Apple iPhone 1st Generation - 8GB - Black (AT&T) Smartphone
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- fixyourthinkingJul 13, 2007by
iPhone 1.0: Better than the hype/best cell phone ever
This review is for the 1st generation iPhone. For a review of the iPhone 3G or iPhone 4, see my other reviews.
I've owned a cell phone since 1992. I've always had a "top of the line cell phone" (I've always had AT&T = formerly Cingular = formerly BellSouth Mobility). I've had some really good phones: Motorola v60 "Vader", Nokia 6102i, and a Sony Ericsson T610. Then I've had some REALLY bad ones: Motorola RAZR, SLVR, Sony Ericsson s710a, Sony Ericsson Walkman W400, & most recently an HP iPaq 6515. In my 16 years of having cellphones, I've had over 100 (yes 100+) different models & makes.
I haven't had signal issues w/ many phones, it's always been asthetics that bothered me or the clumsy interfaces.
With every phone I've ever had, no matter how long I've had it; I always had a problem placing a call on hold & answering another call or joining a call into a 3-way call. With the iPhone interface being so well designed & the features so clearly labeled; I don't have that problem any more.
As for the design, the Sony Ericsson s710a was a beautiful phone, but the way it flipped open was awkward. When you opened it, it flipped upside down. You had to open it, then rotate the phone to use it.
With the HP iPaq 6515, I hated the keyboard. It was hard to see, crowded w/ characters & difficult to use w/ my large fingers. This is the problem I face w/ almost all phones w/ physical keyboards except the HTC 8525; which has the best phone keyboard of any phone. iPhone users should try the pogo stylus.
The iPhone keyboard is clear, easy to use, & once you get use to it - allows for very fast typing. I used it more in the first 10 days of owning my iPhone than I ever used ANY keyboard on ALL phones I've ever owned.
The camera on my Nokia 6201i was great, but it was difficult to use & to get pictures off of.The camera on the iPhone is terriffic - the viewfinder & capture buttons are crystal clear. It's easy to get the photos from iPhone to computer for editing.
Unlike most smartphones - that have Windows Mobile - the iPhone has an intuitive interface that's easy to understand & navigate. There's no need to read a manual - it's just simple to understand.
Before the iPhone I hated text messaging ... I texted more in the 1st 10 days than I have in the last 10 years!
Because an iPhone uses standard iPod sync & charge cables, accessories are easy to find.
Battery life is very good - even when utilizing power draining features like Wifi & Bluetooth.
I can actually use the calculator on an iPhone, unlike on other cell phones where you have to figure out what key corresponds to an add/multiply/divide.
The Google Maps feature is amazing w/ the ability to use satellite data. The GPS integration w/ LocateMe is awesome (upgrade to 1.1.
The weather forecast widget is nice to have - especially in the summer so you can plan your outdoor week or weekend spontaneously.
- Edge data network is acceptable, but I wish was faster
- I'd really like to see bluetooth data exchange so I could sync an iPhone via bluetooth.
- FM transmitters don't work well due to interference
- the keyboard is hard to use - at 1st it is ... it definitely takes getting used to. Once you start letting an iPhone to correct your mistakes & just hitting the space bar, it becomes pretty fast!Read full review
- drvitruvianOct 30, 2007by
iPhone Multi-Media Device
The iPhone has been subject to a wide array of reviews--from being touted as the Messiah of digital devices, to just another way for Apple to cash in. I don't believe either extreme is correct--or fair for that matter, but the phone and all of its functions make it lie somewhere in the middle.
I've found that most people who dislike the phone are either:
(1) Too accustomed to their hardware static keypad phones
(2) Don't give the touchscreen a fair try
(3) Require more 3rd party customization, namely for work
(4) Hate Apple and Apple products with a passion
After using touchscreen phones for the last 5 years, I can tell you, I can't go back to using hardware keypads. And as far as touchscreens go, Apple's created the most innovative touch-based device in the U.S. market (overseas is excluded). The way the software in the device act seamlessly together is just flat out amazing. People who try the phone for 30 seconds are generally left with a so-so "That's cool" impression. People who use it for 30 minutes usually have a "I gotta get me one of these" outlook. If they've been using one for 30 days, they're usually thinking, "I'm glad I bought one of these. This bonafidebaddass."
As a phone, the iPhone is so-so. As a multi-media device, this phone has no equal at the moment. All of its components rolled into this one, compact, beautifully designed piece of technology make for one great cell phone. It's more like a media device that makes phone calls--not the other way around. The simplicity of accessing your multiple e-mail accounts, surfing the web, watching an episode of your favorite TV show, listening to your flavor-of-the-month tunes, checking stocks, weather, traffic directions, setting up appointments in the calendar application, texting via the iChat-like client, taking pictures, and even making a phone call (it's not as hard as some reviewers make it out to be), the iPhone is simplicity personified. If you think of it in that regard, you will not be disappointed with the iPhone.
