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.
iPhone peripherals and the 3G iPhone
If you buy an iPhone 3G to replace a first-generation iPhone, you'll probably want to bequeath your cases and dock to your old iPhone's new owner and prepare to invest in new accessories.
It's always hard to judge a brand-new product when it comes to issues of durability, since we only have a few days to test the product and it's very hard to short-circuit the test of time. However, our colleagues at PC Advisor's US sister title PC World chose to sacrifice an iPhone 3G in order to see how rugged the product was.
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Although PC World's iPhone 3G did end up completely shattered, the editors who tortured it were mightily impressed with its durability. The iPhone 3G survived several simulated trips through a pocket full of keys and other sharp objects, withstood being dunked in a bowl of cereal and milk, and even kept on working through a few drops on concrete from 5ft up.
The iPhone 3G's glass screen cracked beyond repair on the fifth drop. The moral of this story: the iPhone 3G is pretty tough, but don't use it to play a game of catch in a car park.
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