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This compilation of reviews of the Apple iPhone was last updated on June 26, 2007. The reviews are listed in reverse chronological order with a brief excerpt and link to the original. Notice that since the reviews from January 2007 were of prototype products.

 

Steven Levy, Newsweek, June 26, 2007

But the bottom line is that the iPhone is a significant leap. It’s a superbly engineered, cleverly designed and imaginatively implemented approach to a problem that no one has cracked to date: merging a phone handset, an Internet navigator and a media player in a package where every component shines, and the features are welcoming rather than foreboding. The iPhone is the rare convergence device where things actually converge.

 

Edward C. Baig, USA Today, June 26, 2007

The mania over Apple’s iPhone launch has created stratospheric expectations that are near impossible to live up to. Yet with a few exceptions, this expensive, glitzy wunderkind is indeed worth lusting after.

That’s saying a lot. After months of hype, Apple has delivered a prodigy — a slender fashion phone, a slick iPod and an Internet experience unlike any before it on a mobile handset.

 

David Pogue, New York Times, June 26, 2007



But even in version 1.0, the iPhone is still the most sophisticated, outlook-changing piece of electronics to come along in years. It does so many things so well, and so pleasurably, that you tend to forgive its foibles.

In other words, maybe all the iPhone hype isn’t hype at all. As the ball player Dizzy Dean once said, “It ain’t bragging if you done it.”

 

Walter S. Mossberg and Katherine Boehret, Wall Street Journal, June 26, 2007


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.

 

Craig Crossman, Allentown Morning Call, January 24, 2007

I have seen the iPhone and I want one. After watching the iPhone being unveiled at the 2007 Macworld convention keynote, my wow factor indicator shot off the scale. This tiny handheld device is what you’d expect to see if you somehow woke up five years later and looked at a cell phone. But it’s here now or rather it will be here in June after the FCC gives its blessing, according to Apple’s chief executive officer.

I’ve been watching Steve Jobs’ keynotes for many years but for the first time you could sense this unveiling was truly an emotional moment for him. And after you see one of these phones up close and personal, you’ll understand why its parent is deservedly proud.

 

Ben Patterson, infoSync video review, January 17, 2007

Sure, we have our complaints, but we’re still on pins and needles to see the iPhone in action. While we’re bummed by the lack of 3G, limited memory and dearth of productivity apps, we think the iPhone’s revolutionary interface will deliver a much-needed kick in the pants to a wireless industry that’s been content with clunky, hard-to-use interfaces for all too long.

 

David Pogue, New York Times video review, January 12, 2007


 

David Pogue, New York Times, January 11, 2007

At this point, Apple doesn’t yet have the answers, or isn’t revealing them.

What it does have, however, is a real shot at redefining the cellphone. How many millions of people are, at this moment, carrying around both an iPod and a cellphone? How many would love to carry a single combo device that imposes no feature or design penalties? Considering that the cellphone is many people’s most personal gadget, how many would leap at the chance to replace their current awkward models with something with the class, the looks and the effortlessness of an iPod?

Apple has done its part: it has packed more features into less space, and with more elegance, than anyone before it.

 

David Pogue, New York Times blog, January 9, 2007

It feels amazing in your hand. Not like an iPod, not like a Treo — but something new. It’s so thin, and the rounded stainless-steel edges are so smooth, you can excuse its larger-than-Treo façade. When you’re on a call, it’s so cool how the screen turns off to save power, thanks to its proximity sensor.

Apple went through numerous iterations of the glass surface, trying to find one that’s not too slick or too rough, or that shows grease and fingerprints too much. You still get finger streaks, but they’re relatively subtle and a quick wipe on your sleeve takes care of them.

I tried out the camera. It was really cool to frame a shot using the HUGE 3.5-inch screen; it’s rare to find that big a screen on any camera.

The Web browsing experience is incredible. You see the entire Web page on the iPhone’s screen. You double-tap any spot to zoom in. Or you use the two-fingered spread-apart gesture to “stretch” the image larger, or pinch your thumb and forefinger on the glass to zoom out again. The manipulation is seamless, smoothly animated—and useful. Using Google Maps to get you driving directions and maps, for example, is just light-years simpler and more powerful than on any other machine, thanks to this “rubber Web page” stretching technology.