We have been putting the Apple iPhone to the test ever since it was launched in the UK. Here’s our verdict on Apple’s mobile phone and iPod, couple with the contract that O2 insists you take out.
The iPhone’s rechargeable lithium ion battery lasted the maximum 10 hours in our talk-time tests, running 2 hours longer than Apple’s own stated call time. Video playback is a battery killer though. The phone lasted only 4 hours, 21 minutes, however, when we viewed a 320 x 128-pixel version of Serenity at a 647kbps bit rate - almost 2.5 hours less than Apple’s stated video playback time.
Apple says that the battery is designed to keep up to 80 per cent of its charge after 400 full charge cycles, and that the company will replace the battery if the capacity falls below 50 per cent during the one-year warranty period.
To get the battery replaced out of warranty, you will have to send it to Apple and pay £55 (including shipping). You should be prepared to relinquish your phone for three days.
Better by mail
The iPhone’s touch-screen text input is not ideal for people that compose a lot of email, but the device comes preloaded with settings for AOL Mail, Gmail, .Mac Mail, and Yahoo Mail, and it supports Exchange, IMAP, and POP3 mail. We easily set up access to a Gmail account and, to our surprise, a Lotus Notes IMAP account (mail only, however - we couldn’t see our calendar or contacts).
Syncing the iPhone on a Mac really couldn’t be easier. Through iTunes it pulls all of your Address Book contacts, iCal information, Safari Bookmarks and Mail accounts - As well as your Music, Podcasts and Videos.
On the PC, the iPhone syncs to your address book (Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Live Mail, or Yahoo), calendar (Outlook or Outlook Express), mail settings (Outlook or Outlook Express), and bookmarks (IE or Safari).
Some of the team thought that messages displayed beautifully; others thought that some HTML messages were too small, and they didn’t like being unable to rotate the screen for more width. Some people may quibble with Apple’s decision not to let users see messages from multiple email accounts in the same window, but moving between accounts is easy.
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