For today’s best commenter we chose three reader responses from all the iPhone hoopla, which were the most insightful and best written. One of which was Sung whose grammatically correct and relevant comment landed him the first spot. Thanks for participating and keep ’em coming! Click on to read the other two and check out a special mention.
With any initial mass production release manufacturing reliability be higher but will gradually decrease with more runs.
So, it is safe to assume that some iPhone users may get manufacturing lemons that are not necessarily representative of the whole. In addition, I’m one to favour the “reserve extreme judgements until personal analysis” approach as it reduces the likelihood that people become the point of criticism and not the products themselves.The iPhone+keys+pocket scenario is one to be cautious of but cracking and breakage of the screen should have been heavily considered by the I.D. Dev team pretty early on. (Note: I’ve met many other women who, when not carrying a purse or a bag, place there mobiles in their back pockets. Simply being a matter of how the fashion industry adjusts for the difference in physiology … placing the mobile there is typically just more comfortable — yes, I was one of them until I got my N95 and started shoving it in my front pocket opposite of my keys.)
There will be a learning curve for some concerning the touch screen only because there is no tactile feedback. Many of us have learned to dial / type / etc / by feel (keypad and keyboards still typically have nubs for orientation). Personally, I never quite got comfortable using the touch screen keyboard on my N800 for that reason. For those who do not use the tactile feedback, this should not be an issue.
Next is Luke whose critique of the article made several good points.
Wow, that’s a lot of speculation. One thing that people are missing is that this is a joint effort between Apple and AT&T. I’m not sure which weekday most phones are released, but Apple isn’t the only one pulling strings here.
As for rushing the product to market, I don’t think Apple would release the iPhone with serious stability issues. Steve Jobs has mentioned stability as a primary concern on several occasions. In any case, I doubt any product by Apple could be as unstable as Windows Mobile.
Finally, the author needs to think a little more about the battery life. The wireless capabilities will add a lot of overhead, but the power requirments of solid state memory are much less than the HD currently used in the 5G iPods.
Then there is Theo who, in the process of flaming another reader, got the third spot.
I find it hilarious that any attack on Apple or their products automatically gets me labeled as a Microsoft supporter. It only goes to show your ignorance. You’ve already given the iphone a 5/5, even though you have yet to actually use one. And functionality? You mean the ability to browse the full web, use google maps, play mp3’s, etc? Sure, a phone has never done THAT before. Maybe you should take time off from waxing Steve Jobs balls and catch up on the latest cell phones, besides the iPhone. Any by the way, no I don’t and will never own a zune, and the release of the iPhone is June 29, not April 29, you idiot
The next commenter, jfjhong, won the prestigious CrunchDunce award for his response to the revolutionary JesusPhone.
The iPhone will start a revolution: a new generation of cellphone devices that soon will have advanced computer-like features. The idea of having MAC OSX on a mobile device is just insane! However, I don’t think AT&T’s GSM/GPRS/EDGE network will be able to handle the high-end features of the iPhone. It makes much more sense to release the iPhone on a CDMA network! I hope Apple eventually makes a CDMA iPhone.