A week ago iPhone iMania swept the Free World. Yesterday my iPhone arrived from Shenzhen, China and my iLove was born. I’ve been reading a lot of iPhone coverage over the last week waiting for my slice of the American Dream to arrive, and I am still astonished by the online complaining and crybabyism in the official Apple iPhone Discussion Group and how that environment is so disconnected from the reality of the device.
After living with my iPhone for 20 hours — and setting up two of them — here is my quick review.
Activation was immediate and seamless for both phones. I am a current AT&T customer on a BlackBerry internet plan and I was able to update my service to the iPhone via iTunes without a hitch or a delay. It took less than three minutes from start to finish to begin using my iPhone as a phone and incredible media player.
The sound is outstanding. I can clearly hear everyone while making a phone call and they can hear me. Volume is strong and loud.
I have much better reception in all conditions compared to my BlackBerry 8700c on the same AT&T network — so that makes me believe the rumors that Apple tweaked the iPhone to work especially well on that network alone are true.
The seamless transfer between my superfast home WiFi connection and the AT&T EDGE internet service is quick and invisible. It is quite an experience to blaze through the internet at home on the iPhone as fast as I can on my Mac Book Pro.
The iPhone plays music and music videos with great panache and ease.
The iPhone keyboard is great. I have no trouble typing with two thumbs instead of a single finger.
The SMS interface is delightful and informative; Maps are a wonderment; Email is a breeze; even the Calculator shines.
What would I change about the iPhone? I can’t think of anything offered that isn’t delivered. There are future features I’d love to seen added, but is that a fair criticism of the phone now — to bang the iPhone by wishing for things it does not have?
I’ll pass on smacking on the iPhone and keep macking on it.
The iPhone has already changed how we will communicate with each other and it has set the new standard for personalized online computing forever.
When you’re dealing with a tool of the future in your hand today, it’s pretty hard to put it down — or even remove it from your hand.