During a recent appearance on The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, James Woods took a few minutes to rave about his iPhone. This clip is less than two minutes long, and it typifies the reaction and feelings of most iPhone owners.
An expert, Perceptive
Sciences, was asked
to examine and compare the iPhone with the HTC Touch and
the Nokia N95. The result was that "when it comes to usability, the iPhone does, indeed, live up to its
The scoring was not even close. The iPhone’s overall score in the usability tests was 4.6 out of 5, whereas the HTC Touch scored only 3.4 and the Nokia N95 scored only 3.2. You can read the full text of this article by clicking HERE.
Source: "Usability Tests Show Apple’s iPhone Blows Away The Competition" published at MacDailyNews.
To follow up on an article I posted two months ago, AppleInsider.com reported yesterday that market researchers anticipate that Apple may release a new iPhone with 3G broadband internet capability before the end of this year. You can click HERE to read the article, which bases its prediction partly upon a recent deal Apple signed with a key parts supplier. I am still trying to wait on the 3G iPhone before buying one for myself, and I hope that this prediction is true because I am certainly ready to get one.
As I have previously noted, it is no secret that I very badly want an iPhone. However, I have resisted the temptation to get one (at least so far), for three main reasons: (1) I have a good bit of time left on my current cell phone plan, (2) I love the ability to use my bluetooth phone as a wireless modem for my MacBook, and (3) I am concerned about the iPhone’s slow internet connection speeds. If any one of those three items were to be resolved, I could probably "overlook" the other two, or at least find some workable solution.
AppleInsider reported yesterday that according to analysts for CIBC World Markets, "checks suggest Apple is actually looking to introduce a 3G version of the iPhone for the U.S. market in November, ahead of the holiday season and earlier than currently expected." The article went on to say that "a recent in-house survey of iPhone buyers that suggested the key shortcoming of the current iPhone model is its poor data connectivity through AT&T‘s yesteryear EDGE network. ‘This isn’t a surprise, and Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs admitted the iPhone’s cellular connectivity can use an improvement. We now believe the "improvement" could come soon.’"
If true, this is fantastic news, and I guess I know what I’ll be getting myself as an early Christmas present!
Source: "Analyst Claims iPhone Demand Slowing But 3G Model in Cards" by Prince McLean, published at AppleInsider.com.
Wired.com published an article earlier this week which examined the web applications currently available for the iPhone. As you may be aware, at this time, users cannot download and install applications directly onto their iPhones. However, developers have already been quite busy developing applications which can run on the web.
Some of the web applications featured in this article include:
- iChat for iPhone :: Web-based chat client for AIM users.
- Meebo.com :: Web-based chat service that supports all the major protocols, including AIM, MSN, Yahoo and ICQ.
- iZoho :: iPhone-optimized version of the its online office suite, which offers access to Zoho Writer, Sheet, Show and Creator.
- Google Reader :: Allows you to read RSS news feeds on your iPhone.
Source: "Chess, Chat and Cheap Gas: The IPhone’s Best Web Apps Reviewed" by Scott Gilbertson, published at Wired.com.
This week’s posts have featured the iPhone. Thus far, I have featured reviews by other lawyers. Today, we will look at software applications already available for the iPhone (less than two weeks after its release). I have found two websites that are worth noting:
- iPhone Atlas :: A resource for Apple’s iPhone, containing guides to usage, troubleshooting information, pertinent news and more.
- BarCamp‘s iPhoneDevCampApps :: Making the web a better place for iPhone.
Some of the applications that look most helpful (or at least promising) for attorneys are:
- gOffice: Word Processor :: Basic word processor for the iPhone that outputs
.doc-formatted documents. Allows you to save templates and bits of text
and to display previews of documents on the iPhone as *.png images.
- TinyBuddy Web IM :: Web-based instant messaging application for the iPhone.
- Telekinesis :: Remotely access your Mac through a collection of mini web apps on your iPhone.
- iPheed :: Notebook, To Do List, and Technorati Tag Tracker.
- Mojits: Application Launcher
:: Organizes links to iPhone Web apps and allows you to login for saved sets
of apps and offers keyword, ratings, and comment capabilities.
- iPhone Tip of the Day :: Daily tips for maximizing your iPhone experience.
As you’ve probably noticed, this week’s posts are focused on the iPhone and how it has been received by other attorneys. Today, I am pleased to feature the review that David Sparks published at his MacSparky blog after using the iPhone for about a week. As you may be aware, David is a recent Mac convert, and he was so pleased with his conversion that he stated his own blog.
David originally planned not to get an iPhone. Then, he made the "mistake" of watching Apple’s guided tour of all of the iPhone’s great features, and he was convinced to join the crowd and purchase one for himself. From reading his review, he appears to be thrilled with the iPhone so far. The following are the highlights of his review:
- Setting up the iPhone was a breeze. There was no manual
configuration at all, it was already done. [After synching}, my three email accounts,
photo albums, calendar and video were all set up. As of the time of
this writing I still haven’t bothered with the manual.
