NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Apple's (AAPL) (Stock Quote: AAPL) redesigned iPhone is destined to be a knockout success. The phone scores high on style points with its sleek glass and stainless steel design, and it wins points for its multitasking software and improved screen.
There are, however, a few shortcomings.
(AAPL)The Apple iPhone 4 is set to go on sale Thursday. Judging by the record demand during the pre-sale period, the newest iPhone will make a huge sales splash, especially with old iPhone owners trading up.
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All the presales excitement and Apple-driven hype have set expectations very high. But mighty Apple plays to a tough crowd. It's an affluent group that has been eager to buy the next new thing out of Cupertino, Calif. It's also a highly discerning group with a refined taste in gadgets, and that makes them a bit fussy.
(AAPL)Here are five bruises on the new Apple iPhone that may engender complaint.
(AAPL)No.5: A skimpy camera
(AAPL)As smartphone challengers like HTC, Motorola (MOT) (Stock Quote: MOT) and Nokia (NOK) embrace the megapixel race with 8-megapixel and 12-megapixel cameras, Apple's new iPhone keeps it cheap with a 5-megapixel model.
(AAPL) (MOT) (NOK)This will be a bigger point of contention this week when Verizon (VZ) (Stock Quote: VZ) and Motorola unveil the Droid X Wednesday, the newest Google (AAPL) (Stock Quote: GOOG) Android phone, which features an 8-megapixel camera. Android phone giant HTC has also been generous with 8-megapixel cameras in its Droid Incredible and Sprint's (S) EVO.
(AAPL) (MOT) (NOK) (VZ) (AAPL) (S)Meanwhile, Apple, always the laggard in cameras, won't enter the 8-megapixel class until next year when it debuts a sweet Sony (SNE) camera in its 2011 iPhone. But by then, who knows where the rest of the pack will be?