Wired reviews Apple iPhone 3G: impressively useful, well-thought-out device; a worthy upgrade

“The iPhone 3G is a worthy upgrade to Apple’s smartphone, and fixes a few flaws that kept many people from buying the first version,” Dylan Tweney reports for Wired.

“The addition of fast 3G wireless data, GPS and a more flexible, extensible operating system mean the iPhone is now entirely competitive with almost every other smartphone on the market. And its new, lower purchase price will remove the final obstacle to purchase for many people. In short, this phone is about to become very, very popular, as it deserves to be,” Tweney reports.

“It feels substantially thinner, thanks to tapered edges, which make it sit more comfortably in the hand… The screen and 2-megapixel camera are identical to those in the older iPhone, but the external speakers are much improved. Call quality was noticeably clearer in our initial tests,” Tweney reports. “The addition of a GPS receiver is a welcome enhancement. The iPhone OS can now use a combination of GPS data and triangulation from WiFi hotspots and cell-tower locations to establish its location. This feature has worked well in our testing so far, and we expect its usefulness to expand as an increasing number of applications start to take advantage of it.”

“The most innovative and compelling feature of the new iPhone has nothing to do with the hardware — it’s a software upgrade… The App Store contained within the iPhone 2.0 operating system transforms the iPhone/iPod touch from mere devices into a full-blown platform, massively multiplying their usefulness by providing a wide array of new applications. There are more than 550 apps available in the App Store so far… And Apple has really nailed the customer experience here. Browsing, purchasing and downloading mobile software has never been easier,” Tweney reports.

Apple’s iPhone 3G “is an impressively useful, well-thought-out device, and comes at a reasonable price. Add in the growing array of software in the iTunes App Store, and you have a device that will get more useful, not less useful, with time. You can’t say that about most other phones,” Tweney reports.

Full review here.

26 Comments

  1. Nice review. I downloaded and installed the new 2.0

    software on my first gen iPhone last night and have just

    started exploring the App Store.

    I love how the simple four function calculator now

    becomes a scientific calculator just by rotating to

    landscape.

  2. “”The most innovative and compelling feature of the new iPhone has nothing to do with the hardware — it’s a software upgrade… “

    thats right, and all the 1st gen iPhones get it too. that is a huge part of the “revolution” the iPhone brings…

  3. And another benefit of the way the 3G iPhone is sold is that AT&T;is able to once again offer discounts to those employees who work for a company for which there is a discount agreement. Just found out that fact from an AT&T;rep.

    For example (not bragging), we’re offered a 25% discount (on the monthly voice only portion). If your company had a similar discount in the past, please check with AT&T;to see if a discount is offered once again on the iPhone.

    Peace.

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