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Created: 06/17/09

iPhone 3Gs - Improves on greatness / Affordable iPhone

Please also read my reviews of the iPhone 1.0 & 3G.

I've owned a cellphone since 1992. I've always had a "top of the line phone" (I've always had AT&T = formerly Cingular = formerly BellSouth Mobility)

In 17 years having cellphones, I've had over 100 (Yes 100+) different models & makes

The iPhone uses GSM - an international standard technology for cellphones. Verizon & Sprint use CDMA (& variants) - this technology is found in very few places widespread outside the USA & Europe.

One minor hardware complaint about the iPhone has been addressed by Apple - the new iPhone 3GS has an oil resistant coating - making it easier to clean and less "smudgeable"

The 4.0 iPhone OS is very stable. The addition of copy & paste, video, & tethering make "jailbreaking" completely unnecessary

I haven't had signal issues w/ many phones, it's always clumsy interfaces.

Every phone I've ever had, no matter how long I've had it - I've had a problem placing a call on hold & answering another call or joining a call into a 3-way. The iPhone interface is so well designed features are clearly labeled - I don't have that problem

I had an HP iPaq 6515 - I hated the keyboard. (Which is similar in design to Palm & Blackberry smartphones w/ physical keyboards) Physical keyboards on cellphones are hard to see, crowded w/ characters & difficult to use w/ my large fingers. iPhone users should try the pogo stylus if they have issues, but give it it time - you will become proficient within a few weeks

The camera on my iPhone 1.0 & 3G was great. The camera on the new iPhone is stunning though. I see myself taking even more pictures. I use the HP iPrint app to print my photos out. The side by side comparison is noticeable from the 1st gen iPhone camera. The viewfinder & capture buttons are crystal clear. It's easy to transfer photos from iPhone to computer for editing

Unlike most smartphones - that have Windows Mobile, the iPhone has an intuitive interface that's easy to understand & navigate. There's no need to read a manual; it's just simple to understand. A Blackberry makes me ask, "where do I go?" & "what do I do?""

The iPhone 3GS has a faster processor (600Mhz vs 433Mhz) & more RAM (256MB vs 128MB). This makes the iPhone 3GS feel significantly snappier.

Because an iPhone uses standard iPod sync & charge cables - accessories are easy to find.

Battery life is very good & improved from the previous generations of iPhones; even when utilizing power draining features like Wifi & Bluetooth.

I can actually use the calculator on an iPhone, unlike on other cell phones where you have to figure out corresponding keys

The Google Maps feature is amazing w/ the ability to use satellite data, the addition of the compass & GPS pinpoints your location w/ amazing accuracy & even better than dedicated GPS devices. The GPS integration w/ LocateMe is awesome

My complaints:

- Edge data network is acceptable & what I connect to the most often, but I still have to pay for 3G data access = $10 more each month
- FM transmitters don't work well due to interference

The new iPhone is definitely worth the upgrade. I now have enough room to back up the important parts of my hard drive to the iPhone, thanks to the 32GB capacity. I have right at 8GB of music & 6GB of pictures, text message, apps, etc - so the 32GB model will come in handy for me

99 of 114 people found this review helpful. Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Created: 07/27/09

Modest improvements--still lacking in areas

I've owned all iterations of the iPhone--and this is by far the one I was most impressed with. The switch from the 3g-->3gS puts the previous 1st-->3g jump to shame.

The 3gS variants are almost identical to the previous 3G iPhones. The major changes are NOT cosmetic in nature. The CPU has been improved from 412mhz to 600mhz, the ram has been doubled, a new graphics chip has been installed (providing OpenGL support), a new camera, and an internal compass has been built in (see more). Sadly, there is STILL no 3rd party routing software available--google maps is sufficient though.


Thoughts: 3G vs. 3G S

1. The battery life for both is rather similar. SLIGHT improvement in the 3G S.
2. The LCD digitizer (touchscreen) is practically the same with both editions--3G seems brighter.
3. Dimensions and case sizes are nearly identical--3G S is a bit thinner. The engravings on the back are different, but you're getting the same pretty case from the 3G.
4. Unaided GPS (without AT&T tower assistance) is just about as weak in both models... but the 3G S sports an internal compass, allowing for amazing accuracy and directional navigation while hiking and "street-walking". Hands down, the best new addition to the 3G S.
5. The new CPU and graphics chip combine for SIGNIFICANTLY decreased loading times when partaking in both graphically intensive gaming, and everyday activities (web browser loading). In games, this contributes to increased frame rates which are highly noticeable.
6. The internal camera has been boosted from a paltry 2mp to an adequate 3mp. It's not spectacular, but it's in line with current offerings. It features autofocus, which is a very nice addition. FINALLY, users have built-in video recording capability without going to extreme lengths.


