Apple iPhone Review
The camera on the iPhone is a 2MP camera which does not have autofocus. The interface for the camera is very basic and the only options available are to take a photo and go to the photo Album. Picture quality is above average. Photos come out with rich colors and defined lines. In very sunny areas, the light spots tend to come out over exposed and make the rest of the image much darker. There is no option to record a video with the iPhone.
Apple promised that the iPhone will provide their best iPod yet and they certainly have delivered on this part. Well, it’s almost their best but there are two different reasons for this, the price and size. At $499 for the 4GB version and $599 for the 8GB version, you are getting a really, really small iPod. Not only that but that price isn’t including the cost of the plan. Even if you have the lowest plan, which costs $59.99 a month, the total cost of a 4GB iPhone comes to around $1,220.00 for a year of usage. For any iPod, that is a lot of money.
The iPod player is all touch-screen as well and is very well laid out and clean. When listening to music only two bars appear, one at the top and one at the bottom. The top informs you which song you are listening to, which album it comes from, and by whom it was written. To the left is a back arrow and to the right is a shortcut to the song list. The bottom bar has the play/pause, fast-forward, rewind, back, and forward buttons as well as the volume slider. So that videos can be viewed much more conveniently, the iPod can be viewed in landscape mode.
Apple has decided to return album artwork to the iPod which makes going through albums just a wonderful pleasure. It feels like going through actually albums. It is a great feature that is most welcome.
Songs can be played through either the build-in speaker at the bottom or through headphones. At max volume, the speaker tends to distort to music. Sound through the headphones is much clearer and more defined. Still, the speaker is a great feature if you just want to play a few songs at a gathering or share one with a friend or two. The headphone jack is recessed and prevents you from using many headphones. Even using the headphones from a Creative Zen Vision W was impossible due to the width.
Music is managed with iTunes and is not drag-and-drop. Instead, you have a separate library from which the iPhone syncs to. It seems like this can add to more unneeded management down the road since you have to clean out the library, put in new songs, and then finally sync the iPhone.
All the EQ settings included have been brought from the 5th generation iPods. Instead of accessing them through the iPod menu, you have to go to the iPhone’s settings and change them there.
Organization is much like that of the regular iPod. Each song can be organized by artist, album, genre, composer, or playlist. If none of these work for you, all of the songs can be viewed. The songs will be organized by letters, A, B, C, etc, and to quickly get to where you want to, all the letters are displayed in a vertical line next to the songs and clicking on one will take you to the desired group.
As expected, the iPhone’s iPod does have the ability to play movies. It would be a major letdown if this was not possible especially considering the gorgeous display. When the player is exited while watching a movie, the movie will be resumed from where it left off.
In our test to see which movies played, we were only able to get the MPEG4 H.263 file with QVGA resolutions to play. The "Get a Mac" advertisement found on Apple's own website was downloaded (it is .mov file encoded in H.264 codec) but would not play on the iPhone. This is odd as Apple claims that the H264 format is supported. With the video that did play, display was wonderful. The display is much better than the 5G iPod. No lag was present during the video.
Now, considering that the iPhone is a phone, one would think that it couldn’t be used on a plane but there is the ability to turn-on airplane mode. Also, the iPod can play music in the background letting you resume your work with having the ability to listen to music from the same device at the same time.
YouTube. Unlike the mobile version of YouTube, this version is a fully built-in menu where you can view the top viewed videos, featured videos, bookmarks, or search for any specific video. This does not update with the server and it takes some time for new videos to appear on the iPhone. While YouTube can work on an EDGE network, it is suggested that the videos are viewed on a wireless network to improve speeds. It is a shame to have such a wonderful feature and have a phone lacking 3G.
1. Gautam (unregistered) posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55 2
13. apb1994 posted on 01 Jun 2008, 16:53 1
LG made the first real touch screen phone, PRADA RULZ
2. Surinder Beri (unregistered) posted on 30 Jun 2007, 10:03 1
Apple iPhone YOU ROCK AND I EXPECT THE PHONE ARENA TO REVIEW THIS PHONE VERY VERY VERY SHORTLY SO THAT I CAN BUY IT LOVE THIS PHONE'S TECHNOLOGICAL IMPROVEMENTS. THANK YOU!!!
3. pqaf (unregistered) posted on 01 Jul 2007, 01:52 1
This phone brings nothing to the table. All eye candy GUI.
4. jeff (unregistered) posted on 01 Jul 2007, 13:32 1
This phone is what I expected all hype. Its not anyway near as fast as it shows on tv. Not 3g, dial up, how prehistoric. No interchageable batteries, and short battery life. The woast thing of all is the carrier. At&t = Cingular. The plans are very expensive The only difference between the real difference between the iphone and my current phone is the touch screen and a few buttons.
5. Ignorance Is Bliss (unregistered) posted on 03 Jul 2007, 01:01 0
It isn't amazing how people have never used a product can post such strong opinions. Yeah its just all hype, you folks will be the first one down there buying one.
