The day started with synchronizing the Apple iPhone to my Outlook contacts and calendars, and setting up e-mail. For now, I setup my POP e-mail inbox and later in the week, I will setup an Exchange account, and probably a Gmail account.
iTunes is the interface for synchronizing the iPhone with the desktop or laptop. It allows you to configure the synchronization settings for various applications including calendar, contacts, e-mail, music, photos, podcasts, videos, and more.
The Apple iPhone home button
Did I mention that there is one and only one “real” button on the Apple iPhone front screen? It is not actually a button, it is an inverted button, and it is the one that turns the screen back on when it is off, and the one that quickly takes you back to the home screen when you are navigating and using the iPhone applications. On the side of the Apple iPhone, you find the volume buttons, and the Ring/Silent switch which can turn all sounds off. On the top right side, you find the on/off button, which is also the Wake/Sleep button when you push it once.
The Apple iPhone e-mail application
From the home screen, I tapped on the e-mail button, to get to the e-mail application. The Apple iPhone then connects and retrieves the recent e-mails. Scrolling through the inbox is accomplished using your finger to drag up or down, slow or fast. You can give it a quick swipe down and let go, and the scrolling will continue--giving the effect of a “slot machine”. The feel of the touch screen and the visual feedback you get from the touch is indeed amazing.
When you tap on a message, it opens that message. Again, you drag your finger up or down to scroll within the message, and tap the reply button to reply, reply to all, or forward. When you are in the inbox, you can delete a message, by dragging your finger on it from left to right, and then tapping the red Delete button that gets displayed.
Composing an e-mail message
As soon as you start replying to a message, or hit the compose button to compose a new message, the keyboard appears and you can now address the message and type your content. Tapping the “+” symbol gives you immediate access to the contacts list and allows you to select a contact. The keyboard allows you to type your message.
The Apple iPhone weather application
Today, I added San Francisco to the default list which included Cupertino and New York. Now I can easily switch between these cities weather reports by dragging my finger to the right or left to get to the previous or next report.
More touchscreen findings
- The dragging of the finger up or down to scroll.
- The “slot machine” effect when scrolling through a long list of e-mails for instance.
- The sliding of the weather pages (sideways in this case) which is similar to flipping paper pages.
The Apple iPhone is quite responsive
What makes the Apple iPhone even more unique and pleasant is its speed and responsiveness. The device seems to be keeping up with the demands of this user friendly interface, and able to deliver the response quickly and smoothly. The few delays I have experienced so far were minor and were Internet related. The iPhone uses the Edge speed which is reasonably fast for normal operations but could use some boost for more bandwidth hungry applications—this may be taken care of if/when a 3G iPhone gets released.