Hands On With Apple's iPhone
8:30 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story
Writing for a New York Times technology blog David Pogue recently offered a hands-on look at Apple's newest device, the iPhone. The article briefly describes some of the phone's features, noting potential difficulty using the touchscreen keyboard.
Typing is difficult. The letter keys are just pictures on the glass screen, so of course there’s no tactile feedback.Click on the link below to read the entire article.
NY Times: iPhone
Software helps a lot. You can afford to make a lot of typos as you muddle through a word, because the software analyzes which keys you *might* have meant and figures out the word you wanted. Its best guess appears just under what you’ve typed; if it’s correct, you tap the Space bar to accept it and continue. I typed a couple of e-mail messages with lots of typos but eventually 100 percent accuracy, thanks to this auto-correct feature. (My testing didn’t involve proper names, however.)
* The Web browsing experience is incredible. You see the entire Web page on the iPhone’s screen. You double-tap any spot to zoom in. Or you use the two-fingered spread-apart gesture to “stretch” the image larger, or pinch your thumb and forefinger on the glass to zoom out again. The manipulation is seamless, smoothly animated—and useful. Using Google Maps to get you driving directions and maps, for example, is just light-years simpler and more powerful than on any other machine, thanks to this “rubber Web page” stretching technology.
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