Earlier today there was post over at MobileCrunch that suggests the new iPhone 4G will have the ability to record HD video. Most people seem to think that that would be a cool and attractive feature. I suppose it will be. But isn’t it more than a little off the mark for the iPhone to offer HD video even before they offer HD Voice? It is still fundamentally a phone, right?
Of course, offering video recording is a freestanding feature that doesn’t require any participation on the part of the cellular carrier. That makes it relatively easy to offer. It also promotes the purchase of phones with larger flash memory storage, which drives up revenues.
It still seems strange to me that Orange is rolling out HD Voice in Moldova and parts of Europe, but there’s little concern about voice quality in the US. Heck, it seems most iPhone users are happy just when their calls aren’t being dropped, at least in NYC and SFO. But that’s not so much the fault of the iPhone now, is it?