iPhone Review

I finally broke down and bought an iPhone… had to see what the buzz was about. Here’s my review of it and how I envision that our members could use an iPhone to do basic tasks with EzineArticles.com.

First, a review of the basics of the iPhone: It’s a very useful version 1.0 device, especially when you’re in a WiFi area as it will use the WiFi instead of the slower AT&T Edge network for access.

What it lacks: A lot. It’s not designed for business…and I bet their next gen version will be much more business savvy in terms of its power. It lacks an easy way to install applications, lacks cellular carrier options (AT&T sucked for me this weekend when their techies are playing when they should be monitoring their network for uptime/availability), lacks ability to arrange the home page the way you want it, lacks compatibility with many iPod devices (Bose’s SoundDock for example), lacks a quality speaker, missing a basic IM client for Instant Messaging on any platform, it doesn’t have walkie/talkie or direct connect Nextel type functions; it can’t record video, doesn’t support flash yet, they forgot to tell you that you’ll need to buy an adapter to plug in regular headphones, you can’t use your songs for ringtones and you can’t buy iTunes songs from it yet.

What rocks about it: It’s insanely easy to use. When you’re on WiFi, it’s fast enough to be acceptable. It’s always on and requires no boot time so for that late night ‘look something up’ when your PC is shut down, it’s a great alternative. The 2 mega pixel camera takes pretty good photos. The built in iPod is neat. Most of all is the web access from anywhere you can get either WiFi or AT&T’s Edge network. This has transformed my day between office to home runs or when I just need a quick access to info for something… or when shopping at Best Buy yesterday I realized I could save $40 by buying the same thing I was looking at from Amazon.com.

How I can see EzineArticles Members using an iPhone: You can log into your account and see if your pending articles are approved/reviewed yet, you can comment on blog (several of my recent blog comments were done via the iPhone while on the road) or article entries, you can email us for member support or reply to an EzineArticles Inbox email, or you can just check your stats.

Summary: This is a device that has already changed the mobile Internet experience & expectations of what’s possible. Even with all of its ‘lack’…it’s a very useful version 1.0 device. If you’ve got an iPhone, I’d love to hear about how we can make your EzineArticles.com experience better on the iPhone?

Some interesting ways I’ve used it already: Installed iPhone.BeeJive.com for my Yahoo IM client; purchased James Bond movie via Amazon unbox and had it sent to my guest bedroom Tivo to watch while I was on the way home from the gym; checked the swimming pool schedules this morning to make sure it was available for circle/lap swim; tracking stocks, weather, etc…; logged into various business sites and intranets to track performance; Saved me $40 on a Slingbox Pro that I almost bought at BestBuy; Researched 12″ sub specs to compare prices before making a purchase decision; Identified movie show times and bought movie tickets online on the way to the movie, saving time from standing in line; Checked uptime on websites throughout the day…even though we’ve got a team doing this, I feel better just knowing we’re up; Looked up football roster stats while at a game Saturday night… Do you see a trend here? The iPhone helps to save time and money by providing faster and convenient access to relevant info. Just bought an arm strap for it and will be testing it in the gym this week.

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Susan Scharfman writes:

Chris: If you own a blackberry how do the two compare? Do you need both?

suschar

Comment provided September 10, 2007 at 10:07 AM

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(2) of our dev guys use BlackBerry’s and they will continue to use their BlackBerries.

With their blackberry, they can log into servers, check things, fix things, etc… Can’t do that with an iPhone.

IM is better on blackberry.

I haven’t given up my Nextel Motorola i880 cell phone because I can’t live without DC (Direct Connect) yet.

AT&T is always advertising so hard that our world is wireless and they are wireless…but if they were so pro-business, they would know that business folks want the walkie talkie function for faster team communications throughout the day. I can’t believe that AT&T and EVERYONE has surrendered to Nextel the walkie talkie market.

Blackberry has nothing to worry about in terms of competition from the iPhone, but they will want to give up their keypad for an iPhone interface if they want to compete. The day iPhone has all of the power of the blackberry will be a multi-billion dollar advance of humankind.

Comment provided September 10, 2007 at 10:14 AM

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One more thing about the iPhone touchpad: I’ve found that I can consistently get accurate typing with my right hand nearly 90% of the time, but if I try two hand typing, my accuracy drops to 50-60%…and perhaps I’ll get better at this over time.

Thank goodness the iPhone doesn’t use a stylus.

Comment provided September 10, 2007 at 10:17 AM

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Very interesting Chris!

