PC Magazine reviews Apple iPhone 3G: Powerful, easy, fun, and just really cool – Editors’ Choice

“Welcome to the Mac Micro,” Sascha Segan and Tim Gideon report for PC Magazine. “The iPhone 3G is the beginning of a new computing platform. With 3G and the App Store, the best iPod ever is now one of the best handheld computers ever. We struggled with a bunch of day-one bugs, but we’re confident that Apple will work them out. Oh, and it’s finally a decent phone, too.”

“Over the past year or so, Apple has made a subtle shift from developing products to building platforms, and it’s a move we applaud. Products are disposable. Platforms grow. We witnessed the shift in the last update to the Apple TV, which gave an old box new features. You saw it when Apple made the iPhone 2.0 software available to original iPhone and iPod Touch owners, as well as to the new iPhone 3G users,” Segan and Gideon report.

“While not a huge physical upgrade over the original iPhone, the 3G hits two of the older model’s critical weaknesses—poor phone call quality and slow Internet connection speeds—and makes it clear that the iPhone is now a platform, a pocket computer that software developers can empower to do anything its users want. It’s a formidable smartphone (though not without weaknesses), a heck of a lot of fun to use, and a device that will grow with you,” Segan and Gideon report.

“iPhone 3G makes our previous Editors’ Choice, the AT&T Tilt, look like last year’s news. This phone is powerful, easy, fun, and just really cool. Apps will come to correct its missing features and make it even better. Hands down it’s the best smartphone on AT&T today and thus our Editors’ Choice,” Segan and Gideon report.

The full review – quite extensive and *gasp* recommended (despite the random nature of PC Magazine’s “Editors’ Choice” criteria or total lack thereof) – here.

Also, check out the companion piece: PC Mag reviews iPhone OS 2.0: Still a niche player, Microsoft Windows Mobile remains Editors’ Choice – July 11, 2008

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Sascha Segan” for the heads up.]

35 Comments

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    Instead of just bitching and condemning MDN, why not take a little time to inform them of a problem. They actually do listen.

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  2. @Sir Gill Bates.

    Yeah!

    BTW, it’ll never happen.
    There will always be people that’ll be unhappy (nay, ANGRY!) that everyone doesn’t think, act and say exactly the things that they think they should.

  3. To those suffering Safari getting high-jacked: Use the contact link to send MDN a notice with the URL you are being redirected to. They will chase it down and may even send you a “thank you” note. That’s what they did for me … but then again ….I didn’t blow them off as assholes in the comments section first.

  4. For the best control over the garbage of the internet. Install a hosts file to the bottom of your /etc/hosts file using sudo pico /etc/hosts , arrowing down and copying then pasting the host text file you see on the link below. Then control x, y to save changes and quit terminal. You’ll need to update it every few months or so but it blocks parasites from ad servers.

    http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm

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  5. I like the Tuner program in the App Store, for $5, which lets you listen to your favorite radio stations on the iPhone. For me in Seattle, that would include KEXP, NPR, and BBC World.

  6. I wrote most of both reviews.

    It’s not rocket science. We have a lot of EC categories, but then again, we look at a lot of products (somewhere between 100-150 in the mobile categories each year.) The EC award for “mobile operating system” is separate for the one for “AT&T;smart phone,” which is the one that the iPhone 3G won.

    The people on this board obviously don’t need me to explain why the iPhone 3G is the best smart phone for AT&T;. Of the range of smart phones available from AT&T;, the iPhone 3G is the best one.

    But it sounds like you could use some explanation of the OS review, which may have confused some folks around here.

    The short answer is that an OS which is only available on devices with one form factor and from one mobile phone carrier in the US can’t win the OS EC, because a large part of the criteria require that people across the US have a choice of devices and carriers that run the OS.

    That EC is designed to help, for instance, business people who are looking to standardize on an OS. I can’t in good conscience recommend that they standardize on something that doesn’t let them bid carriers against each other, or something that doesn’t offer devices with physical keyboards. Yes, I know that the people around here hate physical keyboards. But there are a whole lot of people who demand them. An EC OS has to enable that choice.

    So the iPhone OS has enabled one of the single best smart phones in the world. The iPhone 3G, as an individual smart phone, is excellent. But for Apple to dominate as a broad platform, they need to offer their products on more carriers than just AT&T;, and potentially with more form factor options.

    Here’s another form of that explanation, on a board that I check regularly:

    http://discuss.pcmag.com/forums/1004403812/ShowThread.aspx#1004403812

  7. @ Sir Gill Bates

    I had that Vista anti virus thing pop up as well, and I contacted MDN about it. The Webmaster said the same to me.

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  8. Sr Bill Gates(wannabe) said: “So what I did was to use the ‘contact’ link at the top of the page to notify MDN. I received an email from the Webmaster (who is pretty cool, by the way) that all pop-unders have been suspended.

    Instead of just bitching and condemning MDN, why not take a little time to inform them of a problem. They actually do listen. “

    MDN contracts with someone to run their ads. They have to as tech savy – or more so – than most other websites out there. They should know full-well where the ads come from, and testing their own site constantly.

    If they’re not A-Holes, then they’re just plain lazy.

    Take your pick.

    Just cause they sucked up to you (or are you one of them ghosting as a user) doesn’t mean they are being responsible.

  9. Mr Hagan the writer said: “So the iPhone OS has enabled one of the single best smart phones in the world. The iPhone 3G, as an individual smart phone, is excellent. But for Apple to dominate as a broad platform, they need to offer their products on more carriers than just AT&T;, and potentially with more form factor options.”

    Sometimes people don’t know what they want until someone gives it to them (Obama’s Marxism is an example). I don’t think Apple is in the “phone” business so much as they are in the “Intelligent OS Design” business. The iPhone demonstrates that you don’t need a variety of “forms” to satisfy divergent users. It’s the accessibility of the OS that makes the iPhone so attractive.

    Not saying it can’t be improved.

    And really can’t argue about more carriers or better pricing to penetrate market and make their brilliant OS more widely available (ever see an ad for the Mac Mini in the last year?). Jobs doesn’t want poor people walking into his precious Apple stores, or to see his product at a Wal-Mart. He’s a snob.

    Volume volume volume. The more you produce, the cheaper you can make it, the more profit. However, a company is less exposed to the fluctuations of the economy if their product pricing stays in a comfortable middle ground of the bourgeois and upper crust of buyers. Reduce availability and only certain players can join the game.

    Apple/Jobs doesn’t want to be big. Apple has never been able to meet increased demand and never will until the company shifts its thinking to WIN more than the Best OS award – like being Number One in sales.

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