Who is better Walt Mossberg or David Pogue

The glittering child prodigy put to the test

Ole Meiners

Walt Mossberg, David Pogue, Edward C. Baig and Steven Levy have one thing in common: The four technology authors from well-known US media have already been able to test Apple's iPhone for two weeks. On the night to-day they published their assessments of the "glittering child prodigy". Everyone agrees: The iPhone hype does justice to Apple's latest product. But there are also weaknesses - one of them is called: AT&T.

Was it such a good decision to rely on AT&T as the exclusive provider in the USA - and not allow the iPhone to support UMTS? The testers also asked themselves this question and consistently answered no. David Pogue of the New York Times can only confirm customer surveys on the quality of cell phone networks: According to them, AT&T is almost always in last place, and the testers also struggle with the AT&T network. They experienced dropped calls and all complained about the slow data throughput in the EDGE network. If there is no WiFi nearby, web pages and YouTube videos will take an unpleasantly long time to load. As soon as a known or free WLAN is found by the iPhone, however, it automatically activates this communication channel - after that the "mobile Internet experience" is epoch-making, according to the verdict - even though Flash support is missing.

Please do not change from the Blackberry

The on-screen keyboard was not convincing in all its subtleties, the typical Blackberry operation with two thumbs could be improved, and input with the fingers works much better. Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal would have liked to throw away the iPhone after three days, but two days later, he admits, he had no more problems. This is also ensured by the intelligent proofreading aids when typing. Business people who want to replace their Blackberry with the iPhone are faced with another problem: On the Microsoft Exchange servers, which are used in many companies for e-mail communication, administrators have to make small settings so that the iPhone can also push the Can receive emails. At USA Today, the admins gave iPhone tester Edward C. Baig the cold shoulder and raised security concerns.

More breath than expected

The four testers are completely satisfied with the performance of the battery: They cannot quite reach the values ​​given by Apple, but the power supply lasts for a day. The journalists rarely switched off the WLAN module or put the phone into sleep mode, instead enjoying a lot of music and videos and diligently testing the iPhone's internet capabilities. All four colleagues are critical of the fact that the battery cannot be changed by the owner himself. The iPhone can also be recharged using the previously available iPod accessories; other functions of additional devices, such as integration into car audio systems, usually do not work. Apple allegedly wants to remedy this with a software update, and new additional devices should also receive the "Made for iPhone" message.

The coupling to iTunes

Each of the testers noticed positively that iPhone customers do not have to decide on a tariff model straight away in the store, but can do so from home - via iTunes. this model has met with unreserved approval, especially since Apple can also use the same route to upload software updates to the iPhone in order to implement additional functions. According to the testers, this is what the manufacturer intends to do and see it as a major advantage over the updates for other cell phones. The same method is used to populate media files and personal data such as addresses, telephone numbers, bookmarks, e-mail settings and calendar entries - communication under Windows Vista is also not a problem, according to the Wall Street Journal. The testers do not understand why it is not (yet) possible to shop in the iTunes Store or download other ringtones to the iPhone. And what annoys you: the jack socket for headphones does not accept every headphone.