x PhoneArena is hiring! Reviewer in the USA

Apple iPhone 3G Review

Apple iPhone 3G

Posted: , posted by PhoneArena Team

Tags:

Pages
Camera:

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.

Outdoor Samples - Apple iPhone 3G Review
Outdoor Samples - Apple iPhone 3G Review
Outdoor Samples - Apple iPhone 3G Review

Outdoor Samples

Strong Light - Indoor Samples - Apple iPhone 3G Review
Medium Light - Indoor Samples - Apple iPhone 3G Review
Low Light - Indoor Samples - Apple iPhone 3G Review

Strong Light

Medium Light

Low Light

Indoor Samples


Apple iPhone 3G Review
Apple iPhone 3G Review
Multimedia:

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.

Apple iPhone 3G Review
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.

Apple iPhone 3G Review
Apple iPhone 3G Review

Software:

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

Apple App Store

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.

AIM - Apple iPhone 3G Review
AIM - Apple iPhone 3G Review

AIM


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.




Apple iPhone 3G Review
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.

Apple iPhone 3G Review
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.

91 Comments
  • Options
    Close





Want to comment? Please login or register.

PhoneArena rating:
8Very good
Display3.5 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (165 ppi) LCD
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 412 MHz
0.1 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

Latest stories