The iPhone Reviews Are Out

Sorry Apple Haters, It Lives Up to the Hype

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All those people who've been lucky enough to play with sample iPhones for the last week are now writing the reviews. (How nice of them to obey the Apple embargo, by the way.)

Below, I've clipped some of the reviews from the majors, but if you're too lazy to bother with all that, go to Gizmodo, which has been kind enough to make a review matrix. Boringly, they all agree. In fact, aside from minor quibbles, the biggest gripe is about the AT&T service, not the phone itself. The New York Times' David Pogue: "As it turns out, much of the hype and some of the criticisms are justified. The iPhone is revolutionary; it's flawed. It's substance; it's style. It does things no phone has ever done before; it lacks features found even on the most basic phones."

Here's one not-so-minor problem with something that's supposed to be a phone: "Making a call, though, can take as many as six steps: wake the phone, unlock its buttons, summon the Home screen, open the Phone program, view the Recent Calls or speed-dial list, and select a name." That'll come in handy in an emergency!

The Wall Street Journal's Walter Mossberger says much the same thing: "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."

Edward Baig of USA Today? Same verdict: "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."

Steve Levy over at Newsweek, it pains me to say, agreed with the others: "One of the most hyped consumer products ever comes pretty close to justifying the bombast."