I've had roughly 7 hands on hours with the iPhone 3GS. While the device performs entirely like a newer, faster, more powerful iPhone, a few pit-falls regarding searching and tagging leave me a tad confused.
Undoubtedly, the video recording feature is absolutely phenomenal. I've already been recording everything around me for the fun of it, and within a few hours, I managed to capture roughly 20 different videos. Alongside this, with the new auto-focus photography feature I found myself taking more pictures. Situations where images would've shown up blurry or dark in the past, now have been given a nice enhancement, which inevitably increases my confidence in the iPhone's camera, which means more photos.
But after a few hours, my photo and video library is full, and finding a specific video or photo couldn't be more of a time suck. I have to basically choose between a list of different thumbnails. Why do I still need to do things this way when Apple's baked in Spotlight Search into the OS? Why can't I flick my homescreen to the right and search for my videos based on a title or a few tags I've given them? At that rate, why can't I title and tag my videos or photos? With 16 and 32GB flavors of the new iPhone, we're talking mountains more memory than competing devices. Yes, we know it's an iPod too, but we can actually search for music in that iPod much in the same way we should be able to search for photos and videos.
Search is an absolutely phenomenal thing to focus an OS around. If done right, everything, at anytime, from anywhere inside the OS, can be found by typing in the desired result. But it doesn't work if things aren't indexed, like the iPhone's photos and videos.
As an iPhone owner, I'd like to be able to give my photos and videos a title, description and some tags. Obviously, this could be worked into the entire user experience in a very elegant way, and would be entirely optional for the end user. However, as the memory in my device increases, so will the amount of media on it, and so will the need for me to alter, edit, include and omit things from my search results.
In a nutshell, Apple, if you're going to give us Search, don't half-ass it, let us tag and label our media so that we can find it. And in the meantime, if Apple doesn't respond, or care, maybe an iPhone developer wants to whip up a solution for organizing your photos and videos, then making them available in search. I'd buy the a copy for me and all my friends.