6. JD (unregistered) posted on 04 Jul 2007, 20:42 1
Based on what I have seen of this particular product, I would agree with the PhoneArena review in that the iPhone while having certain features that are not available on common phones is severly lacking in regards to the basics of what a phone should be, i.e. using it to make phone calls and to transmit the call clearly to both parties, so I would say that anyone looking to use this as a phone should look else where, anyone looking to surf the net with a fast connection should also probably consider something else too, but if what you want is an iPod that can make a somewhat decent phone call, then this is probably the phone for you
7. iFowned (unregistered) posted on 05 Jul 2007, 16:06 3
If only there's a physical keyboard, 3G, and Zoom feature, I would totally jump for it. - How could I SMS or write email with that mini virtual keyboard? It's gonna take forever. - Girl: "Hey, cool phone! Gimme your number, I'm gonna video-call you tonight! *naughty winks*" You: "Um, sorry, no 3G" Girl: "Whaa...??!!" - Camera with no Zoom..... what's this, 1985? Otherwise, it's not a bad device to show off or to attract attention ;) Here's an unbiased review of iPhone...http://www.engadget.com/2007/0
8. BRANDI YOUR AT&T REP (unregistered) posted on 12 Jul 2007, 13:53 1
PERSONALLY I DON'T CARE FOR THE I PHONE FOR THE SAME REASONS AS YOU. BUT DON'T YOU REALIZE THAT AT&T IS THE ONLY NETWORK THAT CAN SUPPORT THIS PHONE. EVEN THOUGH IT ISN'T 3G (WHICH I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY THEY DID THIS) DOESN'T MEAN THAT AT&T IS THE WORST CARRIER. MIND YOU THAT T-MOBILE ONLY WORKS IN MAJOR HOTSPOT LOCATIONS OR ON I - 10, 75 OR 95. SPRINT IS JUST CRAP AND VERIZON CAN'T EVEN LEGALLY SAY THAT THEY HAVE TO FEWEST DROPPED CALLS.....SO YES THE PRICE IS PRETTY HIGH BUT LOOK AT THE COVERAGE THAT YOU GETTING WITH THE ONLY NETWORK WITH ROLLOVER.
9. osxing (unregistered) posted on 23 Jul 2007, 16:53 1
Colleague at work got one. He let me play with it and it was very fast and responsive. The interface is better than any phone or palm or blackberry I know of. The "network" everyone is so weirded out over might be an issue BUT it also picks up wifi like a laptop. So in some situations it is much faster than a regular cell phone. I don't know about SMS exactly but if it just involves short messaging directly from the device I find it hard to believe a workaround isn't on the horizon (web 2.0 app maybe). I'm sure this thing will look like a clunker in a year or so as it is replaced by a 2nd or 3rd gen model but for now it really is awesome.
10. soulhacker (unregistered) posted on 21 Sep 2007, 11:33 0
what a fantastic phone it is, relay superb to see and play with it, my frined bought it, what a interface, looks and everything is realy superb.. 9.5/10 Good work Apple! Nokia, Sony E. and Samsung should think over it!
11. yehudah (unregistered) posted on 16 Nov 2007, 12:41 0
I love everything about this phone. Would be the GREATEST invention of all time if the added: 1. Zoom Camera 2. Video Camera 3. MMS - Easy Upgrade 4. iChat (for AIM) 5. 3G 6. and if possible a camera on the front for video calling. 7. Multiple recipients for SMS (or MMS when and if you add the feature)... i would like to send the same message to multiple people on my contacts list. SUPER IMPORTANT and Easy Upgrade. 8. They can also make some upgrades with there software/firmware to be able to Delete one call from your History... just add their "edit" button like on the SMS section. MOST IMPORTANT (for me) and Easiest Upgrade. *** 1, 3 4, 7 and 8 are ALL available on my current PalmOne Treo 680... of course the don't have iChat, but third-party AIM, ICQ, etc. software. But I LOVE IT. yehudah firstname.lastname@example.org
12. iPhone=blah (unregistered) posted on 30 May 2008, 11:54 1
Ok, the iPhone is way freakin overrated!! It's "nice" but it's not everything you guys are saying it is. There are way cooler phones out there!! Like for example... the Motorola W315!!! that's a freakin sick phone!! Don't be jealous cause you don't have one!! There at a wal*mart near you!!! No, but really,,, the iphone is just barely in the "ok" section when it comes to phones. Sorry to hurt all the nerd's feelings :(
14. mercy (unregistered) posted on 21 Aug 2011, 01:56 0
How did u find the GPS? The killer feature that can enables a whole eco-system of Location aware apps!!
In India, GPRS is the biggest bottle neck. Even the Airtel Mobile Office plan sucks!! Lets hope the 3G launches soon.
BTW, The beautiful thing about Apple in general and iphone in particular:
Its a TopDown approach: user experience comes first, software is designed to support it and hardware built to support software. Apple tries to control the entire stack and hence delight users. Everything works(out of the box)
The competition doesn’t have this luxury(or take this path) They design software for a given hardware and design user exp. over a given software.(BottomUp approach)
PS: Is there some way through which i can make the iphone beep when there is a unattended call or its on low battery?
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