posted by June 27 at 9:37 AMon
Apple’s iPhone matches the hype—for the most part, says the New York Times.
As it turns out, much of the hype and some of the criticisms are justified. The iPhone is revolutionary; itís flawed. Itís substance; itís style. It does things no phone has ever done before; it lacks features found even on the most basic phones….
The phone is so sleek and thin, it makes Treos and BlackBerrys look obese. The glass gets smudgy ó a sleeve wipes it clean ó but it doesnít scratch easily. Iíve walked around with an iPhone in my pocket for two weeks, naked and unprotected (the iPhone, that is, not me), and thereís not a mark on it….
To answer a call, you can tap Answer on the screen, or pinch the microscopic microphone bulge on the white earbud cord. Either way, music or video playback pauses until you hang up. (When youíre listening to music, that pinch pauses the song. A double-pinch advances to the next song.)
Making a call, though, can take as many as six steps: wake the phone, unlock its buttons, summon the Home screen, open the Phone program, view the Recent Calls or speed-dial list, and select a name. Call quality is only average, and depends on the strength of your AT&T signal.
E-mail is fantastic. Incoming messages are fully formatted, complete with graphics; you can even open (but not edit) Word, Excel and PDF documents.
The Web browser, though, is the real dazzler. This isnít some stripped-down, claustrophobic My First Cellphone Browser; you get full Web layouts, fonts and all, shrunk to fit the screen. You scroll with a fingertip ó much faster than scroll bars. You can double-tap to enlarge a block of text for reading, or rotate the screen 90 degrees, which rotates and magnifies the image to fill the wider view.
Finally, you can enlarge a Web page—or an e-mail message, or a photo—by spreading your thumb and forefinger on the glass. The image grows as though itís on a sheet of latex.
As for my phone dilemma, I’m enjoying not having a cell phone so much that I may not replace my dead, dead, dead Razr at all. Did you know that when you don’t have a cell phone people can’t call you any time, day or night? And that when you’re away from your desk no one can find you? It’s kinda like… being free or something. I’m kinda digging this cell-phone-free feeling.