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Apple iPhone 3G review

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Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

Those who waited for the 3G second edition of the iPhone will appreciate dramatically faster cellular data access and an impressive software update including a raft of third-party programs. UPDATED: July 28 2008.

Those who waited for the 3G second edition of the iPhone will appreciate dramatically faster cellular data access and an impressive software update including a raft of third-party programs.

UPDATED: July 28 2008.

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When the original Apple iPhone arrived in June 2007, it was greeted by massive hype and long lines at Apple and O2 stores. But a lot of people who were interested in the iPhone held back, guided by a thoughtful and careful technological principle: "Never buy version 1.0".

With the release of Apple's iPhone 3G and its iPhone 2.0 software, the hype and the lines are back, but the era of iPhone 1.0 is officially over.

Those who waited for the second edition of the iPhone will appreciate dramatically faster cellular data access and an impressive software update including a raft of third-party programs. For original iPhone buyers, however, the iPhone 3G is only a must-have upgrade for those who will take full advantage of the fast 3G data network.

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  1. Apple iPhone 3G review
  2. Apple iPhone 3G hardware
  3. iPhone peripherals and the 3G iPhone
  4. Apple iPhone 3G software
  5. 3G: full speed ahead
  6. Where am I? iPhone GPS
  7. Loud and clear
  8. Strange lapses
  9. 3G iPhone power and battery
  10. The price

Click on the link below to see our iPhone 3G video

Original 3G iPhone review


  1. Does the iPhone 3G justify the hype?
  2. Above all, a phone
  3. Internet to go
  4. Check your mail
  5. Oh yeah, the iPod
  6. The iPhone 3G in use
  7. Apple iPhone 3G: first look, June 2008

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Apple iPhone 3G Scores 8.3 out of 10 based on 894 reviews

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  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 9 of 10 for features
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

If you've been cautious and waited a year for the second generation of iPhone, your patience will be rewarded. The iPhone 3G improves on the original iPhone's audio quality, offers access to a faster data network, and sports built-in GPS functionality. You'll also be getting in on the ground floor of the exciting new world of third-party software written for the iPhone. And business users will appreciate the iPhone's new Exchange syncing features. If you're an existing iPhone user, the fact that your current phone will be able to take advantage of all the iPhone 2.0 software features, including Exchange syncing and third-party applications, blunts some of the excitement of this upgrade. If you live in an area with a 3G network and find yourself chafing at the comparatively slow speeds of the EDGE network all the time, it's probably worth the upgrade. But if you don't mind the internet experience on your current phone, you'd be better off installing the 2.0 software update and holding on to your existing device.


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