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I'm thinking of picking up an iphone next month. Just wondering if any other Huddlers out there have purchased one as of yet? If you have what are your reviews?

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might be of interest ... from yahoo biz news.

 

And The Early Results Are In…

 

We asked our 26 iPhone owners to give us their initial impressions of the device, and their feedback was exceptionally positive – suggesting the iPhone may indeed be living up to its hype.

 

We’ve grouped their responses into the following categories:

 

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As you can see, the responses were overwhelmingly positive, with only two comments that could be considered completely negative.

 

So here is what respondents had to say in their own words.

 

One Alliance member writes, “Utterly brilliant. Lovely interface, easily blows away any other phones I’ve had - Sony Ericsson and Motorola models particularly. Great sound quality, great integration of e-mail phone and web, beautiful quality screen graphics.”

 

Another adds, “Absolutely a game changing product. Fantastic in every way.” And someone else describes the device as, “Almost a complete mobile office that fits in your hand.”

 

More positive feedback:

 

• “Very impressed. I would rate it as 9 out of 10 for a first generation product. I believe it will set a whole new standard for how one interacts with their smart phone.”

 

• “Works flawlessly and intuitively. Amazing industrial design,”

 

• “Better than the ads and early reviews have indicated, I am blown away.”

 

• “The most impressive technological advancement since the personal computer.”

 

Remember, we’re conducting an in-depth survey of a much larger group of actual users – and we’ll soon have a far more comprehensive look at the iPhone. What we are presenting here is only an initial reaction.

 

As one member puts it, “I’m just getting used to it. Seems like a good quality image and is easy to use, but I’ve only had it for one day. I’ll be able to tell more in a couple of weeks.”

 

Above and beyond the positive responses, there was also some disappointment. And it mostly focused on one thing…

 

AT&T – The iPhones Achilles Heel?

 

Nearly all of the less-than-favorable comments about the iPhone related to AT&T (NYSE: T - News), the iPhone’s exclusive service provider.

 

One owner writes, “The iPhone was a pleasure to use, but I don’t particularly like the fact that I have to use AT&T.” Another adds, “It is a wonderful product…The only hitch I see is the exclusive AT&T/Apple alliance. The ATT wireless network is terrible. You can have the best smart phone in the universe, but if it’s dependent on a horrible network infrastructure the net result will be an unhappy user.”

 

More mixed emotions from others, who find the iPhone to be “The best phone ever made, but AT&T is one of the poorest run companies in the world. I hate their incompetence.”

 

Another respondent complains rather colorfully “Activation was a b**ch if you were trying to use your existing AT&T account….”

 

A different member complains that the “…browser is very slow,” which fits right in with the other less-than-enthusiastic attitudes on AT&T.

 

On a totally different issue, another respondent complains “I would like third party software.”

 

Bottom Line: So Far the iPhone Is Living Up To Its Hype

 

No getting around it, the initial reaction to the iPhone launch is the best we’ve seen for a new product since we first began surveying ChangeWave Alliance members seven years ago.

 

One of the more intriguing comments on the iPhone was sent to us by an Alliance member who has yet to purchase the device.

 

“Incredible marketing,” one respondent writes. “A decent device made to sound like it does something brand new. In reality it doesn’t do any one thing better (other than music) than a windows mobile device or Treo 750 series device… But it IS cool.”

 

“The best thing about the iPhone is it will force other cell phone manufacturers to finally deliver better devices.”

 

Stay tuned. We’ll soon have the results of a far more in-depth Alliance survey on the iPhone – along with a close-up look at the biggest winners and losers in what may well be the biggest shake-up of the cellular industry in modern times.

Edited by tonorator

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A co-worker of mine brought is iPhone in today and I messed around with it a little. Cool toy. Graphics are very good. His chief complaint is that although the phones are meant to be MP3 players, they don't use iPod accessories. :D

 

I'd love to get one, but I don't want to switch carriers or pay five bills for one. :D

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Two architects (they work for the same firm) that I know just go them. It was very annoying to me to have to wait on them input information into them during a meeting we recently had. Needless to say both of them are hopeless geeks. The only other person I've seen with one so far is a ghey guy. So it appears that only geeks and gheys are buying them.

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In reality it doesn’t do any one thing better (other than music) than a windows mobile device or Treo 750 series device… But it IS cool.

 

That's what I've been saying, and the strongest comeback yet is that it has a nicer interface. Having seena few myself, it's not THAT much nicer, and I'll pass on AT&T.

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Thanks Big John. Didn't realize there was already a thread on this. Vatican seems to be happy with his!

Love it, i had a Treo 650 and was a fan of that as well. But it's kinda like loving your color 27" TV, and then getting a LCD Flat Screen 42". The old one works and does the same thigns, the new one is just better... WAY better.

 

I never ever was good with those tiny little buttons on a treo, so the new keypad on this works great for me. I'm a mac user, so this synch's up to my G5 far more easier than the Treo did, no more "Missing Synch" and "Hot Synch" experiments! Plus reading web pages, not PDA versions of web pages, is great as is reading/sending email. Ipod and photo viewing is great, too.

 

I would love to see an IM program, which i hear is coming in a few weeks, and a few other issues resoled... none of which come close to being show stoppers FOR ME... maybe for others.

