8 Things The iPhone 5 Still Can’t Do

In terms of specs, performance, and features, the iPhone 5 is Apple’s best to date.  This doesn’t mean it’s as good as it could be, however. There were a few egregious omissions from the keynote presentation – features that we not only want in our iPhone, but that we feel are overdue. 

NFC for mobile payments

NFC for mobile payments

Instead of building NFC into the iPhone, Apple would rather have you use its Passbook system, which lets lets users store tickets, gift cards, boarding passes, and the like.

It can handle some (but definitely not all) of the tasks that you might use NFC for. For example, you can’t use Passbook to wirelessly send money to a friend via PayPal.

NFC also lets you beam content between devices just by tapping them together. Samsung’s Galaxy S III takes advantage of this feature.

An improved texting solution on the keyboard, like Swype

An improved texting solution on the keyboard, like Swype

Swype is something of a mainstay on Android phones. Instead of tapping out your texts letter by letter, you can drag your finger over them without lifting it. The end result is that you get your message out much more quickly.

SD card support for extra storage

SD card support for extra storage

We’d like to be able to extend our device’s storage capability beyond the 64 GB maximum. History suggests that external SD card support isn’t going to be in a mobile Apple device any time soon.

A 128 GB option

A 128 GB option

The iPod Classic offered users 160 GB of music and video capacity. Many people (ourselves included) had no problem filling it right up.

Now that the iPhone is an easy replacement for your old iPod, we’d love to be able to carry the same amount of content around with us without having to pick and choose what stays at home.

Non-proprietary dock connection

Non-proprietary dock connection

We’ve never understood why our iPhones can’t use a standard USB port and a standard USB cable to sync. Now the iPhone 5 introduces a new micro-dock connection requiring the use of its own special cable.

If you want to use your old sync cables, you have to buy this $29 adapter.

A micro-HDMI port

A micro-HDMI port

Once again, if you want to get video off of your phone, it requires the use of a special adapter. (Unless you buy a $99 Apple TV.) The Kindle Fire HD and several Android phones use a micro-HDMI port, letting you run a cable straight from your tablet to the television.

This makes it easier, better, and more affordable for the user.

Replaceable battery

Replaceable battery

The battery life on the iPhone 5 has seen some nice improvements, but for the power users who are glued to their phones all day, it won’t suffice.

We’d love to be able to carry an additional fully-charged iPhone battery that we could pop in whenever the first one bites the dust.

While we’re at it, better battery life!

While we're at it, better battery life!

The iPhone 5’s battery life is about the same as the iPhone 4S’. Yes, it has a bigger battery, but the new 4G LTE radio and bigger screen use up a lot of that extra power. We wish Apple had included a better battery in the iPhone 5 like the one on Motorola’s Droid Razr Maxx. The Razr Maxx can last several hours longer than the iPhone 5.




  1. #1 by thleo on September 17, 2012 - 3:42 pm

    Is there any need to have SD card? It has from 16GB to 64 GB internal storage.

    Not more than 0.00001% of android phones use Swype. Furthermore iPhone has the most precise touch screen.

    Have you ever changed the battery of you smartphone?

    Apple had the same connector for over than 7 years. Have you ever complaint because your laptop has different charging connector from other laptops?

    NFC is still insecure. just google it.

    And just wait for the oncoming press release from Apple about the number of iPhones that have been sold out from the first day of its release.

    • #2 by thleo on September 17, 2012 - 3:45 pm

      Haha! And here they are:

      “Following today’s announcement by AT&T sharing word that the iPhone 5 has broken pre-order sales records at the carrier, Apple has issued a press release noting that it too saw record-breaking pre-orders of over two million units in the first 24 hours of availability. The performance breaks last year’s record of one million iPhone 4S units pre-ordered on the first day of availability.”


  2. #3 by blackberry on September 17, 2012 - 3:58 pm

    Apple is excellent at marketing.

    However, iPhone 5 lacks of exciting and important features.

  3. #4 by thleo on September 17, 2012 - 4:08 pm

    If the lack of exciting and important features brings you 2.000.000 pre-orders (from only one of the supported carries) from the first day, so be it.

    And after my arguments do you still believe that 99.0000001 of Android which dont have swype are exciting? Or is it important to have a removable battery ?

    • #5 by johny on September 17, 2012 - 4:17 pm

      Apple is the king of marketing.

      I agree with user “blackberry”

  4. #6 by thleo on September 17, 2012 - 4:12 pm

    And taking into account your name, you cant talk about exciting features when you still use 8-bit graphs for the UI

    Never speak of a rope in the house of a man who has been hanged.

  5. #7 by Corder on September 18, 2012 - 4:03 am

    Ahhh the fanboiness of Thleo is OVER 9000!

    Get over yourself, and have fun paying so much more for so much less. (that should be apple’s motto, srsly)

    • #8 by thleo on September 18, 2012 - 9:40 am

      No, I will pay for a quality product which was released in 2009 and I can still update it to the latest OS. its 2012…

      • #9 by Corder on September 18, 2012 - 5:06 pm

        No, you’re paying for the logo and name on a halfway decent product, where you can get many if not almost all the features in other phones for much less. Apple has always been overpriced, and will continue to overprice because fanbois will continue to buy them; just admit it and get it over with.

  6. #10 by Truck on September 18, 2012 - 8:40 am

    yes apple is dead people they had customers when they were innovative and had tons of apps and no one else did now Samsung is kicking i phones azz because the HD screen cannot be beat I have someone at my job who buys the latest gadget be it I phones I pads droids you name it he is Mr tech guy and everyone goes to him for the 411 on the latest gadget I phone needs to think more about their faithful customers and stop being so propitiatory

    • #11 by thleo on September 18, 2012 - 9:07 pm

      What’s the difference between iPhone and Samsung Galaxy 3 S in terms of pricing and features?

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