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And now I have the pleasure of presenting…the Apple object

Simply known as the iPhone.

Introduction screen

So this isn’t intended to be a review/preview of the iPhone. More of a”first” look, or possibly 23,45067th look, if you are an Apple fanatic. Btw, all pictures taken with a Nokia N95 and a Exilim Z70.

First off, I like what I see. The graphics, icons, logos, intuitive UI is really simple to learn and start to use. Honestly, this is a device that I didn’t even bother with the manual. I left the box packaging in the office, if not I would have taken photos of that as well. If there’s one thing Apple figured out, it’s how to make their product stand out from the minute you put your hands on the box.

main screen with icons main screen (straight shot)

Couple of screenshots showing the calendar, the clock, photo gallery, general settings,  iTunes and email. Functionality is rather bare though, I have to admit. After using the Nokia N95 for some time and getting used to widgets and freeware applications etc, it feels rather basic to only have applications dealing with time, place, weather, sms being on the main screen.

Someone I know would read this and go “That’s cos all the Americans ever do with their phones is make phone calls. They get stumped when it plays music or takes a picture.” Would you agree?

ClockCalendar

EmailGeneral settings

iTunesPhoto Gallery

However, two applications that Apple did do right belongs to that category called Internet (through Safari) and YouTube. Both are icons placed on the main screen and the attention to detail here is pretty evident. I wish my Nokia N95 would surf the net and view YouTube the way the iPhone does. Allow me to show you why.

Internet

Webpages are beautifully render-ed and when you flip it horizontal (Apple terms it “cover flow”),  the screen resizes to fit.

cover flow

Earlier, I mentioned attention to detail on the browser. Actually I meant everywhere they decided to put  an icon to designate a task. The one thing that strikes me over and over again in the iPhone, is that there are hardly any words. If you want to do an action, click on an icon that 8 out of 10 times, is an image that tells you what it will do.

Like when you open two browser pages, you get this ->

2 browser pages

Finally if you are wondering about the size of the phone, it fits nicely into my jeans pocket and the palm of my hand, but in case you still need dimensions they are:

  • Height: 4.5 inches (115 mm)
  • Width: 2.4 inches (61 mm)
  • Depth: 0.46 inch (11.6 mm)
  • Weight: 4.8 ounces (135 grams)

Or you can look at pictures and “agar” it out.

width of iPhone

Fits the palm of my hand

And finally, if you really want more information on how it looks like on video, you can check out the iPhones website for their “how to” guides. It shows the functions available and actual product. Click here to go to webpage.Btw, I like their website layout alot, especially with the fingertips movies. Why can’t the other vendors do this and save all the worthless  usage of paper? Ahh..the poor trees.

Damn, it’s too basic. I shall keep the faith with articles like this one. The iPhone needs applications and functionality!! Looks and touchscreens only last that long. *makes a short distance between fingers…a really small short distance*

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