iPhone Frenzy Now Begins in Earnest

The image “https://i0.wp.com/images.apple.com/iphone/images/2007/06/iphone_hero_20070621.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.Mossberg’s and David Pogue’s reviews are in and they essentially say that the iPhone does deliver despite unprecedented hype. Here’s Mossberg from the WSJ:

We have been testing the iPhone for two weeks, in multiple usage scenarios, in cities across the country. Our verdict is that, despite some flaws and feature omissions, the iPhone is, on balance, a beautiful and breakthrough handheld computer. Its software, especially, sets a new bar for the smart-phone industry, and its clever finger-touch interface, which dispenses with a stylus and most buttons, works well, though it sometimes adds steps to common functions . . .

The iPhone’s most controversial feature, the omission of a physical keyboard in favor of a virtual keyboard on the screen, turned out in our tests to be a nonissue, despite our deep initial skepticism. After five days of use, Walt — who did most of the testing for this review — was able to type on it as quickly and accurately as he could on the Palm Treo he has used for years. This was partly because of smart software that corrects typing errors on the fly.

Here’s Pogue:

As it turns out, much of the hype and some of the criticisms are justified. The iPhone is revolutionary; it’s flawed. It’s substance; it’s style. It does things no phone has ever done before; it lacks features found even on the most basic phones. . . . But even in version 1.0, the iPhone is still the most sophisticated, outlook-changing piece of electronics to come along in years. It does so many things so well, and so pleasurably, that you tend to forgive its foibles.

The main flaw say both is the AT&T infrastructure and slow speeds of its EDGE network. Later iPhones will work on the 3G network and be faster. Apparently its WiFi capabilities are something of a saving grace here.

The lines have already started and will longer as the hype now intensifies. It’s like a blockbuster movie opening.

All along the frenzy surrounding the iPhone has been partly about fashion but mostly about function — and perceived usability. Everyone wants a better mobile device and a way to get online content easily on their phones. This is finally it.

And it’s a watershed moment for the mobile Internet as a result.


More reviews from USAToday and Newsweek.


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