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Here comes the iPhone



The Apple buzz machine is in full swing as the much-anticipated launch of the iPhone approaches. The initial reviews are extremely positive, and the word of mouth and positive opinions out there in the blogosphere doesn't hurt either.

As always, I like to check out what David Pogue, Walt Mossberg and the folks at Engadget have to say.

So hang on tight everyone, here comes the iPhone.

The iPhone Matches Most of Its Hype
David Pogue, New York Times
As it turns out, much of the hype and some of the criticisms are justified. The iPhone is revolutionary; itís flawed. Itís substance; itís style. It does things no phone has ever done before; it lacks features found even on the most basic phones.
Testing Out the iPhone
Walt Mossberg, WSJ
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.

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.
Steve Jobs Answers Waltís iPhone Questions
Walt Mossberg, All Things D/WSJ



Critical consensus
Vallywag's fab round-up of the reviews

iPhone facts from the first reviews
Engadget

Apple iPhone review roundup
Engadget

Here's my personal favourite off-beat iPhone site, just in case you're thinking of queuing up like the kids waiting for Star Wars: The Ultimate iPhone Campout Guide: NYC Fifth Avenue, Santa Monica 3rd Street Promenade

Discussion about the David Pogue article: Gadget Lab, CrunchGear, CNET News.com, Between the Lines, Tom Raftery's Social Media, The Unofficial Apple Weblog, Phil Windley's Technometria, Alice Hill's Real Tech News, LucaFiligheddu.com, TechCrunch, hypebot, Reiter's Camera Phone Report, Today @ PC World, Engadget, Gizmodo, ParisLemon, Neatorama, PC World: Techlog, Business Week, The Technology Chronicles, PalmAddicts, rexblog.com, Good Morning Silicon Valley, Christopher Null, Netly News, Cult of Mac, Brier Dudley's blog, iLounge, The iPhone Ranch, The iPhone Blog, VentureBeat, Guardian Unlimited, mocoNews.net, paidContent.org, The Apple Core, Lost Remote, Apple 2.0, and deal architect

Discussion about the Walt Mossberg article: Mossblog, B. Mann Consulting, Apple Gazette, Digital Daily, usrbingeek's musings, The Tech Report, Hardware 2.0, Life On the Wicked Stage, mocoNews.net, The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs, Listening Post, IP Democracy, MacRumors, Paul Kedrosky's Ö, Laughing Squid, IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband, Gizmodo, Roland Tanglao's Weblog, dailywireless.org, The iPhone Ranch, Photo Matt, Slashdot and CNET News.com


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  Comments:

The UI is the biggest question mark in the iPhone's future, and the keyboard, the most key driver of the adoption curve ... http://sramanamitra.com/blog/999
I still cannot imagine typing long blocks of text on this device, but if they have truly got this right ...
# posted by Blogger Sramana : 6:03 PM, June 27, 2007  

From what I've seen, the UI looks pretty amazing and all the reviews have been excellent.

Agree that the keyboard will be a sticking point, especially for die-hard crackberry heads like myself.

That said, Mossberg seems to like the keyboard. Pogue is less enthusiastic.

The network access seems to be universally panned, and that will be a massive problem for biz users.

Thanks for the comment, btw.
~G~
# posted by Blogger George Nimeh : 7:26 PM, June 27, 2007  

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