As cellular technology continues to advance at a breakneck pace, the market has become flooded with ‘Smartphone’s’ and touches screen phones, all of which offer different features, packages, and options. One of the most popular of these new Smartphone’s is Apple’s iPhone, which hit store shelves last year.
While in many respects similar to its competitors regarding usability, here are four excellent features which set the iPhone apart from the rest of the pack.
The Touch Screen:
The touch screen is the single best feature of the iPhone, hands down. Apple has continued its excellent use of touch-screen technology from its iTouch by bringing it to the iPhone. Even with a screen protector, the touch sensitivity is excellent, but won’t respond if the user has gloves on or a random object hits it – it depends on the electrical conductivity of the user’s fingers and the screen interacting. While the sensation is strange at first, within a few minutes flicking a finger to scroll through a menu or moving two fingers apart to zoom in seems very natural.
Easy E-mail setup
There’s a small button at the lower left corner of the main screen which functions as a link to an e-mail account that the user wants to connect the iPhone too. The setup for the creating of accounts is easy and quick, and the iPhone can then be set to ‘push’ for new data continuously, at set intervals of time, or manually. It makes having e-mail anywhere, anytime a very streamlined process.
The ability to download Apps
iPhones come with the ability to download extra programs which exists on the main screen called ‘apps.’ These can be anything from a carpenter’s level to a dog whistle to a video game – the amount and type of apps available are almost endless. All of the apps are downloadable right from the iPhone itself via its internet connection, but also done from a computer at the iTunes Store website. Many of the apps are free, but there are also paid apps, ranging from $0.99 to $100 in price.
Charging and syncing ability
The iPhone arrives with both an AC power cord and a USB cable. It allows the iPhone to be charged either by plugging it into a wall outlet or combining this to a computer via its USB port. If connected to the PC, the iPhone will open iTunes and ‘sync’ the phone with any new songs or apps starts downloading.
This small list highlights some of the user-friendliness and functionality of the iPhone, which is defining characteristics of any mobile technology. The iPhone does well in both categories, thanks to well thought-out and meticulously implemented design.