 

Ask me, it's great I say.

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i tried to, but i had to move too far away from the monitor in order to read that gigantic font.. then the blinking text dropped me into a seizure. Thank god i had my iPhone on me because it saved my life!

 

 

:D Well played.

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By NICK WINGFIELD

July 24, 2007; Page B3

With the iPhone's hefty price tag, it is likely that big-spending business users were well-represented among the hordes who turned out to buy Apple Inc.'s cellular phone during its first weeks on sale.

 

Even if the bona fides of the iPhone as a business tool aren't established -- with skeptics questioning whether its security, performance and compatibility with existing business software are up to snuff -- some early adopters aren't holding back.

 

 

Some corporate users are tapping the iPhone for Web-based business applications.

Some corporate customers are using the Apple phone in place of "smartphones" such as Research in Motion Ltd.'s BlackBerry and other devices that have long track records among business users. Some are even tapping into business-centric applications for tracking inventory and accounting. Business software makers such as NetSuite Inc. and Salesforce.com Inc. are marketing their applications to iPhone users and, in some cases, modifying software so it works more smoothly on Apple's device.

 

Brian Keare, chief operating officer of Circle of Friends LLC, a maker of hair-care and bath products for children in Santa Monica, Calif., is one customer using the iPhone for business. Though he bought it primarily to make phone calls, write emails and use the iPod entertainment functions, he decided to test the limits of the iPhone's Web browser by logging onto NetSuite, where his small company's sales, accounting and other records are kept.

 

To Mr. Keare's surprise, it worked flawlessly, allowing him access to all of his company information on the go. He had previously had no luck accessing NetSuite, with its complicated design, from the browser on a Blackberry or Palm Inc.'s Treo. "They choked on the Web pages," he said.

 

Mr. Keare's wife, Eleanor, chief executive of Circle of Friends, was so intrigued by the iPhone that she snatched it from him for a business trip to Chicago, where it helped her make a spontaneous visit to a client's store. Before going in, she was able to quickly access the client's sales records and the store manager's name -- without having to haul out her laptop. Ms. Keare is planning to buy her own iPhone.

 

"It's proving to be useful enough we're really going to take advantage of it and use it as a business tool," said Mr. Keare, who has stopped using his Treo.

 

There is a particularly good fit between the iPhone and Web-based business applications such as NetSuite. That is partly out of necessity. To protect the security of iPhones, Apple, Cupertino, Calif., is allowing independent software makers to offer iPhone applications that work only through its Web browser, not the more traditional programs that are stored and run locally on a device.

 

Users said the iPhone's Web browser, known as Safari, is one of the most usable on a mobile phone, with better compatibility with many Web sites. They said the large touch-sensing screen on the iPhone -- which lets users pan around a Web page and zoom in with various finger gestures -- also makes it more practical to use the Web. The iPhone is priced at $499 to $599, with a two-year commitment to wireless service through AT&T Inc.

 

Salesforce.com said its Web site currently works on the iPhone, and that it is modifying its software to more effectively display the site through the iPhone browser. Zimbra Inc., which makes a Web-based competitor to Microsoft Corp.'s Outlook email, calendar and contacts program, expects to offer a version of its software tailored to the iPhone next month.

 

Still, it is difficult to deny that Apple designed much of the iPhone for consumers, from the ability to watch YouTube videos to the music-playing functions. The fact that users must have Apple's iTunes software, with its heavy focus on entertainment, on their computers to synchronize data with an iPhone may be tough for many businesses to stomach.

 

Adam Gross, vice president of developer relations at Salesforce.com, believes the iPhone will follow the path of other technologies with consumer roots, like the Web browser and Adobe Systems Inc.'s Flash animation software, that were ultimately embraced by businesses. "I think the iPhone absolutely is going to have a big impact on mobile business applications," he said.

 

In the near term, the iPhone probably has a better shot with small businesses, where decisions about technology are more frequently based on an employee's preferences. For now, large businesses are looking more skeptically, though some are considering it.

 

The information-technology department at Quintiles Transnational Corp., a pharmaceutical-services company in Research Triangle Park, N.C., is testing the iPhone, including a Web-conferencing application made by Genesys Conferencing Inc. But Jonathan Shough, executive director of global network service and information technology at Quintiles, said the 18,000-person company needs better tools for managing the iPhone if the company is to deploy it broadly.

 

With BlackBerries, for instance, Quintiles can remotely erase emails and other sensitive data if the devices are lost or stolen. No such capability now exists for the iPhone, Mr. Shough said.

 

Apple declined to say whether it might offer such a feature in the future. "IPhone is a great product for all customers, businesses included," said Natalie Kerris, an Apple spokeswoman.

 

In a report this month, research firm Gartner Inc. discouraged large businesses from letting employees put sensitive company data such as emails on iPhones because of security concerns. While the iPhone does have some security features built into it, Ken Dulaney, a Gartner analyst, said they aren't up to most corporate standards. Visto Corp., a provider of mobile email services, said it is working on a product that will beef up email security on the iPhone for business users.

 

Write to Nick Wingfield at nick.wingfield@wsj.com

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I hate that I can't access Salesforce.com from my Q's browser.

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