FIRST REVIEW from NY POST

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http://www.nypost.com/seven/0626200...ying_an_iphone_columnists_glenn_fleishman.htm


DON'T GET 'HUNG UP' ON BUYING AN iPhone

HARD 'CELL': Apple CEO Steve Jobs is banking on the new iPhone to fly off shelves come Friday.


June 26, 2007 -- TENS of thousands of people are expected to line up this Friday for themost hyped gadget of the decade - the iPhone.
Don't be one of them.
Oh, it's a technological marvel. But Apple's all-in-one handheld isn't the best cellphone - or even the best iPhone - that will be sold in the next year.
The iPhone crams so many different features into its slightly bulky form that it can only excel at one, and compromise on the rest. After spending some time, albeit briefly, with the iPhone, it's clear to me that Internet and e-mail are the parts that suffered.
The Web browser has fancy zoom and pan features that let you drag and pinch the screen with your fingers. The iPhone I tested performed those tasks well, and it's sexy to flick your digits instead of pressing too-tiny keys.
But the reality is that the iPhone has a very small screen compared to even the tiniest laptop. You can't read much of an article on a Web page without panning back and forth across. This is true of word-processing, too; at a size comfortable enough to read, you can't see either the full length or width of a document.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs was right when he said it's the best iPod the company has ever made. The screen quality is fantastic, and the movies pivot automatically as you rotate the phone.
But it's not an iPod. It's a $500 or $600 communicator that requires a two-year calling commitment. Monthly charges haven't been announced, but judging by comparable offerings from AT&T and other carriers, it should run you at least $50 per month in voice service and $40 per month in data service. That adds more than $2,000 to the iPhone's price tag over two years even before buying music or movies!
Consider also that Apple engineers already are hard at work on iPhone 2.0.
Modern cell networks use third-generation (3G) standards that are five to 20 times faster than that in the iPhone. Jobs said the chips to make a 3G iPhone weren't available when they designed the iPhone; but they are now, and are in some competitors' less-featured but faster phones.
It also skimps on storage. The $600 iPhone comes with 8 gigabytes of storage, enough for 2,000 songs or 16 episodes of "Heroes." A $250 video iPod can handle 7,500 songs or about 25 hours of movies.
You can bet that iPhone 2.0, probably available within the next year, will be faster and have more storage - probably for the same price.
Tech geeks and some businesss travelers will wait in line Friday (or pay someone else). You should wait for the next version.
Glenn Fleishman writes a column called "Practical Macintosh" from his Seattle home.
 

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What a lousy review...i wouldn't even classify it as one.. It really offers no new insight and will not affect my purchase.
 

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That's not a review. Doesn't even sound like he has actually used the device! He is just rehashing the specs we have heard before.

I will wait to hear from a journalist that has had real experience using the phone.
 

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What a lousy review...i wouldn't even classify it as one.. It really offers no new insight and will not affect my purchase.
Me either. I will have that thing on Friday if I have to travel to several different stores to get it! I'm obsessed! :laugh2:
 

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not because it was a negative article, but that was the stupidest most ignorant article i've ever read.

i stopped reading after he compared the iPhone's screen to a LAPTOP!

hell, why didn't he just compare it to a 42 inch plasma.
 

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That's not a review. Doesn't even sound like he has actually used the device! He is just rehashing the specs we have heard before.

I will wait to hear from a journalist that has had real experience using the phone.
Agreed! Sounds like he just made a patchwork of random stuff he heard (all the while sporting a chip on his shoulder).
 

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Trust me, this dude had his mind made up before he even touched an iPhone. I'm sure he's a microsoft zombie.
 

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1) I hate NY Post Puns.
2) The review was short and off point. Why compare the iPhone to a laptop that is stupid.
3) He was way off on the pricing. Why would speculation on pricing be part of a "review"?

Horrible review.
 

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I agree with everyone here... "Don't buy it because it's smaller than a laptop? Oh, but it's bulky..." What kinda *&$% is that?! It's not a laptop! You can't put laptops in your pocket! And you can't call your mom from McDonald's with a laptop you happen to have on you at the moment. Oh, and how many phones have iPod capabilities and 480x320 screens? Too small a screen? Try a movie theater, you freakin' Pulitzer Nevergonnahappen!

Not that I'm an iPhone zea lot... I want to read real reviews, too. But when someone spouts uneducated crap, all the while admitting he had a "brief" chance to use the phone, it just makes my blood boil. He didn't even have the news about the data plans, but felt the need to run off his mouth about how much it would likely cost, overstating it at that!

As the wise Robhon stated it, this Hack needs to go back to writing about which nag showed in yesterday's lunchtime feature at the track.

ilLegalBeagle
 

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Last week, there were stories about all the hype. This week, the same group of journalist are saying "wait before you buy" for (insert some reason). Until they use an iPhone, they simply cannot pass judgment. I do believe there is a level of frustration that comes out in these articles. Frustration that stems from a lack of information. Journalist are usually "in the know" and this isn't the case with the iPhone unless you are David Pogue or Walt Mossberg.

-Chris
 

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ok, that's it, after waiting 1 and a 1/2 years listing to rumors of an iPhone and 7 months of hype after announcement of said iPhone. I let him talk me out of it because the screen isn't the size of my macbook pro.:oops:

get a grip. beside for me it's more than the internet anyway. I have a smart phone now with a data plan and have never used the internet feature. I want it for the phone (a phone made by Apple running os x), and the ipod feature as to no longer cary two gadgets in my pocket.

just my 2 cents worth
 

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who cares about some journalist in NY who obviously doesn't know what he's talking about anyways. this will NOT affect my decision in any way.
 

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Ok.. this has nothing to do with obsession.. perhaps for many of you, that is what drives your purchase...

1. Lets not forget the iPod. There are other mp3 players that do "more" than say Apple's ipod.... however, the ipod is Sexy, simple and a FASHION statement.. it's the way our generation(s) now listen to music....

2. This is the same for the iPhone.. sure something will come out that can edit excel sheets, or... run your quickbook files or whatever dull task you SHOULD BE DOING ON A BORING PC.... But i will say this, that phone will be butt ugly...

So before you bash the iPhone, understand that the dull life you choose to live isn't for all of us...