So I’ve spent a day with the iPhone, and here are some thoughts:
1. Everywhere I have been so far (in rural maine) has had wifi open so I haven’t been on edge yet. Wifi is nice and snappy
2. Nobody has called or texted me yet, so I can’t really say anything about the cellular features per se
3. Mail automatically configured itself to my mail.app accounts and settings – supercool!
4. I didn’t have to enter any configuration info whatsoever
5. Activation through iTunes was a dream, it couldn’t have been easier, took about two minutes.
6. The screen is gorgeous and really works. Multitouch is everything they said it would be.
7. I find the onscreen keyboard a bit easier to use than the Treo’s keypad, but I was never big on the two-thumb approach anyway. I do make plenty of typos, though I did on the treo too.
8. Web browsing is good over wifi, and I am pretty sure that AIM works via the web clients (I connected, but none of my buddies were online.)
9. YouTube is just brilliant on this thing
10. Music, video, YouTube all can use the internal speaker, which is really cool
11. It feels much much smaller than the treo, fits comfortably in my pocket
12. Neither mail nor safari are at all like their desktop counterparts, but both are good.
13. App-switching does feel a little clunky. I miss the apple-tab switching…
14. I’m feeling good about the 4GB capacity. I would of course love to have a 60 or 80 gig model, but failing that, a small-capacity unit is going to feel limited either way, and since it needs to be synced often to charge, I can just use it like I would use a shuffle.
15. The headphone jack is idiotic. I don’t think my koss headphones are going to work (they are at home) and it’s hard to imagine why they did this, it doesn’t make the thing look any better, that’s for sure.
16. The camera is ok, and the photos app is amazingly great
17. Google map app is very very cool, though I haven’t figured out how to use it for “just” a map instead of for directions
18. Call forwarding doesn’t seem to allow you to keep an address-book list of possible forwarded destinations, that’s a shame.
19. The screen can get a little sticky/greasy
20. The DLO “jam jacket” case I bought has got to be the worst case I have ever seen. Don’t buy it! (If you want one (you don’t,) let me know and I’ll give you a deal.)
21. The included ringtones are great. I love the “Old Phone” which is much better than the equivalent ring on my treo.
22. Web and email apps are VASTLY better than the treo equivalents
23. There are already a promising array of cute web-apps for the iphone, including sudoku – this makes me happy
24. The text message my dad tried to send me never arrived. I don’t know what to make of that.
25. The AT+T store salesguy tried to sell me a charger. I said it came with one. The “Apple Representative” at the AT+T store said it didn’t and I should buy one. Guess what? The iPhone does in fact come with a dock and charger, just like everyone said, just like it (somewhat cryptically) says on the box.
26. The iPhone packaging is amazing. I especially like the little lucite tray that it was “floating” in inside the box.
All in all – there are a few rough spots, but they are relatively inconsequential. This is probably the most satisfying gadget first day I’ve had since my first iPod. Now I just need to figure out what to do with my Treo.