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Everything We Know About the iPhone

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Following up our list of features the iPhone was finally confirmed not to have, here's a comprehensive list based on the four reviews currently out detailing everything we know about the iPhone so far: what it has, what it doesn't have, its known problems and what we still don't know.


What it has:

• Built-in iPod with Video playback

• Intelligent predictive typing

• Multi-touch interface (fast)

• Great scratch resistant screen (easily cleaned with your sleeve)

• Tilt sensors that lock the screen when up to your face, but unlocks it when you lower it to type numbers

• Screen that's visible in direct sunlight

• Software upgrades over time

• Decent voice quality

• Call and song control from its headphones

• Viewing Word, Excel and PDF documents

• Free live traffic in Google Maps

• Turn by turn directions that simulate a GPS (need to tell the phone when you're turning)

• Dedicated volume control and mute switch

• Microsoft Exchange support if your IT staff enables a setting on the server

• Push email via Yahoo Mail

• Syncing via Outlook calendar and contacts through iTunes (works even on Vista with the latest Outlook)

• Ability to play with other applications while you talk

• Good battery life

• A "real" browser

• Yahoo, Gmail, AOL, EarthLink, and various other email support

• Visual voicemail (support for rewinding, fast forwarding like a song)

• YouTube support

• Decent 2-megapixel camera

• It's thin

• Lots of eye candy

• Conference call with up to 5 people

• Built-in speakers if you don't want to use headphones

• Quicktime support in Safari

• Activating the phone requires iTunes and internet access

• A speakerphone


What it doesn't have:

• Support for all iPod accessories—doesn't support all car adapters for playing back, only charging

• An easy way to transfer phone numbers, via AT&T, from an existing phone

• Copy and paste support

• MP3/iTunes music ringtones

• Built-in game support

• Flash support anywhere (including browser)

• Instant Messaging

• Picture messaging (MMS)

• Video recording

• Voice recognition or voice dialing

• Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Streaming (A2DP support)

• One-size-fits-all headset jack (May have to buy an adapter for certain headphones)


• A hardware keyboard


• Removable battery

• Expandable Storage

• Direct iTunes Music Store Access (Over Wi-Fi or EDGE)

• BlackBerry support

• Flash or zoom on the camera

• Windows Media support

Known Problems:

• Can get a little warm after use

• Battery will need to be replaced by Apple after 300-400 charges

• Levy had problems with one of his email accounts, due to his ISP blocking port 25. Apple's engineers "suggested a fix and said that this was something that would probably be addressed in an update."

• EDGE data is very slow

• AT&T's signal is lousy

• No hardware playback buttons (on the phone itself) make you go back to the iPod app to change songs or stop music

• Takes more taps to reach the phone interface than other smartphones

• Getting your contacts onto here from your old phone may be a hassle

• No real-time navigation

• The few web-app programs Mossberg tried weren't' impressive

• Camera is only good with ample light and no motion

• Only 200 text messages included on any calling plan

• Playing back music through an iPod dock may cause interference, so the iPhone "offered to switch to airplane mode". Doing so means you get no calls.

What we still don't know:

• How fingerprinty/face greasy it gets

• Whether Bluetooth file transfer works

• When and how often software updates (with new features) will appear

WSJ Review

NYT Review

USA Today Review

Newsweek Review


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I really would prefer Gizmodo withdrew the statment that the iPhone has Exchange support. It currently does not.

What the iPhone has is POP3/IMAP support. Yes, there is a service for this on Exchange Server, but most I.T. staff will not enable it unless forced at gun point for multiple very good reasons. If someone buys an iPhone and then walks into an I.T. department and says 'hey, the geeks at Gizmodo said it can connect to Exchange', you have caused a major problem because the I.T. department would be right to say 'no way'.

If an iPhone user wants to connect to an Exchange Server, right now the only realistic option is OWA (Outlook Web Access) with the Safari browser.

That said, I do hope Apple is working on ActiveSync support, which would be true Exchange connectivity, like Palm and Windows Mobile devices have.