We review CNET’s original iPhone review – CNET

Editors’ note: 10 years ago this week, Kent German reviewed the original iPhone. He stayed up all night to do it, and he had opinions — lots of them. To commemorate the occasion, we partnered with Genius (you know, the people formerly known as RapGenius who make a cool annotation tool) to mark up our review with notes on what we got right, what we got wrong — and just how much has changed in the decade since. Just click the yellow highlights to see Kent’s notes and comment on his comments.

June 30, 2007

THE GOOD The Apple iPhone has a stunning display, a sleek design, and an innovative multitouch user interface. Its Safari browser makes for a superb Web surfing experience, and it offers easy-to-use apps. As an iPod, it shines.

THE BAD The Apple iPhone has variable call quality and lacks some basic features found in many cell phones, including stereo Bluetooth support and a faster data network. Integrated memory is stingy for an iPod, and you have to sync the iPhone to manage music content.

THE BOTTOM LINE Despite some important missing features, a slow data network, and call quality that doesn’t always deliver, the Apple iPhone sets a new benchmark for an integrated cell phone and MP3 player.

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Metal, rounded side and only one color: the original iPhone.


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The iPhone’s display is the handset’s design showpiece and is noteworthy for not only what it shows, but also how you use it. From the moment Apple announced its iPhone at Macworld 2007, the tech world hasn’t stopped asking questions. Because Apple has kept many iPhone details under wraps until very recently, we’ve been forced to speculate. Until now. Is the iPhone pretty? Absolutely. Is it easy to use? Certainly. Does it live up to the stratospheric hype? Not so much. 

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