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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

100 of 115 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.

79 of 88 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: 06/17/09

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

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

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. 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

It comes in 16 & 32 gig sizes.

30 of 32 people found this review helpful. Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Created: 06/04/10

iPhone 3GS Review

The good: The Apple iPhone 3GS offers critical new features including support for high-speed 3G networks, third-party applications, and expanded e-mail. Its call quality is improved and it continues to deliver an excellent music and video experience.

The bad: The iPhone 3GS continues to lack some basic features that are available on even the simplest cell phone. Battery life was uneven, and the 3G connection tended to be shaky. Also, the e-mail syncing is not without its faults.

The bottom line: The iPhone 3GS delivers on its promises by adding critical features and sharper call quality. The iTunes App Store is pretty amazing, and the 3G support is more than welcome. Critical features still are missing, and the battery depletes quickly under heavy use, but the iPhone 3GS is a big improvement over the original model.

23 of 27 people found this review helpful. Was this review helpful? Yes | No

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