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July 03, 2007

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Hmm, I've got the iPhone and love the email functionality. I've done some of my own testing to try and verify their claims. Deleting emails is incredibly easy, not at all the chore that they claim, even deleting 20 or more emails (which I did in seconds).

As for email syncing, I'm using .Mac and messages I've read on my iPhone automatically show as read on their IMAP server. I've noticed that messages sent from my phone were being stored locally instead of on the server. It was simple to change this to store sent messages on the server.

They are correct that there is not a BCC option, which I rarely use.

I think the delays opening their emails are due to using AT&T's EDGE network. Using a wireless connection makes email more responsive.

Regarding enterprise usage of iPhone see Steve Job's comments in this post:
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/techinvestor/corporatenews/2007-06-28-jobs-stephenson-qa_N.htm

Q: What about corporate e-mail? I understand that's an issue for many consumers, who may not be able to hook up to their company networks?

Jobs: You'll be hearing more about this in the coming weeks. We have some pilots going with companies with names you'll recognize. This won't be a big issue.

I would not be surprised if Apple provides software updates to add new functionality to it's first generation iPhone. The phone is certainly capable of receiving software updates downloaded through iTunes.

I have an iPhone and I am receiving my email from the Exchange server at Sugar Creek. I'm using the "Exchange" option on the phone which is just IMAP as far as I can tell. My inbox is working fine, but I'm having some issue with my folders that I archive messages to. I don't mind the application as much as I miss push email from my Blackberry. Checking mail every 15 minutes is not my idea of mobile email.

I've had my phone since Sat. and I like it a lot! I have found the email app to be a little different to get aquainted with but overall it has worked pretty well for me. The keyboard was a little rough at first, but I'm getting pretty quick with it (as quick as using my treo). Overall this phone is probably an A to A+ for me. It truly is a BIG change from anything else on the market.... or at the least, anything I'm aware of.

I'm happy with mail on my iPhone, but I can relate to many of the Engadget statements. My biggest gripe is that the iPhone doesn't feature the universal inbox that OS X's mail.app includes. I've got one IMAP, one Gmail, and four pop accounts set up on the iPhone and if each one has a single message it takes nearly 20 taps to read them (more if I want to delete). Not being able to messages mass delete messages is also a shortcoming. The inability to select text in an email and copy/paste also makes it hard to use. The iPhone isn't a BlackBerry, or even the BlackJack. There are tradeoffs though - like much better contact management and an improved web experience.

I was completely shocked by the Engadget review, they tear up the email program as if it were utter crap, which it most certainly is not. It does need a little work, especially for managing several email accounts (I have 2, it takes a few too many clicks to switch from one inbox to the other). And there are a couple of other minor annoyances (deleting lots of messages IS somewhat of a pain, and spam is a problem for me without my desktop spam checker Spam Sieve) but overall this thing is super handy and email is easy to view and edit, etc.

I expect these little quirks to be fixed quickly with a firmware update, and mail definitely is not broken anywhere near how bad Engadget made it sound.

I love my iPhone.

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