iPhone Made Me a Believer.

I have a confession.

Unlike millions of people the world over, I have never been crazy about Apple products. Mac computers, iPods, Minis, and Nanos did nothing for me. I scoffed at Apple loyalists, likening them to religious zealots who fanatically believed Apple products to be vastly superior to comparable electronic devices. In my eyes, they were weak-willed trend chasers who were intimidated by complicated user interfaces and easily swayed by slick packaging and even slicker marketing. After all, I had never seen an Apple or Mac product that I felt was truly superior to anything else on the market.

But on Monday, all that changed after I had a close encounter with the iPhone, Apple’s first foray into the world of mobile telephony. And I have to admit, I was impressed.

The iPhone has, by far, the best interface I have ever seen on a mobile device, or any other electronic gadget for that matter. At 4.5 inches (115 mm) tall, 2.4 inches (61 mm) wide, 0.46 inch (11.6 mm) thick and weighing in at 4.8 ounces (135 grams), the iPhone is not the smallest phone out there. But it is by far the most revolutionary.

First off, there is not even a keypad and with only three external buttons, all functions and features are accessed through the touchscreen. On the left side of the iPhone is a mute switch. No need to access menus to look for profiles or the mute option. The power button is also external and, at the bottom of  the front panel, is a single button that takes you to the default screen, from where you can access all the other programs and features included in the phone. There is no stylus so you use your fingertips to select menu options and scroll through photos or contacts. If you rotate the phone from its normal upright position to a horizontal position, the screen image automatically reorients itself. To zoom in on an image, simply place your thumb and index finger on the part of the screen you’d like to enlarge and move them apart, as if you’re literally stretching the image. The included browser shows the full web page and you can move around on the page the same way you scroll through contacts or photos; with your fingertip. To access a link, simply tap it with your finger. To zoom in on any part of the web page, simply stretch the image with your thumb and finger.

For phone calls and text messages, simply tap an icon to summon a numbered keypad or QWERTY keyboard, which appear on the bottom of the screen. I assume most mobile phone users make calls directly from the contacts list anyway, so there’s little need for a real keypad. I wasn’t too crazy about the virtual QWERTY keyboard, though, because it seemed a little crowded and I didn’t get a chance to check whether the keyboard would widen itself if the phone is tilted horizontally. Minor detail. Oh, did I mention the iPhone also plays music through it’s built-in iPod function, boasts a four- or eight-gigabyte internal hard drive, and has a camera?

Perhaps the worst thing about the iPhone is that the battery is non-replaceable so users have to send their phones back to Apple after a couple of years to have the battery replaced. But that was the same deal with the iPod and it didn’t seem to hurt its sales. Also, the iPhone only works through AT&T’s mobile network. It would have been be nice if non-AT&T mobile customers could also own an iPhone. Also, I don’t know how/whether the iPhone works outside the US.

Now I’m no slouch when it comes to mobile phones and, in terms of features and functionality, I’d put my Nokia N80 up against any phone on the market, including the iPhone. But the iPhone wins hands down for its revolutionary user interface.

Finally, Apple has created a product that lives up to its hype.


2 thoughts on “iPhone Made Me a Believer.

  1. Pingback: The iPhone is a piece of sh*t. « T’ings ‘n Times

  2. The iPhone is a piece of shit.

    No, I’m not going to get an iPhone, quit emailing me about it. I’m not getting one because I already have a phone that’s better: it’s called the Nokia E70, it’s the pinnacle of human achievement, and I love it more than my family.

    You’ve probably never heard of the E70 because Nokia’s marketing team is not busy finding every last dick in the universe to suck, so I’m going to do their job for them and tell you about this product. And no, I’m not being paid to
    do this. I’m just tired of the iPhone fanboys shooting huge sticky wads and high-fiving each other (literally) over their stupid cellphones.

    First of all, the E70 has a full keyboard, not some shitty stripped down, tap-and-pray smudgy piece of shit. Nokia uses a technology that’s even more advanced than the iPhone’s tap screen, allowing you to actually feel the keys you press as you’re pressing them! The technology is called “tactile response,” and it allows you to do things like dial a phone number without staring at your screen like a shit-chucking ape. In fact, every other cellphone ever made has this technology, sometimes called “buttons.”

    This keyboard will not only stomp your colon, but the colons of distant relatives of the human species such as lagomorphs, and hypothetical colons of children you haven’t even had yet. Want to type a backslash? No problem. Ampersand? You bet your ass. On an iPhone, you have to press an additional button that opens up an alternate keypad that will allow you to type numbers and punctuation. So typing something as simple as elipses (…) requires you to tap your finger 9 times. Enjoy your phone, losers! People like me who have shit to do will stick to a keyboard that doesn’t have its lips wrapped firmly to the user-interface equivalent of a throbbing dong.

    When the iPhone was first announced, CEO Steve Jobs spewed enough BS to cover a football field full of babies 3 feet deep in bullshit, which sounds cool because he could have potentially murdered a football field full of babies, but he passed on this opportunity by introducing the phone instead. He claimed that the phone was three devices in one.

    It’s not three devices in one any more than my laptop is you morons.

    Using Jobs’ loose definition of what constitutes a separate device, technically my laptop can be considered 8 devices in one:

    A clock
    A calculator
    An “Internet communications device”
    A phone (I can make voice calls with my modem)
    A pornographic media storage device
    A video player
    A word processor
    And an “iPod” (see below)

    There’s no such thing as an iPod. The word “iPod” is a marketing tool for a hard drive with software that plays mp3s. Yeah, doesn’t sound so sexy now, does it you chimps? And an “internet communications device” is officially the douchebaggiest way of saying “it has a browser.” So actually it’s just a phone that plays mp3s and has a browser. SNORE.

    The Nokia E70 not only plays mp3s, video, has a full browser and Wi-Fi, IMAP and POP3 email, and Google Maps, but you can even run terminal software to telnet or SSH into remote servers. What that means in non-geek is that my phone is invincible. I can literally do anything. I can reboot my web server if I want, and sometimes I do just because I can!

    All of this power from a phone that’s over a year old, and it only costs $360.

    There you have it: the most objective comparison of two cellphones ever made. I think I’ll take the rest of the afternoon off and copy and paste text on my cellphone because I can.


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