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The Age are reporting: iPhone 3G review: now more work horse than show pony
The mobile device dubbed the Jesus Phone is about to have its second coming.
The iPhone 3G, the new incarnation of Apple's first foray into the mobile handset business, will go on sale in 22 countries on Friday.
And Australians will be among the first in the world to witness the buzz surrounding this much-hyped touch-screen device that is part phone, part iPod and part pocket computer.
Even before it goes on sale, there's every indication that the new model is going pick up where its predecessor left off.
In the US, queues of eager consumers have already started forming outside Apple stores and in Britain, a surge of pre-orders on the website of one carrier caused the site to buckle and crash under the strain.
Apple's share price, meanwhile, is flying high, having almost doubled in value since the phone's first public airing 18 months ago.
For the past couple of weeks, I've had an opportunity to poke and prod the iPhone 3G, putting it through its paces to see if this phone really does perform the kind of miracles that earned it the Jesus Phone moniker.
I have used it at home and at work; in a bus and train and car; by the sea and in the highlands; in both Sydney and Melbourne and in many points between those two cities.
And I have tested it on the networks of Optus and Vodafone - two of the three carriers (Telstra being the third) which will be selling the iPhone come Friday.
The phone is not without its flaws. It is not - repeat, not - perfect. And Apple has chosen to omit features which are standard in many other less high falutin' phones.
Moreover, in the year since the first version of the iPhone went on sale, many other phone manufacturers have launched or are about to launch similarly featured so-called smart phones - narrowing the technological lead that Apple enjoyed a year ago.
But to give credit where it's due: this sudden spurt of innovation only came about because of Apple's dive into the mobile business. Without the iPhone, other phone companies might not have picked up their game so quickly.
Apple's engineers and designers are no doubt already working on the next version of the iPhone to restore that advantage.
In the meantime - and possibly for the next 12 to 18 months - what you see with the iPhone 3G is what you get: a powerful, multi-featured, music and video-playing, internet- and email-capable mobile phone with a crappy camera.
The good news for Australian consumers lusting after iPhone is that there is a choice. The fact that the phone is being offered through three carriers means that there are a dizzying array of plans and deals available with the competition keeping everyone honest
CNN have just reviewed the iPhone: iPhone 3G lives up to the hype
Just over a year after Apple birthed the first iPhone, the long-awaited, next-generation iPhone 3G has arrived bearing a mildly tweaked design and a load of new features.
With access to a faster 3G wireless network, Microsoft Exchange server e-mail, and support for a staggering array of third-party software from the iPhone App Store, the new handset is the iPhone we've been waiting for.
It still lacks some basic features but when compared with what the original model was year ago, this device sets a new benchmark for the cell phone world.
With the iPhone 3G, Apple appears to have fixed some call-quality performance issues we had with the previous model--in our initial tests, the volume is louder with less background buzz than before. Music and video quality were largely unchanged, but we didn't have many complaints in that department to begin with.
We're worried about battery life--some early reviews indicate that the iPhone 3G lasts only a day--but we'll run full tests over the next couple of days and report our results on this page.
Price may well remain our largest concern. New AT&T customers and most current AT&T customers can buy the iPhone 3G for $199 for the 8GB model and $299 for the 16GB model. If you don't qualify for that price--check your AT&T account to find out--you'll pay $399 and $499 respectively.
Either way, you'll pay $15 more per month ($74.99 total) for a plan comparable with the original iPhone ($59 per month). So, while you'll pay less outright to buy the handset, you'll make it up over the course of a standard two-year AT&T contract...
ABC are reporting: Apple Hit With 3G iPhone Lawsuit
Suit Comes as Customers Nationwide Complain About Dropped Calls and Slow Data Speed Problems
Amid growing criticism from 3G iPhone customers, a class action complaint was filed against Apple Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Alabama.
Users hope new software to repair glitches will end their 3g problem.
The lawsuit alleges that despite aggressive marketing that the 3G iPhone is "twice as fast for half the price," the much-hyped smartphone is actually much slower than advertised and prone to dropping calls.
"Apple sold these devices on the promise that they were twice as fast as the pre-existing phones and that they would function suitably, or properly, on the 3G network. But, thus far, Apple and the phone have failed to deliver on this promise," Jonathan Kudulis, an attorney with Birmingham, Ala.-based Trimmier Law Firm, told ABCNEWS.com. Trimmier is the firm representing the Ala.-based plaintiff, Jessica Alena Smith....
I have one now! ... and for those who know my previoua views on Apple ... the world has not ended.
Its taken me a while to get on top of it all, but I impressed (...even for an Apple product!)
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