The initial batch of iPhone reviews are coming in, and the product seems to be winning universal support.
The iPhone launches in the US on 29 June, and its imminent manifestation seems to be driving a frenzy of media reports. But the first reviews explain that the product isn't all hype, no fury, but a breakthrough in handheld computing.
According to Wall Street Journal technology columnist, Walt Mossberg, who has been using an iPhone for two weeks: "Despite some flaws and feature omissions, the iPhone is, on balance, a beautiful and breakthrough handheld computer."
Mossberg claims the iPhone's software sets a new bar for the smartphone industry, and notes that the multi-touch interface "works well", though it sometimes "adds steps to common functions".
The phone's full set of features, its ease of synchronization and impressive battery life also win Mossberg's favour.
"The way it displays photos, videos and web pages on its gorgeous screen makes other smart phones look primitive," he adds, and offers a blow-by-blow account of the product's features.
iPhone matches most of its hype - NY Times
New York Times columnist David Pogue also swings in the iPhone's favour in its review of the product, but warns of missing features, such as the lack of a video-recording facility and lack of voice dialling. He also notes that users can't send picture messages from the iPhone.
"The bigger achievement is the software. It’s fast, beautiful, menu-free, and dead simple to operate," the NY Times review explains, but does note that call quality "is only average".
Despite some misgivings, Pogue concludes: "But even in version 1.0, the iPhone is still the most sophisticated, outlook-changing piece of electronics to come along in years. It does so many things so well, and so pleasurably, that you tend to forgive its foibles."
Newsweek's Stephen Levy took a new twist for his review - he headed out on a business trip with his iPhone, but without the manual. His account notes just how easily he was able to employ all iPhone's features despite his fresh start.
"One of the most hyped consumer products ever comes pretty close to justifying the bombast," he writes.
While Levy also notes missing features - the small camera, the lack of video or MMS messaging - he's also full of praise for the device: "The rare convergence device where things actually converge," he said.