Summary: This is a phone that is far from perfect; For the record, there are many better phones out there which offer a lot more functionality. Where Apple scores is in adding a little human touch to their device.
Conclusion: The iPhone 3G is a multimedia powerhouse, with a gorgeous design and an interface that remains the standard. If you don’t already own one, the iPhone 3G is well worth the $200-300 it will set you back, but what about if you do already have one? Honestly, we’d have a hard time recommending it, unless you really needed 3G or GPS.
Pros: The design remains iconic, It’s UI still sets the mobile standard, The multimedia capabilities can’t be beat
Cons: The new software can be buggy, and lacks the normal Apple refinement, There is a lack of wow this time around, Apple simply brought the features up to par with other offerings rather than giving the customer something completely new
Summary: Second-generation Apple cell phone Second-generation Apple cell phone
Pros: Bright, high-resolution screen, Fast cellular network, IPhone 2.0 software includes Exchange support and third-party apps, Built-in GPS, Good audio quality, No recessed headphone jack, Bright, high-resolution screen, Fast cellular network, IPhone 2.0 software includes Exchange support and third-party apps, Built-in GPS, Good audio quality, No recessed headphone jack
Cons: No built-in voice dialing, Low-quality camera, No video-recording support, No support for text selection, cut, copy and paste, Limited Bluetooth functionality, No built-in voice dialing, Low-quality camera, No video-recording support, No support for text selection, cut, copy and paste, Limited Bluetooth functionality
Summary: Yes, first-gen iPhone owners benefit from the 2.0 software upgrade, but that doesn’t diminish the magnitude of the iPhone 3G's faster data speeds and improved call quality. Upgrading isn’t exactly a no-brainer, however, especially since the monthly data fee is now $10 more per month.
Pros: ul class"noindent"Double the data speeds of iPhone, Excellent Apps Store integration, Vastly improved call quality, Microsoft Exchange support, Stellar music and video player,
Cons: ul class"noindent"pSome apps crashedp, pTouch keyboard not for everyonep, pStill no MMS support video recorder or stereo Bluetoothp,
Excerpt: The highly anticipated 2.0 iPhone brings a mixed bag of improvements and omissions. First the good stuff. The new iPhone 3G comes with a $300.00 price drop, 3G speeds, real GPS, all wrapped up in a form factor Apple fans have come to love. The new iPhone now supports Microsoft Outlook Exchange, making it a potentially formidable contender for what has long been RIM’s home turf.
Summary: The iPhone 3G improves on its predecessor, refining its strengths and eliminating some of its flaws. On the way, however, it picked up a few more flaws. Exchange and MobileMe support are appealing, but poor battery life and substandard GPS implementation will deter some people.
Pros: Multi-touch navigation, HSDPA bandwidth, Exchange and MobileMe support
Cons: Poor GPS implementation, no physical keyboard, poor battery life