The Droid is not out yet, but the Droid does website and commercial have been up since Satuday. The commercial makes some fair points about the iPhone not having certain features, but what Verizon does not know is that most of the “i Don’t” remarks are not true for iPhone users who are jailbroken. If you don’t know what a jailbroken iPhone is, go to the jailbreak page to find out. If you want to jailbreak your iPhone, check out our jailbreak iPhone 3.1.2 post.
Here is a list of the features mentiond in Verizon’s iDon’t commercial. Jailbroken iPhone users can already get these features.
- iDon’t have a real keyboard: An iPhone does not have a physical keyboard, but it does have a virtual keyboard. Out of all the virtual keyboards I’ve tried, the iPhone’s virtual keyboard is the best. It is really easy to use, and I consider it a real keyboard.
- iDon’t run simultaneous apps: Users with jailbroken iPhones can download the Backgrounder app from Cydia and multi-task with it.
- iDon’t take night shots: Yes, Verizon is right on this one.
- iDon’t allow open development: I’m not really sure what Verizon means by this, but the jailbreak community does allow open developmet.
- iDon’t cusomize: Jailbroken iPhones are really customizeable. With Saurik’s Winterboard application, the iPhone can be themed. There are many different quality themes available in Cydia.
- iDon’t run widgets: Try the Intelliscreen application from the Rock application. It has widgets that allow you to put whatever you want on your lockscreen. There’s also an application called QTweetr that lets you tweet any time you want by sliding it out.
- iDon’t have interchangeable batteries: That’s true, no amount of jailbreaking can give us interchangeable batteries but I don’t really look for this feature in phones.
If Apple were open source, the iPhone could really take on all their competitors. Unless Apple opens up, their competitors like Verizon Droid, Palm Pre, or other phones do stand a good chance at beating them. It doesn’t seem likely that Applew will ever open up. They are always trying to patch the exploits that allow iPhone users to jailbreak. They love playing the cat and mouse game. Will the Verizon Droid cause Apple to open up? I really hope so