Not everything that glitters is gold, and not everything about the iPhone 4 is, well, golden. Sure, there’s much to like about the new model, starting with the Five Best Things About the iPhone 4 listed earlier.

But let’s face it: there were some disappointments, too. Let’s take a look at five ways Apple missed the mark:

1. The design I’ll reserve final judgment on this until I can actually hold one in my hands, but I think Apple’s design team beat the iPhone 4 with an ugly-stick. It’s a slab, not an elegantly rounded and tapered thing of beauty like previous models. I mean, look at it:

2. “iOS 4″ I understand the logic behind ditching the “iPhone OS” moniker, as the operating system also runs on iPads and iPods. But “iOS”? Bleh. Even Palm’s misguided “WebOS” is better than that.

3. No Verizon If I had a nickel for every time someone told me they wouldn’t buy an iPhone because they couldn’t get it on Verizon, I’d have a wheelbarrow full of nickels. You really have to wonder what AT&T is giving Apple for this exclusivity contract. Daily deliveries of gold bullion? Free hookers? What?

4. Video calling (a.k.a. FaceTime) Meh. Video calling looks cool in the movies, but in the real world it’s awkward and unsatisfying. Plus, it’s not exactly comfortable to hold your arm perfectly steady in front of you for the length of a typical call. These are among the reasons I think FaceTime will be a flop.

5. The higher-resolution screen Call me crazy, but to me the new “retina” screen just seems like overkill. How much sharper do we need a 3-inch screen to be? I’ve never once looked at my 3GS and thought, wow, if only this had four times as many pixels. And you know what? More pixels consume more power. I’d much rather have four times the battery life.

And don’t even get me started on iAds! (Granted, that’s more of an iOS 4 thing.)

Your turn: what iPhone 4 features (or lack thereof) made your “worst” list? Hit the comments and let the arrows fly.

BNET article by Rick Broida photo courtesy of CNET

3 Responses to “5 Worst Things about the iphone 4”

  1. georges Says:

    The one thing I hate about the iphone (I have a 3 G), is that every 3 or 4 months it looses all my music and I need to connect to itunes to fix it. And I also hate how Apple denies the problem is important (I posted on their forum and got no help other than restore your phone by connecting to a PC).

    The one feature I was hoping we would get is USB 3, because it would make synchronizing the iphone with the PC much faster. I can’t imagine how much time it will take to upload HD videos to my PC …

    Now I was afraid when I read the title of this post that there were really 5 bad things about the iphone.

    #1 Design: not a problem for me, as long as it fits in my pocket. I’ll be using a protection jacket, so unless I buy the white version, I won’t notice the design.

    #2 iOS: why the hell would the OS name matter???

    #3 no Verizon: not a problem for me, there are 3 major operators in France, and each of them sell the iPhone

    #4 video calling. I agree, not a big plus, but if it’s integrated with Skype, then I’ll probably find some use to it. But yet, I would not pay more than 3 Euros for that feature.

    #5, higher resolution screen. it’s true that it’s not a big deal too, but it can’t hurt. Plus they are increasing battery life even with the higher screen definition.

  2. Tony Ramos Says:

    I would still like to see Verizon for the iPhone! That way maybe I could finally get some reception

  3. Jay Caparzo Says:

    In whoever posted this articles defense.. there aren’t a whole lot of bad things to say about the iphone. These really are the 5 worst things (if you HAD to make a list)

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