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Is this a usable *mobile* phone at all?
Authored by: joh on Jan 16, '07 03:25:18AM

I mean, really. It looks very much as if it just may suck as a phone.

It's too large and heavy to just put it in a shirt pocket, it has an interface that requires holding it with both hands (at least The Steve demonstrated it by using both hands *always*) and staring at the screen for the most basic operations. Unlocking it by sliding a virtual switch on a touch-screen is just madness, one of the most insane ideas I have ever seen on a phone. It may be OK for toying around while sitting in an armchair, but in many of the typical situations where I use a phone the interface seems to be ridiculous.

And when you really use it for listening to music, it will drain the battery fast enough to require recharging daily. When you use it for anything that requires the screen on, it will drain the battery fast enough to last not even over a typical day (four hours of video and it's not a phone anymore, because it will be just dead).

On the other hand, as a really useful mobile internet device (think sub-notebook with a touchscreen) it's way too small.

I think *two* devices would've been better: A slider-phone very much like a iPod nano with a phone added, with a dead-simple interface (which could have been ready at least one year ago and might have captured a large part of the mobile phone market) and an "iPad" with a larger screen (at least 6 inch and 800x600, maybe even more) and all the functionality the iPhone has.

I was quite interested at first, but after thinking it over, no. The idea and technology is great, but it's both too small and too big.



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