iphonedonthave.jpgThe floodgate opened yesterday as four top tech columnists posted reviews of the highly-touted iPhone. David Pogue of the New York Times, Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal, Ed Baig of USA Today and Steven Levy of Newsweek all got their hands on one, and they went over every nook and cranny of the “Jesus Phone”.

So what were their opinions on the phone? Did the iPhone live up to its hype? Did the lack of some of the most basic cellphone features deterred them from getting one?

Check out the Gizmodo’s comparison matrix, missing iPhone features, AT&T’s “iPlan” packages, and David Pogue’s amusing video review after the jump.

So what did the elders agree upon, which words did they all use, and where did one totally disagrees with the rest.


And Apple finally confirmed what features that the iPhone lack:

  • Songs as Ringtones
  • Games
  • Any flash and Java support
  • Instant Messaging
  • Picture messages (MMS)
  • Video recording
  • Voice recognition or voice dialing
  • Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Streaming (A2DP)
  • One-size-fits-all headset jack (May have to buy an adapter for certain headphones)
  • 3G (EV-DO/HSDPA)
  • GPS
  • A real keyboard
  • Removable battery
  • Expandable Storage
  • Direct iTunes Music Store Access (Over Wi-Fi or EDGE)
  • Digital/optical camera zoom, macro lens and low light conditions

While most of this stuff is a software update away, the battery issue will really suck if they don’t come up with a way to do it in-store. Nobody will tolerate being phoneless for more than a few hours. That said, Apple knows this and likely has plans to address the iPhone’s current lack of features in future versions. Which means Apple is thinking in upgrade dollars (cha-ching). And can you really blame them?

Speaking of dollars, what does one have to pay for this Jesus Phone?


For those who planned on getting an iPhone sans activation, and only using it as a widescreen touchscreen iPod with Wi-Fi capabilities for Web browsing will be out of luck.


The small print on their page says you need AT&T service in order to activate iPhone and iPod features.

If you can’t digest all that information in one sitting, check out Gizmodo’s comphrensive list detailing everything they know about the iPhone so far: what it has, what it doesn’t have, its known problems and what they still don’t know.

In the meantime, check out David Progue’s video review:

For more detail info, read up on the reviews:

The iPhone Matches Most of Its Hype
[New York Times]

The iPhone is Breakthrough Handheld Computer [Wall Street Journal]

Apple’s iPhone isn’t perfect, but it’s worthy of the hype [USA Today]

At Last, the iPhone: A first look [Newsweek]