TIME Magazine reviews Apple iPhone: ‘The best phone that anybody has ever made, a marvel’

Regarding the Apple iPhone, “Steve Jobs has said, repeatedly, that this is the best iPod that Apple has ever made, and it is. It’s also the best phone that anybody has ever made,” Lev Grossman reports for TIME Magazine.

“E-mail and web-browsing are unbelievably great. Ditto the crisp music and video playback. Everybody I called with the iPhone remarked on the crispness and clarity of the audio. For the iPhone, Apple has brought to market a revolutionarily smart, sensitive touchscreen and created an entirely new user interface to match it, all in one go, so seamlessly that my 3-year-old daughter — and I apologize for going to this place, but the fact is striking nonetheless — had no trouble unlocking the iPhone and dialing with it (even though she believed that she was playing a musical instrument),” Grossman reports.

“The user interface is crammed with smart little touches — every moment of user interaction has been quietly stage-managed and orchestrated, with such overwhelming attention to detail that when the history of digital interface design is written, whoever managed this project at Apple will be hailed as a Michelangelo, and the iPhone his or her Sistine Chapel (Steve Jobs can be Pope in this scenario),” Grossman reports.

“The hype for the iPhone has been so relentless — witness the screaming Yahoos outside the Apple store — that to praise the phone feels a bit like you’re falling for a sales pitch. Resist the temptation. This thing is a marvel,” Grossman reports.

Full article here.
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69 Comments

  1. “”The user interface is crammed with smart little touches — every moment of user interaction has been quietly stage-managed and orchestrated, with such overwhelming attention to detail that when the history of digital interface design is written, whoever managed this project at Apple will be hailed as a Michelangelo, and the iPhone his or her Sistine Chapel”

    Even the boldest of Apple fanatics couldn’t have written such words.
    Holy crap what a bold statement.

  2. I have to admit that the iPhone has definitely lived up to the considerable hype. I knew I wanted one and that it would probably be a great product, but it has surprised even me with how damn good it is.

  3. Oh look at me, “I’m crammed with smart little touches.” I have a “a revolutionarily smart, sensitive touchscreen and created an entirely new user interface to match.” My name is iPhone and I think I’m so great.

    Whatever. My brown Zune kicks iPhone’s ass.

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  4. Just a guess but I think Time wants back in Steve’s good graces after they blew the whistle on the iMac some years ago. They were not given an advance review phone like the WSJ, NYT, USA Today, and Newsweek were.

    Maybe this review will mend fences for an advance peek on the “next big thing.”

  5. Ahhhh Zune Tang, that is so cute. Imitation is definitely a form of flattery and you flatter the iPhone.

    Congratulations on buying one an iPhone so that you could write that superb eloquent review of the iPhone vs. the Zune. Get any good calls with your Zune?

    Our call, your wait.

    Nice review by Time and the others, time for the hype to settle into reality. Very nice

  6. I hear that you can use the zune much like a telephone. Empty out the guts (just squeeze it and most of the stuff squirts out) and then attach 2 zunes with a length of string. Best part, no activation!!

  7. “… when you’re transferring content from your computer to the iPhone, you can’t simply drag and drop tracks into the phone, in that richly satisfying way you did with your iPod. Moving music and video around is a matter of instructing iTunes to ‘sync’ the iPhone with one more playlists. The procedure feels clumsy and imprecise — you can’t just spear a specific little chunk of content, like a canape with a toothpick, and chuck it into the device for later consumption.”

    What is he talking about here? Lack of disk mode or something about the way iPhone interacts with iTunes?

  8. @ Guessing,

    Firstly, Apple spends a lot of advertising dollars in TIME Magazine.. Secondly, there are actually quite a few negative comments in this review as well. MDN just chose not to quote the negative comments on this page, read the full article and you will see it’s not all praise. It is fairly balanced with good and bad comments.

  9. Guessing “Just a guess but I think Time wants back in Steve’s good graces after they blew the whistle on the iMac some years ago. They were not given an advance review phone like the WSJ, NYT, USA Today, and Newsweek were.”

    You may very well be right. It is interesting that TIME Magazine did not get an advanced copy of the hardware.

    I don’t think that they really padded their review that much, pretty much everyone who has had their hands on one is simply blown away by this thing.

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