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Friday, January 12, 2007

iPhone Review: Has Steve Jobs done it again?

Everyone was asking; where's your iPhone review? We'll, I spent an afternoon reviewing footages of the iPhone from MacWorld as well as going thru lots of blogs detailing the iPhone but there were no complete specifications out there about it. So I went back to the footages and try to come up with some guess work specifications of iPhone v1.0

iPhone Specifications:

  • Screen size: 3.5 inchess.

  • Screen resolution: 320x480 @ 160 ppi.

  • Height: 114.3 mm.

  • Width: 60.96 mm.

  • Thickness: 11.6 mm.

  • Weight: 4.8 ounces or 135 grams (may vary with storage capacity).

  • Talk time: 5 hours.

  • Play time: 16 hours pure playback.

  • Camera: 2 megapixels.

  • Storage: 4 and 8 Gigabytes.

  • Operating System (OS): Mac OS X.

  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.0, WIFI, EDGE

  • Interface: Multi-touch point screen (no stylus).

  • External interface: Ring/Silent Button, volume control and a home button.

  • Browser: Safari.

  • Est. Release Date: June 2007.

  • Est. Price: 500 USD.

Some notable iPhone Features:

  • Phone Lock: graphical slide bar to unlock phone.

  • 'Flick Scroll': slide fingers quickly accross list like a flick to scroll quickly.

  • Battery saving: proximity sensor automatically turns off the screen when on call and placed near the ear.

  • Conferencing: When merging a call you can set a member(s) to private so you can quickly switch between private and conference.

  • Display orientation: tilt phone horizontally during browse modes to have wider display, extra paging controls will be available. Tilt it back vertically for normal view.Feature also available for photos.

  • Browsing: Use multi-points by pinching to zoom out, release (pinch out) to zoom in.

  • Typing: touch text input fields to bring up soft keys with predictive typing.

  • Maps: use maps to find for locations, search for stores to find nearest branches related to current map. Tap on markers to store show infos and finally tap on phone number to call.

  • Videos and Music: All your favorite iPod features.

  • Messaging: Message history can be listed as conversations. iChat type qoute bubble included!

  • Widgets: Stock, weather, etc...

  • Mail: Auto-preview plane available, attachments such as photos are automatically visible.

  • Calls: Calls can be recorded (acts as voicemail) and played back.

  • Network: Cingular/AT&T only

  • Applications: No 3rd party applications.

Well there you have it! It's not official and complete but so far that's what I can dig about iPhone specs and most probably much of it will drastically change during its release on June.

If you want to know about the weaknesses on iPhone then check out Oliver Starr's posts on MobileCrunch, IMHO it summarizes all the bad parts of the iPhone and I totally agree iPhone's UI is revolutionary (actually ripped-off technology from other companies) but technologically it lacks a lot especially for not supporting 3G. Personally i think iPhone wont sport 3G features but instead jump ahead and launch with 4G WiMAX!

Videos about iPhone on YouTube:

Job's presentation

Demo of iPhone's Feature


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