To iPhone or not to iPhone; Part Deux!

May 03 13:26 2009 Print This Article

Here’s a quote from my post regarding the iPhone:

I’d love to hate the iPhone but at this point I can’t yet. Its got the best touchscreen in the business and the smoothest user experience thus far. The main draw is that the iPhone uses a capacitative touchscreen instead of a resistive one. The former reacts to your skin’s electrical conductivity, while the latter relies on physical deformation (resisting/pushing/pressing) of the screen. It enables the iPhone (and any future capacitative products) to have a very accurate and sensitive touchscreen compared to everything else.

Couple that with Apple’s stylish, snappy interface, and you have a phone you’ll love just tapping on. The built in Safari browser is the best mobile one so far, even without the support for Flash. (most streaming video and colorful websites use Flash intensively) YouTube can be viewed via an application on the phone separate from the Safari browser.

The only reasons you or I shouldn’t run out to get an iPhone might be based on our preferences (or business needs). Some notable considerations include:

1.) Data plans in the Philippines suck. Considering that regular iPhones are locked into Globe, you’d find it funny to learn that Globe’s internet through its “high speed” 3G network is horribly sluggish. Without the internet, the iPhone’s capabilities are limited – possibly even negating the need for the large touchscreen. I mean, do you really need a big screen to call people and/or text?

If you can get Wifi in the places you frequent, then this shouldn’t be an issue. Plus it wouldn’t cost you a ton from Globe.

2.) Not the best business phone – I believe Apple just recently updated the iPhone software to include Push E-mail. Which is a big thing for business-savvy people. It enables your e-mail to be automatically sent to your phone, and replied on your phone, whereever you are. It still lacks a few more standard business functions similar to that. The lack of a real Querty keyboard also hurts your typing speed a wee bit. If you’re going to be using one, I’d imagine you wouldn’t be typing blog posts in it – but you’d easily type a couple paragraphs on a comfortable querty-phone.

3.) No decent camera. I’m way into this one. The reason I chose my current phone is its powerful camera and flash (5MP and xenon flash – digicams use xenon). The iPhone has a 2 megapixel shooter with no flash. While useful for small prints and viewing in small LCD screens, it wouldn’t blow up nice and would generally be dark. I don’t bring a camera unless I’m sure there are formal, social occasions, but then that means I’d lose all the chances of taking pictures whenever I didn’t bring one. Hence, the built-in camera preference. I’ve been in more than a few social occasions where nobody’s brought their cameras and my phone was there to the rescue. What’s more, and the iPhone has this, is GPS-tagging photos. So when I go back to my gallery, I can pinpoint exactly where in Palawan this wierd shaped island I took a picture of is. A small detail, but I like it.

4.) Apple’s slighty monopolistic products – be ready to like iTunes, the software that you need to sync your iPhone with your computer. If you have an iPod, this shouldn’t matter, but if you like choice, Apple isn’t for you. Some accessories, chargers, and products need to be Apple approved products, as there are no generic USB cables or similar. There is no memory card slot either.

In the end, you’d have to consider what you’re planning to use the phone for. What I find most often with iPhone owners is that they rarely ever pull it out and use it, possibly because you can’t really do much in them unless you have an internet connection. Buying an iPhone for just voice calls and text messages is a complete waste, even if you consider the fact that its a fun, stylish phone. If you were planning on using the iPhone’s browser and multimedia functions a lot more, then a purchase will be more warranted. If you were planning on tapping out a lot of e-mails, texts, and any business-minded activities, you should pick out a great querty-phone like a Blackberry or the E71.

Personally, I’m into travelling, night spots, social events, and any spontaneous activities in between, so my choice is a xenon flash-equipped cameraphone – to capture the moments even at night. It instantly gives you and your friends a use for the phone as a form of a.) view pictures of previous social events or b.) take new pictures. I can find no way to introduce an iPhone into a social crowd save the fact that they can tap on the screen and swipe around pre-saved pictures you took out of your computer. Not exciting at all.

Whew! I hope that helps.

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  1. derdo
    May 04, 08:35 #1 derdo

    Are you into digital cameras too? Like would you know where to get one at a good price? Was thinking Olympus mu 8000 or something.

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  2. Sheina
    May 04, 13:59 #2 Sheina seem that know you few things about digtal cameras..and speaking of events, you do love to take alot of pics..

    this post is really informative when you look at it that way but still..

    its apple who doesn’t love iPhone or Apple product..


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  3. panzerpuff
    May 08, 00:18 #3 panzerpuff

    Apologies for the late replies.


    My knowledge on cameras, (and camera shops) isn’t as good as I’d like it to be, but I’ll try to help.

    The best priced camera shops would be in Hidalgo, Quiapo. A slightly shadier part of the city, so I’d take that into consideration. (You might have trouble accessing the place with a wheelchair.) There are other considerations, like an “Online Hidalgo” Multiply contact I have that sells camera’s from there. ( — I can’t vouch for them yet, since I haven’t tried it.)

    For the shops in Hidalgo, I found this quick reference:

    For now, I’d suggest canvassing the malls you frequent for a good shop. If you don’t want to get pressured by the sales staff, you could ask for the price of a certain model directly, then give them a “thinking” face, then say “Ok thanks, we’ll be back if we decide to get it.” (Babalik kami kung sakali)

    Though the amount you’d save on Hidalgo products can be really high, (especially on DSLR’s) it can be safer, and risk-free if you went with a trusted shop. The main thing would be the warranty. Some units are imported as “gray market” and thus, will not have any local support. (The warranty will be shop-only, not nationwide service-centers.)

    If you’re willing to invest some time into it, I’d go calling the shops in the list for any prices or return/warranty policies they may have, (even the ones in malls) plus if they can provide you with any conveniences – like a delivery, for example.

    Here is a link to’s best digital cameras space: (on the left are digicam categories you can pick, like 7 megapixel, 10 megapixel cameras. The Top 5 on a category is a great place to start.)

    Unfortunately, that’s the extent of my immediate knowledge on cameras. I’ll ask around to see if I can find any concrete recommendations as to which exact shop to go to or avoid and any other insights into buying one.

    At least, if you have a camera model in mind, that the only real considerations would be price and/or warranty and/or finding a shop where they’ll treat you well.

    Hope that helps.

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