iPhone - First reviews

The first reviews of Apple's eagerly awaited iPhone are out. The verdict so far? It's a flawed masterpiece.

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By  David Westley Published  June 27, 2007

The first reviews of Apple's eagerly awaited iPhone are out. The verdict so far? It's a flawed masterpiece.

US based newspapers The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal were the first to post their findings. Their reviewers found much to like in the device, but were also not afraid to point out its weaknesses.

According to Walt Mossberg of The Journal "despite some flaws and feature omissions, the iPhone is, on balance, a beautiful and breakthrough handheld computer."

David Pogue of The Times for the most part agreed: "As it turns out, much of the hype and some of the criticisms are justified. The iPhone is revolutionary; it's flawed."

Concerns had centred on the interface, with come experts pointing out the fact that so far touch screens had not proved popular for consumers. However, the interface found favour with Mossberg who limited his criticism to stating the interface would require a period of getting used to.

Pogue's enthusiasm was less warm: "Tapping the skinny little virtual keys on the screen is frustrating," before adding more damningly, "the BlackBerry won't be going away anytime soon."

However the biggest criticism of the device was the EDGE network it uses for data and voice connections. Telecommunications is one of the few areas in technology where the US lags the rest of the world, and data download speeds are slow. "The New York Times's home page takes 55 seconds to appear; Amazon.com, 100 seconds; Yahoo, two minutes. You almost ache for a dial-up modem," Pogue wrote.

There will be no way to upgrade the first-generation iPhone to faster networks later.

3799 days ago
Objective reader

Having read both reviews from the source, the writer of this article is "flawed" on his conclusions. Shame!

3799 days ago
Magnus

available in the Middle East then. What's the word out of Apple IMC ME?

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