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Topic # 23838 9-Jul-2008 22:34
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Summaries provided by Apple Insider article - First iPhone 3G reviews via the WSJ, USA Today and NY Times

Three of Apple's favorite journalists have weighed in on iPhone 3G and reckon the device to be a major -- though not perfect -- improvement on its predecessor. 
(links to original reviews)

  • iPhone 3G "is much, much faster at fetching data over cellphone networks" than the original version.
  • Overall, the new phone "mostly keeps its promises."
  • Surfing the net was typically between three and five times as fast on AT&T's 3G network. In Washington and New York, 3G speeds ranged between 200 and 500 kilobits per second compared to 70 and 150 kbps on EDGE.
  • With 3G enabled, the iPhone 3G's battery drained much more quickly in a typical day of use than the battery on the original iPhone.
  • Apple has greatly improved the iPhone's audio. The built in speaker is much louder for music and speakerphone conversations, but the phone produced an echo when used with the built-in Bluetooth system in Walt's car.
  • Exchange ActiveSync works well and setup takes just minutes. Any changes made on the iPhone are reflected instantly in Microsoft Outlook. Email is also pushed to the phone instantly.
  • While iPhone Software v2.0 allows for both personal and Exchange email accounts to function simultaneously, synching Exchange calendars and contacts will erase any personal calendars and contacts.
  • A side benefit to 3G coverage is that it improves voice coverage: "At my neighborhood shopping center, where the first iPhone got little or no AT&T service, the iPhone 3G registered strong coverage."
  • AT&T, however, still has spotty network coverage in major metropolitan areas: "In New York City, riding in a taxi along the Hudson, one important call was dropped three times on the new iPhone. Finally, I borrowed a cheap Verizon phone and got perfect reception."

  • "No equal among consumer-oriented smartphones."
  • Baig's corporate data (through Exchange) was a "relative cinch" to setup and works well.
  • 3G isn't accessible in parts of northern New Jersey, highlighting the at times spotty coverage of the faster network.
  • Most websites take 10 to 30 seconds to load through 3G, which is a lot faster than on EDGE (which often takes an extra 30 seconds or more).
  • The phone feels "perfectly comfortable" in the hand courtesy of the plastic back.
  • Apple confirms that the plastic should improve reception versus the original's aluminum.
  • The journalist is "impressed" by the accuracy of GPS, but says the phone begs for voiced turn-by-turn directions.
  • Audio quality is better overall, particularly the speakerphone; headphones are of course still better.
  • Parental controls actually remove icons outright from the home screen; they don't just block access.
  • You'll still want to charge the phone about once a day if used regularly.
  • Old iPod accessories meant to charge over Firewire circuitry (such as a Belkin car kit) don't work; iPhone 3G still only recognizes USB.
  • Overall: an "enthusiastic thumbs up."

  • The "gracefully curved" back feels better in the hand than the original iPhone.
  • Call quality takes a "gigantic leap forward" and is "crystal clear" on either end of the call; few other phones rival it.
  • Apple: the GPS receiver's antenna is too small to replicate turn-by-turn navigation of a full unit.
  • Like with most GPS devices, a 'canyon' effect from downtown buildings can block reception.
  • Battery replacement will still cost $86.
  • Examples of third-party apps: iCall for VoIP calls over Wi-Fi, G-Park for position-based parking, and Urbanspoon for picking a random nearby restaurant by sharing the phone.

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  Reply # 145809 9-Jul-2008 22:48
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Here is another one from Australia Smile




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  Reply # 145961 10-Jul-2008 09:58
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Stuff.co.nz reviews Apple iPhone 3G




 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 146189 10-Jul-2008 16:20
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MattD:



  • While iPhone Software v2.0 allows for both personal and Exchange email accounts to function simultaneously, synching Exchange calendars and contacts will erase any personal calendars and contacts.


I saw this on Engadget and thought to myself - isn't that more a limitation of ActiveSync than the iPhone? - but didn't want to discuss it there (the users are pretty merciless in the comments section if you get something wrong) so I'll pose the question to my fellow GZers.

I use ActiveSync for my Okta Touch and I know if I go into the settings on ActiveSync on my work PC it will not let me check the box to sync emails etc under both exchange and computer - it's one or the other.

Steve



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  Reply # 146263 10-Jul-2008 17:44
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norwegian: There's a review of the iPhone over at PC World, in both written and video form :)

http://pcworld.co.nz/pcworld/Stories/Apple_iPhone_3G/Apple_iPhone_3G.html

Scott is such a handsome fella :p

Thanks norwegian, originally posted here.  I have taken the liberty to copy into this thread to collect various iPhone 3G reviews from various countries / journos.
Please add any more that you come across

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