I was going to respond yesterday to the "who is buying an iPhone"... but
decided to wait and just post an initial review...
I got one... sort of. I bought one for my wife. And trust me when I tell you
it is even cooler than the appears in the commercials. I was going to wait
for the next generation version to come out, but I might just go ahead and
There was no line at the AT&T store at 7AM yesterday morning when I stopped
at Starbucks for coffee (they're right next to each other) on my way to
work, so I decided I would check back at lunch. There was no line at lunch
time either, so I ran home to drop off my computer and went back. In that 30
minutes, a line of 6 people had formed.
So, at 12:30, I began my wait... and stupid me, I didn't bring a chair. DOH!
The people (mostly male, middle age folks) in line with me were really nice,
which certainly helped the time to pass more quickly... until about the last
1/2 hour, that seemed to take forever! :-)
When the time came, they let in the first 6 people in line, one for each of
the employees in the store. I was number 7 in line, so I had to wait a
little longer... but only about 5 minutes, til the first person came out.
I got my wife the 8 gig model, a couple of accessories and I was on my way
I took out her laptop, downloaded and installed the new iTunes, and then got
forced to update MAC OS... which sucked.... I just wanted to get that phone
set up to play!
After 30 minutes of software downloads and installs, I had the iPhone in the
cradle and I was setting it up... the process was smooth, and we were done
in just minutes.
Copied over her music and contacts and finally got to start playing
As I mentioned, the iPhone is incredibly cool... totally living up to the
hype. Here are some notes:
- The iPod functionality is awesome, cover flow is great, however, the
standard list is phenomenal as well. A little flick of the finger and you're
scrolling through gobs of music (I put about 4 gigs on there)
- Scrolling through a list, at first, seemed backwards. I wanted to run my
finger down the screen to get to the bottom of the list - just like you
"scroll" down using a scroll bar, but it is the more natural gesture of
flicking up to move the unwanted stuff out of your way.
- Setting up Wi-Fi took literally 2 seconds: I opened the mail application
and was prompted for our WPA key, entered it, and boom. Connected.
- I set up the local weather in about 1/2 second... simply by entering our
zip code. There was almost no latency in getting the updated 5-day forecast
for our city. It took me only a second or two to figure out how to delete
the default cities weather forecast. Simply touching a red circle next to
the city name revealed a delete button... very smooth.
- Navigating the maps was incredibly cool. Starting with two fingers
together on the screen, just slide them away from each other in whatever
direction you want the map magnified. I was able to drill into our city in a
matter of a couple of gestures.
- There are no "close" icons or buttons, you just return to the main screen
with the main navigation button on the device.
- I changed a couple of the default settings, which were quick and easy to
- The keyboard, which might take some getting used to, is very cool. The
visual feedback when you press a letter or number is great - although, when
you are entering a password and can't see the text you've entered, the
visual indicators of the letters you've typed should stay visible for a
- One of the coolest things is a little ".com" keyboard button. You type in
a URL in the browser and click one button to complete the address... that is
- I have my iTunes set to manually sync with my iPod, a feature I couldn't
seem to find or accomplish with the iPhone. I'm going to have to investigate
this one a little more. There was an option to only sync checked items or
only sync certain playlists, so that might be the way to do it.
There are so many little things that make the iPhone praiseworthy... the
whole time I was playing last night, a line just kept running through my
head: touching is believing.
It is evident that they spent time truly understanding the main tasks people
need to complete with a mobile device. The buttons for the main tasks are
big and obvious... my wife kept remarking that they built it for someone who
hates technology, like her.