The iPhone still gets attention when you carry one in public and someone recently asked me “is it really that good?” I had to say, you know what, it actually is. After all the hype, pomp and circumstance, the iPhone does deliver on most of its promises on a day to day basis.
As a phone it works quite well and there are so many small things in the interface and the way things work that really make a difference. It’s the best cell phone I have ever owned, hands down.
As a mobile Internet device, again, the best I have ever used, no question. The ability to view full web pages and the way the multi-touch works is stunning. The lack of Flash support, however, is really bugging me. I’m watching more video online now and I would love to be able to do so with the iPhone. This is the single biggest drawback for me of the iPhone. The pokey EDGE network isn’t as bad as you might think, but the additional of real 3G speed in 2008 will be a very welcome addition.
As an iPod, where the iPhone really shines is in video. Having the beautiful clear widescreen is great. As cool as multi-touch is, for music, I actually prefer the old scroll wheel on the iPod Classic. The wheel is ingenious and can be used without even looking at it. I can pause, play and change tracks just by the tactile feel of the wheel. With the iPhone, there is no tactile feedback, so this is not possible. It’s a trade-off obviously for the multi-touch, but as a pure iPod, I still love the scroll wheel.
Basic productivity is fair on the device. The lack of the syncing of notes and the failure to include a todo function at all are very surprising. I have no problems with the virtual keyboard and can type quite quickly and accurately on it. It was a cause of great consternation when it was introduced but for me it’s a non issue.
Overall, I love my iPhone and wouldn’t trade it for the world. It’s one of the best pieces of technology I have ever owned. After years of little or no innovation in the mobile market, Apple has set the bar high for everyone else and it will be a great thing for consumers that competitors will have to start chasing them. I think we’re going to see a whole new renaissance in the mobile space in 2008, leading to an even more connected world.
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