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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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
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.