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The iPhone 3G is the successor to the popular cell phone from Apple.

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Pros

GPS Support

59 agree

High speed 3G

48 agree

Good selection of free apps available

47 agree

Still has the best web browser on a cell phone

44 agree

Intuitive interface

40 agree

Very vibrant developer community

37 agree

Real time 3D graphic rendering

28 agree

Very responsive touchscreen

27 agree

WiFi

26 agree

Operating system years ahead of competitors.

23 agree

Slimmer contour than previous generation

22 agree

Desktop synchronisation with both MacOS X and Windows

20 agree

Excellent free development tools and documentation.

20 agree

Purchasing of music and apps right on the phone

19 agree

Largest screen on a phone

18 agree

YouTube

18 agree

Quality controlled third party applications

17 agree

text selection, cut, copy and paste functionality (added in 3.0)

14 agree

Easily email and post photos to Facebook directly from the phone

12 agree

Affordable (depending on service plan)

10 agree

MMS capabilities (added in 3.0)

10 agree

Integrated (via Google app) voice search is great.

9 agree

Push synchronisation via me.com

9 agree

Viable Gameing Platform

9 agree

Cars now feature a digital iPod connector for crystal-clear digital interfacing

8 agree

Available in white (16 GB version only)

6 agree

MMS available in OS 3.0 or above

4 agree

Tethering available with OS3.0 or above

3 agree

Camera functionality has improved surprisingly much with software updates (3.x)

2 agree
  • Only 3 words are allowed.
Cons

Can't replace the battery yourself, can't replace with a "spare"

41 agree

Battery life is disappointing when using 3G

35 agree

Camera didn't get improved

33 agree

Crippled Bluetooth (only hands-free devices supported)

33 agree

No text selection or copy/paste functionality.

31 agree

Map driving directions are text only (no audio)

30 agree

When switching applications from within another application (ie. sending an email while on map), it doesn't return you to your original app

30 agree

Hitting back button in Safari forces the page to reload which is slow

29 agree

No built-in tethering solution for Internet sharing with a laptop

24 agree

Turn by turn directions in Google Maps app isn't fully flushed out

22 agree

No improvement in storage

21 agree

Very quiet speakerphone

21 agree

No MMS capabilities

20 agree

No front-facing camera lens for video chat

18 agree

No map-caching for the default maps application, so if you don't have a strong signal, you get slow performance or a blank map

16 agree

Prone to locking up and crashing when using Safari

15 agree

the screen shatters very easily, and the design of it offer no protection against falls and breakage

12 agree

Poor search (no email search or web page text search)

12 agree

Unresponsive touch screen if it gets greasy..and it gets greasy

11 agree

Weak WiFi antenna

11 agree

Poor on screen keyboard

11 agree

Cannot shuffle between apps

11 agree

Scratches easily

10 agree

Touchscreen doesn't work well when it's too cold

10 agree

Can't use speakerphone when checking voicemail

9 agree

No voice dialing.

8 agree

No background running apps

7 agree

Automatically opens web links from home screen in new Safari tab, so you end up with 8 tabs (the max allowed) open all the time

7 agree

Speaker sounds horrible

7 agree

Slow at finding WiFi networks

7 agree

no Adobe Flash support

7 agree

Can't file or delete emails on a plane or when you are out of signal coverage.

7 agree

Requires development of apps using C-Objective, rather than the more popular Java

6 agree

Japanese iPhone not adapted for Japanese cell phone market

6 agree

Very short USB/power cord included

6 agree

camera is only 2MP

5 agree

Even though it's an awesome Internet device, it sucks as an actual phone

4 agree

Apple charges extra $99/year for cloud integration (MobileMe)

4 agree

not largest screen on phone a htc touch hd(blackstone) has a 3.8 inch screen, iphone has 3.5 inch screen

4 agree

Filing of emails is clunky - need search / typeahead capability.

4 agree

On AT&T service only. AT&T is known for very poor coverage and dropped calls.

4 agree

External speaker is mono only. Should be stereo.

4 agree

no video recording

3 agree

camera has no flash

3 agree

Can't invite other people to meetings (MS Exchange appointments)

3 agree

cannot pick up reception/signal even in areas where you know you should get reception/signal

2 agree

Poor support from Apple in the event on harware breaks.

