A 10-second review of the iPhone, released nationwide Friday by Apple and AT&T.

Spend five minutes with the new iPhone and your fingers will want to play with it for hours. That's how I felt while holding the iPhone for a few minutes Friday at the AT&T store on East State Street.


Only a slight caress of the scroll bars are needed to search your contacts, photos and album covers. At first, I was too abrasive. I touched each of the widgets, from weather, to stocks, to the camera feature and photos. My tapping then became pressing and that's when the device locked on me.


Use only a soft touch on this device, I was told. "Pet it like you would pet your cat, a store employee said. He was right, and I was happily scrolling along, this time through the iPod feature, which is really what this product is for, right?


The iPhone looks and feels fragile, but once you get over the initial shock of this super high-tech phone, it really is a toy that can take pictures and play music. A personal assistant can help you locate addresses, avoid traffic and find directions. And, oh yeah, it's a cellular phone, too.