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June 12, 2007

Apple iPhone

Apple iPhoneApple iPhone features include a 2 megapixel camera, as well as the following:

* 11.6 mm thing
* 3.5-inch 480 x 320 touchscreen display
* 4 or 8 GB of memory
* Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR and A2DP
* WiFi
* quad-band GSM with EDGE
* OS X

Apple iPhone Reviews

Newsweek reviews the Apple iPhone and writes, "The 2-megapixel camera works decently (though I sometimes hit the shutter unintentionally). It’s easy to send a picture, make it your wallpaper or—this is neat—assign it to a contact. (It would have been nicer to have one-touch posting to Flickr, Facebook, etc.) Photo display is terrific, and using the Photos application you swipe from one picture to the next, and can watch in either vertical or landscape mode. Other programs, like the stock ticker, weather and calculator, are useful and visually pleasing, but not groundbreaking additions."

The NYTimes reviews the Apple iPhone and writes, "The two-megapixel camera takes great photos, provided the subject is motionless and well lighted (samples are at But it can’t capture video. And you can’t send picture messages (called MMS) to other cellphones. Apple says that the battery starts to lose capacity after 300 or 400 charges. Eventually, you’ll have to send the phone to Apple for battery replacement, much as you do now with an iPod, for a fee."

Walt Mossberg reviews the Apple iPhone and comments, "The iPhone is missing some features common on some competitors. There’s no instant messaging, only standard text messaging. While its two megapixel camera took excellent pictures in our tests, it can’t record video. Its otherwise excellent Web browser can’t fully utilize some Web sites, because it doesn’t yet support Adobe’s Flash technology. Although the phone contains a complete iPod, you can’t use your songs as ringtones. There aren’t any games, nor is there any way to directly access Apple’s iTunes Music Store. Apple says it plans to add features to the phone over time, via free downloads, and hints that some of these holes may be filled."

USA Today reviews the Apple iPhone and writes, "Pictures look fabulous on iPhone. The device syncs images stored on iPhoto software on the Mac or a designated picture folder on a Windows PC. ... IPhone comes with a decent 2-megapixel digital camera. But it lacks a flash or zoom and doesn't let you shoot video. Taking pictures is a tad awkward. ... Battery life didn't prove to be a big problem in my unscientific tests — a mix of calling, surfing, listening and watching. Still, it's a good idea to charge it overnight. You receive warnings when you have just 20%, 15%, 10% and 5% of power remaining. You can charge the phone in its dock, through the supplied plug or through an iPod accessory."

The Seattle Times reviews the Apple iPhone and writes, "The iPhone makes it easy to view and e-mail photos, but its camera doesn't zoom, take video or capture as many pixels as some other high-end phones. It will soon seem rudimentary. All the iPhone extras take a toll on battery life. On Saturday, after charging overnight, mine lasted 3 hours and 50 minutes. It had been used for eight minutes of calls, 45 minutes of music playing, 73 pictures, maybe 30 minutes of browsing and lots of examination by family."

GadgetLab reviews the Apple iPhone and writes, "At the end of the day, though, the iPhone is a delight to use and to play with. Is $600 too much to spend on a phone? Probably, but I haven't had this much fun with a new product since the Palm Pilot debuted, and that was about $500 too. The iPhone's not perfect, but it is amazing, and the whole consumer electronics and wireless industries will be scrambling to catch up with it for years. And that will be good for all of us. ... Camera doesn't work well in low light."

Christopher Null at Yahoo Tech reviews the Apple iPhone and writes, "The camera isn't bad... if there's lots of light. In dim situations (there's no flash) the slightest movement leads to useless pics. I had less trouble with the keyboard than I thought I would, but it does take some getting used to. It's still easier and faster to type on a Treo, and the software never stopped trying to correct my daughter's name, "Zoe," to "SOE" (an acronym for Sony Online Entertainment; wow, that is helpful!), no matter how many times I typed it. The SMS interface is beautiful... but there's no instant messaging. ... This would all be quibbling if the iPhone were priced like a toy instead of the computer it's supposed to be. At $600, it's priced about twice what it's worth in its current state."

