Linked by David Adams on Wed 1st Aug 2007 06:25 UTC
Apple I was there, the first day, buying the iPhone, after months of reading all the speculation and argument about it. I was actually on the fence on it. When I walked into the Apple store on June 29th, I wasn't even certain that I'd be buying the iPhone. I had some serious concerns. But I made the plunge. I bought it, and I've been using it heavily ever since. With one month clocked with the iPhone, here's my road test report.
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So so
by valyno on Wed 1st Aug 2007 13:22 UTC
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2007-05-14

Waow ! Very interesting testimony !

I have been a Mac user for 2 years now and I really enjoy my Macbook !

Like 3 French out of 4, I own a smartphone Nokia N70 (Nokia forever)I bought few months for EUR 70...
I bought this model rather an expensive one in order to wait for this lovely iPhone.

After reading this review, I will reconsider my choice.

I use my phone, mainly to make phone calls (!!). Then, I use it to maintain my adressbook and to sync my Lotus Notes agenda... Therefore, the Bluetooth capability is essential for me...

What was making dream about the iPhone was the ability to sync my Ical and contacts and Mail with my laptop !!! No hassle of typing the names and so on on the tiny keyboard of the iPhone, just get the information from the laptop and that's it.
If it is not possible to do this simple thing, I don't see the point of having a smartphone...
What ? Iphone is not a smartphone ??

The Wi-Fi chip is also a mandatory feature for a 400 EUR device... Open wi-fi networks are groing like mushrooms is France. My FAI also gives me the ability to connect my wi-fi device to every home DLS modem from the other client in the neighbourhood with my own credentials: I can make VOIP calls...with a third app... My FAI is selling devices ready for this use... virtually. Soon I should be able to connect to th einternet this way...
If iPhone canno't do that, French geeks will not buy this phone...

As for the iPod features, well, usually, when you listen to music, you do it for hours.... If you are out batt when you need to make a phone call just because you spent 3 hours listening music.. you must feel a bit dumb...
However, I can see the interest on having iPod features...

3G and MMS: I am not sure that these features will be missed that much... It is very expensive to send MMS... the same for Video conference.
Data connection are also very expensive, so it is not the main feature we will look for the iPhone.

Regarding the earplug issue, I bet that third vendor will sell adaptators very soon...

Last but not least, In France, sim-locking a cell phone is possible only the first 6 months. After that, it is mandatory for the carrier to provide you with the codes to unlock the phone so that you can choose the carrier of your choice... In Belgium, sim-locking is completly forbidden...

If iPhone does not evolve toward the good path, my next smartphone will be a Nokia N95 (or equivalent/successor). It will take less than half an hour to save the content of the N70 over bluetooth on my PC and and to restore the content on the new N95...

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