From the moment Apple announced its iPhone at Macworld 2007, the tech world hasn't stopped asking questions. Because Apple has kept many iPhone details under wraps until very recently, we've been forced to speculate. Until now. Is the iPhone pretty? Absolutely. Is it easy to use? Certainly. Does it live up to the stratospheric hype? Not so much. Don't get us wrong, the iPhone is a lovely device with a sleek interface, top-notch music and video features and innovative design touches. The touchscreen is easier to use than we expected and the multimedia performs well. But a host of missing features, a dependency on a sluggish EDGE network and variable call quality -- it is a phone after all -- left us wanting more. For those reasons, the iPhone is noteworthy for not what it does, but how it does it.
- 4.5 x 2.4 x 0.46 inches (115 x 61 x 11.6mm)
- 16GB or 32GB flash drive
- 4.8 ounces (135 grams
- 2.0 megapixels (probably 1600x1200 pixels)
- 3.5-inch (diagonal) widescreen Multi-Touch display
- UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)
- 480-by-320-pixel resolution at 163 ppi
- Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)
- Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
- Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
- GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
- Audio formats supported: AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
- Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
- Black and White Finish
On with the review: the iPhone boasts a brilliant display, trim profile, and clean lines (no external antenna of course), and its lack of buttons puts it in a design class that even the LG Prada and the HTC Touch can't match (there's no word on an Australian release for these). You'll win envious looks on the street toting the iPhone, and sure that would be true even if the phone hadn't received much media attention as it has.
We knew that it measures 115mm tall by 61mm wide by 12mm deep, but it still feels smaller than we expected when we finally held it. In comparison, it's about as tall and as wide as a Palm Treo 750, but it manages to be thinner than even the hugely influential Motorola RAZR. It fits comfortably in the hand and when held to the ear, and its 135g weight gives it a solid, if perhaps heavy, feel. We also like that the display is glass rather than plastic.