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The First Eight Things I Plan To Do With An iPhone When I Get My Hands On One

That's right, despite all the questions and criticisms I have thrown at the iPhone, I, too, am anxious (bordering on desperate) to get my hands on one. Now that we know that the iPhone

That's right, despite all the questions and criticisms I have thrown at the iPhone, I, too, am anxious (bordering on desperate) to get my hands on one. Now that we know that the iPhone will ship on June 29, I only have to wait 25 more days (or longer) to get my hands on an honest-to-goodness iPhone. But, given that the waiting lists are supposedly huge, I might have to wait a week or two longer. Regardless, I already know what I plan to do with my iPhone once I get it.8. Savor that heavenly iPhone ring tone. All the Macheads already have downloaded the iPhone ring tone -- or at least the one Steve Jobs showed off in January. But nothing will compare with the looks of envy and jealousy that will surround me when my iPhone rings and everyone knows that I have the it device.

7. Test that much-hyped, new-fangled type interface. Does it work? How fast can you type with it? Will it wear out the touch screen? I want to know.

6. See how long the battery lasts. I really want to see how long the iPhone can run. Can a device that does video and audio, and sports a Wi-Fi radio as well as wide area access, really last longer than 45 minutes?

5. Slam it on my desk. OK, if I pay $500 I might not hit it too hard, but I do want to know how tough it is. Given the fact that I have lost both an iPod and a Treo to clumsiness, this is an important factor for me.

4. See how quickly the iPhone can surf the Web. Like my colleague Alexander Wolfe, I, too, don't think the iPhone can surf the Web as quickly as the ads claim. I mean, it might be that fast on a Wi-Fi connection, but on Edge? Gimme a break.

3. Test the quality of the mobile version of Safari. Frankly, I am not a big fan of Safari on the Mac desktop, so I don't how good it will be on a mobile device. But given that the mobile version of Firefox isn't ready to go -- and given the limitations of mobile Internet Explorer -- this browser may not be that bad.

2. Make a phone call. Or five. I really want to know how well the iPhone acts as, you know, a phone. Is the mic good? How about voice quality? How well does the dialer work? The contact functions?

1. Enjoy complaining about my kludgy iPhone. I am sure the early versions of the iPhone will have bugs, but who cares? I can't wait to point them out (on this blog, of course) and wear my early device suffering like a badge of honor.

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