“The mania over Apple’s iPhone launch has created stratospheric expectations that are near impossible to live up to. Yet with a few exceptions, this expensive, glitzy wunderkind is indeed worth lusting after,” Edward C. Baig reports for USA Today.
“That’s saying a lot. After months of hype, Apple has delivered a prodigy — a slender fashion phone, a slick iPod and an Internet experience unlike any before it on a mobile handset,” Baig reports.
“For starters, iPhone is a breeze to set up and fun to use, evident from the moment you slide your finger across the screen to unlock it. It’s a wonderful widescreen iPod and fabulous picture viewer… The iPhone is striking to look at. The revelation is that it’s also comfortable to hold and touch,” Baig reports.
“The scratch-resistant glass-top surface protects iPhone’s gorgeous 3.5-inch touch-screen display, which I found visible even in direct sun. The most remarkable thing about iPhone is what’s missing: a physical dialing keypad and/or full qwerty, or traditional, keyboard. Instead, either a virtual keypad or keyboard shows up on the iPhone screen,” Baig reports. “Best advice: Start typing with one finger before graduating to two thumbs. You also have to learn to trust the device; an intelligent virtual keyboard auto-corrects mistakes on the fly and anticipates what you will type next to try to prevent you from making a mistake.”
“Though you’re frequently touching the display, I didn’t notice fingerprints when iPhone is on,” Baig reports. “I expected to miss the tactile feel that a physical keyboard provides. I didn’t.”
“I’d love iPhone to deliver my company mail, tap into a faster data network and provide expandable memory, instant messaging and GPS. The price could be lower, too. My wish list aside, iPhone’s splash of a debut is worthy of the attention it is receiving,” Baig reports.
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The excellent iPhone reviews continue to pile up!