So, half a million iPhones were sold over the weekend to mostly positive reviews. Crave.cnet reports that 95 percent of iPhone buyers in San Francisco, New York and Minneapolis purchased the 8GB model, according to a survey conducted Piper Jaffray. About half were new customers for AT&T.
The interface is unarguably stunning. Who can say the design isn’t sexy? The Safari browser makes for a superb Web surfing experience, and in typical Apple fashion the onboard apps are easy-to-use. On the flip side, where’s the stereo Bluetooth support and 3G compatibility? PC Magazine thinks it’s “possibly the best fun we’ve ever had with a handheld media device ever,” but also “just a plain lousy phone.” Integrated memory is stingy for an iPod, and you have to physically sync the iPhone to your computer to manage music content. How 2006.
We’ve all heard that the battery is not removable. It’s supposed to last about 2 years (400 charges) then be returned to Apple-land for replacement. The SIM card is removable at least. There’s a little drawer on the top of the iPhone. But the SIM card won’t work in other phones. That’s kind of a bummer. I like to switch my SIM card between my phones and use is to import contact information from one handset to another. You can’t use voice dialing with the iPhone, my son’s favorite feature on his new AT&T 8525.