Pros Great apprearance, status symbol, maybe
Cons Call quality, no bluetooth modem, no gps
Summary This might not be to pleasant for serious proponents of Apple and the iPhone.
While the iPhone has a wonderful design, serious flaws keep this from being what a smartphone is supposed to be. We are talking about a smartphone here, not a regular cellphone to which everyone seems to use as comparisons.
Why is it that anytime the iPhone has a fault, it is said that other cell phones don't have the feature either? That is like comparing a pda to a laptop. Compare the iPhone to other PDA phones and then make the comparisons okay?
For example, almost every pda/phone from Verizon or Sprint has WiFi. Why is this never pointed out? Compared to a Samsung 730 from Verizon, the iPhone is seriously lacking. Not only does the Samsung browse much faster due to it's 3g network, it goes on to do everything the iPhone does and then some.
With a small software hack, you can use the Samsung as a bluetooth model for connecting your laptop to the data network. All the other smart phone pda phones will also do this and when a cable is used, they get the full speed of 3g which now rivals and for Verizon surpasses even most enhanced DSL.
While the interface is nice, no hardware scroll button makes you completely defendant upon the touchscreen. That simply doesn't work. Sometimes you need to write something down with one had while scrolling for information with the other. Impossible to do with the iPhone, sorry. That brings us back to typing messages or email. Again, one handed is impossible so you can't stand in a bus, subway car or anything else and replay to a message or email. It takes two hands.
Apple could have easily designed in a slider keyboard and then, instead of making the primary keys tiny like everyone else, make them larger although many smartphone pda phones are already using larger keys.
The most serious flaw is the lack of application support. When I bought a Palm, or Windows Mobile phone, within minutes I could download and install or load from CD, any number of programs to suit my individual needs. When did a smartphone become the exclusive domain of the manufacturer or phone company? What happened to making something personal. As it is, one iPhone will be exactly like every other iPhone, except for different cases and covers. Those by the way, make stuffing the iPhone into your pocket a hassle. From slim to thick in no time at all.
Now we get to the battery. While I agree that for a regular phone, you usually don't need to swap batteries, anyone using a camera phone knows that taking video or pictures can quickly drain the battery. So does using WiFi and Bluetooth at the same time and turning them on or off all the time isn't the answer. Besides, Apple and AT&T expect you to use WiFi for browsing although that is tough in you are really mobile and sitting in a coffee shop all the time.
Being able to replace a battery on a smartphone is almost a requirement. It will only take you one time with a dead battery to realize just how important that is. If your iPhone goes dead, you can't access the phone book or other information period, even if you have access to another phone.
If the battery goes dead in other smartphones, you can even go to a store and in an emergency swap a battery for a few minutes to access your address book. No dice with the iPhone. Where are you going to go since it must be an AT&T store or apple store and even then, they can't just pop out the battery and let you use one of their tech batteries for a few seconds.
Now I will say that the iPhone is a marvel in appearance. It looks absolutely fabulous. But like many things, beauty is only skin deep. It takes a lot more than a pretty skin to make a great phone. Phones are very personal things and being forced to do as Apple and AT&T says is too much.
If I can't load a simple mapping program and use GPS, what good is a smartphone? being forced to use Google maps isn't my idea of owning the phone, I'm merely renting it.
The market for the iPhone is iPod users who once in a while might make a phone call. It isn't for anyone that is on the go and needs reliable communications and the ability to work the way they want to work. Now you'll have to do as Apple and AT&T dictate.
Sorry but there are too many failing in the first design. I'm sure the next version will address these issues but by that time, the new generation of pda phones will have hit the market and the choices will be many.
If you want a music player first and a casual use cell phone, this is fine and will meet your needs. If you use a mobile phone for work and play and do more than play music, there are far better choices to buy without all the compromises.
I'm hoping for a Google phone.
Pros beautiful design, smart UI
Cons AT&T, Wifi spotty, battery life poort
Summary Contrary to a lot of opinion-posters on this site, I've actually been using the iPhone (8GB) since Friday evening. I must say i'm pretty disappointed. The design of course is flawless and the phone itself is beautiful. However, the major issues thus far have been:
1) battery life - I've gotten about 2 hours of actual use and maybe 60 mins of talktime out of one charge - by far below the advertised length. The phone also seems to get very hot after longer use
2) Wifi - Wifi is spotty at best, so far, I've only gotten a couple of pages to load completely
3) EDGE - enough said, it's poor speed and especially for the full browser it's not fast enough. Once you get the websites up, of course they're nice to look at.
4) Keyboard - it's clear that this is not an email device - you can type short sentences using two-finger pecking with a lot of typos or backspacing but nowhere near the Treo or Blackberry speed (i have both)
5) Phone - call volume on the handset itself is too low in noisy envirnments. Once you use a bluetooth headset (Jawbone) the volume is fine. There doesn't seem to be a way to turn off the screen without ending a call when you use a bluetooth headset, which makes it hard to put the phone in you pocket and walk around with the call on your headset. NB the jawbone headset rocks! noise reduction and volume is fantastic, people can not tell your're in a car or outside.
