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Breaking: Pogue Reviews the iPhone, Gives it 1.5 Thumbs Up

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David Pogue of the NYTimes got his iPhone review up (the first one by 3 minutes. Suck it, Mossberg!), oh boy! So what's he think of it? Well, he likes it. Sort of. He's taken with the design, but has some reservations overall.

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First, he likes the design.

The phone is so sleek and thin, it makes Treos and BlackBerrys look obese.

And he doesn't mind the keyboard all that much either.

Two things make the job tolerable. First, some very smart software offers to complete words for you, and, when you tap the wrong letter, figures out what word you intended…Second, the instructional leaflet encourages you to "trust" the keyboard (or, as a product manager jokingly put it, to "use the Force").

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It seems like Apple did things right. AT&T, on the other hand…

The bigger problem is the AT&T network. In a Consumer Reports study, AT&T's signal ranked either last or second to last in 19 out of 20 major cities. My tests in five states bear this out. If Verizon's slogan is, "Can you hear me now?" AT&T's should be, "I'm losing you."

But otherwise, you have to use AT&T's ancient EDGE cellular network, which is excruciatingly slow. The New York Times's home page takes 55 seconds to appear; Amazon.com, 100 seconds; Yahoo. two minutes. You almost ache for a dial-up modem.

Ouch. Well, there's always next generation for people who want to, well, use the Internet.

The iPhone Matches Most of Its Hype [NY Times]

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Thats weird I have the Tmobile EDGE network and the times site literally comes up in 5 seconds nytimes.com. [Amazon.com] 5 seconds. I think it automatically kicks you to the mobile version when it detects wm6 Pocket IE. If the page is made for mobile, edge flies. I really wish more sites would make mobile versions. I mean how hard is it to dump all your text and just keep some key images. Also if you browse sites through google or ms live search they format the pages to show up instantly.

I am extremely happy with my WM6 upgraded Tmobile dash/ MDA Excaliber. It's extremely tiny. Wouldn't part with it for the world. Well... maybe they could stick a GPS in there but I am not really complaining. It is easy to find a map on there of where you are on google maps. Strangely enough a free download that you can get without the amazing iphone.

I in general hate iCrap products from apple. They nickel and dime you to death with all the programs that are available freely with other systems. Apple products are made to be disposable which disgusts me. Their solution to many upgrade problems are to buy a new product. Oh well whatever.