That iPhone Demo Movie’s Sleight Of Facts

(And yes, that’s a play on “sleight of hand,” not a typo!)

Gak! It’s monstrous! ~318MBs unZipped for the large version, downloaded.

The first “Uh, don’t look!” is at ~5 minutes in. They skip over actually entering the information for a Contact from a received/missed call.

The second “Uh, don’t look!” is at ~5:30 minutes in. What if it’s a real-life voicemail message — you know, one of those eejits who drone on and on and on. What’s it gonna be like to finger that slider to listen again to a specific bit?

The third “Uh, don’t look!” is at ~6:15 minutes in. OK, so how do you UNmerge merged calls? How can I hang up on just one person?

The fourth “Uh, don’t look!” is at ~9 minutes in. The stereo headset. No mention of controlling volume! So I couldn’t keep the iPhone in a pocket and increase/decrease volume on the fly. I’d have to remove it. Yeesh.

The fifth “Uh, don’t look!” is at ~11 minutes in. A spinning wheel! A wait! A pause! Argh. (Just kidding.) I would have liked to have seen that Move and Scale feature.

The sixth “Uh, don’t look!” is at ~12:29 minutes in. He taps in “nike running.” I notice that the word “running” is completed near the search field at the top. Yet he doesn’t tap on it to use it. Hmmm…

The seventh “Uh, don’t look!” is at ~12:42 minutes in. OK, you can rotate a web page to see it in landscape mode. But can you get rid of the freakin top and bottom Safari elements to just view the entire web page?

The eighth “Uh, don’t look!” is at ~13:45 minutes in. “This is my Inbox.” Is it a consolidated Inbox, aggregating, say, Yahoo and GMail together? What’s that Mailboxes button at the top left corner? Do you have to switch between mail services? For that matter, how are webmail folders handled? YahooMail puts 99% of my spam in a separate folder. Will all that show up in the one Inbox? (Which, given my spam, would soon be the Pen1sbox!)

The ninth “Uh, don’t look!” is at ~14 minutes in. Can more than one email at a time be deleted?

The tenth and eleventh “Uh, don’t look!” are at ~14:23 and ~14:33 minutes in. OK, I can zoom into PDFs and MSWord attachments. Can I rotate to see them in landscape? Can a PDF encoded as an 8.5×11-inch page be read on that screen zoomed out to full page width (no “scrolling”), in landscape? Let me tell you, I had trouble reading those fekkin things on a Nokia 770 — and it had a larger and a higher-resolution screen!

The twelfth “Uh, don’t look!” is at ~14:41 minutes in. Oh, look! Outgoing email will state Sent from my iPhone. Does it have to?

The thirteenth “Uh, don’t look!” is at ~14:46 minutes in. What if I select a Contact to send an email to but they wind up not having an email address (for whatever reason; I forgot to save one for them). Do only Contacts with email addresses pop up, or all Contacts?

The fourteenth “Uh, don’t look!” is at ~17:13 minutes in. Weather. Is that all? Can I tap on a specific day to get a detailed forecast? What about live radar? I’d like to have the radar capability that Weather Underground offers. This is vital for when I get caught in the rain. The radar will show if it’s a passing shower or if I have no other choice but to get drenched!

The eighteenth “Uh, don’t look!” is at ~17:19 minutes in. No predictive text when typing in a city — even one as common as London?

The nineteenth “Uh, don’t look!” is at ~18:08 minutes in. The stock screen starts out with six companies listed. Another one is then added. The new screen still shows just six stocks! Where’d the other one go? How do you get to it? Can you flick up and down through the list, like everything else? Is there deletion consistency with the email app? — that is, swipe to the right to delete a stock?

The twentieth “Uh, don’t look!” is at ~19:09 minutes in. To zoom out, double-tap with two fingers? Where’d that move come from? Why not pinch inward (two fingers move inward diagonally)? This seems inconsistent to me. Why is it that way?

The twenty-first “Uh, don’t look!” is at ~21:45 minutes in. Sending a YouTube video. I just noticed here there is no BCC field in the email. I use BCC a lot! Is it available? And what about any List I have set up in YahooMail (as a list in YahooMail, not Yahoo Groups)?

The twenty-second “Uh, don’t look!” is at ~23:41 minutes in. Wait a minute! He just tapped on Set Wallpaper for a photo and there was no spinning wheel! How real is this frikkin demo?

I’m sure many of these questions will be answered within the first few hours of iDay (for all you madmen and madwomen staying at home or at work who will keep hitting Refresh at multiple sites!), but I couldn’t help wondering about them right now.

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