You’ll hear it just about every day; “I can do most things a computer can on my iPhone”. Every time I hear this cliché sound bite, I cringe, but I can see where iPhone owners are coming from – and I also know why they’re wrong. Following are five reasons.
Internet isn’t everything
When most people go for the catchphrase “my phone can do what a computer does”, the “what a computer does” that they’re usually referring to is browsing the internet. I must admit – as a graphic artist – the being able to walk around with the internet in your pocket is a great feat, but not only does a desktop do the internet better, internet browsing isn’t the only thing desktop computers do – or iPhones for that matter. Granted, lots of people buy desktop and laptop computers to browse the internet, visit social networks, and shop and pay bills online, but computers are made to handle more things than an iPhone ever will – well, at least for another ten years.
Apps are no match for applications
If you’ve been following the iPhone scene – and even if you haven’t – you’ve sure to have come across the magical word – “app.” “Have you seen this app”, “have you tried the new app”, “I have X many apps”, “there’s an app for that.” Hearing iPhone users talk about “apps” will make you think that they’ve all joined a cult, but apps can’t hold a flame to full software applications on computers. There are lots of great apps out there, but the average apps only serves a single dinky feature and can easily be compared to freeware applications available for most desktops. Apps aren’t designed to take up as little hard drive space as possible, and by doing so; are usually inferior when compared to computer applications.
Size does matter
The small size of the iPhone is one of its biggest selling points, but is its biggest weakness when compared to a desktop or laptop computer. The larger size of computers leaves extra room for more powerful systems, larger screen real estate, and the ability to expand – something Apple will never give its users. In addition to being larger, desktop and laptop computers are more ergonomic and won’t have you squinting your eyes and won’t have you poking the wrong character while typing.
The cost of owning an iPhone
At first glimpse, you might be forced to argue that the cost of a desktop or laptop computer is by far more expensive than owning an iPhone, but at second glance, you might be forced to think differently. The new iPhone 4 only costs $200 – for the basic – but costs lots more in service fees, apps, and additional costs like tethering and accessorize – accessories that are usually used to make your iPhone more like a computer. With a desktop, you’ll know the prices upfront, but you’ll continue paying for the iPhone for the remainder of its life – or unless until next year when you ditch it for the latest iPhone that Apple is sure to release.
Freedom is an idea – a concept, if you will – but it’s expressed more on the computer platform than when dealing with the iPhone. Apple wants to control their user’s experience, and they usually accomplish this by limiting the user’s experience. Unlike with your iPhone, a computer will allow you to perform upgrades, add external data, attach peripheral devices, buy apps from different stores, and won’t force you to shell out more cash and trash your current computer just to get better performance.
For more, read IPaid: 10 Worst Apple Products People Were Dumb Enough to Buy, The iPhone 4 and iPad 3.2.1 Jailbreak Has Finally Been Released, and 4 Reasons Apple Doesn’t Want You to Jailbreak Your iPhone – and Why You Should.
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