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OK, so a few weeks ago I said I was going to wait on getting an iPhone and as you can see from the photo I lied – sort of. It was a present from an insanely generous friend for my birthday.

I am a technology junkie and this is the greatest piece of consumer electronics I have ever owned. The funny thing is that like so many other Apple products there isn’t some revolutionary idea here. It is robust content that’s integrated through multiple applications and wrapped in a simple user interface.

I have spent about 24 hours with it so far and I won’t be me if I let it get it get off that easy. The only issues I have found so far:

Flash & Javascript – Web browsing is night and day ahead of what you will ever find on a Blackberry but it falls a little short of the promise of the “real internet”. The two most glaring problems are the almost total omission of Flash and limited Javascript support. I am sure this will addressed in future updates and I don’t expect the iPhone to replace my MacBook Pro but the addition would really open up a lot more sites and content.

Color accuracy – I moved some interface design JPEG’s over to the phone and found that the color was close but not spot on. I’m sure 98% of the public won’t ever find this a problem but obviously for me it could be an issue. I am still exploring to see if this is a color profile mismatch, iPhoto glitch or what might be causing it.

No IM – There is no built-in instant messaging for AOL, Yahoo!, etc. which I do miss. I did find a link to Mundu is a really worthy replacement with simultaneous log-in to Yahoo, AOL, Gtalk and MSN all at once. The interface looks beautiful on the phone and is super simple to use.

Keyboard key placement – There has been a lot of noise around the keyboard but I think it is really easy to use and you do get better at it over time. The only thing I would change is the placement of the backspace and enter keys are right over each other so the smallest mis-hit will send you back to the beginning of your form or URl address.

Adding content – The biggest thing I have had to get used to is the way you add content to the iPhone. I expected to be able to go into iTunes and drag songs, photos, video and whatever right on the iPhone like you do with any iPod but that doesn’t work. The iPhone handles all content through playlists and sync settings which was a surprise since they have trained us in one usability ritual that they would change it now.

I am still working, playing and banging on it and will post any new developments, tips or tricks as I find them.

2 Comments

  1. Toby

    August 7, 2007 at 5:15 am

    Color Schmuler, No cut and paste functionality!

    BUT STILL! The best device I have EVER owned

  2. scott

    August 17, 2007 at 9:39 am

    TREO… I keep telling you but will you listen… no….btw hi bud

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