No GPS. Google Maps still works on the original iPhone, and it can approximate location by cell towers and Wi-Fi hotspots, but it can't do turn-by-turn navigation while driving. That hadn't arrived yet. No Siri. That didn't arrive until iPhone 4S. Check out that recessed headphone jack. No smarter Bluetooth. The 2007 iPhone had Bluetooth, but it couldn't link to a smartwatch or send out notifications. Bluetooth didn't allow smart accessories yet -- it was mainly used for audio. Its headphone jack was weird. The original iPhone used a 3.5 mm headphone jack when many phones at the time where using smaller 2.5 mm ports or proprietary adapters for headsets. But in a strange design decision, Apple recessed the jack so far into the body that only long, thin headphone plugs worked. When I used the 2007 iPhone, I bought a Belkin extension dongle separately. Some things don't change. But at least it works with modern EarPods.
A small, small screen, The iPhone's display feels so small -- just 3.5 inches, measured diagonally, That's smaller than a credit card (which is 4 inches), And that screen just doesn't look good, Sure, it's 10 years old, But the colors look so washed out compared to new iPhones, Apple's older app design in iOS 3 is less vibrant, more muddled, But it still functions, except for a row of nonworking pixels near the top, Viewing angles are seriously compromised, though, I load up a few episodes of "Jericho" and CNET's Digital City podcast via the iPod app (they were still on my iPhone), and they all look luxicon case for apple iphone x and xs - black raven really muddy in night scenes, Blacks and grays blur, and if I tilt the iPhone to the side slightly, the picture disappears..
No flash. No selfie. No video. Seriously basic camera. The original iPhone had a camera. That camera could only take still shots: no video. This camera app didn't have any "features." You couldn't zoom, even digitally. You couldn't edit photos. There was no flash. You could do this: snap a shot, and send it to someone. That's it. And by "send it to someone," I mean email. Also, the original iPhone didn't have a front-facing camera. Did I mention that yet? Selfies didn't exist. A new outdoor photo with the original iPhone makes NYC look like the 1970s.
Compared with the iPhone 7 Plus (£569 at Apple), the original iPhone's photos are fuzzy, hazy, blurred, like an impressionist painting, It can't focus on close-up objects, and lots of details get washed out, And yet, when I posted a photo to Facebook (Facebook's app, still on my iPhone, let me send a photo luxicon case for apple iphone x and xs - black raven after I waited for several minutes), someone said, "It's surprisingly., OK?"Many apps don't work anymore, I click on the brown TV-shaped YouTube app, It won't load either, Welcome to today's internet for yesterday's gadgets, And I found email unable to connect to my accounts, I couldn't connect with one of my work Wi-Fi hotspots, Functions were broken everywhere..
Typing is rough. That tiny, tiny on-screen keyboard pops up and all the keys look like Tic-Tacs. I make a number of typos. I remember, vaguely, that I used to learn to trust autocorrect as I jabbed away with my thumbs: iPhone typing was more about a shorthand. I somehow wrote my whole wedding speech on my iPhone in the Notes app. I'm not sure how I did that. Of course, who would expect a decade-old product to feel fresh and new? None of those flashbacks to the early days of the iPhone were a surprise. What was somewhat shocking was just how familiar and modern the old iPhone felt. For a 10-year-old phone, that's amazing -- and a testament to just how groundbreaking the product was. And is.