Two days with the iphone

So my iphone was finally activated on friday. First impression : it is cool. Just as damn cool as the demo videos show it to be. It feels like you're in a Sci-Fi movie because of how amazingly well done it is.

There are a couple of lacks :

But ultimately this is, without contest, the best designed piece of hardware and software I've ever seen. Today I smiled when I first placed a call while listening to a podcast : just select the phone number, the podcast's sound fades out, talk to whoever you're calling, bla bla bla, hang up, the sound fades back in. I had seen it in the demos, but this is one of the things you actually marvel over when you experience it directly : "damn these guys are good".

But what really marks the difference between any existing phone and the iphone is how you set up your voice mail : Enter your code. Confirm it. Record your message on the iphone (and not through it), listen and re-record as much as you need, press "ok", and it sends the whole thing over to your provider. And that's it. And you don't have to meddle with one of those dreadful voice menus ("press 1 if you're happy with your message, press 2 to record it..." *hurl*). Once I had done it, it just struck me : there's nothing special here. That's just how it should happen, and every other phone which forces you to go through a voice menu is retarded.

One last thing (pardon the pun) : following up on my previous post on the iphone's potential as a universal remote, I confirm that driving my squeezebox with it works like a charm (just use the Nokia 770 skin until v7.0 of SlimServer - now renamed to SqueezeCenter is released, then you can install ipeng, a skin dedicated to the iphone, which depends on SqueezeCenter).