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Apple iPhone 3G Review

Apple iPhone 3G 8

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The iPhone 3G seems to use the same 2 megapixel camera as found in the original. There are no options, and the user cannot record video. Pictures turned out above average; under artificial light there was graining and in bright sunlight some of our photos had a blue tint to them, but overall color representation was good and lines were well defined.

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Again, the iPhone 3G remains unchanged. The iPhone is of course also an iPod, and it still has the incredible interface found on the first generation iPhone as well as the iPod Touch. Album art looks gorgeous, and Cover Flow is still pretty darn cool (as long as your music is properly tagged with art.) Videos look amazing on the iPhone’s large, high-resolution display. Everything just works, and while we have a video codec support gripe with Apple in general, the iPhone is still the undisputed king of multimedia phones.

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Apple iPhone 3G Review

The YouTube app is still present, and allows the user to view top videos, mark favorites and search for any video. It was groundbreaking on the original, but is merely another feature in today’s market. This is a great example of how the iPhone changed the mobile industry.

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Apple iPhone 3G Review

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Apple App Store - Apple iPhone 3G Review
Apple App Store - Apple iPhone 3G Review

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The App Store marks a fundamental change in Apple’s iPhone philosophy. The original iPhone was a closed system, but it didn’t take hackers long to crack the code and not only unlock the phone but also start developing apps that utilized the potential of the device and its OS. With the iPhone 2.0 software comes the App Store, an official channel where developers can sell (or give away) applications. They can be downloaded either via iTunes or directly over the air, though there are size restrictions for OTA downloads. Apple saw the millions in lost revenue, and while developers will keep 70% of the profits Apple still gets a 30% cut for doing basically nothing other than hosting the apps.

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At launch there were hundreds of applications available, but we downloaded a few of the most popular ones to see how they worked. First up was AIM, which finally gave us a first party instant messaging solution for the iPhone. In theory it’s a good application, but in practice was buggy at best. The MLB At Bat app was better, offering scores and video highlights for each game. The information was near real-time, and videos of scoring plays and defensive gems were usually up within ten minutes or so. The only thing it was missing was an alert system; we’d like to be able to customize our favorite teams and get scoring alerts instead of having to manually pull the information. Sports Tap is a good fee app for comprehensive sports scores and news. It not only covers the major US leagues, but others such as F1, English Premier League, AFL and more. The AP and New York Times each have a free news app that delivers the latest headlines to your handset. The AP Mobile News App is more comprehensive, offering not only national headlines but also local news, sports and showbiz info.




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Super Monkey Ball is an app that will no doubt popular, and does a great job of harnessing the power of the iPhone. It’s similar to the console versions, where you guide a monkey in a bubble through various stages while collecting bananas and avoiding falling off the edge. On the iPhone you control the ball by tilting the device, taking advantage of the accelerometer. Once we got past the first few levels the difficulty increased greatly, and it felt like it was in part due to the accelerometer. During gameplay it was usually good, but not quite as responsive as the Tilt game we loved so much on the Touch Diamond, and there are times when our monkey got turned around. It could be attributed to the game’s software, but we have a feeling SEGA knows what they’re doing and we had some accelerometer issues outside of SMB as well. While web browsing the orientation will at times turn on you when the phone is stationary (we even had it do it once while the phone was sitting on a table, and hadn’t been moved) or won’t turn at all. This is something we’ve experienced on the original, and are disappointed that Apple hasn’t fixed it. Overall we wish the accelerometer was used more often in the UI.

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Apple iPhone 3G Review
Apple iPhone 3G Review

Apple prides themselves on their simple to use, rock solid software. To our surprise the iPhone 3G wobbles here. 98% of the time it runs smoothly, but as noted earlier we’ve had the phone lag on us here and there, and downright reset a few times. It’s not as laggy as Windows Mobile can be, but it has not been as solid as the original. A major gripe we have is with syncing. Every time you plug the phone in it backs up your data, which is to be expected, but the process can take upwards of 10 minutes. There is no good reason for this, and our Windows Mobile phones can completely sync usually in under two minutes.

On launch day iTunes servers crashed, creating even longer lines, customer headaches and bricked phones. Throw in continued MobileMe issues and Apple seemed more like Microsoft on July 11th. And speaking of which, for as much as they bash Vista and its constant security pop-ups, we’re getting pretty darn frustrated with being asked if apps can access our location and entering our iTunes password every time we go back to the App Store and download something.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. (unregistered)


huh... so that's an overall rating of 8 for the I-Phone 3g and a 9 overall rating for the Dare well, i guess apple managed to rock the world again...... or not so much

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 10:08

2. (unregistered)


as was brought up in the dare comments, as well as the vu, the ratings for each phone are individual. here, they were probably rating the 3g in light of the original. with the dare they said they were rating it compared to the other phones vzw offers. i dont think anyone in their right mind would think the dare is a better phone than the iphone

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 12:26

7. (unregistered)


LOL wow the most ignorant comment ever. i happen to like the dare better, but i guess i must be crazy.

