iPhone – one month on

Hot – Maps and appsWho needs sat-nav when you can have the entire globe in your palm? The port of Google Maps from PC to iPhone has been tailore

HotMaps and appsWho needs sat-nav when you can have the entire globe in your palm? The port of Google Maps from PC to iPhone has been tailored superbly and an array of satellite imagery, road maps and traffic info is enough to rival the very best of glorified compasses.NotNo hacksPoor iPhone. The parents of Symbian and Windows allow their kids to play with a whole host of third-party toys, but Apple has locked its iPhone away. The poor wee handset can only use web apps that run on Safari, such as Google Docs.HotDon’t walk, surfThis doesn’t beat the competition with regards to web browsing, it destroys them with pure cerebral power. It’s blisteringly quick, rendering whole pages in seconds, and navigates with a simple swipe or prod.NotSlow-mo speedsWe tried not to stare, but we couldn’t ignore the big blemish – data speeds. The iPhone still reigns supreme in a Wi-Fi hot spot, but using AT&T’s EDGE network proves as easy as running through mud in a pair of flip-flops.HotNice touchThe Minority Report-esque use of pinch, pull and sweep gestures is achingly cool, but our personal favourite is the plane shifting: tilt the iPhone from portrait to landscape and the screen will redraw itself. Now, that’s hot.Click through for page two...

NotRubbish keyboardThe onscreen keyboard is simply rubbish – irritating, slow, and light years behind the BlackBerry. While Safari lets you to use the keyboard in landscape mode, we’re praying that Apple will upgrade the software for us Brits. Hot End for the iPodRemember that revolutionary iPod clickwheel? Well, forget about it, because the iPhone will render it obsolete. We can’t get enough of flicking through the 3D carousel of album covers with our fingers.NotHeadphone snobThe iPhone can’t match the iPod for capacity, but we can live with that. What we can’t stand is the annoying recessed headphone socket, rendering most good 3.5mm cans incompatible. And there’s no A2DP for wireless audio.HotSync with easeThe iPod’s idiot-proof syncing philosophy has transferred perfectly across to the iPhone, with all your contacts, music, movies and photos flying across from your computer in seconds.NotEmail woesYes, calling on the iPhone is simple. And yes, using the free Yahoo! Push email is a breeze. But should you attempt to manage your existing email accounts, be prepared for a process as complicated as attempting a postgraduate algebra examination in Cantonese.There have been a few tears shed in the last month – some in ecstasy, some in pain. But the question remains: will Apple refine the iPhone in time for UK release, or will we have to wait for a next-gen for the problems to be ironed out? Watch this space…