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Confessions of an iPhone tester

updated 02:00 pm EDT, Fri June 22, 2007

iPhone tester speaks

An AT&T field technician who has been testing an iPhone for nearly two months says that the device is ready for launch. Balsu Thandu, who has been conducting iPhone usage tests for AT&T, looking for technical glitches and checking network access, describes some of the methods he used to conceal the device during testing. These include putting a sock over the iPhone, keeping it in a pants pocket, or hiding the device in a piece of newspaper. In order to test network accessibility, Thandu went to office buildings, subway platforms, stairwells, elevators, crowded bars, suburban malls and city streets. Mobility Today reports "They also showed up incognito at Apple and AT&T stores.

In order to test durability of the iPhone, technicians poured water over the device and dropped it off concrete. "Feedback from the field was relayed to Apple, sometimes hourly, Thandu says. Early on, he says, technicians discovered that the iPhone's audio was "not loud or clear enough." Apple designers quickly fixed the problem, he says.




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  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    ummm

    "technicians poured water over the device and dropped it off concrete."

    This might be silly, but maybe they should try dropping it ON concrete!!

  1. ClevelandAdv

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Loudness

    It's funny, one of the first things I though about the iPhone was.."Will you be able to hear the calls clearly?". I am glad Apple fixed this issue I knew about before they did. Man those guys are smart.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    concrete

    my ipod would scratch when I looked at it. when I heard they switched to glass from plastic, to reduce scratches, I couldn't believe it...maybe they are serious about this thing.

  1. Athens

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Dropping it

    Lets see them drop it off the CN Tower and work :D

  1. Gee4orce

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Great job

    Where do I sign up for a job doing this ?

  1. rtbarry

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    they switched...

    ...from plastic, to glass.

  1. Paco01

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    That explains

    So that's the reason why someone spotted an iPhone in the subways/train (some news item from a few weeks ago)

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Amazing!

    What??? You mean Apple's iPhone, which will be released in a week, is ready for launch?

    Well, wouldn't you hope so?

  1. Loren

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Can you hear me now?

    Price price price. It's gorgeous, it's flexible, does almost everything i want, and cost US$2000.00 for two years.

    I'm staying on Boost Mobile while I save up...

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    re: price price price

    I agree, and have been saying for some time now on this site... $499 and $599 is entirely too much. But you can be sure that the price will drop and capacity/features will increase, just like with the iPod. Apple will knick the bleeding edge buyers at first. I am certain the price will drop by at least $50 within a year or so.

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