All iPhone Reviews

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NY Times: David Pogue
- "so sleek and thin, it makes Treos and BlackBerrys look obese."
- After walking around with the iPhone unprotected for 2 weeks, no marks on it. Glass smudges are easily wiped off.
- 700 megabytes is occupied by the phone’s software
- Making calls can be a 6 step process if phone is off.
- Web, Email is superior
- Battery Life Test: 5 hours video, 23 hours audio. Note: did not turn off Wi-Fi and other features as Apple suggests.
- Typing was OK. Difficult at first, but learned to "trust" the keyboard. "The BlackBerry won’t be going away anytime soon."
- Cites AT&T network as iPhone's biggest downfall. Cites Consumer Reports survey which ranks AT&T network as last or second to last in 19 out of 20 major US cities.
- AT&T’s EDGE cellular network: "excruciatingly slow"
- Slideshow of photos taken with iPhone
- Video Review

Newsweek: Steven Levy
- bottom line is that the iPhone is a significant leap
- The iPhone is the rare convergence device where things actually converge.
- e-mail looks more like you’re working on a computer than a clunky phone
- YouTube videos work great on Wi-Fi, but can display in a lower quality when you’re not at a hotspot and are using AT&T’s EDGE network
- unless I did a lot of video watching or Web browsing, [the battery] could generally last the day
- I’ve been jamming it in my pocket with keyrings, coins and pens, and so far it’s nearly as good as new.

USA Today: Edward Baig
- Apple's iPhone isn't perfect, but it's worthy of the hype
- The revelation is that it's also comfortable to hold and touch.
- I expected to miss the tactile feel that a physical keyboard provides. I didn't.
- You can hold a conference call with up to five people.
- No voice recognition or voice dialing
- halfway decent internal speakers for listening if you set the thing down
- iPod games are not compatible with iPhone
- our company tech department raised questions about the security settings Apple required with our Microsoft Exchange servers.
- Battery life didn't prove to be a big problem in my unscientific tests
The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg and Katherine Boehret have posted their review of the Apple iPhone.

Mossberg and Bohret
tested the iPhone for two weeks in multiple usage scenarios and in various cities:

Our verdict is that, despite some flaws and feature omissions, the iPhone is, on balance, a beautiful and breakthrough handheld computer. Its software, especially, sets a new bar for the smart-phone industry, and its clever finger-touch interface, which dispenses with a stylus and most buttons, works well, though it sometimes adds steps to common functions.

Some highlights:

- largest, highest resolution screen of any smart phone they've seen, most internal memory
- Impressive battery life and thin
- Feels solid
- Regarding the touch keyboard: "After five days of use, Walt -- who did most of the testing for this review -- was able to type on it as quickly and accurately as he could on the Palm Treo he has used for years."
- Can't use T-Mobile SIM cards
- Wi-Fi capability doesn't fully make up for the lack of a fast cellular data capability
- Multitouch: "effective, practical and fun"
- No way to copy/paste text
- Microsoft's Exchange system support
- Voice call quality was good, but not great
- Can't record video
- No Adobe Flash support
- Songs can't be set as ringtones


Apple says it plans to add features to the phone over time, via free downloads, and hints that some of these holes may be filled.


The iPhone Matches Most of Its Hype [New York Times]
The iPhone is Breakthrough Handheld Computer [Wall Street Journal]
Apple's iPhone isn't perfect, but it's worthy of the hype [USA Today]
At Last, the iPhone: A first look [Newsweek]
 
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thinkart

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this part worries me...
- No way to copy/paste text
- Voice call quality was good, but not great
:mad:
i sure hope they can update the copy paste....I ALWAYS USE THIS!
Apple says it plans to add features to the phone over time, via free downloads, and hints that some of these holes may be filled.
i hope Apple is taking these reviews seriously. a lot had good things to say.
 

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wjp: don't know where you got that or if you wrote it up yourself (I've seen it posted to a few sites.) Either way thanks for sharing.

Glad to see that the 'official' reviews from people who have actually used the device ar generally positive.

Especially happy to hear about the scratch resistance.

- SR
 

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Im not going to comment on the "problems" as they have no effect on my decision nor do I really care what the media thinks, but I will say that the good not great voice quality comment is irrelevant. I have never seen any cellphone receive an EXCELLENT call quality rating from media reviews. These so called "reviewers" decide for some stupid reason that cell phones are EXACTLY identical as landlines in terms of call quality. Although cell quality has improved, landlines always will have an advantage.
 

ash

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Thanks for summarizing the reviews! Very helpful; now I don't have to read them all individually!
 

