The iPhone as an Internet Communications Device

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

Not only is the iPhone a great phone and a stellar media player, but it’s also a full-featured Internet communications device with —dropping a bit of industry jargon on you — a rich HTML email client that’s compatible with most POP and IMAP mail services, with support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync. Also on board is Safari, a world-class web browser that, unlike on most other phones, makes web surfing fun and easy.

Another cool Internet feature is Maps. By using GPS, Maps can determine your location, let you view maps and satellite imagery, and obtain driving directions and traffic information for much of the United States. You can also find businesses, such as gas stations, pizza joints, hospitals, and Apple Stores, with just a few taps. Plus, you can get information on public transit for more cities than ever and indoor maps of some large spaces such as airports and convention facilities.

Finally, the Compass app not only displays your current GPS coordinates but also orients Maps to show the direction you’re facing.

You might also enjoy using Stocks, an included app that delivers near real-time stock quotes and charts any time and any place, or Weather, another included app that obtains and displays the weather forecast for as many cities as you like.

The Internet experience on an iPhone is far superior to the Internet experience on any other handheld device, except the iPad. (Technically, a full-sized iPad a “two-hands-held device” because it’s difficult to hold in one hand for more than a few minutes.)