A SIMPLE GUIDE TO THE APPLE iPHONE
If you are thinking about buying the new Apple iPhone, please read on for a quick guide with pictures of the device.
Where does the sim go?
The SIM card is accessible through the slot on the top of the iPhone and can be popped out with the help of a paperclip or safety pin. The iPhone cannot be used as a phone without a SIM. It can, however, be used as an iPod and a WiFi Internet device without a SIM.
The iPhone's settings section lets you tweak all sorts of things related to the WiFi network, airplane mode, sounds, brightness, wallpaper, mail, phone, Safari, iPod, photos, and more. The iPhone also has an accelerometer that allows the phone to tell when it has changed from upright to landscape position and vice versa.
Web Browsing on the iPhone
What makes the iPhone's web browsing so outstanding is its approach to limited screen real estate. A web page loads in its entirety in each browser window, shrunk down to fit the screen. Zooming in and out of various parts of the window is simple and can be done in one of two ways: double-tapping on a section of the browser or "reverse-pinching" the screen (where you start with your thumb and index fingers together and move them away from each other).
There are advantages and disadvantages to both. Double-tapping can accidentally click on links you weren't intending to click, and sometimes it's not your fault. When an entire page is loaded on the screen, you often cannot even see the links you are clicking on. On the plus side, double-tap centers the screen on your tap and zooms optimally to show the surrounding context. If a web page is separated into sections and div tags, double-tapping on a certain area will zoom into that div (for example) so that it fits perfectly to the screen.
Setup is straightforward: e-mail account info can be entered manually or synced through iTunes. We synced several e-mail accounts via iTunes, including one IMAP-enabled Exchange account and two POP-enabled Gmail accounts. The experience was so seamless that it was almost laughable; we were able to start sending and receiving e-mail almost immediately after purchasing the iPhone without having to enter any settings whatsoever. The only problem we ran into was on Windows, where iTunes failed to interpret the Exchange MAPI settings correctly when it tried to set up IMAP. Changing the outgoing SMTP server settings fixed this.
Manual setup is easy. If you can set up your own e-mail, you can handle the iPhone manual e-mail setup. There are even several presets for common mail servers, such as Gmail, Yahoo, and AOL.
Making calls on the iPhone
To call a contact, tap Contacts once you are in Phone mode, and you will see a list of contacts to choose from. Tapping that contact will show you all of his or her information, and if there are multiple phone numbers to choose from (say one for work, one for home, and one for their mobile phone), you will be able to choose which number to call. Tapping that number will automatically call that contact.
The interface is similar to that of the "regular" iPod and just as intuitive. Once you enter into iPod mode, you can look at your playlists that you have synced, as well as a list of artists, songs, and videos. Scrolling through the lists is done the same way as scrolling through anything else on the iPhone: using your fingertip, you flick up and down in the list (or drag along a slider) until you find what you're looking for. A few taps later (depending on what you're looking for), and you're listening to some jams.
It's clear to us that the iPhone wasn't meant, at the outset anyway, as a smartphone for smartphone people (who typically end up being business people). Instead, the iPhone was meant as a smartphone for everyone else: average people who, until now, had no reason or motivation to get a BlackBerry or something similar that may have been more difficult to use and had way too many features for the average phone user. But the concept of the iPhone doesn't just appeal to average users; it appeals to everyone, including business users. And some would even say that business usage patterns are really at the forefront of what the iPhone should be doing anyway: push e-mail, network independence (you don't have to chose a network based on your phone), and custom apps.
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