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13 reasons not to buy an iPhone

updated 04:10 am EDT, Thu July 19, 2007

AT&T 8525 vs. iPhone

PC World editor-in-chief Harry McCracken, who earlier this year left the publication because an anti-Apple piece was censored, has posted a list of 13 reasons not to get an iPhone, including lack of 3G, inability act as a modem for laptops, no built-in chat client, no slingbox client, a lack of adequate storage space, inability to edit Office documents, no built-in To-Do list, contract requirements and the virtual keyboard. McCracken says he purchased a Windows Mobile-based AT&T 8525 instead, commenting "A week with the iPhone showed me I could be adequately happy tapping out text on its screen. But I'm happier still with real keys with actual tactile feedback--the 8525's slide-out keyboard provides nice big ones with a dedicated period key, real arrow keys, and other luxuries," but admitting "(there are ways) that the iPhone is more impressive than the 8525, and it's just plain fun in a way that the 8525 will never be."

McCracken in April left the publication after newly appointed President & CEO Colin Crawford sought increased control over the editorial process from its then editor-in-chief McCracken and refused to publish a negative piece about Apple titled "Ten things I hate about Apple." In the weeks following the public controversy over the magazine's editorial integrity, Crawford returned to his former post at IDG Communications with a new "Executive Vice President" title (previously he was "Senior Vice President"), while McCracken returned as editor-in-chief of the magazine.

by MacNN Staff




  1. AshUK

    Joined: Dec 1969



    What I don't get is why doesn't it have MMS messaging, it's very popular and common here in Europe, it's just like sending a SMS

  1. Gee4orce

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No MMS

    The reason for no MMS is because it's an utter rip-off ! Once most of your friends have iPhones (say, september time :) ) it's far easier to use email to send photos to each other than it would be to MMS them, the quality isn't downgraded like it is with MMS - but most importantly: *it's FREE !*

    The data rates for SMS and MMS messaging are out-and-out scandalous on most tariffs. Up until now, people have put up with it because there was no credible alternative, and the mobiles networks have been having a field day. Hopefully the iPhone will wake people up to the crazy rates they are being charged to send a photo on a mobile...

  1. davesmall

    Joined: Dec 1969


    McCracken hates Apple

    I have an iPhone and find it to be incredible.

    McCracken has long since identified himself as an Apple hater. You'll get nothing but biased comments from him so why pay attention to his blatherings?

    Could the iPhone be improved? Sure it could. Would I rather have 3G than AT&T's edge? Sure I would. How about dropping the price to $50 instead of $600 and giving us flat rate unlimited phone calls and internet access for say $30 per month? I'd go for that too. And what about giving it tethering capability as a modem for laptops? Sure, I'll take that one too. And how about Skype VOIP rather than AT&T metered minutes? Sure, bring it on.

    It's such a shame for a distortionist like McCracken to focus on the negatives as if he's trying to find only negatives. It's about the same as if Tony Parker were to write an article titled, "13 Reasons not to Marry Eva Longordia."

    The bottom line is that the iPhone is several orders of magnitude better than any other cell phone because it is so much more than a cell phone.

  1. MacnTX

    Joined: Dec 1969


    OK McCracken...

    And I can quite easily come up with an article of "26 reasons not to buy an AT&T 8525" too....

  1. jimothy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    9 More reasons:

    Nine more reasons (because eight would not be enough, but ten is too many)

    1. It doesn't have a puree function (though it does blend!)

    2. It doesn't slice, dice, or julian fries.

    3. Lower camera resolution than a Canon 1Ds MkII

    4. Does not allow GPS tracking of your pets and kids.

    5. Low frame rates for Doom 3.

    6. Default "wallpaper" doesn't feature lush green fields and overly saturated blue skies.

    7. Denied Official Harry McCracken Seal of Approval.

    8. Can't squirt songs to your buddies Zunes.

    9. No built in web server makes it "not a very good web hosting phone," according to Steve Balmer.

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: 9 more reasons:

    HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! man, I needed that! :)

  1. PookJP

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The best thing...

    to do would be to ignore this guy. A self-admitted Windows partisan's opinions are hardly newsworthy.

  1. RKDinOKC

    Joined: Dec 1969


    real issues

    The only real issues is the inability to sync calendar events over-the-air. That is what is driving the corporate smart phone market.

  1. amper

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Big deal. I published 21.

    Check my Slashdot Journal under the same username. I published 12 reasons days ago. There's some serious deficiencies in the iPhone software, hardware, and marketing. I'm really glad I didn't rush right out and get one immediately, because I'd be even more pissed off than I already am about this. I really want an iPhone, but I'm getting more than a little tired of putting up with Apple's bullshit.

  1. Clive

    Joined: Dec 1969


    be fair

    >but admitting "(there are ways) that the iPhone >is more impressive than the 8525, and it's just >plain fun in a way that the 8525 will never be."

    He says the above, which is a compliment, and about half of the stuff he lists I agree with (is there really no iChat on the iPhone!?).

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