So I’m one of the 100k+ technophiles that bought an iPhone. Dispite receiving good advice to wait for v2.0 I pressed on and got one anyway. After a week of messing around waiting for a PAC code from my current provider Orange (which is still don’t have) I finally turned the thing on yesterday.
Overall it’s a mixed bag. Some stuff is great and other stuff is completely awful:
iPod functionality – This is solid and has all the gee-wiz gimmicky stuff to impress your friends that makes the iPhone special
Photos – A simple slick interface and orientation detection & multi-touch zoom adds some next gen ‘WOW’
Web – Slow but pretty nifty, definitely something you could use for actual web browsing
Keyboard – Bit fiddly but a lot better than any other QWERTY keyboard I’ve used on a device
YouTube – Slow but cool
Phone calls – Integrate nicely into iPod music
Email – Complete Rubbish, I use Gmail and my inbox is unrecognizable. The iPhone Gmail interface doesn’t understand Conversations, Inbox or Read emails. So flawed I would never use it.
Wifi – Slow, inexplicably slow
iSpy – Widgets phone home – ouch
iTunes – Doesn’t work; probably due to Wifi issue
So I like it but I hope Apple iron out some of these basic bug soon.