Phone Scoop takes an in-depth look at Apple's iPhone. Is it the Swiss Army knife of cell phones that Steve Jobs promised? (with video tour)
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It has been impossible for anyone in America with a TV or internet access to avoid news of the iPhone for the past 6 months. It is easily the most talked-about phone ever, even more so than the RAZR. So much hype creates high expectations, so does the iPhone live up to them?
Editor's Note: because demand for an iPhone review was so high, this review is formatted slightly different in that all three Phone Scoop editors tested the iPhone simultaneously and have pooled their results into this one review. We could not have reviewed every feature in such depth otherwise.
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WHY MY iPHONE KINDA SUX
1. No 3G. You would expect 3G from the best phone ever developed, and from AT&T.
2. No personalized ringtones? Ok, this is just sick. Damn apple, they just wanna pickpocket you in the future when they start selling ringtones on iTunes.
3. No games? I was pretty sad when I realized this lol. "Revolutionized touchscreen" and no games, not even Bejewel, not even a damn demo. Another way Apple's gonna rob you later when they start selling games on iTunes.
4. Ok, the internet, yeah it's pretty nice, but it's kinda 1994 if there's no Flash Player. So this will limit you a lot of things on the net. Also, without Flash, it will limit you to a lot of videos as...
My god, you Verizon people kill me! Just let the people wh...
Thanks for a VALUABLE review ... won't buy iPhone
My deepest thanks for your review of the iPhone.
Right now I use an LG Prada phone under TMO, and I'm NOT under contract with TMO (contract ended in April). I was seriously thinking about buying an iPhone at the end of the month.
Your review did dispel rumors, biggest of which was that the ATT SIM card COULD NOT be removed and used in another phone.
But I am VERY GRATEFUL that your review revealed one thing: that the user cannot install ringtones; and that you're limited to the 25 or so preloaded ring sounds.
My feeling is that for a $500 phone with song capability, it's odd that the iPhone doesn't allow you to assign an uploaded MP3 as a ringer when a certain contact calls.
As innocuous a feature as it ...
While it doesn't sound like the iPhone has everything you want righ...
Unlocked - Europe?
I assume the iPhone is or will be available in Europe. If that's the case, has anybody read anything that tells whether there will be an unlocked version available there, or does one of the major European carriers have exclusivity there like ATT does in the US for a period of time? Is it two years, or just one, of exclusivity?
I want one, of course; question is whether to wait until the next revision which will undoubtedly add more features, fix bugs, and add capacity (and when my Verizon contract is out of the penalty phase - counting the months )
iPHone Gets Off Easy
Any other device, from any other manufacturer with this appalling lack of features retailing for $500-$600 would ordinarily get creamed in this forum. Some of these missing features are as follows:
1.) No UMTS or HSDPA support, EDGE only.
2.) "Crippled Bluetooth" I believe the only services supported are Handsfree and Headset. No OBEX! Lack of this service in particular seems to always bring accusations of fascist ...
Now that Apple has jumped into the cell phone industry, I'm sure the...
Regardless, we felt that most people already know what it's "missing". We weren't trying to "gloss over" those things, we just wanted to focus on the subjec...
I feel the review was one of the most thorough, objective, and qualitative reviews I've seen on the Iphone. As a result of reading it, I f...
2 Important questions
B. There seemed to be no mention of a zoom on the camera. Is there one and how strong is it?
i-Phone on Verizon
Apple can add features via software updates
Kudos on the review: it was the best I've read so far. First, I must give you props for having Beyonce in your iPhone.
Thanks and thanks.
Secondly, how easy did you find setting up...
Fonts in the Iphone Review
I thought there was only 1 font in th iphone.
When a new network is discovered your are by default asked for a PASSWORD for a secure network. Our Wifi router has a 10 digit key. You have to change the "enter password" menu to show "enter key" instead. Obviously this applies to those of us who did not bother to create a new or different password other than the 10-digit encryption key that is the default for routers. Hope this helps out.
Possible Correction re: WPA Access
You mentioned having trouble accessing Wi-Fi hotspots that weren't Apple... well, I've figured it out, but it seems to be the quirkiest aspect of using this phone. FIRST, go to Settings... Wi-Fi. Look at the name of the secured network you want to join, but don't click on it!
Now, click "Other" at the bottom of the list of Wi-Fi spots. Type the name exactly as you saw it on the last screen (including capital letters, etc.), then click "Security" and choose the correct method. Now your password will be accepted, be it WPA, WEP, ASCII, Hex, etc.
This sounds hard when typed out, but once you've done it once it is e...
New photos added: YouTube, outdoors, photo offloading
Most interesting is the side-by-side comparison of YouTube over EDGE vs. YouTube over Wi-Fi:
http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/review_iphone/ind ... »
It's pretty dramatic! Clearly they encode the streams at wildly different bit-rates in order to get smooth playback over the very different speed connections. You can even see the texture of the white paper in the background in the Wi-Fi version, while over EDGE even Eric's thumb is just a blur.
We also added a couple of photos showing how great the display looks outdoors, even in direct sunlight:
http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/review_iphone/ind ... »...
I pod and accessories
In the activation section you have a picture with a GoPhone SIM, can you use prepaid on the iPhone? How would data work?
Well done guy's..
Thats was an innacurate speed when it loaded. Since the video had previously loaded over EDGE, it stayed on your browsing history, and so when you streamed it over Wi-Fi it didn't take long because it was already loaded and played to begin with.
You can't see it very well in the video, (a web video of a web video doesn't usually look that great,) but what Eric is trying to explain in the audio at that part is when you stream YouTube over Wi-Fi, it senses th...