The only qualms I have found with the iPhone are:
(1) No privacy for SMS messages: if somebody is using your phone, the messages just pop up on the screen, whatever you're doing with an Ignore/Read prompt, and about 2 preview lines
(2) No MMS to date
(3) No multiple contacts for SMS messaging--you can only message 1 person at a time
(4) No cut/copy/paste feature to date
(5) No organizing the songs on your playlists on the phone, must be done on iTunes
(6) No Flash support on Safari browser to date
(7) No landscape text-entry mode on texting screen
(8) SDK not available to 3rd parties, probable for 2008 though
(9) Subsequently, lack of native 3rd party applications
(10) Must pay for ringtones via iTunes--cannot select ANY song--iPhone has a poor selection of default ringtones to begin with
(11) Camera settings non-existent at the moment--and no camera flash
(12) Speakerphone still too low in volume
(13) For a personal device, the iPhone is very limited in personalization touches for its internal software
(14) Locked to AT&T/Cingular
(15) No 3G
Other than those issues--most of which, if not all, will probably be addressed with software updates in the near future--the iPhone is a marvel of a tech device. For your business life, the iPhone is a poor fit--but for somebody's personal life, the iPhone might just suit all your entertainment media needs the best a phone could possibly do at this time. It has mine.Read full review
- ken_musMar 5, 2009by
First off how is everyone? Fine I hope. Okay so, ihave the iPhone and personally I LOVE it!!! I read previous reviews and Im not the type to feedoff negativity from others. Some reviews of his phone is ridiculous. I'm so tired of people compliankng about the battery life. Apparently if u use the phone for long hours or surf the net or listen to music then it's obvious the battery will drain. Also people complain about what the phone DOESNT do or doesn't have. First of all if u would really get in depth about the phone before purchasin then the small things shouldn't matter. I don't think anyone who complains aboeut the little things needs this phone. Anyway let me share y I love it.....
Beautiful big bright display
Easy touch sensitivity
Great web broweser
Camera takes beautiful picutures depending on lightening
iPod is awesome
Apps easy to install
The good: The Apple iPhone has a stunning display, a sleek design, and an innovative multitouch user interface. Its Safari browser makes for a superb Web surfing experience, and it offers easy-to-use apps. As an iPod, it shines.
The badThe bad: The Apple iPhone has variable call quality and lacks some basic features found in many cell phones, including stereo Bluetooth support and 3G compatibility. Integrated memory is stingy for an iPod, and you have to sync the iPhone to manage music content.
The bottom lineThe bottom line: Despite some important missing features, a slow data network, and call quality that doesn't always deliver, the Apple iPhone sets a new benchmark for an integrated cell phone and MP3 player.
Specifications: OS provided: Apple MacOS X ; Band / mode: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (Quadband) ; Wireless connectivity: IEEE 802.11b , IEEE 802.11g , Bluetooth 2.0 EDRRead full review
- sithpittOct 22, 2007by
iPhone - The BEST Cell Phone NOW and Near FUTURE!!!
Uffff!!! If don't have an iPhone, your behind in Cell Phone technology! Sorry to say that, but it's true. The iPhone not only delivers the Touch Screen advantage, but strong tools better than the best subsecuent Cell Phone on the market today. Almost any task that you can execute in the iPhone is as easy as an eye blink.
I bought the gsm unlocked 8GB unit. The unit is definitely a conversational piece. There's only a few people on my country that have the iPhone working. People just stop me and ask: "Is that the iPhone" "Does it work??" "How much you pay for it??". I'm not a show-off guy, but the phone make you smile a lot when people notice that you have one of these toys!!
As many reviews that I have wrote here, I'll give you the PROS & CONS that I've found already for the benefit of all.
1. Touch screen advantage.
2. Easy friendly menus, tools, address book, contacts, web surfing, etc.
3. iPod included (Music & Video Player).
4. Super Fast Internet.
5. Stereo headphone with mini-bass capability.
6. SIM Card exchange without opening the unit.
7. Superb digital camera.
8. Slim candy bar jawbreaker design.
9. The 8GB version would hold so much music & videos, that you would not need anything else...
1. No manual included. Friendly, but for specific details you need to download from Apple the Electronic Manual.
2. The Wall Charger that comes with the iPhone it's not good or faster. You'll need to buy a Rapid Wall Charger and a Car Charger, because the iPhone drains quickly the battery. That's one of the major flaws... BATTERY!!
NOTE: PLEASE!! There's a lot of silly videos on YouTube on how to open the iPhone to exchange the SIM Card and you'll see people smashing their units, because they didn't check first how to do it. The SIM Card is replace on the top of the phone, by inserting a paper clip in the small hole provided and the SIM carrier will pop-out so you can insert your SIM Card.Read full review
- justinas760Nov 2, 2015Verified purchase - USEDby