If this thing will be able to substitute completely my laptop (after the required technological development) and I’ll have money, I may buy it too.

Comment provided September 10, 2007 at 11:50 AM

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Jennifer Thieme writes:

Great review. Thanks.

Comment provided September 10, 2007 at 11:56 AM

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Hi Chris

Thanks for the review. I’ve spent more than a couple of minutes playing with an iPod in the local Apple store.

i especially like the connection to the internet and the way you can display it vertically as you have here and the way you can display it horizontally as well.

Perhaps my tipping point will come when they attach a strap to it and I can put it on my wrist sort of like the old Dick Tracy watches……

Keep up the good work!

Jeff

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Edward Weiss writes:

I’d like to try the iphone but I don’t even have a regular wireless phone.

Speaking of iphone’s, here’s a hillariious sketch about it from Mad TV on YouTube:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=xgZKjJt-TkU

Comment provided September 11, 2007 at 12:10 AM

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Lance Winslow writes:

Ha! I kind of like this new iPhone and I was in starbucks today surfing the net and lots of people liked my new iPhone too. I showed them your site. So a couple of them have committed to writing some articles for EzineArticles, maybe I might get a big fat thankyou or a commission? :)

That iPhone sure attracts people to come and look at it, interesting, I could not get them to stop asking me questions about it, stuff I did not know having not fully read the manual, but the thing is so easy to use, I love it.

Comment provided September 14, 2007 at 3:40 AM

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Do you think Apple will drop the price further?

Steven Bonacorsi

Comment provided September 16, 2007 at 9:32 PM

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Steven,

Yes, but I wouldn’t wait for them to do that…

$399 USD is a great price point for this device.

It’s worth the hype.

Comment provided September 16, 2007 at 10:08 PM

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surya writes:

i want the phone, its really cool!!!!

Comment provided September 29, 2007 at 8:29 AM

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This past week I installed all kinds of 3rd party apps to my iPhone that gave it many features that I wished it came from… and then with Thursday’s update to the software, my iPhone was slapped back into the original operating system without any of my added hacks. Arghh!

I guess I wasn’t alone:
http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/iphone/iphone-re+reviewed-verdict-dont-buy-302075.php

Comment provided September 29, 2007 at 3:36 PM

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Lance Winslow writes:

It appears from a New York Times article today that some of the iPhones which have add-on non-proprietary software are freezing up. So, this too is a problem. If your iPhone crashes while you are talking and driving, then maybe it needs an airbag? Oh, it already does.

Comment provided September 30, 2007 at 4:32 PM

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So, the iPhone seems to be quite fragile and quite limited in many ways!

When will technology be able to fulfil all human desires?

By the way, the Summer Challenge finishes today!
This is a historical date!

Have a nice week!

Comment provided September 30, 2007 at 5:58 PM

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Lance Winslow writes:

My question is: Is Apple making the same mistake again, trying to control the whole game? Shouldn’t they either make the platform hardware or software and license the rest? I realize that learning the same lesson over again is a hard way to go, still I find they are ball-hogging and incapable of scoring consecutively enough to make it into the second quarter.

Comment provided September 30, 2007 at 6:10 PM

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Lance Winslow writes:

Check this out:

http://cybernetnews.com/2007/09/28/need-an-iphone-relocker-for-your-ibrick/

Bummer indeed. I guess Apple is serious about protecting its systems, this might really make many very angry? What if hackers start writing code to hack into apples? Then Apple which has been unscathed, will be a big target. Reminds me of William Tell all over again?

Comment provided September 30, 2007 at 6:16 PM

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Lance,

Yeah, after the firmware upgrade to 1.1.1 last week, my iPhone froze up…and I couldn’t reset or reboot it…

To solve, I had to use iTunes to RESTORE it to original settings, losing everything I had setup.

Many are now calling it the iBrick because it’s iUseless from the perspective of those of us who unlocked its potential.

If I didn’t know it could have all of the power I had with it last week before my iPhone got re-locked by Apple, I’d still think it’s a useful device…but it’s value just went down significantly.

Comment provided October 1, 2007 at 6:05 AM

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Nitin Verma writes:

This is a nice review of iphone. If you are looking for downloading unlimited to your iphone, check out the following link:

http://elitereviews.blogspot.com/2007/09/top-iphone-download-sites-review-of-top.html

Comment provided October 2, 2007 at 1:01 AM

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anson writes:

this is interesting, nice iphone review..

Comment provided December 19, 2007 at 12:08 PM

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