ALTHOUGH I LIKE the iPhone as a cool piece of technology, there's just so much it can do alongside a lot of things it cannot do. In all the hype the sweet little phone enjoys, some people may assume the iPhone is the platform against which all other phones should be judged. It isn't that kind of phone at all because there are several important things my iPhone simply cannot do, starting with a range of applications that it cannot run (see left) simultaneously. Because you have to shut down one to run another application, there's no way you could compare things like Google Latitude next to a GPS mapping application. On my Nokia E90, I have run Google Latitude along with Nokia Maps to compare one's recommended route to another. While few people would need to have two separate navigation functions running simultaneously, some people may want to run a travel guide in one program along with a navigation guide in another program. You cannot do those things with the iPhone.
Smudge-resistant, tactile keyboard. You get tap and text with the iPhone and full QWERTY with devices like the Nokia E90. A standard keyboard with key-press response can give you 20 word per minute typing speeds. Tap texting often makes me appear like a drunk twit.
Camera Options. There's something a whole lot smarter in standard Nokia camera optics. I see a big difference in Nokia's auto-focusing. And there's no competition as a video camera. You cannot create a video clip with the current range of iPhones, which means online hosts like Qik, Kyte, Flickr video, and 12Seconds.tv have no content from the iPhone. That may change in June with a new iPhone but Nokia's camera optics are more than a generation ahead of the iPhone's so there's bound to be a gulf between the two phones for the near future.
Removeable Memory. I'm addicted to 8GB removeable memory cards that I slot in and out of my Nokia E90. The phone's internal memory is normally big enough to hold more than 1000 aggregated web pages along with six or seven Symbian applications. My iPhone's 8GB of internal memory is a lot of space for the average user but there are so many times that I drag and drop content onto my 8GB cards, knowing the tracks, videos, and still photos will play without a problem on the phone. I can carry more than an Atlantic crossing's duration of podcasts, video clips and reading materials around with me, without having to pay to sync them through the App Store. I like controlling my stuff that way.