“The iPhone is not perfect – far from it – but it genuinely re-moulds the expectations we have for mobile devices,” Darren Waters reports for BBC News. “And it provokes a reaction among gadget lovers and ordinary members of the public that no other phone can match.”
“I have been testing it for the last two weeks and whenever people see it they want to hold it, touch it and play with it. And they are genuinely amazed by some of its features,” Waters reports.
“In the US it is known as the JesusPhone – because of the hysteria and hype that surrounds the device. But let’s start with the disappointments – it is a 2G device and not 3G,” Waters reports.
MacDailyNews Note: If you want to get technical, iPhone is a 2.5G device. And Apple is not using 3G because the chipsets are still way too power hungry, which Water forgets to mention. Take a look at iPhone’s battery life vs. 3G phones of similar size and weight to see why Apple made the tradeoff.
Waters continues, “Graphics and picture-heavy websites take an age to load. But RSS feeds and mobile-friendly websites (such as http://news.bbc.co.uk/mobile) load quite quickly over the [EDGE] network that O2 offers. I also found it sufficiently speedy to send and receive e-mails on the go. Sadly, O2’s EDGE network only covers 30% of the country so if you are not in a major urban area, you will experience painfully slow data connections.”
“The phone has built-in wi-fi and you can access more than 7,000 of The Cloud’s hotspots for free. Web pages load very quickly over a wi-fi network and there is none of the usual ‘hang,’ or delay, that is associated with mobile net devices,” Waters reports. “The web browser successfully redefines the mobile web experience and over a wi-fi connection it is – for the first time on a phone – a pleasure to read sites on the go.”
“Like the iPod, the iPhone will force every other competitor in the market to raise its game,” Waters reports. “And for that consumers should be thankful for the iPhone – even if they have no intention of buying one.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: EDGE speed concerns are routinely overblown by those unfamiliar with iPhones. Would we like iPhone to be faster while off Wi-Fi while keeping its battery life? Sure. Who wouldn’t? Would we rather have gone without and waited for the next-gen iPhone? No way. From users who’ve had iPhones in heavy daily use in many different locations, not in just tested one out in a few places over the span of a few days: “They could cut the speed of EDGE in half today and, in order to get our iPhones, you’d still have to pry them from our cold, dead hands.”