CNET UK Names iPhone the World’s Worst

iPhone Sucks

Ouch. Even the headline is painful. It appears that, in spite of a recently positive review in June, at least one editor at CNET UK has decided that it’s high time the iPhone’s shortcomings are shown to the world. In a slightly tongue-in-cheek list, Flora Graham spares no barbs detailing the biggest problems with the iPhone and concludes that while it’s a great handheld computer, it sucks as a phone.

Between dropped calls, inferior call quality, missed calls, hot temperatures, and negligible battery life, Graham reports that the iPhone is simply an inferior phone all around. After her rather exhaustive list, she begs the question:

If the iPhone is inaudible, unconnected, on fire and out of battery, why is the thing so popular?

While I appreciate her honesty on the subject, and am certainly wary of the iPhone’s remarkable grasp on the market, from my experience the list feels a little dramatic. Our iPhone has its quirks, but those flaws pale in comparison to the two Treos we had before. The fact that it’s a phone does indeed feel second-string in regard to everything else it can do, but I think that was the point of the phone to begin with. Making crystal clear phone calls isn’t necessarily the reason people buy cell phones anymore, especially considering that we have so many other methods of communication these days. I know, personally, I only make calls when I know email, Twitter, or Facebook isn’t an option.

However, the list and its acidic tone may simply signify a new trend in iPhone perception, especially on the heels of the Nokia lawsuit regarding the technology the iPhones use. With its single provider lockdown here in the states–only AT&T supports the iPhone–and many stories about App Store nightmares from developers and consumers alike, it might be time for Apple to consider their tarnishing image.

Do you have any iPhone horror stories? Do you think any new phones coming to the market as purported “iPhone killers” have a chance? Or are these negative iPhone stories just trying to get some press?

[Image: CNET UK]

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27 Responses to CNET UK Names iPhone the World’s Worst

  1. Perhaps we’ve all been too easily distracted by shiny things ever since we were wee little babies.

    Even as we grow up, we’re still too easily impressed by designer-labels on overpriced designer versions of products that are available more cheaply elsewhere.

  2. If you want to make calls and text people buy an old classic Nokia. If you want to listen to music, check email, update facebook, read the news and play games then they are the best phone.

  3. Perhaps we've all been too easily distracted by shiny things ever since we were wee little babies.

    Even as we grow up, we're still too easily impressed by designer-labels on overpriced designer versions of products that are available more cheaply elsewhere.

  4. If you want to make calls and text people buy an old classic Nokia. If you want to listen to music, check email, update facebook, read the news and play games then they are the best phone.

  5. Only time I’ve had my iphone (original or 3gs) drop a call is when I was driving through a canyon; not really a surprise. Call clarity has always seemed fine. Yeah, it gets warm, but not melt your pants warm like a macbook pro. The only one of those complaints that I actually have is that I do sometimes not have the phone ring… But that’s pretty minimal for how awesome the phone is otherwise.

    • Isn’t that a kinda big problem for a PHONE, though? For it not to ring?!

      Don’t get me wrong, I’m no major Apple fan (despite owning a Mac mini) and I do like the iPhone and will maybe get one, but because of the fact that (as the article said) it’s a brilliant pocket computer.

      If someone told me that sometimes a Motorola just doesn’t ring, I’d have serious second thoughts about buying it as a PHONE, so the same applies for the iPhone when looking at it’s capabilities as a PHONE.

  6. Only time I've had my iphone (original or 3gs) drop a call is when I was driving through a canyon; not really a surprise. Call clarity has always seemed fine. Yeah, it gets warm, but not melt your pants warm like a macbook pro. The only one of those complaints that I actually have is that I do sometimes not have the phone ring… But that's pretty minimal for how awesome the phone is otherwise.

    • Isn't that a kinda big problem for a PHONE, though? For it not to ring?!

      Don't get me wrong, I'm no major Apple fan (despite owning a Mac mini) and I do like the iPhone and will maybe get one, but because of the fact that (as the article said) it's a brilliant pocket computer.

      If someone told me that sometimes a Motorola just doesn't ring, I'd have serious second thoughts about buying it as a PHONE, so the same applies for the iPhone when looking at it's capabilities as a PHONE.

