The iPhone is not a smartphone

And the reality slowly sets in about what the iPhone is and is not. Noted analyst and Engadget pal Michael Gartenberg stated that the iPhone is first party software ONLY -- i.e. not a smartphone by conventional terms, being that a smartphone is a platform device that allows software to be installed. That means hungry power-users -- you know, those people ready and willing to plunk down $600 for an 8GB musicphone -- won't be able to extend the functionality of their phone any more than Apple (but thankfully not Cingular) dictates. Other unfortunate realities about the device:

  • No 3G. We know you know, but still, it hurts man.

  • No over the air iTunes Store downloads or WiFi syncing to your host machine.

  • No expandable memory.

  • No removable battery.

  • No Exchange or Office support.