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  • Walt Mossberg Likes it!
    Well, Walt Mossberg, who initially was the guy who said the keyboard sucked, has posted his official review, and he likes it. Among the important quotes:
    We have been testing the iPhone for two weeks, in multiple usage scenarios, in cities across the country. Our verdict is that, despite some flaws and feature omissions, the iPhone is, on balance, a beautiful and breakthrough handheld computer. Its software, especially, sets a new bar for the smart-phone industry, and its clever finger-touch interface, which dispenses with a stylus and most buttons, works well, though it sometimes adds steps to common functions.
    The iPhone's most controversial feature, the omission of a physical keyboard in favor of a virtual keyboard on the screen, turned out in our tests to be a nonissue, despite our deep initial skepticism. After five days of use, Walt -- who did most of the testing for this review -- was able to type on it as quickly and accurately as he could on the Palm Treo he has used for years. This was partly because of smart software that corrects typing errors on the fly.
    But the iPhone has a major drawback: the cellphone network it uses. It only works with AT&T (formerly Cingular), won't come in models that use Verizon or Sprint and can't use the digital cards (called SIM cards) that would allow it to run on T-Mobile's network.
    WSJ via everywhere

    what is he talking about no T-Mobile use??!?!?!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Walt Mossberg Likes it! started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. BorysK's Avatar
      BorysK -
      "no digital cards"

      what??? how could it not use a sim card?
    1. Cody Overcash's Avatar
      Cody Overcash -
      that's what i'm wondering we know it uses a sim card of some type. is it special or something??? I need the option to be able to toss my sim in a crap phone when I'm doing something high risk activity
    1. BorysK's Avatar
      BorysK -
      I just looked at the 360 view, I thought the slot on the side was a sim slot, but its the volume keys....

      NO SIM CARD!!!!!

      AAAAAAAH!!!!!
    1. Cody Overcash's Avatar
      Cody Overcash -
      lol it has a sim slot
    1. Kyle Matthews's Avatar
      Kyle Matthews -
      Ah, I listened to it - he just says its locked so you can't use it with T-Mo. Fool... we'll fix that.
    1. BorysK's Avatar
      BorysK -
      Quote Originally Posted by cash7c3 View Post
      lol it has a sim slot
      where?????
    1. Cody Overcash's Avatar
      Cody Overcash -
      center, it's a tray that slides out

    1. editwizard's Avatar
      editwizard -
      The info I received (unofficial source) is that the sim card is something new and/or different from your garden variety sim... such that you cannot simply switch it out as is possible with other phones.

      The slot is on the top and there is a small dimple impression where you insert a small sharp object to eject the sim tray - similar to the Apple remote. This is only what I've heard, but I have no intention of messing with my sim card.

      I've been quite happy with at&t for a few years now. Their network is WAY more reliable than T-mo. Verizon, yes, would be nice for their network which I think is a little clearer overall... but Verizon would've crippled the iPhone's capabilities as they do with all of their phones.
    1. Kyle Matthews's Avatar
      Kyle Matthews -
      I agree Verizon would cripple the UI, and although I have heard for years that AT&T/Cingular has better coverage than T-Mo, and I'm sure its true, in 7 years of being a T-Mo user I've never had a problem.
    1. JedixJarf's Avatar
      JedixJarf -
      Well I really hope that it takes normal sim cards, I need to be able to switch out just in case I'm running with the bulls or something.