Original iPhone's First Four Reviewers Reminisce About Getting Their Hands on It for the First Time

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    With the iPhone's tenth birthday coming up this week, CBS Sunday Morning aired a segment today taking a look back at the development and launch of the original iPhone.


    The segment from David Pogue includes a roundtable session with Pogue, Walt Mossberg, Steven Levy, and Ed Baig, the four journalists who received review units of the iPhone in 2007 just prior to its launch.
    Pogue also sits down for a brief interview with Bas Ording, one of the key Apple engineers behind the first iPhone.
    The segment doesn't break any new ground on the background of the iPhone, but it's a nice piece highlighting the milestone anniversary of the device that changed the world.

    Article Link: Original iPhone's First Four Reviewers Reminisce About Getting Their Hands on It for the First Time
     
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    "how they do a little bounce when you get to the end."

    I remember that as I got my first iPhone in 2008 and I immediately felt in love.
     
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    iPhone really changed the world.it was a class leading product of its time.

    I do remember what it's was like to hold the original iPhone for the first time.:)
     
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    I remember this site when they gave a writer an iPhone to write a bunch of articles on it. KatieKaChoo - if I recall correctly. Those articles were pretty interesting at the time. I was using a Pocket PC phone and was curious to see how they compared. Wonder what Katie is up to these days too and if she's still writing.
     
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    I remember watching Steve's keynote and said if this thing can do half of what it promised I need to have one.... Was in line on day one and have not looked back. (well side ways maybe)
     
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    It really puts it in perspective watching this video just how much has changed since the iPhone came. Today we have phones that break over 100mbps on LTE, screens with such high resolutions that we can't see the pixels, sharing messages and photos with the tap of a finger, tapping on ANY song you want to listen to and have it play instantly, and taking pictures we would have never thought possible without a high-end camera. The iPhone truly has made the world a better place. Even with Android still in it ;) just kidding
     
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    I watched that keynote live and when I saw Steve hold up the iPhone for the first time, I was like...

    "Yep, that's what ALL THE PHONES will look like from now on (current phone manufacturers, start your copy engines)..."

    My favorite reveal and launch, actually, was T-Mobile's Android Smartphone - "only a USB Port" - people were like, WTF? ;)
     
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    Back in the days when people got excited over a 2 megapixel camera, haha. Amazing how far we’ve come.
     
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    The iPhone changed my life. And my family's life. I bought the first iPhone on launch day, and every iPhone since. I once spent the night outside on a sidewalk waiting to buy one. We may never again see such a revolutionary product.
     
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    One correction: Bas Ording was a key designer, not engineer (though his talents certainly bridge the design-engineering gap!)
     
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    I remember getting one shortly after launch, and trying to convince myself to use it over my workhorse Nokia 71. It was painfully slow compared to it, couldn't send MMS, camera was much worse, and I couldn't save/edit any attachments.

    Yet it was somehow incredibly cool to touch and use, especially pinching to zoom and scrolling. It just kept getting better and better, and finally when the 3GS came out it was undoubtedly the phone to use.
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    Actually, I remember a lot of complaints about that, how for the price Apple was going cheap on the camera. I think part of the problem was the paltry storage at the time (4 gb). The decision to use Edge for data instead of 3G was also controversial, especially for a data-driven phone. And there were so many other pain points (lack of copy/paste, limited messaging functions, etc...) that given the high price and single carrier, it's amazing it took off as quickly as it did. IMO, that was one time when Apple rushed something to market half-baked. Sure the original iPhone was revolutionary and somewhat functional, but it wouldn't be until the next year that it became a really great device. And now I can't imagine the world without it.
     
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    The first iPhone is a pretty resilient device. Mine still works and holds a good charge.
     
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    RIP Steve Jobs. He was a remarkable pitch man, among his many other talents.
     
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    Ahhh...memories...memories...memories...
    This "Gadget" truly changed my daily life.
     
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    iPhone was the reason I craved to and ultimately joined Apple. I remember seeing it for the first time in the hand of a (very rich) Bangladeshi classmate in university. I had to see this mystical device in person, so I took it in my palm and opened the Weather app. It was unreal. That time T-Mobile was the only provider in Germany selling iPhones with exorbitantly expensive 2-year contracts and I knew I couldn't afford one, so I eventually got around buying an iPod touch. Eventually I saved enough to buy my first iPhone and have automatically owned every single version that succeeded it. The software, especially the multitouch interactions and skeuomorphism was so amazing that it urged me to apply at Apple for a job after my Bachelors. Must say I miss Steve dearly. We should have had him around right about now.
     
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  19. Logic368 macrumors member

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    ok, who here likes the original interface as opposed to iOS 7+ more?
     
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    Where are you from? If you're in the US this was CBS Sunday Morning, and you can go to the Sunday Morning website and you should find it. http://www.cbsnews.com/sunday-morning/

    If you're not in the US, sorry for the stupid copyright and infringement paranoia most corporations seem to have.
     
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    I remember the first day they announced the iPhone and later that day my husband who was just starting to fool around being a Day Trader asked me, "If you could only buy ONE stock, which would it be?" I said, "Apple". He asked why? I said, "I heard on the news today that they are coming out with some gadget called iPhone and it looks pretty cool!" (I was an avid Microsoft fan back then). Later we did buy Apple stock and have done very well with it obviously.
     
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    i remember refusing to give in to the hype, and continued using my windows mobile phone. the turning point came when i could not load a webpage properly while a friend's iPhone 2g loaded it with grace
     
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    This is actually a testament to how well Apple makes their products. They simply last. Even if the first iPhones are no longer supported through iOS, they still operate and function normally after all these years. That's what I appreciate about Apple, is they put out excellent hardware.
     
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    I used to rent out my 1st gen iPhone to people so they could take advantage of the AT&T unlimited data loophole. Lol, it was a money making mule that had a backdoor to the $29 unlimited plan AT&T wanted gone.

    Ah the ol'days.
     
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    I do, I'm not really a fan of the flat and lifeless trend anymore. I think Microsoft started it with Windows Phone and now it's everywhere. I will take glossy, colorful "skeuomorphism" over it any day.
     

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