The first solid info anyone heard about the iPhone
was in December of 2004
, when news started to trickle out
that Apple had been working on a phone device with Motorola as its manufacturing partner. About ten months later, under the shadow of the best-selling iPod nano, that ballyhooed device debuted -- the ROKR E1 -- a bastard product that Apple never put any weight behind, and that Motorola was quick to forget. The relationship between Apple and Motorola soon dissolved, in turn feeding the tech rumor mill with visions of a "true iPhone" being built by Apple behind the scenes. After years of rumor and speculation, last January that device was finally announced at Macworld 2007 -- and here we are, just over six months later -- the iPhone, perhaps the most hyped consumer electronics device ever created, has finally landed. And this is the only review of it you're going to need.
We've gone into serious detail here, so here's the review split into multiple parts. Trust us, it's a quick read. Enjoy! Part 1: Hardware, interface, keyboard
Part 2: Phone, Mail, Safari, iPod
Part 3: Apps and settings, camera, iTunes, wrap-up
Is the iPhone worth the two-year contract with the oft-maligned AT&T and its steep price of admission? Despite the iPhone's many shortcomings, we suspect the answer for countless consumers will be a resounding yes.