"After 3 days of use, returning to the store"1.5 starson by frohde
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.