Ars Technica reviews Apple iPhone 3G S: Blazingly fast with cool, useful new features

Apple Online Store “The iPhone 3G S has launched and Apple claims that it’s faster than ever. Ars Technica put the device through its paces and found that, while the camera could still use some work, its other new features are useful and the phone’s speed definitely lives up to its name,” Jacqui Cheng and Clint Ecker report for Ars Technica.

“The iPhone 3G S is much like the iPhone 3G introduced in 2008 but, as Apple says, the ‘S’ stands for speed,” Cheng and Ecker report. “There are a number of other improvements made to the iPhone 3G S that differentiate it from its less-speedy sibling, but the one thing that will stick out in any phone owner’s mind after playing with one will definitely be its zip.”

Cheng and Ecker report, “Whether or not you buy an iPhone 3 GS depends highly on what you’re coming from and what you want to do with the device. If you’re in the market for a new iPhone and you’ve never had one before (or you have an original iPhone), there’s no reason not to buy the new one—the device is blazingly fast and can do more cool things than ever; you even qualify for fully subsidized pricing from most carriers.”

Cheng and Ecker report, “If you’re an iPhone 3G owner, the question is more nuanced. How much do you value being able to take video? Do you like having a compass in Maps? One of us (Jacqui) is a 3G owner who doesn’t plan to upgrade because the current feature set is not enough to make her want to drop $400 to $500 on a half-subsidized model that is very similar to one she already owns. However, if there’s one reason to upgrade between these two models, do it for the speed. The speed difference is significant, and iPhone OS 3.0 is clearly optimized for the iPhone 3 GS.”

Full review – very highly recommended – here.

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