Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal has released the first ever review of the Apple iPhone.

Mossberg writes the following summary about the iPhone:

Our verdict is that, despite some flaws and feature omissions, the iPhone is, on balance, a beautiful and breakthrough handheld computer. Its software, especially, sets a new bar for the smart-phone industry, and its clever finger-touch interface, which dispenses with a stylus and most buttons, works well, though it sometimes adds steps to common functions.

Here is a summary of points from the review:

  • Keyboard was Walt’s original concern, he says that after three days of use he wished to throw it out the window. But after five days of usage, Walt “was able to type on it as quickly and accurately as he could on the Palm Treo he has used for years.”
  • Large internal memory
  • Large touch-screen
  • Phone is fully locked to AT&T
  • Mulit-touch interface is “effective, practical and fun”
  • No Adobe Flash support
  • Songs can’t be ringtones
  • Voice quality was average
  • EDGE is really slow, Wi-Fi makes up for it