2 agree

No FM Radio

1 agrees

limited functionality to add email attachments

1 agrees

WiFi chip crashes on some models with firmware upgrade.

1 agrees

Limited to one exchange server account to be setup

1 agrees

No Instant Messaging notifications

1 agrees

No voice dialing

0 agrees
  • Only 3 words are allowed.
Edit

 

The iPhone 3G is the successor to the popular cell phone from Apple. The biggest changes over the first version is the addition of 3G high-speed data access, which Apple claims is over two times faster than the original when accessing the Internet, and the addition of Global Positioning System (GPS) capabilities. Outside of these changes, most of the unit remains the same as the previous, with the same touch screen, camera and memory sizes. The original iPhone 3G is the predecessor to the faster iPhone 3GS.

Specs
  • 3.5" multi-touch screen
  • 480x320 resolution with 163ppi
  • WiFi B/G access
  • UTMS, and HSDPA connectivity (GSM only)
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • 2MP camera
  • Assisted GPS
  • Battery: 10hrs 2G talk | 5 hours 3G talk | 5hrs 3G Data | 6hrs Wi-Fi | 7hrs video | 24hrs audio | 300hrs standby
  • Price: $99 for 8GB | $199 for 16GB. Contract required.
  • UK Price: £Free on 24 Month contract with O2 - Works out to be approx £800-£900 lifetime cost.
Difference between iPhone 2G and iPhone 3G

3G support - when accessing the data network the data transfer speeds are substantially faster (over twice as fast according to Apple).

GPS - the iPhone 2G had basic location finding that was accurate to hundreds of meters, while the iPhone 3G's implementation is accurate to a few feet for most locations. Additionally, the iPhone 3G renders your position in real time.

Case design - the iPhone 3G is slightly thicker at 12.3mm versus the 2G's 11.6mm. The 3G uses a plastic backing instead of brushed metal like on the 2G, and now the iPhone's headphone jack is "flush" which lets you use regular headphones without the need for an adapter.

iPhone 3.0 Software Additions

Push Notifications - you can now be notified by an Application even if it's not currently running. However the notifications are limited to simple status messages and is not full background processing like the Palm Pre is capable of doing.

Copy-and-Paste - cut, copy and paste text between different applications.

Undo/Redo - Shake the phone to undo/redo when using certain applications like Notes.

Improved Calendar support - Calendar application supports more formats now including the ics standard to sync with Google and Yahoo Calendar services.

Landscape keyboard - now the landscape keyboard is available in all applications, including e-mail.

Search - the core Apple applications now have search built-in so you can search through the text. This includes searching through e-mails and the note applications.

Spotlight - on the left-most pane of the icon screen is now a search utility that lets you search through most of the major Apple applications, and the application names themselves.

MMS - now you can send pictures, voice, and other rich data through the SMS system.

iPhone 2.0 Software Additions

Enterprise Features - supports VPNs, Exchange Server, remote wiping, expanded documents compatibility (Powerpoint now supported, iWorks support). No document editing supported. Documents can now be viewed in horizontal screen aspect by turning the iPhone on its side. These software features are also available on the first gen iPhone.

  • saves images in e-mails to photo library
  • bulk delete and move
  • contact search
  • more language support
  • parental controls
App Store

iPod Touch and iPhone owners can download new applications and programs developed for the devices from the official App Store. Any 3rd party can develop and publish applications to the App Store and can set the price to anything they want, with Apple getting 30% of the revenue. Unofficial applications have already been created for the iPhone 2G, so Apple is hoping that official support and distribution for 3rd party apps will allow for an improved application ecosystem. The App Store can be accessed from the iPhone itself, or from iTunes.

Post Review
Erik
11/18/2010 12:57

OMG. I just played with @scottp 's #samsung_captivate_sgh_i897 and I fell in love. I need to get one ASAP. To me, Android combines what I like about BB and iPhone in one product. My #apple_iphone_3g feels extremely antiquated next to this device.

It's definitely a more "technical" product than the iPhone, but that suits me just fine. The Samsung skin is really good, and what sold it on me was the notification system and how it integrated with txting and GTalk specifically. No need for #kik_messenger anymore for me.

