iPhone Review from Walt Mossberg

The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg and Katherine Boehret have posted their review of the Apple iPhone. Mossberg and Bohret tested the iPhone for two weeks in multiple usage scenarios and in various cities: Our verdict is that, despite some flaws and feature omissions, the iPhone is, on balance, a beautiful and breakthrough handheld computer. […]

The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg and Katherine Boehret have posted their review of the Apple iPhone.

Mossberg and Bohret tested the iPhone for two weeks in multiple usage scenarios and in various cities:

Our verdict is that, despite some flaws and feature omissions, the iPhone is, on balance, a beautiful and breakthrough handheld computer. Its software, especially, sets a new bar for the smart-phone industry, and its clever finger-touch interface, which dispenses with a stylus and most buttons, works well, though it sometimes adds steps to common functions.


Some highlights:

  • Can't use T-Mobile SIM cards
  • Wi-Fi capability doesn't fully make up for the lack of a fast cellular data capability
  • Multitouch: "effective, practical and fun"
  • No way to copy/paste text
  • Microsoft's Exchange system support
  • Voice call quality was good, but not great
  • Can't record video
  • No Adobe Flash support
  • Songs can't be set as ringtones
  • largest, highest resolution screen of any smart phone they've seen, most internal memory
  • Impressive battery life and thin
  • Feels solid
  • Regarding the touch keyboard: "After five days of use, Walt -- who did most of the testing for this review -- was able to type on it as quickly and accurately as he could on the Palm Treo he has used for years."

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.

Also, check David Pogue's  review of the iPhone.

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