iPhone Matches Hype


David Pogue, the technology reviewer for the NY Times, has released his review of the iPhone. The conclusion:

[E]ven in version 1.0, the iPhone is still the most sophisticated, outlook-changing piece of electronics to come along in years. It does so many things so well, and so pleasurably, that you tend to forgive its foibles.

In other words, maybe all the iPhone hype isn't hype at all. As the ball player Dizzy Dean once said, "It ain't bragging if you done it."
From The iPhone Matches Most of Its Hype - New York Times
Referenced Tue Jun 26 2007 17:45:18 GMT-0600 (MDT)

Predictably, Pogue pans both the AT&T voice network strength (citing Consumer Reports) and the EDGE network. The download times he gives are scary:

Then there's the Internet problem. When you're in a Wi-Fi hot spot, going online is fast and satisfying.

But otherwise, you have to use AT&T's ancient EDGE cellular network, which is excruciatingly 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.
From The iPhone Matches Most of Its Hype - New York Times
Referenced Tue Jun 26 2007 17:48:20 GMT-0600 (MDT)

Ugh! Waiting nearly two minutes for Amazon to appear??? The iPhone software can be upgraded, but I doubt that the phone can move from the EDGE network for 3G (when that's available) without a hardware upgrade. So, you may be shelling out $600 now only to turn around and upgrade the hardware later on when the newer network is available. That's sure to turn some people off.

Some other reviews:

Mostly notably from the Mossberg review was that he was able to conquer the keyboard:

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.
From The Mossberg Solution - WSJ.com
Referenced Tue Jun 26 2007 17:54:24 GMT-0600 (MDT)

That's good news. People have been worried about that.