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 12:49

9. (unregistered)


hey, is the contacts tab a standard tab now in the home screen or is it an app you can delete. cause i have seen mutliple pictures of the iphone 3g and never before have i seen the contacts tab

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 13:15

10. (unregistered)


its permanent

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 16:11

16. (unregistered)


Ok, so lemme get this right. It's compared to the original iPhone. Well, the original iPhone got an 8.8, while this new and fabulous 3G recieved an 8.0. Also, read the last sentence in the conclusion. Apple dropped the ball. BTW...The dare actually holds signals and makes calls fast. Under signal reception only rated a 3. Sorry, I'll keep my dare. Might be a little less in the UI department (according to the fanboys). But I know I can trust Verizon to make my calls with my PHONE, and I can trust the Dare to give me the rest of the capabilities I like to have for entertainment.

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 22:37

22. (unregistered)


The Dare is better! End of discussion.

posted on 15 Jul 2008, 17:39

32. (unregistered)


So true fellas! 3G is close to epic fail :-) So much hype for nothing. I kind of feel bad for all the idiots in those lines to grab this POS and get raped by ATT and APPLE for mediocre device. DARE just destroys iphone no matter what fan boys say. I have Dare and I used iphone before and there is no comparison! And don;t tell me ... well it wasn't 3G ... big deal same brick with just a little more hype. No thanks :-)

posted on 19 Jul 2008, 09:52

60. (unregistered)


I actually went into the store to test the Dare out. It is horrible. The review must be written by Verizon fanboys, just like most of the articles written on website. I've been a Verizon customer since '98, spend over $100 month, and would gladly pay my termination fee to get the new iphone. There really isn't a comparision at Verizon... Tired of waiting.

posted on 29 Jul 2008, 17:46

80. (unregistered)


Best phone, hey come on now. If just going for basic phone features, iPhone is not that rich in features and I doubt that it has best reception and sound quality among all other phones. It's a fine product but when somebody is claiming something to be the best when there is hundreds of choices... I am sure you know also what is the best car!

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 10:20

3. xev (unregistered)


maybe not necessarily better, but why go through the hassle of switching carriers if you can get a somewhat similar experience and phone on ur current network, be it Verizon or at&t. both Dare and iphone 3G are good on their own grounds. but i agree that the new iphone wasnt worth switching for so many people that already had the original. besides there were ways to get gps on it anyways.

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 10:40

4. tgijosh (unregistered)


Still this phone has something the dare and vu dont have. The ipod on this phone is amazing and thats what seperates from the pack for me. As a train commuter it cant be beat, not having to carry 2 devices.

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 12:35

8. (unregistered)


I'm in Boston, and taking the train means going underground, so I always turn off my phone because I can lose about one bar of battery in 20-30 minutes underground due to the continuous "searching for signal" (I currently use Verizon). I've heard the battery on this isn't great, combine that with playing music and searching for a signal for the trip there and back... I doubt I'd be able to use this to replace my phone + iPod (which plays for 10 hours on a charge) combo, no matter how convenient it is to have it in one package.

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 14:55

12. (unregistered)


battery is quite good on the iphone..... But when you turn on 3G it's another story... But still beats everyone else in terms of battery life.. http://www.pcworld.com/article/148348/3g_iphones_mediocre_battery_life_still_beats_rivals.html

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 15:20

14. (unregistered)


If you're currently with Verizon you might want to check out the Pearl. You can turn the phone aspect off and just use it as a music player.

posted on 15 Jul 2008, 16:14

28. (unregistered)


up to 8 gig of memory on the dare and you don't have to be stuck with DRM music. you can also now do the Rapsody subscription ans even if you buy from VZW peice by piece it's still 3 million songs at .99 ea or 1.99 over the air direct to the phone... yeah, i-pod on your phone is so much better

posted on 21 Jul 2008, 11:09

74. JAS39 (unregistered)


Why don't You use flight-mode then???

