Apple iPhone Review
The iPhone has the ability to send SMS and email messages. For some reason, Apple decided to not include MMS capabilities which is completely unforgivable. While it is possible send emails with documents and pictures attached, other phones may not have the ability to view large attachments.
When creating an SMS message, the digital keyboard will appear. At the top, there is the recipient filed. When the message is empty, there will be a blank field below the recipient field. Below the empty space is the input field which will expand upwards to occupy the empty space as you type. As with the notepad, you will receive some help from the interface. Words will appear beneath the word you are typing; this will show you the closest match. While this is similar to T9 and iTap, there is no option to add special words into the memory. Since typing comes from a QWERTY keyboard, it is simply meant as an aid to make sure that you have pressed the correct buttons.
Attachments from the email can be opened, this includes PDF files and certain Office files all the way up and including Office 2007. PDF files were able to be viewed in both normal mode and landscape mode. Unfortunately, the Excel and Word documents tested did not work in landscape mode. The Word document was 1.3MB in size while the PDF file was 3MB in size. Attachments can be added one at a time only which is very unfortunate.
Office 2007 Word, Excel, and PowerPoint were tested and the only one that could not be opened was the PowerPoint file. Navigation acts much like the browser. Double-tapping or reverse pinching zooms in on the screen while pinching zooms out. you can move left, right, up, or down depending on the size of the document. One issue found is that the text and photos tended to overlap them each other.
Apple has included a very nifty voicemail feature with the iPhone. Unlike a regular voicemail box where you have to call to get your message(s), here you see them more like text messages. You will be provided with the name and number of the person and the time that the voicemail was received. You’re probably asking yourself, “What’s so special about that?” Well, instead of having to call your voicemail and sift through all the messages, you can click on the desired one and it will play. What a wonderful and convenient feature. This is perfect for when you have many messages and want to listen to just one specific message.
The iPhone is a quad-band GSM with EDGE and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g capabilities. It is a shame that this phone is not 3G capable considering that AT&T has a 3G network. While Wi-Fi does make up for this a little, it only does so when within the range of a wireless network. On the road, you have to make do with EDGE speeds. Steve Jobs stated that this is because the chipset for 3G support would take up too much space and would drain the battery too fast.
Bluetooth 2.0 is standard on the iPhone. Sadly, there is no A2DP stereo headset function especially when considering what a great iPod is included with the phone.
When using Bluetooth to pair with other cellphones, an issue came up preventing phones from connecting to the iPhone. Both devices would be able to recognize each other but when the pairing was complete and the device was getting the function list, an error would appear saying that no functions could be found. This was tested on three separate phones, two regular phones and one smartphone, and none of these were able to transfer data from and to the iPhone.
Contacts located on either the computer or Yahoo messenger can be synced up using itunes. This removes the hassle of having to go in and adding each contact one by one. When the Yahoo messenget is loaded, you are prompted to log into the account from which you choose to sync contacts with.
When the iPhone was connected to a Vista machine, we had issues with the computer recognizing it. iTunes had to be used to sync the information. Once the iPhone was connected to a PC with XP installed, the issue was resolved. A shortcut for the iPhone appeared in My Computer and was named Apple iPhone. From here, photos can be removed but that is the only thing that can be done. Music and other files cannot be added or removed.
To remove the pictures, you can either do it manually or with the wizard. Doing this manually is much like moving a regular file. You open up the menu, select the pictures you want, and then drag and drop them to the desired location. The wizard works a ittle differently. You right click on the shortcut and select get pictures. A scanner and camera wizard will appear. From here, you select the photos you want moved and then the destination. You have the option to delete the pictures once they are copied over to the PC.
To browse the web, Apple has added their Safari browser with the iPhone. Web pages can be viewed in either landscape mode or normal mode. Rotating the phone to either side if change the screen. Scrolling and zooming is all done with your finger(s) and works great. The browser makes full use for the large and vivid screen.
The browser can view full HTML pages and is not limited either WAP or shrunk down views. The browser is very stable but there were a few moments when there was a delay between touching the screen and the interface reacting. Even pages, such a www.myspace.com, were easily viewed by the browser.
There is the ability to open multiple pages at once. In the bottom right-hand corner is an icon of what appear to be a square coming out of another square. When pressed, the screen from which is viewed will receed a little and a second page can be added. To go back and forth, you just press the icon again and the switch between then by either moving your finger to the left or right.
With such an amazing and capable browser, it is a shame to see that there is no 3G support. This has been and will be mentioned but until you have a feature like this, you do not fully realize how much something like the lack of 3G support hinders the phone.