View Poll Results: What was the biggest iPhone FAIL of 2008?

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  • Push Notification Not Shipping

    18 18.56%
  • No Turn-by-Turn Navigation

    13 13.40%
  • Lack of Extended Blue Tooth (stereo, keyboard, etc.)

    10 10.31%
  • Extremely Long Backup Process

    1 1.03%
  • Still No Cut/Copy and Paste

    26 26.80%
  • No Way to Send Contacts

    0 0%
  • Limited SMS/No MMS Functionality

    13 13.40%
  • No 3rd Party Multitasking/Background Processes

    16 16.49%
  1. Rene Ritchie's Avatar
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    01-24-2009 05:22 PM
  2. jamesus's Avatar
    Went with copy and paste. Although, Clippy is working out nicely for me and I might have to try hClipboard now...
    01-25-2009 05:30 PM
  3. sting7k's Avatar
    Wow this one is tough to decide, so many let-downs in iPhone land this year.

    This may come as a shock to some but I really do not care about copy/paste on the iPhone, I never used it one time on any other smart phone I owned.

    Do not have any interest in stereo bluetooth profiles, but data transfers would be nice. Backups were not as bad for me as I heard others experience backups hours long. Do not care about MMS, only addition to SMS I would like is landscape mode, please!

    So, after having the push notifications promised for Sept. and then never happening is pretty big fail.

    But, having no form of background processes for 3rd parties kind of ties into that same thing. There have to be some apps that can do this, maybe Apple could build in some kind of task manager or something to allow you to choose which apps you want to let run in the background and which you don't to keep things smooth.
    01-26-2009 01:24 PM
  4. Jeremy's Avatar
    Lack of push for all 3rd party apps. Apple teased us with it and did not come thru.
    01-26-2009 01:34 PM
  5. ScottUrman's Avatar
    No turn by turn for me. Still waiting on the rumored tom tom effort.
    01-26-2009 02:04 PM
  6. hotrod#AC's Avatar
    While Copy and paste seems so "part of every other computing platform".....I can probably count with just two hands the times I've really wanted/need copy/paste functionality.

    For me, turn by turn would awesome, but it wouldn't work great until background processes were allowed to run. Even when I use RunKeeper to monitor my jogging distance and time, it still has to be open and running in the foreground to keep track of me. Booooo.

    Push notification is a big dissappointment since it was promised back in September....and we haven't heard crap about it since last summer. But again if we could have background processes then push notifications would not be needed as much.

    And I've said it before, I miss Sprite Backup that I used on my PPC...I wish there was someway to 'image' and iPhone and quickly restore that image for when I hose things up too far. I used to use it as a safety net. Before starting some weird registry editing project or testing out some new beta software I would back it up with Sprite Backup...then if things went bad, I could just restore the image and I would be right back where I was 15 min ago running smooth and enjoying life. I wish there was some sort of Sprite Backup for the iPhone.
    01-26-2009 02:41 PM
  7. jambo175's Avatar
    To use the phone as a serious business tool, cut and paste has to be added. I have dozens of times a day when information is sent via email that should be copied directly in to my calendar, meeting information, webex details and so on. Come on Apple, get it together already.
    01-26-2009 09:31 PM
  8. jasonact's Avatar
    Why isn't the lack of video recording on this list? That is the biggest problem that I have with the phone. And the one App I DESPERATELY want more than any other.
    01-27-2009 12:03 AM
  9. jamesus's Avatar
    Why isn't the lack of video recording on this list? That is the biggest problem that I have with the phone. And the one App I DESPERATELY want more than any other.
    There's an app called Cycorder that does this.
    01-27-2009 10:24 AM
  10. ihateallex's Avatar
    I have to choose just one??
    01-27-2009 07:28 PM
  11. jamesus's Avatar
    I have to choose just one??
    This isn't Chicago politics. "Vote early and vote often" does not apply here!
    01-27-2009 07:30 PM
  12. avatar test's Avatar
    I am shocked that a media centric device with bluetooth doesn't offer bluetooth stereo. Is this a software limitation or a hardware limitation?

    This type of functionality was easily added to old palm and WM devices via a driver and software hack. Maybe there is hope for a hack to add A2DP to the iphone.
    01-27-2009 11:52 PM
  13. jamesus's Avatar
    I am shocked that a media centric device with bluetooth doesn't offer bluetooth stereo. Is this a software limitation or a hardware limitation?

