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    Sorry if this has been posted already, but Paul Thurott wrote IMO, the most fair, balanced and THOROUGH review of the Iphone anywhere on the internet. Not overwhelmingly positive (like so many reviews out there) or negative...but in my estimation, right on.

    It's a pretty long, in-depth article (8 chapters total), but definitely worth the read:

    http://www.winsupersite.com/reviews/iphone.asp

    Despite all the Iphone hype of last year, I had already decided that I wasn't going to grab the first generation version of this device until serious upgrades and improvements happened. I'm glad I made that decision. The Iphone may be a fantastic, revolutionary device, but it still has a lot of growing up to do before it can be taken seriously as a true PDA/smartphone. For now, I'm staying with my Treo 700p. Maybe in 5 years when the Iphone catches up, I'll consider switching. But seeing is believing.
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    You might want to read that in conjunction with Thurrot's preview of the iPhone 2.0 software.

    I had reservations about the initial iPhone release, as described in detail in my iPhone review (which, if I can use a little Apple-style hyperbole, is easily the most trustworthy and accurate iPhone review anywhere). A few events from late last year quelled some of my concerns (see my review update), but the iPhone 2.0 announcement fixes almost all of the big issues. Put another way, a year after Apple first shipped the iPhone, customers will finally get the real iPhone.
    http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase..._2_preview.asp
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    A really fair review, imho, would fall somewhere in between Thurrott's mac-baiting and the mainstream's sensationalism.

    To everyone's surprise, however, Thurrott has become quite a bit less baity in this one regard lately:

    http://phonedifferent.com/2008/03/tb...ut_of_the.html
    Editor-in-chief, iMore
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    Quote Originally Posted by marcol View Post
    You might want to read that in conjunction with Thurrot's preview of the iPhone 2.0 software.


    http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase..._2_preview.asp
    Feh. The fact that he doesn't know the fundamental difference between Interface Builder (which create a "freeze-dried" app) and the gui drag and drop available on every other platform, and the fact that he didn't know you could do remote debug on windows mobile, sucks all the technical credibility out of it for me, even though this review was pretty positive.

    For fair and balanced reviews I stick to ars-technica and the like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tunnelrunner View Post
    Sorry if this has been posted already, but Paul Thurott wrote IMO, the most fair, balanced and THOROUGH review of the Iphone anywhere on the internet. Not overwhelmingly positive (like so many reviews out there) or negative...but in my estimation, right on.

    It's a pretty long, in-depth article (8 chapters total), but definitely worth the read:

    http://www.winsupersite.com/reviews/iphone.asp

    Despite all the Iphone hype of last year, I had already decided that I wasn't going to grab the first generation version of this device until serious upgrades and improvements happened. I'm glad I made that decision. The Iphone may be a fantastic, revolutionary device, but it still has a lot of growing up to do before it can be taken seriously as a true PDA/smartphone. For now, I'm staying with my Treo 700p. Maybe in 5 years when the Iphone catches up, I'll consider switching. But seeing is believing.
    I doubt it will take 5 years. Thats about how long it will take before you even see it on CDMA networks so you'd have to stick with your 700p anyways.
    at&t iPhone3G
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    Quote Originally Posted by KStewart View Post
    I doubt it will take 5 years. Thats about how long it will take before you even see it on CDMA networks so you'd have to stick with your 700p anyways.
    Well, hopefully I'll be on my 1000p by then.

    Actually, I must now concede that the 2.0 version of the Iphone does sound quite intriguing. I'll definitely be eyeing that AND the new 800 Treos coming out (which hopefully will be Wi-Fi and GPS enhanced).

    One of the after-effects of the Iphone that I hope to see is that it will force its competitors to "step up" and bring their 'A' games.

    And the winners of this competition are we, the customers,
    B.

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