We’ve just sent an iPhone to our 16 year old intern

A first generation Apple iPhone is making its way to Samantha’s place. Tomorrow she’s due to get her GCSE results — and we wish her every success with that.

Samantha isn’t your average 16 year old. She’s blessed with a critical brain and an unusual amount of mobile related intellect.

Ask your average teenager about how they evaluated their last mobile handset purchase and you’ll likely get some answer about it having a nice screen or something. None of that from Samantha. She’s very precise. She’s in the market for a new phone and I’m wondering just how she will react to the 1st generation iPhone.

I’ve asked her to write an overview of some assumptions on what she feels about the iPhone right now — so we can contrast her experience maybe a week or so later.

(As for how I got on with my GCSEs all those years ago? Well I got 4x As and 5x Bs. Reasonably sane results. Although I still can’t get over the fact I got an A whilst this other girl in my year got a sodding A* — higher than a basic A grade — when she was functionally illiterate. It still winds me up today…)

By Ewan

Ewan is Founder and Editor of Mobile Industry Review. He writes about a wide variety of industry issues and is usually active on Twitter most days. You can read more about him or reach him with these details.

18 replies on “We’ve just sent an iPhone to our 16 year old intern”

I am throughly looking forward to her assumptions, I have a feeling she is not going to be an apple fangirl. Oh and Ewan I got (7A's and 3B's) :D. I have a feeling Samantha may beat that tomorrow!

I'm still unsure how I feel about the iPhone. I understand *why* people like them, and *why* they are good. But I also wonder if my N95, is actually better. I love browsing the Internet and listening to music on my phone, but I also love the fact i'm always carrying a decent 5mpx camera with me. If only the iPhone had a better camera, it'd be a no brainer. But I love the innovation behind the iPhone and it's UI, Nokia don't seem to be innovating enough, the N95 and N82 are brilliant, but it is a sad day when Samsung's new Symbian effort is fast approaching to kick theirs, and the N96's arses. I just don't know!!!

I think the only A's I got were in Science… *sigh*


I'm beginning to think the N95 may well be better… but only better in the way a F1 car is better than a family saloon. As a 'normal person' I appreciate the power of the F1 car, but it's useless in my own hands because I can't make it work.

I'm not going to!
I have to get at least a C in Maths, and Music I doubt I'll get more than a C either. As for everything else, I don't know.

Music was never going to be a brilliant grade ever; I only took it to become good at playing the guitar, and I couldn't even manage that. Although, I can happily sing along to Wonderwall, and simplified versions of many other great songs!


I can see why some people like them, but they don't suit me. iPhones are too much of a glamourous being that it makes me angry at them. The innovation is definitely something, but just not my cup of tea.

I agree about the camera too!

I've got A's and two A* grades in my first Science GCSE. Science is brilliant though, I love it. If I could I would take all three next year, but then it would mean giving up History or Psychology, and I couldn't do that either.


Ewan kindly allowed me to play around with an iPhone a little while ago. I thoroughly hate the iPhone, Apple really should have just stuck to iPods. The only function that really impressed me with the iPhone was the feature that made my fellow classmates point and stare when I whipped it out of my pocket. One thing that annoyed me were the problems I had connecting it to WI-FI.

5A's, 5A*s – but none of that really matters once you're in the real world when all they want is relevant experience.

Nah – it's a Saab vs a Vauxhall.

They share the same underpinnings, and do fundamentally the same thing. But one is really, really well thought-out and beautifully executed.

The other's a Vauxhall.

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