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NYTimes: iPhone Matches Most of its Hype

NYTimes: iPhone Matches Most of its Hype

There has been a little discussion going on with my earlier post, “When to iPhone?” For those who suggested they would be early adopters of the iPhone, it sounds like you won’t be too disappointed. With the June 29 release date looming, consumers are starting to line up outside stores while some media outlets have taken to detailed reports on the summer’s most talked-about tech product. For The New York Times, David Pogue serves up a comprehensive review of the iPhone, which he reportedly test-drove for two weeks. For all intents and purposes, Pogue’s review is a rave, but he does mention the (relatively minor) drawbacks. From his article:

On the iPhone, you don’t check your voice mail; it checks you. One button press reveals your waiting messages, listed like e-mail. There’s no dialing in, no password — and no sleepy robot intoning, “You…have…twenty…one…messages.”

To answer a call, you can tap Answer on the screen, or pinch the microscopic microphone bulge on the white earbud cord. Either way, music or video playback pauses until you hang up. (When you’re listening to music, that pinch pauses the song. A double-pinch advances to the next song.)

Making a call, though, can take as many as six steps: wake the phone, unlock its buttons, summon the Home screen, open the Phone program, view the Recent Calls or speed-dial list, and select a name. Call quality is only average, and depends on the strength of your AT&T signal.

I’m gonna wait, for now. What about you? iPhone now, later, or never?

UPDATE: Those nerds at the Rock Daily blog, have put together a short video, reporting on the even bigger nerds lining up in New York City for a first crack at the iPhone.

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