Why I returned my iPhone by Farhad Manjoo

… So if Farhad Manjoo is so hot for it, why is he giving the iPhone back? There are loads of reasons: As a phone, it’s middling (or it’s fantastic and stuck on a middling network, which amounts to the same thing); it’s missing some key features; and even though many of these features could be added by third-party developers, Apple has locked it up. I listed the main missing features here; of these, the one that rankles most is 3G networking. The iPhone’s portable Web, as great as it is, runs on EDGE, and thus is too damned slow. I’m hoping that when Apple puts out a phone that can take advantage of the 3G networking standard, it’ll be appreciably faster.

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