Lev Grossman has a terrific report on the iPhone on Time.com:
Weaknesses? Absolutely. You can’t download songs directly onto it from the iTunes store, you have to export them from a computer. And even though it’s got WiFi and Bluetooth on it, you can’t sync iPhone with a computer wirelessly. And there should be games on it. And you’re required to use it as a phone — you can’t use it without signing up for cellular service. Boo.
The iPhone is a phone, an iPod, and a mini-Internet computer all at once, and contrary to Newton — who knew a thing or two about apples — they all occupy the same space at the same time, but without taking a hit in performance. In a way iPhone is the wrong name for it. It’s a handheld computing platform that just happens to contain a phone.
“Newton” comes to mind in another way, as well.
★ Wednesday, 10 January 2007