As it turns out, much of the hype and some of the criticisms are justified. The iPhone is revolutionary; itâ€™s flawed. Itâ€™s substance; itâ€™s style. It does things no phone has ever done before; it lacks features found even on the most basic phones.
We have been testing the iPhone for two weeks, in multiple usage scenarios, in cities across the country. Our verdict is that, despite some flaws and feature omissions, the iPhone is, on balance, a beautiful and breakthrough handheld computer. Its software, especially, sets a new bar for the smart-phone industry, and its clever finger-touch interface, which dispenses with a stylus and most buttons, works well, though it sometimes adds steps to common functions.
Keep and eye on this Techmeme thread, it’s going to explode.
UPDATE 2: Two more reviews are in, from Steven Levy for Newsweek: “At Last, the iPhone” and Ed Baig for USA Today: “Apple’s iPhone isn’t perfect, but it’s worthy of the hype”