6) AT&T service - unless you've tried to call the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) before, AT&T will be a new experience in travelling to the dark side of corporate customer abuse. While the itunes activation went smoothly (and much more pleasant than dealing with some pimply punk trying to upsell you on the "Family Share plan" or some such bogus in the store), the thing that AT&T forgot to mention is that you CAN NOT CALL ANYONE OUTSIDE THE US OR CANADA on the iPhone for the first 90 days. Mind you, this is for a $600 phone, with a $129/month plan for someone with stellar credit score. In order to turn on international dialling, I have to talk to "international provisioning" - which happens to be one guy who is currently on vacation (i guess that's why they call it "international" provisioning)... After three hours on hold with AT&T between Saturday, Sunday, and today, I still can't dial anyone outside of North America. Maybe the White House would like this phone?? Maybe AT&T could come up with a plan that only allows you to call registered Republicans?
Anyway, I'm returning the iPhone to the Apple store tomorrow.
"Incredible"on by biogrrl
Pros safari, awesome screen, wifi
Cons Can't copy contacts from SIM, battery???
Summary So I've been playing with my iphone since last night, and here's what I've found so far:
WiFi works great - no problems connecting or switching between networks - and very fast
EDGE is not so bad - EDGE is all I can get at work, and its not nearly as slow as I thought it might be. The pages I've looked up all opened within a few seconds - definitely no 2 minute waits so far (as had been mentioned in some reviews)
Safari is much better than I thought it would be - especially since I don't use it on my MacBook. But I imported my bookmarks into Safari, and they synced automatically with the iphone - very nice.
I know the CNET review said you couldn't manually manage videos, but I could - I had the option to add any of several movies in my list, and just checked the ones i wanted - very nice, since that way you can control how much memory video takes up. and videos look AMAZING.
So it only holds 8GB. ok, its not the same as my 80GB ipod, but isn't that what smart playlists are for? It is as much as a Nano, only with video.
Very fast, very easy. My phone was activated in about 5 minutes from start to finish. I didn't get my employer's discount, but I already knew that was going to happen, and I didn't get it before.
very responsive, menus are very clear and easy to use. The keyboard is easy to get used to, and much easier then texting with T9 - and I have pretty fat fingers. Also, I haven't had any problems operating one handed - very easy, at least in iPod and Safari modes.
So the downside?
Can't copy contacts from old SIM to iPhone SIM. What's up with that? AT&T offered to sell me a flash drive for ~$20 so I could transfer them to my computer then to iPhone. Crazy.
No Flash -
I didn't think this would be an issue. But it would be nice to have. FYI, you can't see the weather.com radar in motion.
Non-Issues (for me)
AT&T service -
I already had AT&T service, so I know what to expect, and here in the middle of fly-over country, AT&T has good coverage. Much better than sprint, who I had before.
No voice dialing-
I had it before, never used it. Never found it useful, since it would never recognize the name I was saying (like Al, or MOM).
The only time I've ever replaced a batter is when I dropped my phone in water (a lot of water). So for me, another non-issue.
Pros Simple and un-problematic calling, great internet communication, "visual voicemail" is very useful, iPod controls are wonderful & easy, entire OS with great display is beautiful, headphones w/ mic
Cons no 3G, camera settings are strict, prone to scratches, no voice control
Summary The iPhone is one of the only phones you can say you have fun and love to use. The innovative sync between the multi touch screen and OS X is magnificent: and allows for a lot of innovative ways to use the device.
In phone mode, iPhone is simple and as you would expect: with voice quality that I can't complain about, and the included proximity sensor shuts off the iPhone's screen when it's close to your face (to avoid unwanted touches)
Mail mode is as you would expect. I have no problem not having push, because it checks my GMail inbox every 15 minutes. Reading through messages is just like on a PC, and deleting a message is as easy as swiping your finger over it!
In Safari: I'll admit I'll be upset next time I use the EDGE network. My home/school/and alot of town is a WiFi blanket, but that may not be the case for everyone. Surfing in WiFi is great and presents the web exactly how you'd like it (no re-configuring of text and space), but in EDGE mode... don't even bother. It's almost as bad as dial up. Incidentally, Youtube is also a waste of time on EDGE.
iPod mode is amazing. It works just like a normal 5G iPod, but the controls are so sleek and advanced its just fun! The quick menus on the bottom can, thankfully, be changed by clicking the ". . ." (more button), and that makes navigation in some ways quicker than the click wheel. I was hoping, though, that I'd be able to select songs or albums with voice.
The other features of the phone- widgets and google maps and such, are great as well. The phone is truly the best phone out there, and as for the keyboard.. Well I played with mine for hours: and on the 2nd day I feel comfortable to type almost as fast as I could on a numeric keypad.
I'd give the iPhone a ten if it just included a couple basic cell features (3G, different filters/settings for camera, voice dialing (even though I don't use that), and one or two others).
Pros Not known as yet
Cons AT&T No Business Accounts
Summary Tried to activate online and have been on the phone 2 hours. AT&T (Cingular) will not let you move your phone and data plan if you are a BUSINESS customer...You HAVE to sign up for a personal account using your own ssn, credit, etc. Even though I already have a phone and data plan for the Blackberry as 6 others in the office. They admit this was not pre-advertised...What a rip.Updated
Phone is probably OK, status post 4 hours off and on phone with AT&T since last night, can't get my business plan transferred, need new Personal account, take phone back, 10% restrock charge, then calls from AT&T they can give me my number but it has to be a separate account seperate from Business, OK, they connect me, office is close at AT&T 3:00 PM in San Francisco, sorry but they are on the east coast, call back tomorrow. I am taking the phone back, not paying a restrocking fee, will notify AMEX of the scam between Iphone and ATT