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No doubt the iPhone is the single coolest phone ever released.  Even power users like Kevin and Matt couldn’t resist (repeatedly) the lure of the keyless iPhone.  Houston Chronicle’s Dwight Silverman has been using an iPhone for a month now and this column explains how the […]

No doubt the iPhone is the single coolest phone ever released.  Even power users like Kevin and Matt couldn’t resist (repeatedly) the lure of the keyless iPhone.  Houston Chronicle’s Dwight Silverman has been using an iPhone for a month now and this column explains how the luster has worn off for him.  Dwight evaluates a lot of gadgets but had never actually owned a smartphone until his wife gave him the Samsung Blackjack he’s been using for a few months now and in his article he details why he’s grabbing the Blackjack over the iPhone for "serious" tasks.  I think Dwight’s suffering from nokeyitis but read his column and draw your own conclusions.

If you weren’t one of the early possessors, but you’re consideringbuying one, wait for the next version. The iPhone has a lot ofpotential, and it will surely influence what other phone manufacturersdo. But for now, you’re better off using something else if you’reserious about getting your data on the go.

  1. Aaron J. Walker Tuesday, July 31, 2007

    Wow James, that is a very thorough review from someone who obviously spent time with the device after the hype died down.

    I wonder if Kevin will come to the same conclusion(s)?

    I expect the Apple zealots to boycott and picket the Houston Chronicle and cancel their subscriptions after that article.

    And I also expect there to be a backlash of how much people love their iPhones and this guy must be a Microsoft shill.

    From a very happy T-Mobile Dash users :)

    BTW: You guys going to say anything about the redesign or let it speak for itself?

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  2. I didn’t really see any new negatives in the review that haven’t already been reported. The bottom line is that after a month, the positives don’t outweigh the negatives.

    I do find the comments on the article amusing, particularly the Safari comments. The desktop version of Safari has problems with rendering web sites that Firefox nor IE have, yet somehow that is the web site author’s fault?

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  3. Obviously, in my previous post I meant to say that Safari has problems rendering web sites that neither Firefox nor IE have…

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  4. I’m a fanboy but I’m not a hater. I appreciate that Dwight put a lot of time and usage into his conclusions and I respect that. On the other hand, I used the Cingular 8125 over a year and the Blackjack for a couple of months before I switched to the iPhone. I don’t deny that the WM devices have more features. But like the old saying that “an elephant is a horse designed by a committee”, I’ve always felt like WM offers a lot of features but doesn’t necessarily execute them well. I still have my Blackjack and I pop the SIM into it every so often. Each time, I say “NOOOO!” and go back to the iPhone. It’s just my 2 cents. By the way, the touchscreen is infinitely better on the iphone than on the 8125 and the screen…it’s so all about that screen!

    P.S. it totally sucked trying to post a comment on JKOTR with the iphone. I gave up and typed this on my computer. 2 points for Dwight there.

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  5. I do agree with the general concept of the review, electronics have a short life and that “the wow” factor will wear off pretty quickly.
    As a 1st generation having Apple show other alternatives will encourage other companies to take some design risks.

    Apple did create some problems on their own which is what I have heard from several users. The EDGE speeds are poor, enough to make them notice.
    The battery replacement
    The recessed earphone plug.
    Not been able to install ringtones, other software,etc

    The users I talked are not power users they are mom’s and teen’s. So if they are noticing I am assuming that power users will start seeing these limitations also.

    Apple has always stated that the machine should adapt to our needs, the person should not adapt to the machnine lacks.

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  6. Aaron J. Walker Tuesday, July 31, 2007

    A couple more “power users” weigh in on their switch back to their pre-iPhone phone.

    http://mobilitysite.com/2007/07/ive-stopped-using-the-iphone-back-to-the-treo-750/

    http://www.the-gadgeteer.com/diary/julie/how_one_month_with_the_iphone_has_made_appreciate_the_treo_680_more_than_ever

    Something in the air today? Kevin, what say ye?

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  7. As MoTR listeners know, I took back my first iPhone and went back to using a Nokia N95 and T-Mobile Dash for about 4 days when I couldn’t resist and went back to pick up a second iPhone. Today is the last day of my return period, for the 2nd phone, and I am keeping it.

    Yes, the iPhone isn’t perfect, but I think Apple did an excellent job with a 1st generation phone and that is not an easy feat. The iPhone responds fast to application switching, has a BEAUTIFUL screen, has been rock solid for me (no crashes in 2 weeks), has a nice solid form factor that seems to be extremely durable, syncs like a champ with iTunes and Entourage, and hasn’t really cramped my style too much.

    Surfing on EDGE isn’t super, but it is faster than surfing on the N95 or Dash via EDGE so it has been more than adequate for me. I bought the cheap program to add custom ringtones and used iFuntastic to modify my Homescreen.

    I hope that Apple gets off the stick and does improve on a couple of key software issues such as better Bluetooth profile support, Exchange sync functionality, improved email application, and Notes synchronization.

    I still have a HTC TyTN and other devices in my gear bag, but I have to say they are rarely used and I am pleased with the iPhone even after 1 month of use. I have been listening to more podcasts than EVER due to the easy iTunes syncing.

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  8. I echo Matt’s sentiments here. The fun experience and overall stability of the device make it a keeper for me. I have kept my T-Mobile Dash and now have it unlocked for use with the AT&T SIM card. If I need a heavy-duty, true smartphone, I have that option although to be honest, I haven’t used the Dash in at least a week.

    Although the iPhone is currently limited in functionality (when compared to other smartphones), I’m very impressed with the quick creation of web services for the device. I’ve also just heard back from the folks at Synchronica about their Exchange solution and should be starting the beta of their service in a few days. Between that and hope for software updates via Apple, I don’t regret the purchase.

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  9. I think I don’t regret the purchase, but I am kind of wishy-washy when it comes to the iPhone. I think that is because it has such a great UI, is so dang snappy, and has a beautiful, mesmerizing display that overpowers my sense of functionality. I do now have a 3G TyTN that supports the AT&T HSDPA network so that helps my decision to stick with the iPhone and AT&T.

    I think the fact that I can’t cheaply drop T-Mobile and must pay the $45/month difference to keep AT&T over what I pay now is what keeps me from making such a clear and defined decision. If I was already an AT&T customer then it would be a no-brainer to keep the iPhone and the lower priced data plan.

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  10. I am constantly confused as to why the iphone keeps being referred to as a “smartphone”, or compared to them. My old Samsung A900 could do everything the iphone can sans the storage, actually it could do more via Orb and EVDO.

    The iphone is a great “teen and mom” phone as someone else put it. Very fashionable, but when put to the test, especially in basic things like voice quality, speakerphone and GSM, it comes up lacking.

    iphone remorse is hilarious, very entertaining! I think Apples shares might rise just with the 10% restocking fee.

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