IPhone Overview: Apple Of Discord: Telephony, Phonebook, Messaging, Multimedia, Camera

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The phone is nothing special. You have the onclassy screen dial pad, and a convenient Recent section, which keeps track of all the calls made, received and missed. As far as the common user is concerned, the iPhone has a pretty fine reception and the voice quality is just above average. However the loudspeaker performance is not so impressive.





Calling a contact • Using the dialpad • Recent lists

Your contacts are organized in the traditional phonebook and the Favorites list, which is a reinvented speed dial. It stores the most accessed contacts into one list. You can also synchronize your contacts with your Mac or Personal Computer (PC) using iTunes. Unfortunately, the iPhone phonebook doesn't allow letter-by-letter searching of your contacts. You have to scroll to find the contact you need, and in some serious cases where you have more than 500 contacts, it turns out to be a challange finding the single one you need to call. This search however is available when you are sending messgaes so why they left it out of the phonebook is a real mystery.






Contacts list • adding a contact • contact details • favorites list

Hitting the message express

The SMS application is uncomplicated and it organizes your messages nicely. It divides them into threads on both sides of the classy screen - inbox on the left and sent items on the right. SMS messages are sorted in a distinctive "bubble conversation" pattern.




Message inbox • Reviewing a conversation

An unexplainable drawback is the lack of MMS, and that's not the only thing missing in this section. Another one is that you cannot sdiscontinue a message to multiple recipients. Also there's no Drafts folder - if someone happens to call you while you are typing a message, it's gone for good. There's no message delivery reports either - a feature which is otherwise recent as the Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) mobile phones themselves.

The mail client of the iPhone is of course very good. Setup is very straightforward and we'd say that the whole application works well. It supports POP and IMAP accounts plus presets for Yahoo, Gmail, Mac and AOL mail. The Exchange mail server support is a bit dodgy and works with IMAP only.

The mail client is a nice application, but it does have its flaws, especially when it comes to message managing. It doesn't offer any spam filtering and you cannot delete multiple e-mails, as well as there is no way to imprint multiple emails as read.






Mail inbox • email with inserted picture • email with attachments • composing an email

Push email is not supported, but you have the option to set the iPhone to check for recent messages at configurable periods of time.

Unfortunately, the iPhone doesn't have cut/copy/paste features, which always come in handy when working with emails and general messaging.

iPoding

The iPod application is very easy to utilize and really entertaining. Browsing tracks is made incredibly easy and it's a shame the iPhone doesn't let you create your own playlists. It is of course doable, but only on your personal computer, which is sort of inconvenient. There are also On-The-Go playlists, but sadly enough as the name recommends they can't be saved. Audio quality is crystal clear. If you like iPod, you'll most definitely like the iPod application and the whole iPhone in general.






Viewing tracks • listening to a track with album art • other album tracks • other sorting features

And finally here comes the Album view. It's actually called CoverFlow, and switching it on is as simple as rotating the iPhone to landscape orientation. It's the ultimate eye pleaser. We are not going to try and elaborate it in writing. We won't acquire even close to describing the feeling you acquire when you actually utilize it. So, if you still haven't held an iPhone, hold a see at this video.




Using CoverFlow • playing an album

Unfortunately, the iPhone phonebook doesn't allow letter-by-letter searching of your contacts. You have to scroll to find the contact you need, and in some serious cases where you have more than 500 contacts, it turns out to be a challange finding the single one you need to call.

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