Apple’s iPhone too slippery?

Apple Store“Just how slippery is Apple’s iPhone? Scattered reports from people who have put their hands on pre-release models say that its main problem is not the rumored battery life shortfall, but the sleek, slippery surface,” hilip Elmer-DeWitt blogs for Business 2.0.

“I handled one for about 15 minutes in January and didn’t find it any more prone to flying out of my hands — or my shirt pocket — than an iPod. But others who have spent more time with it say different,” Elmer-DeWitt writes.

Elmer-DeWitt writes, “Alexandros Roussos recently interviewed a ‘tipster who had the chance to play with the device for a longer time than just a few minutes.’ He reported on MacScoop that its real-world battery performance would ‘surprise us,’ and, in fact, exceed Apple’s posted specs: up to 5 hours talk/video/browsing, and up to 16 hours audio playback.”

“Overall,” he added, “our source found the iPhone awesome but he mentioned, as a sole negative point, that the material used on the device’s case makes it feel even more slippery than the iPod and will probably require the purchase of a protective skin or case so as to avoid unintentionally dropping it.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “DLMeyer” for the heads up.]
Judging “slipperiness” by pre-production units is probably not the best idea. We’ll reserve judgement for the shipping product.

56 Comments

  1. You have GOT to be kidding me. This is news? Has the Fud Threshold really fallen this low?

    “It can’t be used as a paddle! How will I row my boat if I loose my other 2 paddles?!”

    Nothing to see here, folks. Move along.

  2. BTW if it is too slippery you could put a lanyard on it and wear it like one of those big Mercedes medallions that the rappers wear. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”oh oh” style=”border:0;” />

  3. A pre-production model is not the best way of evaluating anything, since the processes for a mass production run are different than a one off model. The pre-production model could have easily been a working test of a different material, one that they’re gonna change but that works perfectly well to allow people 5 minute demonstrations.

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