PC Magazine debates the pros and cons of Apple’s iPhone

“It’s been the better part of a year since the debut of Apple’s iPhone—enough time for most of the early hype to die down, for the most egregious bugs to get fixed, and for users to learn to deal with the foibles of a new mobile platform—or learn that said foibles are too much to take,” Wendy Sheehan Donnell and Joel Santo Domingo report for PC Magazine.

“Here at PC Magazine, we’ve got iPhone users on both sides. Some are thrilled with the device, others want their $500 back. In the left corner, representing the iPhone fans, is Joel ‘Don’t Call Me a Fanboy’ Santo Domingo, PC Mag’s lead desktop PC analyst. In the right corner, representing those with buyer’s remorse, is Wendy ‘Apple KoolAid Made Me Sick’ Sheehan Donnell, senior editor of our Consumer Electronics team,” PC Mag’s intrepid tri-named and now also nicknamed reporters write.

Full article, in which Wendy complains about AT&T phone service quality, AT&T EDGE speed, iPhone’s speaker and mic quality, the virtual keyboard, and the rest of the usual list of competitors’ talking points while Joel gallantly defends iPhone’s honor, here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “MidWest Mac” for the heads up.]

As we’ve grown fond of saying, AT&T could cut the speed of EDGE in half today and you’d still have to pry our iPhones out of our cold dead hands.

42 Comments

  1. At normal edge speeds they already are cut in half.

    Give me a seperate device to transmit GPS coordinates to my iphone and update it with google maps/Locate. I will be happy.

    Locate is useless for me, while my AT&T;coverage is excellent.

  2. The EDGE controversy is one of the biggest FUD pieces of recent memory.

    If the iPhone would have debuted with 3G, most people in US would not have been able to access 3G speeds anyway, and everyone would have suffered greater initial cost and lower battery life.

  3. @Mac+

    I understand that you (and others) are disappointed with Apple’s AT&T;contract, but Apple has always been more interested in profitability and tight control than market share.

    Overall, I think that it’s a good trade-off.

  4. “If the iPhone would have debuted with 3G, most people in US would not have been able to access 3G speeds anyway,”

    That fact doesn’t make the excruciatingly slow page loads over Edge any easier to stomach.

  5. “Apple has always been more interested in profitability and tight control than market share.” – bon

    Then tomorrow, you will hear of a multi-touch Gphone doing the same as iPhone but based on open source technology, and available worldwide for a good bargain. Or something very bad, a multi-touch Zune Phone grabbing market share all over the place. When that’s happen, all happen Fanbois will be complaining that iPhone got copied, iPhone was the orignal, but iPhone only got 3% of market share worldwide.

    I trully don’t think an unlocked iPhone will make it as cheap as the common Nokia telephone.

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