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Created: 03/05/09

Hmmmm iPhone

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 EDR

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Created: 10/30/07

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.

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Created: 04/26/08

apple iphone

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 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 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.

Specs: OS provided: Apple MacOS X; Band / mode: GSM 850/900/1800/1900

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Created: 10/05/08

iphone=best phone ever

unlocked it for t-moblie in 4mins cant get any better then this!

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful. Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Created: 07/10/08

iphone

Even though I'm an Apple Computer user, I don't consider myself an Apple fanatic. (So I don't consider this a bias review.)

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 camera on my Nokia 6201i was great, but it was difficult to use & to get pictures off of.

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 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.

My only complaints thus far:

- 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

Complaint that others have that's invalid:

- the keyboard is hard to use - at 1st it is ... it definitely takes getting used to. Once you start letting an iPhone correct your mistakes & just hitting the space bar, it becomes pretty fast. I've always thought this was an invalid complaint because blackberry & treo are just as difficult.

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Created: 10/23/07

Apple iPhone - 8GB (AT&T)

Got my Apple iPhone a week ago and got addicted to it. You must order this phone with full service (internet a must) It 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 only downside I can mention is lack of 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. 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.

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Created: 05/25/08

Unlocked 8GB Apple IPHONE

IPHONE 8GB UNLOCKED

This is a major step into the future from the stoneage, compared to my Motorola RAZR V3. Iam Blown away totally. Consolidation is OUTstanding with this device!


Likes:
1. size
2. interactive buttons, menus
3. ability to stretch and shrink pictures and content on the browser window
4. touch screen is Dynamite!!
5. clarity with the ear buds
6. hands free mic is Fantastic!
7. Unlocked feature or capability. Eliminates being trapped with a carrier and using their designated service plans.
8. The internet browsing is Cool!
9. Added features: stop watch, interactive calender, bells, whistles!
10. consolidation
11. wifi
12. using itunes and iphone is a breeze
13. data tranfer from iphone to itunes and vice versa is a breeze
14. camera is clear and pics are crisp
15. sms transfer and conversations are amazing. little window pops up and prompts to reply or cancel

16. You will discover your own level of enjoyment.


Dislikes so far:
1. No sort of safety screen. if ya drop it ... Ahhhhhhhh! Nooooooooo!
2. NO VIDEO CAMERA
3. NOT WATER PROOF (ruined if you get thrown into the pool
4. DOES NOT FLOAT IN WATER (what if you drop it in the pool? exceptional design if you could fish it out and make a call without any interuptions... YES?)
5. NO NIGHT VISION
6. NO INFRARED SCANNER
7. NO GEIGER COUNTER ( what if you stumble upon Uranium ?)



Overall Iam VERY pleased with the IPHONE. Its ability/features rate an A

Far pass my expectations


Things to remember If you purchase an Unlocked IPHONE:

1.
the round thing at the bottom of the IPONE with the square on it is a button. Press it. It is the HOME button. very important to know if you seem to get stuck while looking around...

2.
use a small paperclip to push into the hole and pop out the sim card holder

3.
update to the most recent version of ITUNES! This is a MUST for the iphone and itunes to recognize and sync to one another.

4.
if you are on a free network or home network
You will NOT be charged for using the wifi feature for maps, browsing, stocks, etc... This was a great concern of mine if any transfer charges apply... They DO NOT!!

5.
This is a small computer. YOU will baby this... or you'll have an expensive paperweight.

That's all for now. I hope this helps with any decision making road blocks you are facing...

Go and get your IPHONE NOW!! You will not regret it!!


Later!
~ekkdesigns

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Created: 02/03/08

Apple iPhone 8 gb

Advantages: Full Internet, Massive storage, Great design, Superb battery life .
Disadvantages: The Megapixel of the camera is put to shame by other phones available .

Recommend to potential buyers: yes

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I had been waiting for this day for some time. My 18 month contract with T-Mobile is coming up for renewal next week, however having had problems gaining reception in my area I'd opted to look elsewhere for a new contract. A few weeks back my problems were solved when I was shopping around to try and find the best mobile contract, and discovered that O2 would be stocking the Apple iPhone as of November the 9th. Not only was I looking for a new mobile contract, but also a replacement MP3 player so the Apple iPhone seemed ideal. I made plans to purchase the iPhone and on the evening of release made my way down to the nearest O2 store upon finishing work, bagging myself my very own iPhone at a price of £269. Although the price did seem a little steep, especially considering that I would be paying out a further £35 a month for the contract also; I deemed this to be a worthwhile investment for what I would be getting for my money.
Since purchasing the phone it has definitely lived up to my expectations, and if anything it has in fact surpassed them. I've found it hard to put the phone down since I bought it, and the features that the phone beholds are astounding; a 2 Megapixel camera, full featured e-mail and web browsing, 8GB of on-board memory, and even Wi-Fi and EDGE connectivity for the ability to connect to the internet completely free of charge when you're in one of the many free Wi-Fi hotspots that are located all around the country. The phone itself is blessed with a 3.5 inch screen which is absolutely perfect for tasks such as browsing the internet and watching videos whilst on the move, and so far I have had no problems whatsoever with it.