What is disturbing about this model:

1. Do NOT let it overheat. Make sure you keep it charged in a cool location with sufficient airflow. This means DON'T put it on fabric. Don't overcharge, and be sure to inspect (check for overheating) regularly. The first time it overheats (it will be HOT to the touch), the battery output will GREATLY diminish (1/2 to 1/3 capacity), and should be changed through Apple.
2. There is NO apple-supplied application for checking and resetting the iPhone battery. This is provided for MacBooks, but not the iPod line
3. As with all iPhone models, buy a case--a Zagg InvisibleShield to protect it from scratches and the odd bump/bruise--or a silicone case--I highly recommend a screen protector. iPhones are FRAGILE (see below).
4. Internal components are flush with the case, and simple dents will cause components/features to fail.
5. DO NOT attempt to open ANY iPhone model for repair if you do not have experience--the cases/trim are prone to dents/bends, and you are likely to scratch/damage internal components if you attempt to replace the digitizer or battery yourself (the most common repairs). It is better to take them directly to Apple stores for repair.
6. Based on who you talk to, Apple will ONLY honor the 1 year manufacturer warranty if the iPhone is linked to an AT&T contract. If you have Jailbroken/Unlocked your iPhone, reset it to factory firmware and specifications before attempting to deal with Apple Repair.
7. No external HD capacity detected--camera only.
8. You have to deal with iTunes to activate and sync music.
9. Still no front-based camera for video-conferencing... very important to business users.

Hope this helped

62 of 71 people found this review helpful. Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Created: 06/17/09

iPhone 3Gs - Improves on greatness/OS 3.0 makes a dream

Please see also read my reviews of the iPhone 1.0 & 3G

I've owned a cellphone since 1992. I've always had a "top of the line phone" (I've always had AT&T = formerly Cingular = formerly BellSouth Mobility)

In 17 years having cellphones, I've had over 100 (Yes 100+) different models & makes

The iPhone uses GSM - an international standard technology for cellphones. Verizon & Sprint use CDMA (& variants) - this technology is found in very few places widespread outside the USA & Europe.

One minor hardware complaint about the iPhone has been addressed by Apple - the new iPhone 3GS has an oil resistant coating - making it easier to clean and less "smudgeable"

The 3.0 iPhone OS is very stable. The addition of copy & paste, video, & tethering make "jailbreaking" completely unnecessary (Tethering is promised by AT&T in the US later)

I haven't had signal issues w/ many phones, it's always clumsy interfaces.

Every phone I've ever had, no matter how long I've had it - I've had a problem placing a call on hold & answering another call or joining a call into a 3-way. The iPhone interface is so well designed features are clearly labeled - I don't have that problem

I had an HP iPaq 6515 - I hated the keyboard. (Which is similar in design to Palm & Blackberry smartphones w/ physical keyboards) Physical keyboards on cellphones are hard to see, crowded w/ characters & difficult to use w/ my large fingers. iPhone users should try the pogo stylus if they have issues, but give it it time - you will become proficient within a few weeks

The camera on my iPhone 1.0 & 3G was great. The camera on the new iPhone is stunning though. I see myself taking even more pictures. I use the HP iPrint app to print my photos out. The side by side comparison is noticeable from the 1st gen iPhone camera. The viewfinder & capture buttons are crystal clear. It's easy to transfer photos from iPhone to computer for editing

Unlike most smartphones - that have Windows Mobile, the iPhone has an intuitive interface that's easy to understand & navigate. There's no need to read a manual; it's just simple to understand. A Blackberry makes me ask, "where do I go?" & "what do I do?""

The iPhone 3GS has a faster processor (600Mhz vs 433Mhz) & more RAM (256MB vs 128MB). This makes the iPhone 3GS feel significantly snappier.

Because an iPhone uses standard iPod sync & charge cables, accessories are easy to find.

Battery life is very good & improved from the previous generations of iPhones; even when utilizing power draining features like Wifi & Bluetooth.

I can actually use the calculator on an iPhone, unlike on other cell phones where you have to figure out corresponding keys

The Google Maps feature is amazing w/ the ability to use satellite data, the addition of the compass & GPS pinpoints your location w/ amazing accuracy & even better than dedicated GPS devices. The GPS integration w/ LocateMe is awesome

My complaints:

- Edge data network is acceptable & what I have to connect to the most often but I still have to pay for 3G data access = $10 more each month

- FM transmitters don't work well due to interference

- AT&T has limited some features (at least initially)

The new iPhone is definitely worth the upgrade. I now have enough room to back up the important parts of my hard drive to the iPhone, thanks to the 32GB capacity. I have right at 8GB of music & 6GB of pictures, text message, apps, etc - so the 32GB model will come in handy for me

39 of 44 people found this review helpful. Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Created: 06/23/09

Upgrading? Here's what you need to know...

If you're upgrading from a Blackberry or even from an iPhone 3G (2008), here's what you need to know about the iPhone 3GS (2009).

