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iPhone Setup

The iPhone debuts to crowds of feverish fans this Friday. I’m definitely waiting in line, though I probably won’t be camping out in a tent like I did at the Apple Store San Francisco grand opening.

Everyone and their momma is buzzing about the numerous iPhone features (and lack of). But the most revolutionary feature isn’t its slick design, iPod integration, or impressive touch-screen interface.

It’s the activation process.

No more filling out lengthy forms and contracts. No more dodging sales pitches for accessories you don’t need. Just buy the box, go home, and set it up via iTunes. Brilliant, sweet, and simple. Just how life should be.

Thank you, Apple.

Some initial reviews:

Will you be camping out on opening day to get an iPhone? Or are you totally immune to the hype?


  • The TriniGourmet

    gravatarJun 26, 2007
    7:21 pm

    sigh… must have…

  • Mr Funk

    gravatarJun 26, 2007
    7:54 pm

    Why does anybody still want an iPhone? How on earth can you justify giving cingular (?) so much money, and they won’t let you use your mp3s as ringtones? IT’S AN IPOD WITH A PHONE IN IT ferchrissakes. Why should you have to pay to use your mp3s as a ringtone??? My 6131 can do that, and it was like US$200… I really thought telstra were the pinnacle of cellular evildom until I learned what you guys cop from your providers…

  • Nickoli

    gravatarJun 27, 2007
    12:46 am

    I’m immune to the hype. The word “Touchscreen” killed it for me: I’ve used touchscreens in a variety of devices, and they’ve never been good.

  • Phil B

    gravatarJun 27, 2007
    5:21 am

    Take out the phone, replace it with a 100Gb+ HD, Keep the WiFi if possible, and I’m there. Till then, no thanks.

  • Erik Mallinson

    gravatarJun 27, 2007
    6:57 am

    That is a nice touch.

    It’s too bad people are so rabidly opinionated that they missed the point of the post.

  • KAJ

    gravatarJun 27, 2007
    10:30 am

    It is definitely tempting, but … nah, not yet. I can totally see the appeal, but I’ll wait a year or two and see how it shakes out (and if AT&T does anything to improve its dreadful customer service).

  • Adam Covati

    gravatarJun 28, 2007
    8:40 am

    Don’t forget about the review from Guy Kawasaki. Well, it’s far less a review of the iPhone and more a rebuke of apple for choosing AT&T: http://blog.guykawasaki.com/2007/06/my-iphone-revie.html I’m actually still waiting for him to review it…

  • dep

    gravatarJun 28, 2007
    8:59 am

    I think for $500, a hot asian woman should go home with you, set up your phone, and give you a reach-around while you get used to its features, but that’s just me.

  • Chanpory

    gravatarJun 28, 2007
    4:28 pm

    Mr Funk,

    The main attraction for me getting the iPhone, isn’t the features. It’s the interaction and the overall user experience. I recently bought and returned my Helio Ocean, because although it had a billion features, it was utterly unusable.

    The iPhone isn’t perfect, but it’ll still beat every phone out there in terms of usability.