Upon turning on the phone you will find the following icons laid out neatly across the upper two thirds of the screen; Text, Calendar, Photos, Camera, YouTube, Stocks, Maps, Weather, Clock, Calculator, Notes, Settings, and then a further four icons across the bottom of Phone, Mail, Safari, and iPod. Given that the phone is operated by touch it must therefore be taken for granted that the icons are probably going to be larger than on any phone you've used in the past; each icon is around a centimetre square and is plenty big enough to press with ease, but at the same time small enough not to look overly large. I feel that the four icons along the bottom will perhaps be the ones utilised most frequently by many, however Texting, use of the Camera and Photo Browsing will no doubt be equally as popular with large numbers of the phones users.

- The Design -

The design of the Apple iPhone was one of the first things that attracted me to it. I had previously been looking at the LG Prada phone which like this one is operated through touch sensitivity. This seemed an interesting concept to me, and having always used button based phones before I found that the absence of masses of buttons made the phone far more attractive than any I had owned in the past. Some would perhaps argue that the design of the iPhone is rather basic; it is essentially a 4.5 inch tall, 2.4 inch wide rectangle with a 3.5 inch screen at it's centre (the screen measurement is taken diagonally). It is somehow far mo

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Created: 07/13/07

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.

Only complaints:

- 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

Invaild complaints:

- 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!

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Created: 08/10/10

Apple iphone 8gb Needs LCD

Pros
+ Great design with a sleek thin body!!!
+ Beautiful 320x480 pixel wide-screen provides pleasing video viewing
+ Turn to the side to view video using the full wide screen width
+ Orientation detection changes view to landscape mode automatically when turning iPod!
+ Enough capacity to finally be worth replacing some of your disk-based players in earnest
+ Brighter screen with great contrast and crisp sharp images
+ Wireless access via 802.11 b/g compliant antenna (hopefully `n' will come soon)
+ Wireless searching and video on mode can be disabled to extend battery life
+ Great interface for Safari web browsing with easy Wifi hotspot setup
+ Headphone jack compatible with standard phones, unlike iPhone
+ New apps work great and give you stocks, maps, email, notes and weather
+ Supports both NTSC and PAL video out
+ Very nice size of 32GB stores good amount of video
+ Works with some legacy iPod accessories (except standard A/V cable and some docks)
+ Diminishing price tag in terms of $ per GB of space
+ Unlike iPod classic, all flash memory means less failures and breakage
+ Flash memory also awesome for running / working out, though I use my nano for that ;-)
+ Coverflow actually works nicely on the Touch, much better than on the iPod nano
+ Slightly better sound quality than 2nd generation iPods
+ So far seems to have lower error rate than other iPods
+ Apple reputation is highly deserved
+ Plenty of free video and audio teaser content available on iTunes
+ Easy access to iTunes right from your device over your local wireless internet!
+ Apple SDK being made available which means more apps are on the way!

Cons
- Touch design is almost too minimal without hold button or easy volume adjustment
- Very difficult to adjust or use without looking at it; some earbuds include controls that help
- Screen requires "real touch," bad for those of us in cold weather cities
- Data port seems more cramped than other models and difficult to seat on many dock ports
- The headphone jack is strangely placed right next to the data port; ok for landscape mode, awkward in portrait mode
- Not backwards compatible with legacy docks and cables; Universal dock now required for video out
- Battery life still shorter than other iPods due to WiFi and video power needs
- No expandability or SD card slot like Sansa View or Creative Zen
- iTunes software with limited native formats (MP3, MPEG4, AAC) and high overhead
- Some poor interface designs, such as volume control only available when upright
- PDA functions such as calendar syncing and contact management still need work
- Playlist and music groupings are lacking and need many improvements
- Still lacking some features such as built-in FM radio & voice recorder
- Missing Zune features such as the ability to share songs with other iPod Touch units
- No Bluetooth for peripherals and accessories
- No wireless synching or wireless access to iTunes WLAN libraries
- No WiFi viewing of live iTunes PodCasts
- Still no local viewing of PDF or other common document formats
- No mode to use as disk storage?!?!
- Roughly 2GB of space taken up with iPod software alone!!!!
- STRANGE Apple business practices - ie, charging for software features included with the iPhone????
- While the cost is slowly coming down, still quite expensive in total $ terms

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