    This type of functionality was easily added to old palm and WM devices via a driver and software hack. Maybe there is hope for a hack to add A2DP to the iphone.
    Seeing as there is a jailbreak program that allows bluetooth file transfer (jailbroken iPhones only of course), it is most likely a "feature" Apple turned off.
    01-28-2009 12:00 AM
  14. technosexual's Avatar
    Still no copy and paste. Le sigh.
    01-28-2009 02:14 PM
  15. ijerk's Avatar
    Wow, some say I complain too much, but here goes, no Macromedia flash, no video recoding, can't record phone calls (I wish I could record phone calls for work, so I wouldn't have to write into stickies while on speakerphone), $2 for ringtones (thank you Audiko), no insurance, no A2DP...however, way better than anything else on the market.
    01-28-2009 03:56 PM
  16. msbaylor's Avatar
    At first I thoughyt I'd go with Copy/Paste function, but then I realized all (or most) phones have some sort of MMS feature, while the iPhone aka "Media Phone" doesn't? Shame on Apple...
    02-01-2009 06:56 AM
  17. gludington's Avatar
    Voted for lack of background processes, because that is what I really want, though I agree with Ash, in that the push notification service was the biggest failure, because they promised it, failed to deliver, and have been silent on it ever since.
    02-02-2009 01:40 PM
  18. Microcosmos's Avatar
    I could definitely use a little copy/paste action over here. I even find myself trying to do it occasionally, an old habit from my Treo days. It sure would come in handy! But for now, I will console myself with some cute emoji.  There, I feel better already! 

    D'oh! [edit] These things only work on the phone itself??? Well poo.
    Last edited by Microcosmos; 02-09-2009 at 02:52 AM.
    02-09-2009 02:49 AM
  19. AuntyBurgie's Avatar
    Number one gripe is not being able simply to forward a message. Soooo irritating.

    Two is the awful bossiness of iTunes. I want more control over what, how and when I sync. Heaven help you if you don't want the same contacts on your phone and on your PC, and goodness isn't it difficult to get them the same. I can't find a way to replace all contacts on iPhone with contacts on my PC because that option doesn't appear in iTunes - ever. Why do all the manuals and discussion forums tell you you can do certain things in iTunes that you can't - (at least not after days of researching and trying) via certain menus that apparently don't actually exist. It's driving me crazy.

    Three, why do all my photos rotate so that when they come back onto my phone they are all sideways!! How dumb is that. I don't want a sideways picture of my son when I'm ringing him. Am I missing something very simple?

    I could go on. It's certainly not nearly as easy as I'd been led to believe. iTunes and the iPhone manual have an aura of 'Newspeak' about them - simple because the nformation is just plain not there.
    02-09-2009 01:17 PM
  20. Grumps's Avatar
    I'll go for limited basic cellphone functionality.
    02-12-2009 01:34 PM
  21. Leanna Lofte's Avatar
    Number one gripe is not being able simply to forward a message. Soooo irritating.

    Two is the awful bossiness of iTunes. I want more control over what, how and when I sync. Heaven help you if you don't want the same contacts on your phone and on your PC, and goodness isn't it difficult to get them the same. I can't find a way to replace all contacts on iPhone with contacts on my PC because that option doesn't appear in iTunes - ever. Why do all the manuals and discussion forums tell you you can do certain things in iTunes that you can't - (at least not after days of researching and trying) via certain menus that apparently don't actually exist. It's driving me crazy.

    Three, why do all my photos rotate so that when they come back onto my phone they are all sideways!! How dumb is that. I don't want a sideways picture of my son when I'm ringing him. Am I missing something very simple?

    I could go on. It's certainly not nearly as easy as I'd been led to believe. iTunes and the iPhone manual have an aura of 'Newspeak' about them - simple because the nformation is just plain not there.
    1. I never forward messages, but I do find it strange that it's not possible.

    2. What are you talking about? Example?
    I believe if you create contact groups, you can select specific groups in iTunes to sync with.
    Even before my MobileMe days I did not find it difficult to keep my contacts the same on computer and iPhone... it's rather simple...

    3. I've never had this issue. My guess is that your computer automatically flips photos for viewing (I know iPhoto does this) even if the actual file is sideways. I would double check your files.
    02-12-2009 01:48 PM
  22. kyleshaNKLES's Avatar
    I think a next software update is the biggest fail. 3.0 or whatever but the bigggest dissapointment in all with the iPhone, above all others, is no multi-tasking. As another said up above, MMS, copy/paste, Stereo Bluetooth isn't at all neccesary. But seeing as the iPhone calls itself a PDA, it should support this feature. [sigh] I just don't understand Apple.

    This lack might actually push me to buy an unlocked Pre. Since, with all denial aside the Pre is just better than the current iPhone model. Maybe next iphone model I'm sure. And dont take this lightly because I'm on my iphone 24/7 and it's the best piece of technology I've ever held but certain lacks ARE.JUST.UNBEARBLE!!!
    02-19-2009 01:04 AM
  23. Little Bella's Avatar
    cut/copy ... I have seen some great examples out there of how it could work. Are they saving it for the next big feature? ... surely its something that should have been there from day one... Maybe its not that simple!?
    02-19-2009 08:22 PM
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