15 July 2008

the iphone: the best handheld computer money can buy

The new iphone does all the stuff that made the original iphone awesome, and it does them even awesomer. But why do they call the iphone a phone at all? As a handheld computer it is without peer. Truly, you can do almost anything with this toy.

As a phone, it is shit. This from Slate:

Rather than abandon the iPhone, though, I held out hope that the next model would look cool and allow me to talk to my friends and family. Indeed, everything does work more smoothly on the iPhone 3G. Everything, that is, except talking to people.

This isn't news. Ask anyone what they love about the iphone and they'll rave about how great it is to pull up youtube videos or watch movies, buy music, surf the web while at the airport. Or figure out where they are. It's mediocre for texting (no QWERTY keyboard) and useful for talking only if you buy a bluetooth headset. It isn't a phone at all.

This from Walter Mossberg:

Bottom line: If you’ve been waiting to buy an iPhone until it dropped in price, or ran on faster cell networks, you might want to take the plunge, if you can live with the higher service costs and the weaker battery life. The same goes for those with existing iPhones who love the device but crave faster cellular data speeds. But if you already own an iPhone, and can usually use Wi-Fi for data, you probably should hold off and get the free software upgrade before deciding whether it’s worth getting the new hardware.

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