Jeff

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Wow, from reading these reviews and the iPhone / AT&T drawbacks, there are more reasons to wait:
  • The initial iPhone model cannot be upgraded to use the faster networks.
  • The bigger problem is the AT&T network. In a Consumer Reports study, AT&T’s signal ranked either last or second to last in 19 out of 20 major cities. My tests in five states bear this out. If Verizon’s slogan is, “Can you hear me now?” AT&T’s should be, “I’m losing you.”
  • Then there’s the Internet problem. When you’re in a Wi-Fi hot spot, going online is fast and satisfying. But otherwise, you have to use AT&T’s ancient EDGE cellular network, which is excruciatingly slow. The New York Times’s home page takes 55 seconds to appear; Amazon.com, 100 seconds; Yahoo. two minutes. You almost ache for a dial-up modem.
  • Making a call can take as many as six steps: wake the phone, unlock its buttons, summon the Home screen, open the Phone program, view the Recent Calls or speed-dial list, and select a name.
These drawbacks may be deal-killers for some people.
 

wjp09

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NOT I. I will get it either way. I will judge the edge speed myself.
 

thinkart

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Newsweek's Steve Levy says
"Simply typing 'yo' qualifies as one of the 200 SMS messages that come with your plan."
uh...DUH! his review is decent other than that statement. that was the dumbest thing to state. what SMS service calculates SMS's based on characters? thats not a flaw of the iPhone. that is what ALL service providers do.
link to review
 

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NOT I. I will get it either way. I will judge the edge speed myself.
Please let us know. I'd also be interested in call quality and the other issues singled out, not just EDGE speeds, which was already pointed out in tests as being pretty slow. And I've already had AT&T service so I speak from my own experience dealing with very slow EDGE speeds and many dropped calls here in NYC. The reviews don't lie.

I think that when the initial thrill wears off, many early adopters will be anxiously awaiting the next model. I do believe that AT&T will be working on improving their network. But I'll need to see that before I sign another 2 year contract with them.
 

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Here's something I guess that was obvious, but I never really thought about the impact of......
No MMS.

David Pogue made a comment in his photo slideshow about being able to take pictures with your mobile phone, and send them to your spouse. Yes, you can send photos in emails, but most phones can't receive those. I didn't even think of that. It's true, though. I've tried sending several photos via email to my cellphone, and it never works......damn...I dunno, man...I'm seeing WAY more negative points than good, now. Would it be possible for them to add MMS by a simple itunes-downloadable software update?
 

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This may be OUR answer!
http://www.pixdrop.com/
you will be able to access this from your iPhone safari browser and send pics to other cellphones that don't have email.
[SIZE=-1][SIZE=-1] PixDrop.com is the first service with the ability to send free picture messages from your computer to your cell phone. We support Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and AT&T, formerly Cingular subscribers. We plan on adding additional carriers in the near future as we figure out how each carrier works. We hope you find our free picture messaging service easy to use and helpful when you need to get a picture from your computer to your cell phone.[/SIZE][/SIZE]
 

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This may be OUR answer!
http://www.pixdrop.com/
you will be able to access this from your iPhone safari browser and send pics to other cellphones that don't have email.

Yeah, just read a comment on another board about how old and antiquated MMS is compared to mobile email. A valid point! I'm back on track, now. lol
 

mcnearcj

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My opinion on the EDGE speeds...

Your experience is going to vary, there is no way to completely judge the speeds across the board because there are way too many variables just like any wireless network.

Weather, Signal Quality, Environment "noise", and network congestion are a few that I can think of.

These all pose a problem in any wireless network and you just have to accept that you won't always have the perfect connection. Given time improvements will be made but that's not going to get me to wait. By the time 3G coverage is more available people will be saying the same thing "That damn slow ass 3G network!"

It's not like I plan on doing research and downloading torrents on my phone.. I just want to read the news and check sports scores, maybe chat with a friend on aim while I wait for a plane. Some people just expect too much.
 

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This may be OUR answer!
http://www.pixdrop.com/
you will be able to access this from your iPhone safari browser and send pics to other cellphones that don't have email.
That is assuming you can browse the filesystem on the iPhone to attach a file via a web upload form. This capability has not been discussed as of yet. We'll see friday.

None of the cons of the iPhone have been a dealbreaker for me. I knew most of then before they were even mentioned in the reviews. I'm still FULL SPEED AHEAD!
 

thinkart

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That is assuming you can browse the filesystem on the iPhone to attach a file via a web upload form. This capability has not been discussed as of yet. We'll see friday.

None of the cons of the iPhone have been a dealbreaker for me. I knew most of then before they were even mentioned in the reviews. I'm still FULL SPEED AHEAD!
psst...thats what the maybe was for
lol
 

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these reviews arnt bothering me either. all stuff i expected to hear. they reviews are actually better than i expected they would be

... i would almost guarantee, that they will update soon with the abilitly to take videos. we have youtube on the phone, they have to give us the ability to take our own videos, and then upload them to youtube right from the phone. mark my words, i really feel like they will fix that very soon. (which also means that browsing files while in the web browser would work, which means that pictures sending site would work)

i say within the month of july an update for the iPhone will come out addressing most of the fixable complaints.

they also cant give us EVERYTHING on the first phone.. they have to give us something to look forward to in the next iPhone. hah. they have to keep up the hype, which Apple LOVES to do.
 

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There is a video review from USA TODAY's Ed Baig & Jefferson Graham but I noticed that the iPhone display didn't turn off when he put it up to his ear. I thought Steve said it would to save power and that your face didn't make any inputs on it? I attached a picture of him.
 

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wjp09

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There is a video review from USA TODAY's Ed Baig & Jefferson Graham but I noticed that the iPhone display didn't turn off when he put it up to his ear. I thought Steve said it would to save power and that your face didn't make any inputs on it? I attached a picture of him.

Dude its pointing away from his face. Hes not even really on the phone anyway.