THE GOOD:
- Battery life is excellent. I used the phone for over 8 hours yesterday and still had 20% battery left. Much improved over the 2008 model.
- The screen has an anti-smudge coating which works WONDERS! I have yet to see a smudge or fingerprint on the front of the phone.
- The camera is noticeably sharper when taking pictures. It's also a little bit "warmer". The auto-focus feature is very cool.
- VIDEO! You can take hours and hours of video, trim them as needed, and then upload them directly to YouTube. Very streamlined. Very easy.
- Copy & Paste works surprisingly well with the touchscreen. You can only copy one thing at a time though.
- The phone is fast. Applications open quickly. Contacts load immediately. Browsing the internet is a breeze with Safari.
- There is a "hard" switch to turn on Vibrate (located just above the volume rocker), which is great for when you are about to walk into a meeting and need to quickly ensure that your phone won't be ringing at the wrong time.
- When you talk on the phone, the screen itself turns off, which saves a ton on battery life.
- There is a built-in compass, so when you use Google Maps w/ GPS, you can actually see which direction you're headed.
- You can use the Apple iTunes Store on your phone to download not only songs, but also TV Shows & Movies. You can do this over the 3G network. Did I mention there are 50,000+ apps available to download as well?
- If you subscribe to MobileMe ($100/yr), all your contacts, bookmarks, calendars, & emails are synced automatically, which is great if you ever have to switch to another iPhone (via an upgrade/replacement, etc). You can also use a feature called "Find My iPhone" which shows exactly where your phone is located on a map (using GPS).
- If you don't subscribe to MobileMe, you can still have all your contacts, calendars, & emails pushed to your phone using Gmail, Google Calendar, as well as other options like Outlook/MS Exchange, Yahoo!, and AOL.
- Visual Voicemail is really cool, and comes standard (i.e. you see a listing of who called; click on their name and hear their voicemail without having to call your normal VM number).

THE BAD:
- Typing on this phone can be difficult. There is a predictive typing feature, which helps, but until you get used to the on-screen keyboard, don't expect to type as fast as you could on the Blackberry.
- There is no T9 option either, if that's what you're used to.
- Unless you install some sort of hack or mod, your carrier will properly charge you for Laptop Tethering (i.e. using your phone's internet connection on your laptop).
- Very little in way of customizing the phone's home-screen/desktop. You can set a background, but it only appears when the phone is locked. You can move icons around, but you can't change icons or put them into folders.
- The global "spotlight" search works great... except it won't search your text messages.
- You can't delete all your text messages as once if you're looking to free up some space.

THE UGLY:
- AT&T won't support MMS until later this year.
- Certain "sounds" the phone makes are followed by a high-pitch whine which is clearly noticeable & quite annoying.
- Both of the "UGLY" should be fixed in the coming months, so don't let that deter you from picking up this amazing phone.

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Created: 01/30/11

Iphone 2g (AKA 1g or classic) Hardware

The hardware

Industrial design
We're just going to come out and say it: the iPhone has the most beautiful industrial design of any cellphone we've ever seen. Yes, it's a matter of taste, and while we imagine some won't agree, we find it hard to resist the handset's thoughtful minimalism and attention to detail.
The display

The iPhone features the most attractive display we've ever seen on a portable device of this size, by far and bar none. While its 160ppi resolution isn't quite photorealistic, the extremely bright 3.5-inch display does run at 480 x 320, making it one of the highest pixel-density devices around today (save the Toshiba G900's mind-popping 3-inch 800 x 480 display). The screen also provides an excellent outdoor viewing experience. With optical properties reminiscent of transflective displays, the iPhone remains completely readable (if a only bit washed out) even in direct sunlight. Unfortunately, the display's viewing angle left a little something to be desired.

Details:

Model iPhone
Initial operating system iPhone OS 1.0
Highest Supported operating system iPhone OS 3.1.3
Display 3.5 in (89 mm), 3:2 aspect ratio, scratch-resistant[78] glossy glass covered screen, 262,144-color LCD, 480 × 320 px(HVGA) at 163 ppi
Storage 4, 8 and 16 GB
Processor 620 MHz (underclocked to 412 MHz) Samsung 32-bit RISCAR​M 1176JZ(F)-S v1.0[80][81]

Graphics PowerVR MBX Lite 3D GPU[86]
Memory 128 MB DRAM[89]
Connectivity Wi-Fi (802.11b/g),
USB 2.0/Dock connector,
Quad bandGSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
Bluetooth 2.0 + EDRCambridge Bluecore4[91]




Camera 2.0 MP

Audio codec Wolfson MicroelectronicsWM8758BG[96]

Materials Aluminum, glass and plastic

Power Built-in non removable rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery[100][101][102]
3.7 V1400 mA·h[citation needed]

Rated battery life (hours) audio: 24
video: 7
Talk over 2G: 8
Browsing internet: 6
Standby: 250

Dimensions 115 × 61 × 11.6 mm (4.5 × 2.4 × 0.46 in)
Weight 135 g (4.8 oz)
Released 4 and 8 GB: June 29, 2007
16 GB: February 5, 2008
Discontinued 4 GB: September 5, 2007
8 and 16 GB: July 11, 2008
Type Allocation Codes 01/124500

Thanks Engadget.com
and wikipedia.org

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