I was doing some spring cleaning this weekend and came across a cool find — the original iPhone! I stood in line the day it came out and it was such a welcome change from my Treo 650! I remember being completely mesmerized by the screen and style at the time. Now, just a few short years later I was using its great-great grandchild and here was the original, the first, the groundbreaker. Of course, I had to charge it up and compare to my 4S!
(original left, 4S right)
What follows are a few thoughts on the comparison between the two…
Screen: Comparing the screens is like comparing a manual typewriter to a MacBook Air. Okay, it is not THAT bad but when you turn on the original iPhone you really appreciate what 4+ years have brought us…a significantly better screen. Yes, once upon a time the screen on the original iPhone was amazing, but compared to a retina display there’s no contest. The original iPhone is not as bright and forget about crispness and pixel counts. There is no contest as the iPhone 4S literally outshines its predecessor. And to think Apple almost used a plastic screen for the original iPhone!
Speed: The iPhone… 1… is… slow… very… very… slowwwwwww. Flipping between home screens is s-l-o-w. Apps launched, though not terribly quickly. It is clear the original iPhone is a 4-year-old phone. But it still works. And despite not being designed for apps many DO run on it. That is, in and of itself, impressive.
What still amazes me is how the hardware doesn’t seem dated (again until you turn it on). Touching it still screams quality, and the metal body really makes it feel more solid than most phones today. It is amazing how the original iPhone’s design has endured throughout the product line, and of course how it has influenced the iPad as well. Not many phones can claim that kind of legacy!