Alternate title: Why my next phone will be a black Nokia N82 & not an iPhone…
The iPhone 3G that was announced today during Steve Jobs’ keynote at the Apple WWDC in San Francisco and the Apple fanbois/grls were drooling, as well as drowning Twitter into a catatonic state with their drool.
I waited patiently next to my laptop for over 2 hours this morning to see if Apple would add two features to the iPhone that would convince me that it might be a good phone for creators. What two features would that be?
1) An upgraded camera that would make it at least competitive with other phones in its price range, at the very least a minimum of a 3.2 megapixel camera. If Apple really wanted to make creators drool, then 5 megapixels with a good lens that would be competitive to the Nokia N95 and N82.
2) Video recording capacity. My mom’s crap little camera phone that she bought 2 years ago for half the price of an iPhone can record video. iPhone’s can play video but they can’t record it.
So, I wait by Twitter, MacRumors, and Engagdet Mobile. The announcements starting rolling in… $199! 3G! GPS! Approved applications store coming! Thinner! Plastic! White & Black!
Wake me up when the Jobs announces a real camera… snooze snooze snooze…
zzzzzzzzzzzzz……. Twitter dries itself off and comes back online and I notice that none of the fanbois/grls are tweeting about the camera. Hmmmm…
Off to the Apple site I go looking for the new iPhone 3G specs… After 10 minutes of reloading it, the new specs come up just before noon.
1) No new camera. Same old 2 megapixel, puny lensed, blurry non-wonder as last year, only addition is geo-tagging of photos with new GPS feature.
2) No video capture / recording.
The iPhone 1.0 and 2.0 are beautiful mobile devices with a lovely User Interface (UI) but why nearly all consumption and very little creation?
I am disappointed. I wanted to be able to have more than just the Nokia N95 and N82 to recommend to fellow artists, friends, and family when they are looking for a new kick ass camera phone with an easy to use UI, internet, and GPS.
To quote James Whatley, “Meh. Next.”
To quote me, “One would think that Apple would have upgraded the phone to at least 3.2 megapixels… As Bill the Cat would say, ‘Ack! Pphhhbbbtttt!’ ”
Unless something better comes down the pipe, my next camera phone will be the black Nokia N82. Nokia, release a North American 3G version of the N82 at $199… Kick Apple’s bootay!
By consumption vs. creation, I am referencing Jonathan Greene’s post on “Nokia N95 or Apple iPhone?“, where he makes the great summary quote: “The iPhone is for consuming content, while the N95 is for creating it.”
If you need any proof of my drooling over the Nokia N82, please refer to my Urbanista Diaries photos and posts. The N82 is the best camera phone on the market for photography. ‘Nuff said.