Apple iPhone


The (original) iPhone is one of the first (if not the first) cell phone to fully incorporate most of its functions using a multi-touch screen. It only carries one main external button, and advanced motion features, including an 3-axis accelerometer, and changes according to its position. Having a very slim figure, it has the access to install games and other apps through iTunes, and incorporates an iPod. Personally, I feel that the iPhone is a very appealing device. It is more slim than I originally imagined, and once I got my hands on it, I didn’t want to let it go. Basically what you see is what you get: a very slim phone, and one main button. Starting with the exterior design, the back of the iPhone 2G is metal, and it makes it very sturdy. The camera in the upper left corner has nothing around it to reflect on, so it can be hard to take pictures of yourself. On the left side, there is a small switch to change between normal and vibrate profiles, and the volume controls, all in the perfect spot. At the top, the center is the SIM tray, which requires you to have a paperclip or other small object to get it out with, although I don’t see why you would need constant access to this. Next to that is the sleep/wake button, which as it says, wakes up the device from ‘sleep’ mode, or puts it in standby, or shuts it down. The other side carries the plug for the headphones. Unfortunately, although it snugly fits iPod headphones, most others require an adaptor. The button on the front basically only returns you to the home screen. Unfortunately, the iPhone’s battery is internal, and once it goes dead for good, you’ll have to shovel out about $85 to get it replaced. There are some cheap battery replacement kits for it, however these are not official, and can void your warrenty. Luckily, Apple claims you can get around 300-600 full charges, from 0% to 100%. The camera, a 2.0 megapixel, was very good. With most phones without a flash, you see the picture quality to deteriorate quickly. Although this is mostly the same case, it did hold up for a while. One of the cons on this is that there is little to none options for picture options. You are literally only given the option to take the picture. Although this is able to be changed though third party apps, it would have been nice to just have options on there to begin with. The Wi-Fi signal quality was above average, and it connected quickly to nearby networks. Although it could take a bit to search for those further away, once it got a signal, it usually stuck with it the whole time. The Wi-Fi automatically replaces EDGE when in use, and greatly increases the speed to all applications requiring data. EDGE, however, is a different story. Unfortuanatly, some apps require that Wi-Fi must be used, and on YouTube, although you can used EDGE, video quality greatly decreases. There are a few postives; EDGE speeds seem to have increase, although nothing compared to 3G, and most applications work quickly with it. Bluetooth was pretty good, however at the time of this review, all you can really do is connect a wireless headset just for calls. The Safari web browser rendered pages very well, even complex ones that might confuse those on computers. Loading full-paged on EDGE was a little below average speeds, like dial up, however pages specially for the iPhone (like Walmart’s iPhone site) loaded pretty quick, and used simple flash. However, you cannot view things like java in the browser. Messaging and Email was very cool on the iPhone, and text messages displayed as a nice clean interface like an IM display in bubbles. You can now message to multiple people at once, however a big letdown is that so far, you can’t send MMS messages, only email to use pictures or other media. Email can be checked at certain invervals, and can be displayed in its original format. One thing I didn’t like was that email services such as Gmail, where you are likely to have a lot of emails due to its ability to archive, when added, attempts to add every message. This means, though you can limit the amount of emails displayed, at the bottom you see something like “Load More Messages… 5830 messages total”. The touch screen was very responsive, and it was very easy to scroll though menus and type on the virtual keyboard, though it can be awkward when you just start using it. One con I have is the fact that the keyboard, when in portrait mode, makes the keys very cramped can hard to type compared to landscape, and this can only be changed under some conditions. Battery life was around average, depending on what you’re doing. Playing games or running intensive apps can drain the battery to dead in less than 4 or 5 hours, however this depends on what types of apps running. In general, the battery life was excellent when using the iPod or phone, and standby mode helps conserve it. With the latest iPhone and iTunes update, you now have access to the iTunes app store. Apps can be any type of applications for your iPhone, including games. Though a lot of the apps on iTunes are free, the rest cost money. There isn’t much to review in the category, as each app has its own reviews on iTunes, however I must say that I think the iPhone runs games and apps very well, and they load up almost instantly. A lot of people are claiming that the iPhone is as good as a Nintendo DS or PSP, if not better, which I agree on. You can also download them directly from your iPhone. Other than that, there is not another official way to download apps on to your iPhone, however you can ‘Jailbreak’ it. Jailbreaking an iPhone basically allows it to be exploited for unoffiical third-party games, or other motifications. Although it may sound tempting, as it can even unlock your iPhone for another wireless service, I don’t see any reason to use it other than that. YouTube, which is already included in newer updates, is very useful. All of the videos we searched from the main site appeared on the mobile version, and using Wi-Fi, videos were crystal clear, however this isn’t the case with EDGE. Despite this, YouTube videos started surprising quickly on EDGE. The calendar can is basically just a calendar, although really helpful. It can be viewed in either Month, Day, or Year format, and it has a very clean interface. My only con is not with the app itself, but with the options on how to sync events. You can currently officially only sync events through iTunes, using programs like Microsoft Outlook. However, if you are using Google Calendar, and want to sync your events with that, and are using Microsoft Windows, check out my earlier post on how to do that without hacking (search ‘google calendar’). Maps can be very useful, especially since they seemed to load up very fast, even on EDGE. Location services can be used to help determine your approximate location, although it may take a couple of tries until it gets your general area. Other than that, it worked great, and could quickly get you to your destination. The iPod is basically like any other iPod, except it has the advantage of using a touchscreen and the accelerometer. Sound quality on the speaker was OK, however I suggest you use headphones, as the speaker can cause the sound to occasionally get muffuled. The iPhone, though having minor limitations, deserves it’s rank of phone, and brings interactive cell phones with touchscreen technology to a new level. It’s an excellent phone to have, and can keep you entertained due to its continuous releases of apps and games, which can be reached directly from it.



Price in USA $575

Price in UK £343

Price in EURO €420

Price in PAK Rs.63,000

Price in INDIA Rs.30,580


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