Erik

Erik

11/18/2010 03:18

As much as I love this phone, I hate Rogers. I just wasted 40 mins in the store because "my account isn't eligible for upgrade." This is stupid because I don't have a term in my existing contract. I'm essentially a new customer. The cancellation dept. on the phone is the only way I can put this through.

Dom

Dom

11/30/2010 11:57

how are you syncing your Captivate? do you use doubleTwist? how do you like it? I just saw a post that they integrated wireless sync.

Erik

Erik

12/01/2010 10:22

I just downloaded doubleTwist last night off of a combination of your tip and TechCrunch. I haven't had the chance to play with it yet, but it looks very promising. There's a $0.99 sale (vs. $4.99) for the for first 10K downloaders of the premium AirSync version of the app.

Dom

Dom

12/03/2010 11:17

sweet! how's it working? I wish Google would make a new innovative media player app that would sync with Androids (and others), kind of like the Picasa app that does a whole lot more than just syncing with Picasa Web Apps. There are plenty of good syncing solutions for Android, but an official Google app for the desktop would give iPhone users even one more reason to switch. iPhone users have no understanding of syncing according to my experience in conversations....

Erik

Erik

12/03/2010 11:51

Haven't had the chance to give it a fair shake, yet. Hopefully, I can find some time this weekend. I don't have a deep understanding/appreciation of syncing yet. I like the idea of my home media library always available on my Android phone wherever I go either over WiFi or from the physical media. What excites you? The WiFi streaming or the physical syncing? Is it music or video? Or something else?

Redhat
03/31/2009 12:00

This iphone is pretty good , apple is awesome , I like it very much!

Claymadsen
02/21/2009 10:51

wanting to have this phone ever since it was released. i have an ipod touch and i can say it has superb sound quality. i heard a lot of positive feedbacks about the sound and application in iPhone. i need to have this..

Bekwinz
12/31/2008 11:31

love this phone, got some noce features

Abendstrom
11/12/2008 05:00

While iPhone is nice as a mere portable internet device, in my opinion, it grandly fails the qualification as a Japanese cell phone, although it has been aggressively marketed in Japan since its introduction in July 2008 (which led me, Tokyoite, to buying it). The most important problem is that mail communication with other Japanese cell phones is not possible in many cases. The Japanese cell mail system is arguably the most frequent application of Japanese cell phones, but cell mailing in Japan is very different from ordinary SMS/MMS's in the rest of the world.

Introduction

In Japan, there is a (high) quasi industry standard of what buyers of a new cell phone expect from their phone in terms of functionality, interface and usability. iPhone is currently the second most expensive telephone available on the Japanese cell phone mass market, marketed aggressively by Softbank, the official carrier and vendor for iPhones in Japan, so you would expect it to fulfill at least the standard customer expectations. In fact, though, iPhone's specifications are so different from of the established phones, that SoftBank has prospective customers sign a 2-page paper on "caution items when purchasing an iPhone". (there is none such caution form for any other phone in Japan)

However, the most crucial differences (and lacks) compared to the established cell phones are not mentioned in that caution form. I had to discover them after the purchase of my iPhone and confirmed them one by one with Apple's Japan iPhone support center as well as with Softbank. As I thought that those points are crucially blocking my use of the iPhone as a normal cell phone, I stated to SoftBank/Apple my opinion that they mislead me into believing that the iPhone can be used like a normal cell phone, which it cannot, and thusly contracts based on this assumption are invalid. I eventually demanded the cancellation of the carrier contract (about 8,000 Yen/month) and the reimbursement for the model (69,120 Yen). While admitting to the iPhone lacks of functionality, they refused my claim and didn't even offer me any other option. All conversation was on telephone, I unfortunately do not have names or anything in written at the moment.

Claims

Some of the "standard" functionality of most japanese cell phones that the iPhone does not provide and that are not mentioned in the caution form either, are:

1. Emails from the iPhone are simply rejected by many other cell phones, including most of my friends. This is much more crucial than in the U.S., for instance, as in Japan, cell phones in private use are primarily used for exchanging emails than for talking to people on the phone (This is partly connected to the fact that Japanese spend a lot of time in public places (trains) where talking on the phone is not allowed)


iPhone does not have an ordinary cell phone mail address like all other cell phones, but it has a new, iPhone specific domain. iPhone mails are not sent from the Softbank (carrier) server, but from a special server set up by Apple Japan.


