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iPhone guided tour
Posted: 23-Jun-2007 [Source: MTN]

[If you haven't taken the iPhone guided tour yet - get with it - you can see first hand what all the hype is about.]

By Jean Panke -- The iPhone combines three products in one - a mobile phone, an iPod, and delivers "Internet in your pocket." It has a revolutionary multi-touch user interface that controls everything with the touch of a finger.

On the left side of the phone is a volume up and down key and a silent ringer switch, on top is a sleep/wake button and headset jack, on the bottom is the iPod connector, speaker and mic.

The sleep/wake button and slider unlock the iPhone and bring up the home screen. The home screen displays 16 application buttons. Along the bottom of the home screen are buttons for accessing 'phone', 'mail', 'Safari' (web browser), and iPod functions.

Mobile Phone - First, tap on 'phone' and scroll through your list of names. Tap on name to call or bring up a keypad to dial a number. You can sync your address book with your PC. You can toggle in and out of the phone page while on a call to access other applications. On the bottom of the phone page is favorites, recents, contacts, keypad, and voice mail buttons. The iPhone offers one incoming call list with all missed calls listed in red. You can modify this list to just include missed calls. Voice mail allows you to listen to a voice mail in any order without having to go through listening to the entire list. Just tap on the message you want to hear or easily delete it with a couple simple taps on the screen. If you're on a call and get another incoming call, just tap on the screen and you can tap on ignore call or answer call while placing the other call on hold. You can then merge the calls into a conference call with another tap.

iPod - The iPhone offers advanced iPod features for displaying and listening to your music collection or watching movies, videos and podcasts in landscape mode with a double tap. You can drag and drop features to personalize your entertainment preferences. Cover flow - like in iTunes - is also available. Flick left or right to find an album for listening and tap on the cover to make a selection. Videos can be viewed in full screen or theatrical aspect ratio. The iPhone's accelerometer detects when you rotate the device from portrait to landscape and automatically changes the contents in the display.

Photos - You can capture shots with the iPhone camera for storage and viewing or sync your favorite photos from your PC for portable viewing. You can flip through photos and email them with easy touch control.

Internet - offers email web browsing search and map applications. The iPhone has a Safari web browser that renders pages similar to a PC. You can sync bookmarks from your PC, scroll through pages from top to bottom or side to side, plus zoom in on a page -- all by tapping on the screen. Google is the default search. To enter a search or address, tap on the screen and a keyboard is displayed for easy search or URL entry. The iPhone uses quad-band GSM and supports 802.11b/g.

Email - The iPhone supports Yahoo! mail and Google mail and offers pages in HTML so photos and images can be displayed directly in the email. Tapping on an attachment renders it wasily viewable including Word documents and PDF files. The iPhone offers a full QWERTY soft keybpad and is predictive to help prevent and correct mistakes.

SMS - Easy touch-screen up and down scrolling lets your view an entire SMS history with someone. A phone number embedded in an SMS message an be called with a tap on the number.

Google Maps - To find a particular map, tap in the search field and enter in a city name or zip code. You can zoom in by double tapping. You can drag the map to move the display and view in satellite mode. You can bookmark the location by tapping and selecting. To find a location, tap in the search field and type in what you are looking for - such as a particular type of restaurant. The map will position red pins on the locations identified. Tap on the red pin and additional information about that location will be displayed. You can then enter a route and get turn-by-turn directions. The iPhone even provides traffic information enroute. A green route means no problems ahead, yellow and red route lines identify problems ahead.

The iPhone becomes available 6 PM on June 29 at Apple Stores, AT&T Stores and on line. The iPhone will be avilable in 4GB and 8GB versions. The 4GB version is expected to retail at $499 while the 8GB version is expected to retail at $599. The news is abuzz with the likelihood these prices may be tweaked -- possibly by as much as $200.


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