Apple iPhone: the first reviews
With only a few hours left until the official North American launch of the highly desirable Apple iPhone this Friday, the first official reviews of the mobile communication device are available online.
â€¢ A mobile version of the Mac Operating System (Mac OS X) that takes up 700 megabytes of the deviceâ€™s hard drive capacity!
â€¢ You canâ€™t cut, copy or paste text. Which is extremely bad when typing out the same messages over again.
â€¢ Music available to play in iPod mode cannot be used as the iPhoneâ€™s ringtone, not even in raw MP3 format. No additional ringtones will be sold on launch dayâ€¦
â€¢ On a PC/Mac, the iPhone can sync with Microsoft Outlook Express for calendars and contact details.
â€¢ However, contact groups cannot be emailed as contact lists.
â€¢ Able to view PDF, Word and Excel documents, but unfortunately you can’t edit it.
â€¢ No support for Adobe Flash, meaning you wonâ€™t be able to view Flash videos or animation, even on the web browser!
â€¢ The camera is two megapixels but wonâ€™t be able to record video clips, only still pictures.
â€¢ Surprisingly, no MMS functionality and even voice dialling! Apple might provide these with a system update maybeâ€¦
â€¢ The battery capacity only last 300-400 charges before it runs out of juice, so you will need to send it back to Apple to get it replaced!
â€¢ Apparently, the device is very scratch resistant. Which means it wonâ€™t get the usual wear and tear you come to expect on the iPod.
â€¢ Voice quality is reasonable but not great.
â€¢ Internet access is quite slow especially on EDGE, meaning it takes around one to two minutes to download a web page.
Well, well. The iPhone seem to be quite restricted in terms of basic functions common on all cell/mobile phones. Iâ€™m shocked that you canâ€™t even send text messages! And with the new virtual keyboard that can be â€˜hit and missâ€™ in word auto-correction, is the mobile device be seen as a flop?
I maybe jumping the gun, but the only positives so far is the Safari-based web browser, mail client, visual voicemail and the Cover Flow-enhanced iPod functions. But is this more than enough to justified its price tag?
Despite my concerns, I am sure it will sell like hot cakes come 6.00 pm on Friday, June 29th. As for us Europeans still waiting for the price and launch date (Apple believes it will be available at the end of the year), there are rumours that we might get the second-generation iPhone with 3G built-in.
According to a Credit Suisse research note, Vodafone is the frontrunner to carry sole rights to the iPhone in Europe due to their coverage in most European markets.
If this is true, then you will have to subscribe to an expensive Vodafone contract for the iPhone. Already this is causing a big headache with AT&T in Americaâ€¦
Whatever the case, the iPhone will be everyoneâ€™s must have gadget of the year, despite the reviews.
See the video review below, as explained by Walter S. Mossberg from Wall Street Journal.