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iPhone 3G Review

iPhone 3G Review

Apple released a new version of the iPhone operating system, iPhone OS 3.0, a spectacular free upgrade for all existing iPhones that adds over 100 impressive new features.

On the outside, the iPhone 3G S looks exactly like its predecessor. And, in fact, the iPhone 3G S fits perfectly in all of the iPhone 3G accessories I tested , including cases, screen protectors, speakers, car kits, chargers, docks, and more. But when you start actually using the iPhone 3G S, you'll immediately notice that it's not a plain old iPhone 3G. For one thing, it does most things noticeably faster. Startup? Faster. Launch the Mail app? Faster. Load a Web page in mobile Safari? Way faster.

Other improvements include a 3-megapixel camera with autofocus; easy video recording with basic editing and sharing; voice control for both phone and iPod features; and a Compass app that tells you which direction you are facing.

Everything works flawlessly. The camera takes better pictures. The video quality is amazing for a phone and the editing and sharing features are superb. Voice control is at least as good as any other phone I've used, though I do wish it worked with Bluetooth headsets. Even so, having my iPhone 3G S understand me when I say, "Play songs by the Beatles," totally rocks (pun intended). Finally, the Compass app integrates seamlessly with the Maps app to automatically orient maps to the direction you're facing, making the already excellent Maps application even more useful.

In addition to the iPhone 3G S features described above, there are more than 100 new features in iPhone OS 3.0, a free update now available to all current iPhone users via iTunes 8.2 or later.

Perhaps the most anticipated new feature is global Cut, Copy and Paste. It's elegantly implemented and easy to use. I was most impressed at how nicely it worked with every third-party app I tested, without requiring an update or upgrade to the app. And I love the clever way you undo your last edit by shaking your iPhone from side-to-side and then tapping the Undo button.

Global search is another welcome addition, enabling you to search contacts, email, calendars, notes, media, and apps. It's fast and convenient. My only complaint is that you still can't search for area codes, street numbers, cities, states, ZIP codes or phone numbers.

Another winner: You can now use the bigger landscape keyboard in the Mail, Messages (formerly Text), and Notes apps. My fat fingers are quite pleased.

But the features-I-didn't-know-I-needed-but-have-fallen-in-love-with are Find My iPhone and Remote Wipe. If you misplace your iPhone (or worse), merely log in to the MobileMe service ($99 a year) to see a map with the current location of your iPhone. You can then have your iPhone play a sound and/or display a text message such as, "Please return my iPhone. $$ reward. Call me at 555-222-1234." If that doesn't do the trick, you can then initiate a Remote Wipe to erase all of your personal data and restore your iPhone to its factory settings.

Prices start at $199 for 16GB and $299 for 32GB; both require a 2-year AT&T contract.

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Sunday, September 06, 2009

iPhone 3G Review

iPhone 3G Review

Apple released a new version of the iPhone operating system, iPhone OS 3.0, a spectacular free upgrade for all existing iPhones that adds over 100 impressive new features.

On the outside, the iPhone 3G S looks exactly like its predecessor. And, in fact, the iPhone 3G S fits perfectly in all of the iPhone 3G accessories I tested , including cases, screen protectors, speakers, car kits, chargers, docks, and more. But when you start actually using the iPhone 3G S, you'll immediately notice that it's not a plain old iPhone 3G. For one thing, it does most things noticeably faster. Startup? Faster. Launch the Mail app? Faster. Load a Web page in mobile Safari? Way faster.

Other improvements include a 3-megapixel camera with autofocus; easy video recording with basic editing and sharing; voice control for both phone and iPod features; and a Compass app that tells you which direction you are facing.

Everything works flawlessly. The camera takes better pictures. The video quality is amazing for a phone and the editing and sharing features are superb. Voice control is at least as good as any other phone I've used, though I do wish it worked with Bluetooth headsets. Even so, having my iPhone 3G S understand me when I say, "Play songs by the Beatles," totally rocks (pun intended). Finally, the Compass app integrates seamlessly with the Maps app to automatically orient maps to the direction you're facing, making the already excellent Maps application even more useful.

In addition to the iPhone 3G S features described above, there are more than 100 new features in iPhone OS 3.0, a free update now available to all current iPhone users via iTunes 8.2 or later.

Perhaps the most anticipated new feature is global Cut, Copy and Paste. It's elegantly implemented and easy to use. I was most impressed at how nicely it worked with every third-party app I tested, without requiring an update or upgrade to the app. And I love the clever way you undo your last edit by shaking your iPhone from side-to-side and then tapping the Undo button.

Global search is another welcome addition, enabling you to search contacts, email, calendars, notes, media, and apps. It's fast and convenient. My only complaint is that you still can't search for area codes, street numbers, cities, states, ZIP codes or phone numbers.

Another winner: You can now use the bigger landscape keyboard in the Mail, Messages (formerly Text), and Notes apps. My fat fingers are quite pleased.

But the features-I-didn't-know-I-needed-but-have-fallen-in-love-with are Find My iPhone and Remote Wipe. If you misplace your iPhone (or worse), merely log in to the MobileMe service ($99 a year) to see a map with the current location of your iPhone. You can then have your iPhone play a sound and/or display a text message such as, "Please return my iPhone. $$ reward. Call me at 555-222-1234." If that doesn't do the trick, you can then initiate a Remote Wipe to erase all of your personal data and restore your iPhone to its factory settings.

Prices start at $199 for 16GB and $299 for 32GB; both require a 2-year AT&T contract.

More information here

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