iPhone review


iPhone

It’s been a week now that I have my iPhone. Like oncle Tom would say, it is simply “unnnnnbelievable”. Like mac OS X, everything is really well integrated. You see a phone number on a web page, in your adress book, in an SMS message and you simply click on it to make a call. Same thing with an e-mail address.

Talking about email: you can set up multiple accounts (POP, IMAP) and it just works! If you configure them to send your emails through AuthSmtp.com instead of your ISP relay, you can then send e-mails from anywhere in the world, as long as you are on a WiFi network.

The YouTube app is really addictive: easy to navigate and use, and the video quality matches the one on a regular PC.

The web browser (Safari) is a lot better than I thought. The screen being smaller than my Nokia n800, I had a fear that it would be really hard to read and interact with the web site. But the browser has an amazing intelligent zooming feature: when you double-click on a page area, it analyses the HTML code and will zoom just enough so that the element is properly shown within the screen. So if you double-click on a table cell, the browser will zoom that cell. You can then swipe your finger up and down to scroll the page, and this is also well done: the movement is processed so that the scrolling follows an axis. Good job Apple!

But the best is the sync feature. If you are on a Mac, it is transparent. You can sync ALL your contacts (not just a few of them), same thing with your iCal appointments. And if you have long notes in an appointment, it will transfer! And if you want, it can even synchronize your Safari bookmarks.

And….the screen does not scratch…. finally!

But, there are a few things that I miss from my previous Sony Ericson cell phone:

  • Video recording (only pictures)
  • French language (auto-completion is english only and it sometimes gets in the way)
  • SMS templates (you always have to write a message from scratch
  • No games! But I guess this will change soon.
  • Bluetooth access (it only supports earphones, so you can’t exchange contacts or access its content from your notebook)
  • Custom ringtones. You have to buy ringtones iTunes, you just can’t take an MP3 and use it as a ringtone.
  • No WAP support. I know, WAP might be dead right now, but it was a great way to have a very light web site.

So at 399$, it is a must for anyone who wants to stay in touch with his or her digital life when on the road.

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