Apple Insider reviews the Apple iPhone and has this to say about the iPhone's camera: "the iPhone captures good quality photos in adequate light if held reasonably still, at a 2 megapixel resolution of 1600x1200. As with any digital camera, the iPhone can't capture anything at all in near darkness, although I found it captured surprising good quality photos indoors even under low light conditions. The Camera software does beg for a significant upgrade in terms of recording video, capturing audio clips, and perhaps even offering a digital zoom. When plugged into a computer, it functions within iPhoto just like any other USB camera, but does not mount as a volume on the desktop. It does not even mount as an invisible disk volume accessible from the command line."

The Gothamist reviews the Apple iPhone and writes, "One of the reasons I felt comfortable with getting the iPhone was knowing that many of my "cons" are easily solvable with a software update. Rumors are already swirling about IM support. If you're looking for perfection in a device, you'll have a hard time finding it, but the iPhone gets close to perfect as you can get. And in time it will only get better."

CNET has a review of the Apple iPhone and writes, "The iPhone's 2-megapixel camera offers a spiffy interface with a graphic that resembles a camera shutter. You're offered no camera editing options, which we didn't expect. That means you can't change the resolution, choose a color or quality setting, or select a night mode. There's no flash either, and with no self-portrait mirror, those vanity shots are going to be tricky. The camera performed well in our tests, however. Photo quality was excellent with rich, bright colors and distinct object outlines. White looked a bit too soft, but we approve overall. On the downside, you can't shoot your own video, which is disappointing on a phone at this price."

RegHardware reviews the Apple iPhone and writes, "Loading standard web pages wasn’t a problem with Wi-Fi, but it certainly was with Edge. I’ve used my iPhone for half an evening, and already, I wish it had faster wireless access. I’m also wishing it had a better camera. Even in good light, its two-megapixel shooter is dreadful. My other big complaint concerns email. Accessing my Gmail account took no more than a few minutes - in addition to entering my user name and password, all I had to do was log on via my desktop and set up my account for POP download - but the phone ended up tossing all my mail into a single container. Received messages. Sent messages. Everything."

Digital Trends reviews the Apple iPhone and writes, "iPhone's no frills 2 MP camera -- no video, no flash, no zoom, no choice of resolutions -- takes crisp, clear shots. And the 3.5-inch screen is the largest camera screen extant. ... As a phone, iPhone is quad band world band EDGE and also includes the far faster WiFi (802.11g). Once set at home, iPhone automatically links to your home network for quick Web access. When you leave your home network, iPhone automatically switches to EDGE, then back to WiFi when you get home. Away from home, you have to manually choose from an available WiFi network for fast Web access."

MobileTechReview reviews the Apple iPhone and writes, "This is a bit strange, but there are absolutely no camera settings whatsoever. There's an on-screen shutter button and that's it. No resolution setting, no white balance and no color effects. The 2 megapixel takes 1600 x 1200 pixel images of excellent image quality given the tiny fixed focus lens. Colors are saturated and accurate, noise is kept to a minimum and shots are sharp with plenty of detail. There is no flash, no self-portrait mirror (that would mess with the iPhone's pretty design, we assume) and the camera cannot shoot video. Nor can the iPhone send or receive MMS. If you wish to send a photo, you'll have to use email."

MobileBurn reviews the Apple iPhone and writes, "The Apple iPhone has a built-in 2 megapixel still camera that takes pretty nice photos in general. It does not have an auto-focus lens, and as such is incapable of close-up photography. For a fixed focus camera, it works pretty well right out of the box though - given a reasonable amount of light. That's a good thing, since the camera has no settings at all. The user has no ability to choose the photo resolution or set a white balance mode. Nothing. In fact, when an image from the camera is emailed to somebody with the Mail application, the resolution is automatically reduced to VGA (640x480 pixels). You have no control over that, either."

PCMag reviews the Apple iPhone and writes, "When he announced the iPhone, Steve Jobs said to expect three things: "an incredibly great cell phone," "the best iPod we've ever made," and "the Internet in your pocket." One out of three isn't bad. Yes, the iPhone is the best iPod ever—ironic for something not even called an iPod! But it's just a plain lousy phone, and although it makes some exciting advances in handheld Web browsing, it's not the Internet in your pocket. ... Let's celebrate the iPhone first: it's a marvelous iPod. ... This is the best portable multimedia player we've seen—albeit, with relatively low capacities of 4GB or 8GB of non-upgradable flash memory."

