me say first, if you like the design and operation of the video iPods, you will
enjoy the iPhone. The iPhone is an innovative new smart-phone device. Keep in
mind there is no single cellphone containing every possible feature available
in a compact design. With that said, I can tell you the review of the Apple iPhone
has impressed me with their selection of important features and their intuitive
design of the new smart-phone. As you may already know, AT&T is the only carrier
for the iPhone. The iPhone does not use the usual SIM card and cannot be unlocked.
the iPhone activated by the user when connected to the iTunes software.
Apple iPhone has too many features to cover in fine detail. Lets look into the
important functions and features.
- The iPhone has
the same sleek design as the video iPods. The iPhone consists of a sturdy metal
back cover and a slick black front housing a huge 3.5-inch display. The iPhone
is thinner than the Samsung Blackjack, but heavier due to the sturdy design.
the top there is a sleep mode button to hibernate or wake your iPhone. On the
left side of the phone there is a mute switch and a volume control button.
display is an optical quality glass screen covered by a protective barrier. The
barrier appears to prevent scratches but with a touchscreen you will cover it
with fingerprints. The fingerprints is not much of an issue. Like other phones
I've had in the past, oily fingers leave a mark, but one quick wipe across your
shirt or other soft surface cleared it.
the top of the iPhone, Apple used a standard headphone jack, but for some reason
recessed it down inside a hole. While the headphones included with the iPhone
sound fine, many other headphones cannot fit into the socket. Apple should have
included a small adapter for people already owning some expensive headphones.
bottom of the iPhone has the standard iPod connector but the phone does not work
with all devices made for the iPod. This won't be an issue for long as second
party sources work hard to create iPhone adapters.
- Touch sensitive displays have been around for awhile including small ones
in GPS units. The Apple iPhone has what they call a multi-touch display which
I felt was very effective and fun to use. When browsing through your music collection,
you simply tap on the artist, then tap on the song to start playing. When the
phone is flipped horizontally, the display changes automatically and you can browse
through album covers. Just a flick with your finger rotates the albums as if they
were on a carousel. With pictures you can use two fingers to grab opposite corners
and drag together to shrink, or slide apart to enlarge pictures.
are displayed in the typical list format where you can slide your finger down
the list then tap to open. When on the email list, you can easily delete them.
Just slide your finger left to right across the email and a red delete confirmation
box will appear. Press space bar to confirm or tap the email again to cancel.
You can view email attachments such as (JPEG, GIF, and TIFF) in-line with the
text in email messages. iPhone can also view PDF, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft
Excel email attachments. One downfall we found was you cannot cut, copy or paste
text. We believe this to be a small issue since the iPhone is a quick mobile office
and if you want to work on larger documents with a the functions you are used
to, you'll probably bring your notebook along.
are no dedicated buttons to reach emails, music and other functions in one click.
You can touch the single button below the screen to reach the main menu then select
your application. However we did prefer the the clean design and colorful icons
on a large screen more than having a cluster of buttons across the front to reach
applications one second faster.
Keyboard - The virtual keyboard has nice large keys and they enlarge as you
touch them. While some people have reported problems using the quick two thumb
typing, we found it to be not bad. The touch sensitivity takes some getting used
to as you no longer feel the click of a button and we did find ourselves typing
double keystrokes. But believe me it gets easier with practice.
Browsing - One nice
feature with the large screen was the ability to browse any web page like a computer
and not forced to view mobile web pages. You can move left, right, up or down
across webpages then tap to zoom in on any section. The iPhone has Apple's Safari
browser with Google and Yahoo! search built-in. I did find the web browsing to
be quite good on the large crisp screen. While the iPhone is obviously not like
a widescreen notebook, we did find the Apple iPhone was very effective at browsing
browsing webpages looked good, the iPhone uses the EDGE network which is far slower
than the fastest networks offered by Verizon, Sprint and even AT&T other data
network. One thing the iPhone does have is WiFi capability. The iPhone transfers
data much faster than the Edge data network. It can search and find WiFi hotspots
then automatically switch over.
nice feature was the Google maps reached by an icon on the main menu. The map
can easily be moved by sliding your finger around while each tap would zoom in
closer. The Google map also has the satellite button, one click and I was viewing
satellite images, after a couple taps I had zoomed onto the building I was currently
in. The only thing lacking was a GPs unit, but I think anyone can find their location
with a map in hand. Just as Apple's website shows, you can search the map, for
example - a type of restaurant and display them. You then can locate the closest
one on the map, tap to open details and tap to call the establishment.
and Video - The
music player is attractive and easy. Like the iPod you can easily change the volume,
fast forward across a song and skip to the next track. With the big screen you
can display album cover art for the music you are playing along with the audio
large video screen is impressive to watch. As with the video iPod the screen has
a brilliant clarity that allows watching any content very pleasing and even more
so since it is larger than the iPod.
- Despite a few minor limits, the Apple iPhone excels as a new standard of
smartphone. Its slick design and solid construction give a quality feel. The large
display with colorful icons make it very easy to reach any function you need.
Compared with standard cellphones that forced you to search through various menus
to reach your desired application, we feel the iPhone is easier for the new users
as well as technology gadgeteers. Its obvious with the success of the iPod that
third party manufacturers will be developing countless interfaces to work with
the Apple iPhone. We really enjoyed playing with the iPhone and Apple sets a benchmark
to be improved upon. With people flocking to purchase them, I would anticipate
Apple to improve them to keep their market edge. With Apple making a supposed
over 50% profit margin on the phone I think Apple will keep up on the game. There
will always be a better product coming, but right now, this is it.
- Yes, A gotta have tech gadget.
Plans - You'll need to sign up for a 2-year service agreement. Plans start
at $59.99 and include Visual Voicemail and Unlimited Data—email and web—and 200
SMS text messages (you can add more text messages for a little more a month).
You can browse the Internet and send emails as often as you like without being