- I know a lot of people have been saying the iPhone is not a
“business” phone but I’m not really sure that is true. I have been
using my new phone to keep in touch with clients and my office via
email like never before.
- Email is just easier with the iPhone. I
particularly like the built in word/excel/pdf attachment viewer.
- I wish it would support my portable
bluetooth keyboard. I’m actually okay with the on screen type pad but I
have a portable bluetooth keyboard that is really convenient.
- I would really like to have a program on the iPhone that
holds secured data. I have some text files with sensitive information
and I can’t put them on my iPhone without some sort of security.
- There has been a lot of talk about the inferiority of the Edge
network but fortunately I’m nearly always around an accessable WiFi
spot. A few times I’ve done some browsing with WiFI turned off and it
is doable but not nearly as fast as WiFi. I really don’t have many
complaints on that issue.
If you are looking for an in-depth review of the iPhone by an attorney, you should check out Finis Price‘s review published at his TechnoEsq blog. His article takes a close look at this technological wonder and all its many functions, and he describes what he likes and dislikes about the iPhone.
His review even includes a comparison chart of the iPhone vs. other PDAs and Smartphones. Some of the highlights of his review are listed below, but I urge you to read his entire article for a much fuller view of the iPhone.
- Aesthetically, the iPhone begs to be touched, yet fingerprints are not a problem. The screen is so vibrant, any fingerprints are simply not visible.
- As for accessories, you may have to buy some new ones. Some of your iPod accessories will work with the iPhone and some won’t. You’ll just have to experiment. The iPhone will inform you when you plug an accessory in whether it will function or not.
- My 7 year-old nephew Hunter figured out on his own how to view photographs, listen to my iPod and view movies in a few seconds (though he is the smartest 7 year-old I know, I don’t think he could do the same on a Treo).
- Typing on the iPhone is quite a bit different than typing on a Treo or a Blackberry. Instead of having the predictive type guessing what you are typing and attempting to predict it, the iPhone simply waits until you’ve typed the word and attempts to correct the word taking into account that you may have hit the wrong key when typing. It works very well and if you trust it, you can type faster than on any other Smartphone.
- While you can’t perform a search for contacts in the address book, they are sorted into sections for each letter, with each letter accessible by the alphabet running down the right of the screen. I have over 2,000 contacts in my phone and can get from A-Z in 3 seconds and to any letter of the alphabet with one push of my finger. No number takes more than 3 seconds to find.
- Each voicemail is shown, listing the caller and name (if in your address book) much the same way emails are listed in your email. To listen, you simply press the voicemail you want to listen to and it is played back, with the standard slider to rewind and forward just like a video on your computer. This feature alone is worth the price of the iPhone and is one of the revolutionary aspects of this phone.
- The iPhone’s mail program … can check IMAP, POP3 and also supports Push mail from Yahoo! You can do everything in the mail application you can do with other phones and switch between multiple accounts and account types with the press of a button.
- Because the iPhone runs Apple’s OS X, it contains a full working web browser, Safari. I’m talking about a web page that looks exactly as it does on your desktop. Additionally, you can have more than one window open at a time.
- The iPhone is definitively the best iPod ever made.
- Activation went off without a hitch: all of my contacts and calendar information synchronized like a charm.
- The sync process also ported over all of my email settings, my photos and some of my iTunes music and videos.
- The phone works absolutely great, and the iPod is the best ever.
- So what’s so special about it? Well, mostly it’s the fact that the interface is both glitzy and yet intricately simple. And, by that, I mean that a lot of time has been spent figuring out how to make things happen naturally.
- The strength of the iPhone is how smoothly all of the features work as a whole.
As you certainly know, Apple released its iPhone just over a week ago. Much to my own dismay, I have not purchased one … yet. I am usually riding the cusp of all technological innovations, but as I grow older, I am becoming more disciplined. Well, that and the fact that I have a good deal of time left on my current wireless "family" plan.
I have followed iPhone mania and read most of the major reviews released so far. The consensus is that it truly is a revolutionary invention, and I haven’t seen anything to convince me otherwise. Is it perfect? Of course not, and those who are overly critical should remember that is the first release of this product. How many products were perfect upon their release?
If Steve Jobs or any other other Apple executives happen to read this entry, I will gladly accept an iPhone if you are willing to send me one. I’m not prone to wishing wistfully or for asking for Christmas presents in July, but hey, this is the iPhone we’re talking about.
I will feature the iPhone in this week’s posts, including reviews written by two attorneys. I hope that this information is useful to you. If any of my readers have already bought an iPhone, please submit a comment to let me know your thoughts so far.