USA Today’s Baig reviews Apple’s iPhone OS 3.0, iPhone 3G S: Already marvelous device gets better

“In the nearly two years since the iPhone burst onto the scene, the competition for handheld computers has grown fierce,” Edward C. Baig reports for USA Today.

MacDailyNews Take: It has? Where? Derivative knockoffs are not “fierce,” they’re just desperate.

Baig reports, “Apple crushes all comers when it comes to third-party applications — the iPhone App Store has 50,000-plus applications and counting, all the more remarkable because it just opened in July.”

“I’ve been testing the latest [iPhone OS 3.0] software on an iPhone 3G S device for over a week now, and the changes make an already marvelous device that much better. Not everyone should feel the need to splurge on the latest phone, however, especially if you have to pay full price — the 3.0 software adds a lot of rich features by itself. But you’ll appreciate the extra storage on the 32-gigabyte 3G S, and you’ll have to upgrade if you want the video camera, voice controls and a new screen reader,” Baig reports.

“The new phone, which comes in black or white, looks virtually identical to its slim and stunning predecessors. But it is snappier (YouTube videos appear without delay) and has a longer-life battery (thankfully) and an improved camera. A new coating makes it less prone to fingerprints. There’s a compass to keep you pointed in the right direction,” Baig reports.

“MMS and tethering are among the bucket of features included with the 3.0 upgrade. Others: deeper parental controls and the ability to wirelessly buy or rent movies and purchase TV shows and music videos, plus a digital voice recorder. The Safari browser is zippier and can automatically fill in user names and passwords,” Baig reports.

Full review here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

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