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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Monday, June 11, 2007
News Categories: iPhone

Walt Mossberg of The Wall Street Journal showed a group of college leaders his review iPhone unit during a speech at The Chronicle‘s Presidents Forum. “I don’t know whether I’ll give it a good review or not,” he said. “I can already see some things I don’t like about it. I see some other things that I do like a lot about it.” Mossberg told the audience that a crucial element would be the iPhone’s touch-screen keyboard, and whether it would prove an adequate replacement for physical keyboards found on traditional smartphones such as the Palm Treo and Blackberry. “They are claiming that through clever software they have figured out a way for this to be actually far more accurate and efficient than you think it will be, and I’m testing that proposition,” he explained. “And I can tell you that in the first hour it works a little better than I thought, but I’m still not sure it works as well as a regular keyboard — and the first hour is not a very fair test, so I’m going to keep going at it.”

“This is the next level or elevation of the cellphone,” he said of the iPhone. “Not because it’s better or necessarily better than your Blackberry … but this runs a real computer operating system.”

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Comments

1

MOssberg, should really go to http://www.skype.com and see if the software will download from skype.com since it’s running mac osx, and see if that iphone can run skype from the Wifi feature. That would be huge

Posted by Brian on June 11, 2007 at 2:29 PM (PDT)

2

Skype—as it currently exists—won’t work on an iPhone for two simple reasons:

1. Apple has not demonstrated how third-party apps will operate on an iPhone. Assuming for a moment that you actually could download a Skype .dmg file, where does it download to? How do you install it?

2. Even if #1 were possible, you’re still left with the fact that the app is written to use a keyboard and mouse as input devices. It isn’t set up to accept multi-touch input through a touchscreen. Even if you *could* install Skype, there’d be no way to use it (or, at least, use it very well).

Posted by John on June 11, 2007 at 2:43 PM (PDT)

3

No, he should really go here https://www.gizmocall.com/ and try to make a call.  It’s flash based though.

Posted by UnseenLlama on June 11, 2007 at 6:08 PM (PDT)

4

John said, “[Skype] is written to use a keyboard and mouse as input devices”

Safari, too!

Give us a Skype plug in for Safari and…

Posted by Colorado Bill on June 11, 2007 at 9:48 PM (PDT)

5

The fact that Walt Mossberg already has an iPhone means the AT&T Press Relations team is a BUNCH OF LIARS. They explicitly told me in an email that NO DEMO UNITS would be available to journalists until AFTER the 29th. I guess this means that some pigs are more equal than other pigs…

Posted by Eric on June 12, 2007 at 6:54 AM (PDT)

6

Come on.  He’s Walter Freakin’ Mossberg from the Wall Street Journal, not Eric from the iLounge comments page.  He is certainly a much more equal pig.

Posted by dasmb on June 12, 2007 at 9:51 AM (PDT)

7

“...but this runs a real computer operating system”.

So, I guess Windows Mobile isn’t “real” then?

Idiot.

Posted by Dopial on June 13, 2007 at 6:35 AM (PDT)

8

Windows mobile isn’t real.

If it was it could use regular windows drivers.
I will say it crashes less than the real windows:)

[Moderator note: Edited for insult. Do not insult other readers.]

Posted by winnut on June 21, 2007 at 5:39 AM (PDT)

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