Summary: 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.
Pros: 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.
Cons: 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.
Conclusion: It's the best portable media player ever. It's possibly the most fun we've ever had with a handheld device. It browses the Web like a champ. But poor phone call performance and missing messaging options make us unwilling to recommend it as a phone.
Pros: Fun new interface for navigating multimedia. Huge screen looks amazing. Terrific Web browser. Syncs well with PCs and Macs. YouTube function is great. Functions flow seamlessly into each other. Built-in speaker for voice calling and music.
Cons: Poor business e-mail and PIM connectivity. Bad audio quality on phone calls. Tons of "GSM buzz" on nearby speakers. Virtual keyboard hard to type on. No phone functionality with iPod speaker docks.
Excerpt: Hey did you hear? Apple came out with a mobile phone. Of course you heard—the only way you could’ve avoided the iPhone hype machine was to move to Antarctica, shut yourself in an igloo, and avoid all contact with other humans. But in case you’ve just crept out of your ice house, the iPhone is Apple’s new gadget that combines a mobile phone, iPod, and Internet access into one handy bundle that fits in your pocket. As a mobile phone, the iPhone is quite capable.
Pros: Great call quality; Visual Voicemail; gorgeous multitouch touchscreen; best iPod ever.
Excerpt: As a self-confessed techno-weenie, with a noted lack of impulse control, I purchased my 8 Gig iPhone from the Apple store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan three days after the launch day hype and madness. It took me all of fifteen minutes before I was back on the train with some really cool packaging to fiddle with. I must say that the ability to activate the phone at home using iTunes was the first pleasant surprise.
Summary: T he iPhone is a versatile mobile phone offering many possibilities. It is a must for the gadget freak. The 2.0 Megapixel digital camera lets you make reasonable pictures. However; you will undoubtedly miss the zoom function, and the resolution is, to put it bluntly, simply too low. For more entertainment, such as music and videos, the iPhone serves greatly just as the iPod that we are already familiar with.
Summary: If you want to love this much-hyped gadget, you'll find plenty to drool over. The iPhone is expensive and comes with some major drawbacks, but it's hard to be patient once you've seen one - the future of mobile devices is here and it's called an iPhone.
Pros: Multi-touch navigation, fantastic display, great handheld video player, impressive browser, durability and build quality
Cons: Lack of 3G/HSDPA, no instant messaging/office applications, gets warm with constant use, iffy text entry
Summary: We have been putting the Apple iPhone to the test ever since it was launched in the UK. Here’s our verdict on Apple’s mobile phone and iPod, couple with the contract that O2 insists you take out. The iPhone is available in the UK via O2 for £269 .