The original iPhone
Apple's iPhone set the bar for all smartphones to come. The first generation iPhone was announced on January 9, 2007, after months of speculation. Apple redefined the phone -- putting a computer into each of our pockets, building an app empire, and launching a mobile computing craze that continues today.
The iPhone was hyped for months leading up to the launch. Did it live up to the stratospheric expectations? Not so much.
Citing a host of missing features, a dependency on a sluggish EDGE network, and variable call quality -- it was a phone after all -- the CNET Reviews team was left wanting more. For these reasons, CNET called the iPhone "noteworthy not for what it does, but how it does it."
August 27, 2013 4:00 AM PDT
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| Caption by: James Martin
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