Five Years to iPhone, Five Years of Walt Mossberg’s iPhone Reviews

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    Anybody who follows technology also knows Walt Mossberg very well. Walt Mossberg is widely regarded as one of the most influential writers on information technology. He is the principal columnist at The Wall Street Journal and also edits at All Things D.

    As the Apple iPhone completes five years, here is a collection of reviews of all the iPhones by Walt Mossberg. Click on the links to read the full review on the original site.

    Testing Out the iPhone (6/27/2007)
    Our verdict is that, despite some flaws and feature omissions, the iPhone is, on balance, a beautiful and breakthrough handheld computer. Its software, especially, sets a new bar for the smart-phone industry, and its clever finger-touch interface, which dispenses with a stylus and most buttons, works well, though it sometimes adds steps to common functions.

    Newer, Faster, Cheaper iPhone 3G (7/9/2008)
    If you’ve been waiting to buy an iPhone until it dropped in price, or ran on faster cell networks, you might want to take the plunge, if you can live with the higher service costs and the weaker battery life. The same goes for those with existing iPhones who love the device but crave faster cellular data speeds. But if you already own an iPhone, and can usually use Wi-Fi for data, you probably should hold off and get the free software upgrade before deciding whether it’s worth getting the new hardware.

    Apple’s iPhone 3G Is Better Model – Or Just Get OS 3.0 (6/19/2009)

    In my tests, both the new phone and the new operating system performed well, with a few small exceptions. I believe the two strengthen the iPhone platform, make it likely the iPhone will continue to attract scads of apps, and are good for consumers. But I also regard these changes as more evolutionary than revolutionary, and I don’t think this latest iPhone is as compelling an upgrade for the average user as the 3G model was last year for owners of the original 2007 iPhone.

    New iPhone Keeps Apple Top of Class (6/20/2010)
    In both hardware and software, it is a major leap over its already-excellent predecessor, the iPhone 3GS. It has some downsides and limitations—most important, the overwhelmed network in the U.S., which, in my tests, the new phone handled sometimes better and, unfortunately, sometimes worse than its predecessor….But, overall, Apple has delivered a big, well-designed update that, in my view, keeps it in the lead in the smartphone wars.

    The iPhone Finds Its Voice (10/12/2011)
    Despite Siri, the iPhone 4S isn’t a dramatic game-changer like some previous iPhones. Some new features are catch-ups to competitors. I sense Apple chose to focus more on software and cloud service than on hardware. But, in my tests, the iPhone 4S performed very well. It’s a better iPhone for the same $199 entry price, at a time when some competitors are pricing their flagship smartphones starting at $299.