Skip Nav
Try Solving This Math Puzzle That Is Making People Go Crazy on Facebook
Geek Culture
The First and Last Lines of the Harry Potter Books Will Send You on a Roller Coaster of Emotions
J.K. Rowling
The Harry Potter Fan Theory That J.K. Rowling Finds "Strangely Upsetting"

iPhone Review: Forget The Phoney Talk

Yes, we attended the iPhone launch at the Apple Store in downtown San Francisco and a neighboring AT&T store. No, we did not buy one on launch day. At the time, waiting for the crowd to die down seemed like a good idea (two days spent interviewing the people in line turned out to be a real energy blaster). A few days later, I succumbed and joined the 40 percent of you that said you would be buying the iPhone this year and ordered it from the nearby AT&T store. While I half expected it to make my dinner and wash my hair, I am honestly more impressed with it than I am disappointed. Here is part one of a series of reviews I will be doing on the gadget of the moment.

Touchscreen: The rave reviews about the iPhone's multi-touch screen are all true. As soon as I began navigating my way around the menu and web browser, my finger effortlessly tapped its way through the screens. With two fingers I could shrink and expand web pages, as well as move the page around with one finger to zoom in on a particular spot. Even typing letters for messages and pressing numbers on the dial pad turned out to be easy.

Browser Speed/Edge Network: When connecting to the internet with the iPhone, I noticed that using a WiFi connection is much faster than using the EDGE network. Even when I couldn't pick up a wireless connection, using EDGE wasn't that painful - despite what all the critics say.

For the rest of the review,

Smudging: Either I have really greasy fingers or the iPhone's new screen is super shiny because after a few minutes of playing, the screen was covered with finger-prints and smudge marks. I'm guessing that the large 3.5-inch screen only contributes to the appearance of smudges. But then again, the screen on my BlackBerry Pearl is covered as well and I hardly touch that. My advice is to get yourself a soft screen cloth so you can keep your iPhone's screen looking brand new. My second piece of advice is to quit worrying about smudges because you won't be able to avoid them.

Blackberry Comparison: I'm a dedicated Blackberry Pearl user so I've been a little squeamish about the idea of a transition. Overall, my Pearl is much smaller and lighter than the Apple iPhone (the Pearl is 89 grams while the iPhone is a noticeably heavier 4.8 grams), but the iPhone's widescreen makes it much nicer for web browsing and watching videos, which was near impossible on the Pearl or my older 8700. In terms of loading time, the Blackberry and iPhone run on the same EDGE network and don't seem to have any obvious speed differences. The issue for me lies in the fact that the iPhone's e-mail is updated every 15 minutes, which is too infrequent for my liking. Conclusion: I like the iPhone, but that doesn't mean I'm dumping my Pearl.

iPod: When I first heard the iPhone would be controlled via a touchscreen and feature an iPod I was a bit baffled and wondered what it would be like to use an iPod without a traditional click wheel. I found there's no major difference, and the iPhone's touchscreen is so uber sensitive that it's a joy to play with the phone's iPod features. Of course, the iPhone does not have a click wheel and is controlled instead by an intuitive bar.

Complaints: I've found the iPhone's e-mail to be less than revolutionary. It does not update often enough for my "on the go" personality (it updates every 15 minutes) and I'm so used to my BlackBerry's reliability in that department that it's hard to compare. Of course, I'll have to use it for a few weeks to really get the hang of it.

How is your iPhone relationship working out? Share your reviews, tips and observations in the Geeky Things I Love group. To learn how to share, see list below.

I know that this long list looks scary, but trust me, once you get the hang of it, it'll be a snap the second time around.

  1. First of all, join the Geeky Things I Love
  2. Click "Create and Share!" on the left hand side
  3. Choose "Blog"
  4. Give your photo a Title
  5. Leave the category as "general"
  6. Change the channel to "technology and gadgets"
  7. Add keyword(s) (for example mine for this post was "museum, Lego")
  8. Click on the "Add Image" link below the "body" box
  9. A popup window will happen - click on "Browse" to find your image on your computer
  10. Once you have the image chosen, click "Submit"
  11. The popup will show you your image, choose size: "normal" - if you want, you can give it a title (which will show up as a caption)
  12. Click "Insert" and the popup will go away
  13. Your "body" box will now have some text in it. Leave it as is. If you want to add some text before the picture telling me why you love the download, do it before the code that has appeared.
  14. Click Submit

So join the Geeky Things I Love and start sharing your observations. They might end up on the geeksugar homepage.

