t the end of the iPhone 4′s design flaws. Here are three more.
The iPhone 4′s Flash Problem
No – not THAT Flash problem.
This flash problem:
The flash for the iPhone 4′s camera is useless, except for situations where you have to choose between no photo and a terrible flash photo.
Try, if you like, but the iPhone 4′s flash won’t let you take a good photo.
Apple Doesn’t Know The Meaning Of Free
Apple used to be known for its respect for usability – but they’ve been slipping.
Why does Apple now want you to “Buy” everything, even when it’s free?
Every time iTunes prompts you that you’ve got updates for your free iPhone apps, you go through the same thing.
You get the “Download All Free Updates” option……that’s followed by this:
Why does Apple always want you to log in and “Buy” free stuff?
The iPhone 4, along with Apple’s other iOS devices, also suffers from single user-itis.
Unlike other modern operating systems, which have supported multiple users for decades, iOS only supports one user. This wasn’t such a big deal when the iPhone was first released – because it only had a few apps on it.
But now, your iPhone probably has Facebook on it and Twitter, too, and a bunch of other apps that you’ve signed into.
Or maybe your child has signed into them, resulting in a constant stream of notifications from kids that want to chat with you.
If the iPhone is going to be a real mobile computer, it needs to support multiple users.
While these 4 design flaws are annoying – the iPhone is still the best mobile device for a lot of people. I’m glad that Apple’s got some competition, though.
What’s your biggest annoyance with the iPhone 4?