  7. I have to agree with cnet on this one. Let’s face it, Apple’s jewel is not doing any better than the cheapest Nokia dumbphone you’ll find on ebay when it comes to handling calls or sms. It may even be worse if you care about battery life, heat dissipation or call stability, thus cnet’s title.
    Now let’s be clear here: it’s a bad phone but a fantastic communication device nonetheless. I think it’s more a denomination problem we’re facing here: iPhone is more an internet multimedia tablet with cellular option than a phone.

  8. I have to agree with cnet on this one. Let’s face it, Apple’s jewel is not doing any better than the cheapest Nokia dumbphone you’ll find on ebay when it comes to handling calls or sms. It may even be worse if you care about battery life, heat dissipation or call stability, thus cnet’s title.
    Now let’s be clear here: it’s a bad phone but a fantastic communication device nonetheless. I think it’s more a denomination problem we’re facing here: iPhone is more an internet multimedia tablet with cellular option than a phone.

  9. Yep – app store = Nokia with full internet DER !

    And everything on the iPhone is nokia 2002 – seriously.

    The only thing it has is touch screen. ooh.

    Not a single thing on the iPhone that was not on my nokia n95 which I got almost 5 years ago.

    My n96 simply blows it straight out of the water – for serious, serious apps the nokia smashes the iphone all over the park.

    Including the very simple, but incredibly important swappable 32gig cards, multiple batteries (yes I have two spares which cost me $20 – phone lasts me almost a week with wireless scanning on etc.) – unlimited music, week long life etc.

    Further, the new generation of nokia are BATTERY FREE – keep up you fan boys.

  10. I have to agree with cnet on this one. Let's face it, Apple's jewel is not doing any better than the cheapest Nokia dumbphone you'll find on ebay when it comes to handling calls or sms. It may even be worse if you care about battery life, heat dissipation or call stability, thus cnet's title.

    Now let's be clear here: it's a bad phone but a fantastic communication device nonetheless. I think it's more a denomination problem we're facing here: iPhone is more an internet multimedia tablet with cellular option than a phone.

  11. Yep – app store = Nokia with full internet DER !

    And everything on the iPhone is nokia 2002 – seriously.

    The only thing it has is touch screen. ooh.

    Not a single thing on the iPhone that was not on my nokia n95 which I got almost 5 years ago.

    My n96 simply blows it straight out of the water – for serious, serious apps the nokia smashes the iphone all over the park.

    Including the very simple, but incredibly important swappable 32gig cards, multiple batteries (yes I have two spares which cost me $20 – phone lasts me almost a week with wireless scanning on etc.) – unlimited music, week long life etc.

    Further, the new generation of nokia are BATTERY FREE – keep up you fan boys.

  12. Sounds like to me a lot of people would be fine with the iPod Touch if it got Internet everywhere, even if they had to pay for that part. Of course then they’d have to carry 2 pieces of hardware that both do their jobs well, and who wants that?
    I was saying this early on when they started making phones that played music & game systems that play DVDs — I would prefer 4 single-use items that each do their job excellently than one Jack-of-all-trades item that does 4 things half-assed.

  13. Sounds like to me a lot of people would be fine with the iPod Touch if it got Internet everywhere, even if they had to pay for that part. Of course then they'd have to carry 2 pieces of hardware that both do their jobs well, and who wants that?

    I was saying this early on when they started making phones that played music & game systems that play DVDs — I would prefer 4 single-use items that each do their job excellently than one Jack-of-all-trades item that does 4 things half-assed.

    • Yes, it is, but re-read the article – Apple fails at it.

      They made a great handheld computer, no doubt. No-one’s gonna deny that. Not even that article.

      However, as a smartPHONE, it clearly has a few things lacking that even non-smartphones have as standard, such as, you know, telling you when you’ve got an incoming call.

    • Yes, it is, but re-read the article – Apple fails at it.

      They made a great handheld computer, no doubt. No-one's gonna deny that. Not even that article.

      However, as a smartPHONE, it clearly has a few things lacking that even non-smartphones have as standard, such as, you know, telling you when you've got an incoming call.

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