Walt Mossberg (WSJ), David Pogue (NYT) iPhone Reviews

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  1. Project macrumors 68020

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    It appears both are up

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB118289311361649057.html?mod=technology_featured_stories_hs

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/27/t...=1182895487-D3pE5h+mlfQ4UIPRm4rdaA&oref=login

    Pogue:
    Apple says one battery charge is enough for 8 hours of calls, 7 hours of video or 24 hours of audio. My results weren’t quite as impressive: I got 5 hours of video and 23 hours of audio, probably because I didn’t turn off the phone, Wi-Fi and other features, as Apple did in its tests. In practice, you’ll probably wind up recharging about every other day.

    So yes, the iPhone is amazing. But no, it’s not perfect.

    Then there’s the small matter of typing. Tapping the skinny little virtual keys on the screen is frustrating, especially at first.

    Two things make the job tolerable. First, some very smart software offers to complete words for you, and, when you tap the wrong letter, figures out what word you intended. In both cases, tapping the Space bar accepts its suggestion.

    Second, the instructional leaflet encourages you to “trust” the keyboard (or, as a product manager jokingly put it, to “use the Force”). It sounds like new-age baloney, but it works; once you stop stressing about each individual letter and just plow ahead, speed and accuracy pick up considerably.

    But even in version 1.0, the iPhone is still the most sophisticated, outlook-changing piece of electronics to come along in years. It does so many things so well, and so pleasurably, that you tend to forgive its foibles.

    In other words, maybe all the iPhone hype isn’t hype at all. As the ball player Dizzy Dean once said, “It ain’t bragging if you done it.”
     
  2. Project thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Mossberg:

    We have been testing the iPhone for two weeks, in multiple usage scenarios, in cities across the country. Our verdict is that, despite some flaws and feature omissions, the iPhone is, on balance, a beautiful and breakthrough handheld computer. Its software, especially, sets a new bar for the smart-phone industry, and its clever finger-touch interface, which dispenses with a stylus and most buttons, works well, though it sometimes adds steps to common functions.
     
  3. terrrrrible macrumors regular

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    Email: The iPhone can connect with most popular consumer email services, including Yahoo, Gmail, AOL, EarthLink and others. It can also handle corporate email using Microsoft's Exchange system, if your IT department cooperates by enabling a setting on the server.

    awesome.

    Although the phone contains a complete iPod, you can't use your songs as ringtones.

    boo.
     
  4. Project thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Haha... they both pulled a hatchet job on AT&T.

    Dude, Exchange support (via IMAP) has been in there since the day iPhone was announced. Its the ActiveSync stuff I believe that is 'missing'.

    "The iPhone's most controversial feature, the omission of a physical keyboard in favor of a virtual keyboard on the screen, turned out in our tests to be a nonissue, despite our deep initial skepticism. After five days of use, Walt -- who did most of the testing for this review -- was able to type on it as quickly and accurately as he could on the Palm Treo he has used for years. This was partly because of smart software that corrects typing errors on the fly."

    "There's also no way to cut, copy, or paste text." - this needs to be fixed with a software update immediately. No excuses.
     
  5. rSm00th macrumors member

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    Glad to see Walt endorsed the virtual keyboard!
     
  6. Project thread starter macrumors 68020

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    "Battery life: Like the iPod, but unlike most cellphones, the iPhone lacks a removable battery. So you can't carry a spare. But its battery life is excellent. In our tests, it got seven hours and 18 minutes of continuous talk time, while the Wi-Fi was on and email was constantly being fetched in the background. That's close to Apple's claim of a maximum of eight hours, and far exceeds the talk time claims of other smart phones, which usually top out at five and a half hours."


    Thats two cosigns on the battery life. Excellent work by Apple to squeeze that amount of juice out of the thing. Im thoroughly impressed at 7 hours of talk time WITH wifi on.
     
  7. Peace macrumors Core

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    All in All.They look like a fair and balanced reviews.

    Nothing in them is keeping me from buying one.;)
     
  8. avalys macrumors 6502

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    It sounds very nice. I am a little bit disappointed about their complaints regarding call quality, and the reliability of the AT&T network. But I still think I will be buying one.
     
  9. hatcher146 macrumors 6502

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    i love david pogues video. he makes reviews the best.

    on a side note...he showed some great REAL footage of the iPhone! cant wait!
     
  10. terrrrrible macrumors regular

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    I want my box to light up and go "ooooo" when I open mine too.
     
  11. Project thread starter macrumors 68020

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    just caught the video - hilarious!
     
  12. tttexxan macrumors 6502a

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    Happy to see that reviews are finally up! About time on such a secret device. I fully expected everything that was said and knew the edge would be on top of the list. The near future will bring a newer model and IM sure this will be addressed. Of coarse this means buying a new unit and have already set my mind to do so. (I would like to hear how many others already thinking this way also). I have already had several offers to buy my first generation for 300 bucks when the newer ones come out : >)....I figure for losing 300 bucks this gives me Apple or Ample : >) time to play. I have also stated before I consider it like a lease. Pay to play and then upgrade when needed.

    Im really excited though and look forward to friday. I wont miss active synch or palm synching any longer. I hopefully wont miss the hard resets and the daily soft resets assciated with treos. I also hopefully wont miss w8ing over 20 seconds for applications to load. I wont miss smaller screens and I wont miss my styles. I WILL welcome the keyboard and will learn quickly..

    SO all in all good reviews and set to go
     

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