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 11:12

5. ri0t (unregistered)


Not for nothing, I think the wow factor is still there overall for the iphone. The UI on this device alone puts all other touchscreen UI phones from LG, Samsung etc. to shame. The app store itself has some awesome apps that take advantage of the iphones accelerometer and fast processor. Overall I still think this device is ahead of it's time in many facets. Lastly, if you are that stuck on verizon being the better company over at&t well all well and good for you go with the Dare or Voyager then.

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 11:40

6. high hoe ontario (unregistered)


I waited for the iPhone 3g and now that I am using it to post this comment I have to say it is the best phone I have had so far. I love it

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 13:57

11. chunnertyme (unregistered)


I have Verizon...checked out the Dare. Didn't really like it (the UI). Walked over to the Apple Store and picked up the 3G in white. So far, I love the phone. Yes, there are some issues but, the UI is so slick and it's still the best out there.

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 14:57

13. (unregistered)


I agree... The Dare might have some things that the iphone lacks, but overall quality of the iphone beats it straight down!

posted on 15 Jul 2008, 17:33

31. (unregistered)


I disagree Dare kills iphone with no questions asked. Try dropping your iphone! Ever seen cracked screens before? I have and more than a handful from my buddies. Without a question Dare is a much better choice not to mention Verizon too.

posted on 29 Jul 2008, 09:31

79. (unregistered)


That's a pretty dumb argument to make... It's sad verizon fans close their eyes for so many things just to look "kewl".

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 15:23

15. (unregistered)


I checked out the iPhone and the UI is unmatched. Features suck for a high end device IMO and this is why I have the Dare. Features on the Dare are better and it is not a smartphone.

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 17:04

17. XxTNTxX (Posts: 12; Member since: 12 May 2008)


Do you not realize the full potential of the iPhone in conjunction w/ the AppStore??? Because of the popularity of the iPhone, developers are going to focus time and $ on making apps that utilize the features of the iPhone (eg accelerometer, gps, superb multi touch screen). I can guarantee you that these apps will blow away the few features the LG Dare has to offer. Look at what's already offered by the AppStore: Remote for iTunes .. simply sick. Super Monkey Ball .. havent played w/ that yet but im sure is hella fun some song identifier (comparable to VZ Song ID) but allows u to even hum the tune of a song Stuff like this is keeping the iPhone at the top of technology

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 17:14

18. (unregistered)


Yes I agree... Developers are hard at work making TERRIFIC apps for the iphone! I bought Super Monkey Ball. Despite the control function (It kinda hard, hopefully there will be a software update that will fix it) the 3D graphics are by far the best I have seen on a cell phone... Very fun and addicting!

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 18:44

19. (unregistered)


It all depends on what's important to you. If a slick UI and a few fun apps means more to you than solid coverage, exceptional reception, great voice quality and a hearty battery (which is the case for a lot of people apparently), then the iphone is a good choice. But again, as the review says, the original had the same slick UI and can run the new software, so why upgrade? If you're looking for a phone first and a toy second, then the Dare beats the iphone handily in all the important categories. What's saddest about the 3G iphone is that it isn't much of an upgrade (which is something Steve Jobs just can't get enough of apparently: convincing millions of people that the same product is an upgrade and making billions off of selling them).

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 21:25

20. (unregistered)


Sorry folks I am not defending any specific brands but I do know that iphone is kind of cool but Dare kills it in my opinion for my needs. I am careless about iphone or ATT for that matter. I have been with Verizon for a very long time and never had any issues. I could go on and list a ton of things that Dare does much better than iphone and in that light I could say Dare puts the other ones to shame! I have tried both and I really really love my Dare :D Best phone I have ever used or seen to date!

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 21:30

21. (unregistered)


I totally don't care about any of those lame apps. I want a nice solid and functional phone that features a great camera as well also I am not crazy about the glass screen and dinged up metal case. And I don't care about super expensive smartphone plans either.

posted on 14 Jul 2008, 23:08

23. (unregistered)


LAME APPS??? Why don't you check the app store (on itunes) and see for yourself how innovative these apps are! The developers are making terrific apps that take advantage of the processing power or the accelerometer of the iphone like Super Monkey Ball. It's the best graphics you will see on a cell phone... Or multi-touch features apps... Some apps use the GPS for location services... This is a BIG selling point of the iphone.... Major developers are aboard making terrific apps like AIM, Facebook, MySpace, and Pandora! LAME apps... HA!

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Display3.5 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (165 ppi) LCD
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 412 MHz
0.125 GB RAM
Size4.50 x 2.40 x 0.48 inches
(115.5 x 62.1 x 12.3 mm)
4.70 oz  (133 g)
Battery1150 mAh, 10 hours talk time

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