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hey all, just wanted to let you know i had the chance to stop by an apple store and check out the iphone. i'm not a huge apple fan, and i hadn't read much about it. the phone was really responsive, but not as touch-sensitive as i had expected. the most impressive part to me, though, was they had google maps built in! at least, i think it was google maps. whichever app it was though, it was an amazing experience, zooming in by double-tapping the screen, scrolling by dragging your finger. i'm not sure if that part of the phone is "multi touch" aware, but either way, the possiblities... are endless.

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hey all, just wanted to let you know i had the chance to stop by an apple store and check out the iphone. i'm not a huge apple fan, and i hadn't read much about it. the phone was really responsive, but not as touch-sensitive as i had expected. the most impressive part to me, though, was they had google maps built in! at least, i think it was google maps. whichever app it was though, it was an amazing experience, zooming in by double-tapping the screen, scrolling by dragging your finger. i'm not sure if that part of the phone is "multi touch" aware, but either way, the possiblities... are endless.


i wasn't a fan of the mapping application. for some reason, the app kept crashing on me. this was the in-store demo model. and i tried it on the second day of its release, so i doubt there was anything wrong with the unit itself. but yeah, it kept crashing and bringing me back to the main screen with the icons. i asked the rep and he didn't know much about it. hope that isn't a reliability issue with it.

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I have been fiddling with maps on the iPhone on my commute and haven't had any problems. I am impressed that I can 'flick' around the 6" aerial imagery of the Portland area (even on the Edge network). Zooming-in (pinching) to see objects of interest reloads fairly quickly, and it's amazing to see all the detail remotely on an albeit smaller, high-resolution screen.

I was a little bummed that Google Map's slick new customizable driving directions isn't implemented, though.

I think it will only get better through time with the inevitable additions of video chat (and record), a GPS chip (portable Tomtom), etc.

co-cartographic creator of boringmaps.com





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