Pocket-lint reviews the Apple iPhone and writes, "Well the iPhone doesn't have GPS receiver built-in, or the 5 megapixel camera with video capabilities and Flickr and Vox plug-ins. The music offering and software interface is certainly better however. The iPhone connectivity with iTunes (version 7.3 of course) is a breeze and anyone who has used an iPod will be right at home with the music software. Additionally Google Maps although sucking power like a leech is also very good. You just don't get GPS."

Gizmodo reviews the Apple iPhone and writes, " The 2-megapixel camera takes shots rich with color in plain daylight. It fails to do well with movement, and low light shots are grainy with bad halo effects. I rate it just below the cameras in Nokia and Sony Ericsson phones. I'm happy with still performance, despite the lack of any color, lighting, file size tweaking or zoom. We definitely agree with Pogue here. The big freaking problem is that there's no video mode on the camera. And there aren't even rudimentary edit tools, either, which again, isn't necessary for the bulk of the people who buy this phone. However, the camera as a whole is, at best, a glossed-over implementation. But are we still going to use it? Yes. To get your photos onto your computer, you'll have to sync with iPhoto, which means everytime you dock, both that and iTunes need to start up."

LaptopMag reviews the Apple iPhone and writes, "Pictures taken with the pedestrian and unadorned two-megapixel camera looked good and automatically zoomed to wide frame when we turned the iPhone horizontally. There's no zoom and no flash, and you won't find any settings for exposure or anything else. Viewing pictures is a pleasure on the high-res display, made sweeter by the ability to swipe through a slideshow, complete with music. Unfortunately, you can't start playing tunes from within the Photo application; you have to fire up a track or playlist in the iPod app first. (We'd like to see music playback begin automatically when you start a slideshow, à la Apple TV.) Sharing pictures is a snap. Touch the button on the left corner of the display, and you'll be presented with three options: Use as Wallpaper, E-mail Photo, and Assign to Contact. We're not sure why you can't send picture messages to other phones, but we hope MMS support is coming soon."

PDAStreet reviews the Apple iPhone and writes, "the 2 megapixel camera is unremarkable, if not blurry compared to a full-fledged digital camera. Internet browsers have been available on smartphones for years. You probably already own an iPod. However, the iPhone will still be a must-have for many people, you included, through the rest of the year. Why? In a word: integration. Rarely, if ever, has a smartphone allowed all its disparaging dimensions to communicate so seamlessly."

MacWorld reviews the Apple iPhone and writes, "On the iPhone’s back face is the tiny lens of its compact, two-megapixel camera. It doesn’t zoom and doesn’t work well in low light, but with still subjects in well-lit areas it produces nice results. It’s definitely more appropriate for fun shots when no other camera is around than as a replacement for your digital camera, even if your camera is five years old. (The camera also can’t record video, at least not with the current version of the iPhone’s software.)"

GearLive reviews the Apple iPhone and writes, "The 2 megapixel camera included with the iPhone is definitely a camera phone and can’t hold a finger to a dedicated camera device it still takes some impressive photos. Like all digital cameras it does best in bright, evenly light scenes, but even in unevenly lit scenes come out looking halfway decent. The iPhone camera falls flat on it’s face in dimly lit scenes though, and produces something that could be considered modern art of sorts: black canvas with slightly less black blobs hovering over it like ethereal souls from our ancestors."

Infosync reviews the Apple iPhone and writes, "Under the best conditions, the camera on the iPhone took solid pictures that were very sharp with great color. However, the camera was only average in fair lighting, and pretty lousy as things grew dim. We found plenty of noise on low-light photographs, and blur when we didn't hold our hands steady. We're not a fan of the cold light of LED flash lights found on other cameraphones, but if we had any control over the lighting and exposure settings, perhaps we could have gotten better results. Instead, Apple offers a single button and an onscreen shutter release, with no other options or visual feedback. It is sad to see that after years absent from the digital camera game, Apple's first reentry seems like such an afterthought, especially with the excellent, simple options built into their consumer computer products, the MacBook and iMac."

Sky News reviews the Apple iPhone and writes, "Most mobile phones now have excellent cameras for taking stills or video. The iPhone can only take stills, which seems a bit of backward step. But there are a multitude of other goodies to make up for this omission."

Telegraph reviews the Apple iPhone and writes, "...the phone's battery power is short - the phone ran out on me at about 7pm each day - the camera has just two megapixels, a meagre resolution compared to that of most new models, and despite the predictive text feature, the touchscreen keys are slow and fiddly when typing more than a short email."