Here lies the problem: Many users (and many of my friends) have their own cell phones set up so that they only accept mails from other cell phone companies, but not allow mails from normal computer mail servers. This is primarily to prevent spam. Now, while theoretically, I could go around and ask every single friend to reset their settings and include my address in the "allowed" list, this is impracticable in practice, it is a very complicated action, and futile, if I happened to only get the other people's mail address but not their number (which happens often with the iPhone, see claim#2) and thusly cannot inform them about the change in the settings because my mail informing them will be rejected too.


I also talked to the customer support center of docomo, which is the carrier most of my friends are customers of, and asked them if they would change the spam settings in order to include iphone mails. They said no, and told me only to tell all my friends to include my iphone individually in their "no spam"-list.


The fact that I cannot exchange mails with most of my friends makes the iPhone useless for me as a cell phone, so this is the most frustrating lack of functionality for me.

2. Japanese characters sent from the iPhone can arrive as "mojibake" or unreadable garbage texts on other cell phones. This is probably related to the fact that iPhone encodes text in Unicode while ordinary Japanese cell phones only allow for the more simple JIS(?)-encoding system. (Apple does in fact acknowledge in the "caution list"  that "emoji" emoticons cannot be exchanged, but this problem is apparently separate)

This is also the likely reason why the navigation system does not recognize any goal input in Japanese (and not in alphabet letters either, as the geographical data are probably stored only in Japanese characters). Any neighbourhood, famous landmarks or train stations, they are all refuted as "location unknown".

3. iPhone does not have infrared. All modern Japanese cell phones have infrared - Infrared is the most common way to exchange phone number and phone email address with other people, something done in a few seconds and with a few keystrokes. I now have to type the information entirely one by one, first into my phone, then into the other person's phone. Not to mention that the auto-complete system constantly hampers the input by suggesting useless completions while email text strings often have no real meaning. A very tedious action which might take up to several minutes.

4. Telephone history list. iPhone does not indicate whether a call was received or dialed. Also, it is not possible to delete single calls from the history list, only the entire list. All this is possible and very useful with Japanese cell phones.

5. Significantly slow. Opening crucial phone applications like the email folder or the address book only takes fractions of a second on normal Japanese phone. With the iPhone, all applications including those mentioned seem to respond with the same speed, i.e. several seconds. Especially the mail folder sometimes shows up only after 10 seconds or more after pressing the button. This significantly hampers the smooth use of the iPhone as cell phone, where you constantly open and close the main applications.

6. While iPhone has a camera, you can only shoot still photos, not movies. All Japanese cell phones equipped with a camera allow for the shooting of movies, too.

Contact me if you are frustrated too.

LogicX
08/04/2008 09:19

It is possible to tether the phone: http://www.modmyifone.com/wiki/index.php/How_to_Tether_the_iPhone_3G

Urbankudos
07/12/2008 05:57

I agree that there are still lots room for improvement with the iPhone 3G, but give credit where credit is due, Apple have done a good job in focusing on creating good technology where and not get carried away to do everything.

I'm sure the rest will come in the next product cycle.

Purexultra
07/11/2008 12:48

i love the fact that it comes with gps

Ajm48786
07/10/2008 05:37

This is overhyped and overrated. 3G is an improvement; however, there are other methods that are quite a bit faster than 3G already available. This falls in line with Apple's long history of adding features that have been available for quite some time in other devices and using "feature X" as a means to promote their product; as though the feature is something totally new. It is deceptive.

The idea people line up in the morning to get these devices is appalling, yet sadly not surprising. Apple uses peoples' ignorance to their advantage. All companies do this to some extent; however, Apple uses peoples' ignorance like a beacon when they add one/two features to a "new" device yet leave everything else intact, even when the "new" features on an Apple product have been available on some other device for 6 months.

The new and the old iphones are RIP OFFS! The storage capacity is pathetic, the pricing is abominable; and you get stuck in a contract designed to leave you unable to purchase food. Where is an SD port!? USB!? Where is bluetooth!? Apple Iphone is way behind the game in terms of quality/features, yet they'll stay ahead due to the sheer blissful ignorance of the masses. Cheers!

Paul300
07/10/2008 01:00

The price is a scam
you have to sign up with at&t and all that

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