The Top iPhone Articles from the A-Team of Tech Reporting

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David Pogue's triplet of iPhone coverage comes in the form of his own hands on, an FAQ, and a video of the phone in his paws. From what I know, he's the only gadget journo that was allowed to film/photograph during his meeting. And it's funny. So this is the vid to watch. (And if you haven't seen it, here's our own, blog-exclusive, hands on.)


Walt Mossberg shows us why he's the highest paid tech journo ever, refusing to get sucked into the vortex of iPhone love: "I attended the iPhone launch event, and was able to use one for a little while. That's too brief an encounter to allow me to write a proper review." He did give a short preview, mentioning the same positives and potential problems the rest of us who touched it had. This is astounding, considering that this was all written in the context of a Samsung Blackjack review. By the way, I met Walt and Katie over the week, and to his credit, he didn't throttle me. A very forgiving man, considering I've photoshopped him onto more than one thonged body, when inspiration called. Cheers.

Of course, when it comes to things Apple, Levy, Author of The Perfect Thing, is the wild man on the scene.

Steven Levy's piece, called Apple Computer is Dead; Long Live Apple is not only headlined wrong, but is remarkable simply for the reason why most of his work is remarkable: Steve Jobs Talks to him. I cannot write more until Two bad jokes are made. This makes Levy a modern Moses, and when Levy calls the iPhone the Holy Trinity ("an iPod, a phone and internet communicator"), I just die thinking of how many times I can use that when speaking in reverence of the Jesus Phone. Anyhow, here's the meat: Levy reveals Steve's thinking on why Cingular ("We decided what the phone is"), why OS X on iPhone won't be open ("Cingular doesn't want to see their West Coast network go down because some application messed up."), and that real iChat isn't available, and neither is the ability to turn mp3s into ringtones, but that they are both possible. The ringtone issue sexy as hell in a legit device such as this, but fundamentally fucked unless Cingular decides to choose being cool over being rich.

Peter Lewis's piece at Fortune is called "How Apple kept its iPhone secrets". Those who follow Apple's product releases shouldn't be surprised. We all know that the Jobs and Co. have no problem keeping the loose lips from flapping. What's cool is hearing how Yahoo!, Google, Cingular employees were thrown off the track with spy-tastic techniques like 100% software development prototypes (not all that rare), and counterintelligence methods like decoy hardware models.

What other mainstream media iPhone articles have you enjoyed?

All Things iPhone [Gizmodo]




Am I the only one bothered by the fact that this will be the first mobile where you have to mail it into the manufacturer to change the battery?

I've been told a three-hour battery life is normal by Mac Fanatics. Three hours sounds kind of small. But even if three hours is normal (three hours of talk time) it's gonna seem real short in a gadget that is also designed to be listened to like an iPod and which does all kinds of rich Internet stuff.

I'm not too bothered about the Cingular crap. If I were to buy this phone (which I won't, because iTunes sucks — it's like American pop bubble gum music — incredibly popular, but bad nonetheless) I would buy it in Europe, Asia, anywhere else BUT the USA because the USA has the worst and most predatory and anti-consumer mobile telecommunications system on the planet (hooray for US-style freedom and democracy!).

No stylus pen? Ever tried to use a touch screen if you have a vinyl phone protector layer over it? You'll wish the iPhone had the option to use some kind of stick (like the fat end of an ink pen, at least).

MacFanatics are notorious early adopters. It's amazing to me how they keep getting burned (loud fans that never turn off on $2,400 G5 desktops, overheating on MacBooks, Nano screens that crack at the unreasonably slightest bend, iTunes Store that doesn't allow you to edit your own queue of purchased music, a particularly nasty DRM, iPods that have to be pried open with flat-head screwdrivers to do your own Motorola battery change etc., etc.) yet continue to be hypnotized in the headlights like deer on lonely forest roads by brushed aluminum casing and white and shiny 2001 Space Odyssey industrial design that emphasized every stage of use and wear.