First iPhone 3G reviews roll in

By on July 10, 2008, 3:59 AM
As most of you probably already know tomorrow is the day that the much awaited iPhone 3G launches worldwide, and as with the previous iteration of the device Apple is looking to produce a media splash ahead of Friday by sending out review samples to the usual mainstream reviewers: Walt Mossberg from the WSJ, Ed Baig from USA Today and David Pogue from the NY Times.

The three of them have weighed in on the device and found it to be an improvement on its predecessor, though hardware-wise everything is pretty much the same with the obvious exception of 3G and GPS. The audio quality during calls and media playback is also greatly improved due to an enhanced speaker, but many standard smartphone features such as voice dialing, copy-and-paste, Bluetooth stereo audio, and MMS are still missing.

The real big deal here is the App Store, which will presumably help the iPhone handle any function that Apple's own software can’t.

Among the shortcomings mentioned in the reviews are the weaker battery life due to 3G usage, more expensive service contracts, and the phone’s rather limited GPS antenna which is too small to replicate the turn-by-turn navigation of a standalone GPS unit.

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black_adder said:
Dam, I was planning on getting one of those, since Im with O2 and they're doing a goodish deal... But now, after that little article, Im not quite sure =/
JudaZ said:
I dont understand why anyone would want an iPhone, so it has a touchscreen, i dont want that on my phone.I put my phone in my pocket all the time, how will that work out?And it is waay old in it's applications and feautures, took forever to get 3G in it, no support for MMS, the camera is no good, you cant sync everything with your computer, no voice commands, you probably have to buy every extra application for the phone , and its made by the same "nice" people that brought you the ipod (launched like a new think, but actually its only a white mp3 player with an annoying sencitive controlsystem) wich meens you probably cant copy songs to the phone, and then out again without homemade programsi prefer my old Nokia N95 that can do everything the now NEW iphone can do, and then some. It can also handle a drop from 3,5 meters directly into concrete and survive with a small scratch in the plastic, can the iphone handle that?[Edited by JudaZ on 2008-07-10 18:40:35]
Julio said:
I love my iPhone, but I think I will just keep it and skip the 3g.
JudaZ said:
i prefer a modern phone, 3G might not be big in america, but in europe it is ..Why would i want a relik in a new flashy design?
Julio said:
I don't know what phones you've got in Europe but for web browsing I have yet to come across anything better than the iPhone.
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