Join The Conversation
jbabyy293 jbabyy293 10 years
my friends brothers girlfriend has this phone. it's actually REALLY neat, especially when you rotate it and the screen also rotates. the only things id be concerned about is that the screen seems like it could crack easily, since its made out of glass. and personally, my 14 year old fingers had difficulty typing. although my parents told me i could get one, im actually fine with my phone right now :)
sugababee sugababee 10 years
the iphone is annoying! i see it everywhere these days!
rocketdog7 rocketdog7 10 years
i love my iphone! i have been waiting for it since before they announced it's future release, and i was not dissapointed. you can update the mail whenever you want by clicking the refresh icon in the lower left corner. i especially enjoy watching my dvd's at work, and the picture quality is great! the browser also makes it effortless to navigate.
vanz21 vanz21 10 years
Love it... You make us all jealous!
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
lol, you're so hard core, macgirl.
macgirl macgirl 10 years
The email not checking more often than every 15 minutes is a problem for me. I checked every 5 minutes on my Treo and I like that. I did a bunch of manual checks for my email one day this week and it really sucked up my battery power. I do however like the email on the iPhone much much better than on my Treo. Edge may not be super fast but the usability of the web on this phone is far better than what would load on my Treo. So in a way it makes up for what it may currently be lacking in speed. Earring scratches shouldn't be a problem- PC World put it through some stress tests and they couldn't scratch it with keys. If it was MacWorld they might be biased but PC World?? I think they might be legit ;-)
gossipqueen gossipqueen 10 years
Is it ok...not to like the iphone... ;) I'm quite sick of it too...I personally don't like it cause is too big and it looks like it gets dirty easy...I can see the prints on the pics!...eek. that + I don't wanna switch my service.
Aryan Aryan 10 years
I don't understand why most critics are so adamant to say that Safari works poorly under the EDGE network. Although the EDGE network may not be the fastest, it is most definitely not the slowest. At least it's faster than dial-up :P As for the iPhone's problem with attracting smudges, I recommend casing the device in order to avoid most, if not some of them. Sadly, girls who wear earrings may have to be even more careful despite the extra layer of protection. Earrings = scratches galore! Apple, why not make an earring-proof screen why dontcha? :P
lovekailua lovekailua 10 years
i got a bb curve for free with rebate this week for my foray into "smart phones" (other than my lovely sidekick i had a few years ago)...sooo i will be getting on the AT&T network for when they come out with a lower priced iphone...they say they are but i will wait patiently! great review!
princess_eab princess_eab 10 years
I LOVE MINE!!!! Actually it picks up e-mail better and faster than my MacBook. I prefer using my phone to my laptop for some things! Plus I can get Yahoo mail on my phone really easily unlike my Mac mail for some reason. The texting is awesome, the IPod is definitely the best one I've ever had, the ease of use and typing is superb.
xmeghanx xmeghanx 10 years
Iphone looks so cute one day ill have one!
rachelface rachelface 10 years
Why so much about the iPhone. Seems a little bias here....
glam-sugar glam-sugar 10 years
It's beautiful!
aistea311 aistea311 10 years
*oops I mean the At&t monthly bill...
aistea311 aistea311 10 years
Aww congrats Geeksugar! I was very tempted to buy one however the at&t are a lot higher than my reliable T-Mobile one. Like the nano, maybe they will come out with a smaller iphone in the future and than I might buy one.
ariel784 ariel784 10 years
we are so excited about the iphone! when do we know who won one? (say that 10 times fast!) still hoping........ :)
iOS 11 Tips
3D Touch Tips
Is the iPhone Upgrade Program Worth It?
What Is Apple Face ID on iPhone X and How Does It Work?
From Our Partners
Latest Technology & Gadgets
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds