This week the IPhone arrives in the UK and it seems that a lot of commentators are agreeing with my verdict on it when it was launched in the US in January , see my post here .
Last week I watched the Gadget show on Channel 5 compare it to the Nokia N95 in a series of usability tests in Rome. It was quite interesting to watch, not at all scientific, but probably more useful as it tested the phone in a real life user situation.
The Guardian’s article on the UK Iphone Deal was a particular eye opener, http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2007/sep/17/mobilephones.apple citing the bidding process that went in to trying to secure the deal. A deal that will be “madly money-losing” for O2. It would seem that it will be Apple raking in a large proporation of the £899 that UK customers will be paying out for the device and it is rumoured that Apple will also see revenue from customers usage as well.
The Guardian this week is running a full review on a UK iPhone and it makes very good reading. Todays review is on the exterior and the mobile phone, tomorrow they will be covering the internet and wifi.
As I am not one of the chosen few to beta test one of these phones I shall post the links as they appear.
However my favourite article is this one from Time magazine calling it the invention of the year.
Quote: “But when that day is over, Apple’s iPhone is still the best thing invented this year. Why? Five reasons:
- The iPhone is pretty
- It’s touchy feely
- It will make other phones better
- It’s not a phone, it’s a platform
- It is but the ghost of iPhones yet to come. “
Click on the link to read the full article http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1678581,00.html