The early iPhone reviews are in. Tech columnists at The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today have played around with the iPhone for the past few weeks; and, with Apple’s Friday-morning release approaching, they’ve posted their hands-on impressions. The general verdict: two steps forward, one step back.
Here are the pros and cons.
"$200 for the 8-gigabyte model, $300 for the 16-gig. Those are terrific prices for a machine with so much sophistication, utility and power; a year ago, an 8-gig iPhone would have cost you $600,” says the Times. “But the iPhone 3G is not really, as Apple’s Web site puts it, ‘half the price.’ The basic AT&T plan – unlimited Internet and 450 minutes of calling – now costs $70 a month instead of $60 (plus taxes and fees), and comes with no text messages instead of 200. (Adding text messaging costs at least $5 a month more.)"
“This new iPhone is much, much faster at fetching data over cellphone networks because it uses a speedy cellular technology called 3G,” says the Journal. “The iPhone 3G is hardly the first phone to run on 3G networks, and it still costs more than some of its competitors. But overall, I found it to be a more capable version of an already excellent device.”