-And because I happen to own a Mac as well as an iPhone…
July 27, 2010 2 Comments
A little background:
I have owned an iPhone for some time now, and not to “Say Anything” how much I like the OS and the versatility of the gadget, but it has proven time and time again that a phone is no longer a phone, but a pretty nice little mobile computing device. Email, music, pictures and internet: it is just all there and runs quite smoothly, and to date has to be the best phone-ish device that I have owned.
Now that I am done touting the phone’s GOOD qualities, let me drop the two BAD qualities that annoy the piss outta me.
1. YOU HAVE NO OTHER CHOICE BUT TO USE AT&T’S NETWORK.
The only annoyance that I have with it is that due to the travelling that I participate in the full capabilities of the phone are only used while I am back in the States, due to AT&T conveniently NOT having an agreement with the local provider here where I am employed. Usually this is not that much of an issue as other phones that have a neat little insert called a “SIM” card (a card that has all of the cell provider’s data on it so that you can use the same phone to connect to different networks) that you can switch out depending on your location… But the iPhone does not. Oh, it HAS a SIM card, but lo and behold it is software locked and thus does not recognize any other card but AT&T! Great thing too about it is that you can indeed make calls internationally with the required network, but calls only run you a paltry $3.50 a MINUTE. Yep, for the price of a pack of cigarettes pre-Obama you could talk to fam and friends for a whopping 60 seconds!!!
“Mom, this ten minute call just cost me the monetary equivalent of a carton of cigarettes or three 12-packs of Land Shark. You really think that getting an update on the dog’s ass-to-carpet dragging story was worth that much? You owe me. You owe me BIG TIME.”
2. WHERE’S MY DAMN PORN APPS?!?!?!
According to what I have read writing apps and getting them actually published in the itunes store for the iPhone is like having to present tribute to the king (and be granted acceptance of said tribute) before you are allowed to farm your own lands: every app, no matter how much time and effort you invest in it, has to have the content approved prior to being placed in the store, where it is subjected to something like a 30% fee to Apple off the total retail value. I seem to recall that the Android OS that is out is completely open-source and does not have these same restrictions at all, so developers are able to push the envelope of what the OS and the phone can do and get recognized accordingly, and can shop around for where they want their apps to be distributed from. I never thought I would say this, but Google, I tip my hat to you on that one.
-Not to leave out the main purpose of this though, but the closest thing that I have seen on the itunes store to a porn app was silhouetted cartoonish illustrations the Kama Sutra. Even the damned Playboy app has chicks in CLOTHING. Clothing, I tell you!
All in all it is an interesting day when I find the US Gubment doing something that I AGREE with, soooo… Cheers to you, Library of Congress.