I joined the legions of enthusiastic iPhone owners last week when I powered-up my brand new smartphone. This week I join the chorus of iPhone owners who wonder about how, in entering the smartphone market with a much anticipated product, Apple went so far without going the distance.
- No way to Copy/Cut/Paste – Probably the best known of the iPhone’s shortcomings is the absence of functionality that’s so basic and expected, it’s analogous to having a laptop permanently fixed to a desk.
- Notes that don’t synchronize – The Notes interface in the iPhone is great. Somehow, Apple overlooked the ability to synchronize Notes with Stickies on Mac computers.
- To-do list… where is it? – This one is also shocking. It’s a smartphone and PDA and (forget synchronizing) there’s no application to track to-do lists.
I had a Palm Pilot some time ago. It was a fraction of the appliance the iPhone is and still managed to have the core features of a basic PDA. I hope that Apple addresses these gaps, soon, or that the community steps up and covers for Apple.
All that said, I love my iPhone. I find the interface to be second-to-none and I’m grateful to be able to synchronize it with my Mac (something that my Blackberry gave me grief with). Knowing that the three issues I identified are probably only software issues, I’m confident that they can be addressed in an upgrade.