I’ve had an iPhone 3G for about 2 months now, so I said I’d post my thoughts on it.
I bought the phone primarily because I wanted a useful mobile device for e-mail, and also because I love new gadgets! I must say though, I’m very impressed with it.
As expected, the battery life isn’t fabulous, but I still get about 2 days in between charges. It also charges very quickly, and battery life can be extended by turning off wifi and 3G if you’re not going to be using them.
I’ve never been too bothered about having a camera on my phone, but the quality of the iPhone’s camera seems to be quite good. That said, I’ve really only played with it, taking random photos just to see how they came out. It would’ve been nice if the phone supported recording video clips too.
The calendar application is nice, but I’d like if it could show upcoming appointments on the home screen instead of having to open the application. Another application I’m making good use of is the stock application. It uses Yahoo finance to get stock quotes, and allows you to personalise it so it can retrieve prices for the stocks you want. It doesn’t have any advanced features though, like portfolio tracking.
The email application is very easy to use and setup. It supports IMAP, POP3 and SMTP protocols, and their secure counterparts. Reading e-mail is comfortable, and the touchscreen interface is easy to use. The Safari web browser is also very easy to use. The one issue I’ve had is that, on numerous occasions, the browser has hung and then crashed, but the phone continues working.
While I haven’t made any major use of the Google Maps application, I can see how useful it can be. It can pin-point your location, then you can ask for directions to somewhere or someone (if you’ve stored their address in your contacts). You can also search for facilities in your locality (eg. restaurants) and you can tap on the location pins to get details on each, including phone number, website and address.
The common worry I’ve heard is with regards to typing e-mails, text messages etc. However, the keyboard presented on screen for typing is very easy to use, and quite responsive. Each key you hit zooms in and shows the letter you’ve just hit. Also, as you type, if you do typo, it’s noticed and by simply continuing typing the mistake is replaced with the correct word. Of course this has its drawbacks too, particularly when it picks up on a word incorrectly. The corrected version is shown in a little box and if you don’t want it, you simply hit the ‘x’ in the box to close it.
Lastly, as a phone, it works perfectly. When you make a call, you’re shown a screen with a few different buttons, like speakerphone, keypad, contacts, add call and hold. If you have assigned a photo to the contact for the person who you’re ringing or who’s ringing you, it’ll be set as the background. The audio quality is fine, and I haven’t had any complaints on the other end, so presume the microphone quality is also fine.
All in all, I do like the iPhone. I have to send mine back for repair, because the bluetooth is faulty in it, but even with this fault, I’m happy with it. Now, if O2 could sort out my contract, I’d be sorted!