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The Apple iPhone is a Holiday Delight

The Apple iPhone has been a tremendous success in revitalizing the smartphone concept. The iPhone combines phone, PDA, and Web usage -- with the full iPod player experience (syncing content with iTunes), mobile phone, plus Wi-Fi wireless networking.

While dedicated devices like the Palm Treo are focused on hard-core organizer functionality -- large contact lists, fast e-mail access, one-handed operation -- the iPhone provides a much more integrated and pleasing experience. Even in its first release, the iPhone (and its companion iPod touch without the phone features) will make a very satisfying holiday acquisition, with the promise of future upgrades for hard-core organizer needs.

What really makes the iPhone special, however, is the delight you feel in using it. You can read plenty of rave reviews (and unbelievers) online, but the real test is when even techno-agnostic spouses (the kind that aren't so enthused by each new electronic gadget) actually enjoy using it -- happily browsing the Web and viewing and shooting photos as soon as they first get their hands on it.

See full article, trying out the iPhone in Princeton and New York, and comparing it to the Treo -- The Apple iPhone is a Holiday Delight

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More with fun links on iPhone delight and trade-offs ...

For the full Steve Jobs treatment on the iPhone, see his keynote introducing the product at last year's Macworld conference -- a tour de force of magnetic personality and marketing to the faithful:

- Steve Jobs Keynote, Macworld 2007 www.apple.com/iphone/keynote

For a quick look at the iPhone's interface and key features, see David Pogue's fun YouTube video -- also addressing some of its trade-offs:

- My iPhone Diary, June 26, 2007 www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcRfAaIb2Ro

Shelly Palmer also has nice discussions of some of the nitty-gritty trade-offs in the iPhone design:

- iLove my iPhone, July 7, 2007 www.shellypalmermedia.com/?p=458 - iPhone Reality / Sanity Check -- my iWish list, July 21, 2007 www.shellypalmermedia.com/?p=473

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This entry posted on January 1, 2008.

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