By andy | July 26, 2008
After my post regarding making a decision to buy or not to buy the new iPhone 3G, I decided to BUY the new handset.
After playing with the iPhone 3G – my general verdict is VERY NICE handset which has some very nice features, however it also has some which are overlooked. Basic features being overlooked or not implemented is not great in any handset.
A basic feature review of the iPhone 3G are as follows:
- 3G Connectivity - Heavy battery consumption
- EDGE Connectivity - Slow
- GPS – Faulty? Apple have informed me there is a possible issue with this however it seems to be working for (some) other people
- Camera - 2 mega pixel (could be better)
- Menu / Navigation - perfect, nice interface, trust Apple
- Bluetooth – Lack of data over bluetooth support
- Text Messages – Nice interface, builds up conversation history
- Voice Mail – Nicely implemented to hold messages on the handset rather than with the service provider
- App Store - Great for developers and gives users a vast array of applications (highlighting new apps could be clearer)
- Sync’ing – Would be nice to synchronise over the air rather than cable (iTunes)
The iPhone 3G is a very nice to use handset, user interfaces are almost perfect, the weakness of the handset is the lack of feature support – however some of these may be resolved with firmware updates.
As for the actual device, the plastic back (changed from metal on the original iPhone) – I don’t feel this compromises the quality of the device and there is an alleged technical reason for this (gives better signal for GPS). All in all a good handset, nice to use, however a severe lack of features.