iphoria or iphobia?
The web is resounding with talk on the iphone:
Walt Mossberg: "a beautiful and breakthrough handheld computer"
Newsweek: "a significant leap � a superbly engineered, cleverly designed and imaginatively implemented approach"
USA Today: "a prodigy � a slender fashion phone, a slick iPod and an Internet experience unlike any before it"
New York Times: "the most sophisticated, outlook-changing piece of electronics to come along in years"
So that's 4 iphoriacs and no iphobians
But, rely on engadget for a more balanced view. Some of the things that you can't do with the iphone are really quite stunning:
- No video recording (huh?)
- No voice dialing (Voice dialing isn't something I've ever got excited about though)
- - Battery life of 300-400 charges before needing to be sent away to be replaced (at a cost!). I guess this means "full charges", but I wonder what their life expectation in years based on charging every day or every other day?
- The OS takes 700mb of available memory (make sure you buy the bigger version)
- New wifi networks are announced every time they're encountered (most people will, I imagine, turn off wifi unless they need it, that's how I do it on the phone I have now)
- No ringtones from MP3 (wait for the downloadable ringtones you'll have to pay for)
- No support for Flash (so no youtube?)
- No cut/copy/paste of text (maybe the multi-touch movement for "cut" looked too odd?)
And ... no stereo bluetooth ... so you'll have to stick to the white wire headphones (maybe they should have used a different colour for the phone so that people would know it was an iphone and not just an ipod?)
Still want one? Of course you do. They're going to sell millions and millions purely on the back of those pullout quotes above. I know I still want one. But I think it's safe to short the stock ...