With iPhone stories pretty much drowning out all other news on the Internet, it seemed worthwhile to watch the keynote and see this marvel firsthand. Based on that presentation, it’s impossible to know how well the iPhone will perform as a telephone (I noticed that Steve Jobs “fat-fingered” the keyboard on several occasions during the demo), but that’s one impressive iPod and mobile Internet device.1
So, the real point of this post is that I recently obtained a new mobile phone, replacing the Nokia I reviewed 12 months ago. The update on that review is that someone I know obtained an identical model three months later which had a significantly sharper display, and Apple did add support for synchronisation with iSync, but it’s still not easy to synchronise under Linux. Both of my previous phones I had used for nearly two years, and had only upgraded when there was I felt there was a significantly better product available. However, this phone just wore me down with its user-unfriendliness: text and phone calls were easy, but anything beyond that (especially configuration) was just irritatingly difficult.
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- There are many features of the iPhone that could be described as “controversial” and could be discussed here. However ultimately the significance or irrelevance of these cannot be determined until the iPhone is actually on sale and in the hands of the general public. [↩]