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Apple iPhone 3G Review

Apple iPhone 3G

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Reception is a concern on the iPhone 3G. During our battery testing it took a few attempts to complete the call, and it did drop once. Its bars jump frequently from 1-4, and while we realize bars don’t always accurately reflect signal strength, there were other times when calls took longer to connect than they should. Callers on the other end said we sounded “good” and volume was not an issue, but that we were somewhat “digital and tinny.” Bluetooth performance was even worse, with voice quality degrading further and echoes becoming a problem. It was much better on our end, however, and callers sounded very natural and clear even over Bluetooth.

Apple iPhone 3G Review
The battery is rated at 10 hours of 2G talk time, but we were only able to achieve 8 hours and 40 minutes. It is rated for 5 hours or 3G talk time, but since we couldn’t get a 3G signal at home we were unable to test it. From other reports battery life is a concern all around, with many users falling short on talk time and media playback. Overall we were fairly disappointed with the iPhone’s phone performance.


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. Apple’s fundamental business mistake here is that the iPhone 2.0 software is available to current iPhone owners, meaning they get just about every benefit of the new device without having to shell out a few hundred dollars. Coupled with AT&T’s poor 3G coverage and the issues users have been running into, the 3G just isn’t a compelling upgrade. Furthermore, manufacturers have had a year to catch up to Apple and some are doing a pretty good job.

The original iPhone is still an amazing phone, and can utilize the benefits of the new 2.0 software. When it comes down to it, the new iPhone simply plays catch-up with other devices that have been running 3G and GPS for years. This was an opportunity for Apple to once again raise the bar, but instead they dropped the ball.

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
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PhoneArena rating:
8Good
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

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