Fri, 6 July 2007
Intro: On Friday, June 29, Apple started selling the new iPhone, a device that combines the functions of a cell phone, ipod and computer. In this podcast we take a look at the iPhone from a users perspective - Mike Q got in line the first day and purchased one!
Here's an outline of the interview:
- waiting in line + the purchase
- first impressions
- web browser
- voice quality
- data network (edge + wifi)
- ear buds
AT&T (Cingular) has the exclusive rights for the phone for the next two years with current phones running on AT&TÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s EDGE network when there is not a Wi-Fi connection available. Current pricing plans, with unlimited data, start at $59.99 and run up to $219.99 per month.
There are a few things that some are concerned about, here's a list:
The cost - it is expensive!
The AT&T EDGE network is slow when compared to Verizon's 3G network. This is a concern for some but I could deal with that. Most places I go now I find Wi-Fi available.
There is currently no Java or Flash support which will cause a problem when viewing websites that incorporate these technologies.
One of the biggest concerns is the small storage capacity. Later versions will likely have some sort of removable storage device like the SD cards used in digital cameras.
Lack of a physical keyboard Ã¢ï¿½ï¿½ the iPhone uses a technology Apple calls Ã¢ï¿½ï¿½multitouchÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½ to display a keyboard on the screen. Once people get used to, seems to be working just fine.
At this time you can only use Apple's Safari web browser and not other browsers like Firefox.
These issues are minor for most users and overall this looks like a great first generation product for Apple.