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Engadget says:

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If there's anything revolutionary, as Apple claims, about the iPhone, it's the user interface that would be nominated. Countless phones make calls, play movies and music, have maps, web browsers, etc., but almost none seem able to fully blend the experience -- which is part of the reason people flipped out at the idea of an iPhone. The device's user interface does all this with panache, but it's not without a number of very irritating issues. ... Apple makes creating the spartan, simplified UI look oh so easy -- but we know it's not, and the devil's always in the details when it comes to portables. To date no one's made a phone that does so much with so little, and despite the numerous foibles of the iPhone's gesture-based touchscreen interface, the learning curve is surprisingly low. It's totally clear that with the iPhone, Apple raised the bar not only for the cellphone, but for portable media players and multifunction convergence devices in general. quote


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Critic reviews

7.8
6 reviews
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Speed
  • Configurability
    4.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, drivers, etc.)
    6.5
  • Openness
    3.3

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User reviews

6.0
8 reviews
7.0
Engadget Jul 3, 2007

Despite the numerous foibles of the iPhone's gesture-based touchscreen interface, the learning curve is surprisingly low. ... Apple raised the bar not only for the cellphone, but for portable media players and multifunction convergence devices in general.

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8.0
New York Times Jun 27, 2007

The bigger achievement is the software. It’s fast, beautiful, menu-free, and dead simple to operate. You can’t get lost, because the solitary physical button below the screen always opens the Home page, arrayed with icons for the iPhone’s 16 functions.

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8.0
The Wall Street Journal Jun 27, 2007

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.

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7.0
Gizmodo Jul 9, 2007

Like every other journalist will tell you, its multitouch UI, browser and iPod are all pants-worthy. But as the honeymoon sets, I find myself left with a phone that could be more functional.

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9.0
Time Jun 30, 2007

It's a fresh new platform, an exceptionally powerful mobile computer that's still in its infancy. There's a full version of Apple's desktop operating system in there. The Palm and the Treo, et al., were merely harbingers of the era of true walk-around mobile computing that Jobs has just inaugurated.

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9.0
USA Today Jun 27, 2007

Apple has delivered a prodigy — a slender fashion phone, a slick iPod and an Internet experience unlike any before it on a mobile handset.

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7.0
dave dave

This was my first touch screen OS in a smart phone, and while it opened my eyes to how much of a pleasure that large capacitive touch screens could be, it was ultimately just a pretty looking iPod that could sometimes make calls and slowly surf the internet. It was fun to use it and think about...

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