BBC News reviews the Apple iPhone and writes, "The camera that comes with the phone is also deeply disappointing. It offers a measly two megapixels and while the sensor in the phone is decent, images are often poor quality unless shot in direct sunlight."

The TimesOnline reviews the Apple iPhone and writes, "The camera is only 2 megapixels, far fewer than the best 'camera-centric' phones, but the image is perfectly clear, if a little troubled by low light."

Vnunet reviews the Apple iPhone and writes, "The most obvious feature of the iPhone is the large screen, and the resultant absence of a keypad. This belies the fact that being a phone is only one of the iPhone's features. It's also a camera, an iPod (a video iPod, in fact), a mapping device, an email and internet browser, and a personal organiser...The 2-megapixel camera is not particularly impressive."

Trusted Reviews has a review of the Apple iPhone and writes, "There are some other cool bits and pieces, like the weather forecast, which you can set to multiple locations, you can check your Stock investments and of course view all your photos on that superb screen - even though the integrated 2-megapixel camera is pretty poor. And no matter what application you happen to be using, or how deep down a set of nested pages you are, a simple press of the Home button underneath the screen brings you straight back to the home page...Continuing the list of negatives, the iPhone doesn't support MMS. So, even though you've got a built-in camera, you can't send any pictures you take to friends or family. Yes, you can email photos to people, but the lack of MMS functionality is a real letdown on what is a very media focussed phone."

MetroPost reviews the Apple iPhone and writes, "the Camera sucks except with great lighting, when its pretty good. A little flash or a higher ISO (sensitivity) would go a long way here. Notice I’m not asking for 5 megapixels - just more sensitivity so that it doesn’t swirl and blur around as I try to shoot a photo in a well lit room and get laughed at by other people with apparently slicker camera phones. Notice I’m not asking for video here - I don’t want the world, just a decent, reliable camera phone."

MacWorld reviews the Apple iPhone and writes, "On the iPhone’s back face is the tiny lens of its compact, two-megapixel camera. It doesn’t zoom and doesn’t work well in low light, but with still subjects in well-lit areas it produces nice results. It’s definitely more appropriate for fun shots when no other camera is around than as a replacement for your digital camera, even if your camera is five years old. (The camera also can’t record video, at least not with the current version of the iPhone’s software.)"

PC Pro reviews the Apple iPhone and writes, "Elsewhere, the 2-megapixel camera is another annoyance. Image quality is good, but there's no way to send a multimedia message: you're forced to resort to email. There's also no way to record video irking given the 8GB of storage. And, unlike standard iPods, you can't drag individual songs or albums from your iTunes library to the iPhone only playlists. It's particularly annoying when first loading songs, but remains irritating each time you want to add more, especially if you're only adding one song. Then there's the headphone socket, which is so deeply recessed there's already a market for bulky headphone adapters if your headphones have the connector at right-angles to the cable, they almost certainly won't fit."

Camera Core reviews the Apple iPhone and writes, "The iPhone camera is simple. The built-in 2 megapixel camera is ok for indoor pictures with good lightning and no need of manual settings. But if you ever need to tweak some settings, you are in for a disappointment as there are no settings that you could tweak. A definite disappointment if you ask me...But in general, these auto-adjusted “point and shoot” pictures come out nice and in comparison to other 2 megapixel phone cameras the iPhone actually does just fine."

Stuff reviews the Apple iPhone and writes, "The second problem I had with the iPhone is that the camera is only 2MP, has no zoom or flash. You also cannot record video with it (without help from 3rd party applications at least). This is frankly not up to par and the latest offerings from Nokia, Sony Ericsson, or Motorola offer far more in this respect!"

InfoSync reviews the Apple iPhone 1.1.4 and writes, "In our original review, we complained about a few surprising omissions from the iPhone, and many of these are still absent. MMS messaging is no where to be found, and neither is any Instant Messenger support, though AOL representatives did show a brief demo of an AIM client at the Apple SDK press conference. Voice dialing is also a no-show, and the iPhone has proven itself to be one of the most difficult phones on the market to use while driving, though, of course, driving and phoning should be avoided, anyway. The camera on the iPhone still lacks any adjustable options, and it is impossible to record video on the device."

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