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Apple iPhone 3G review

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Manufacturer: Apple

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.

Apple iPhone 3G software

Although this review is supposed to focus on the iPhone 3G as a hardware product, it's impossible to fully separate it from the software it runs.

The iPhone 3G ships with version 2.0 of the software that powers both the iPhone and its non-phone cousin, the iPod touch.

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This new version adds numerous features not present in the previous iPhone until now, including support for push email, contacts, and calendars via a corporate Microsoft Exchange server or Apple's new MobileMe service. The most impressive feature of this new software is the App Store, which allows users to download programs written by software developers outside of Apple.

The 2.0 Apple iPhone software is, in many ways, the most important feature of the iPhone 3G. And it's excellent. However, because that software is also available for the original iPhone and the iPod touch, we've chosen to review it separately from the iPhone 3G hardware.

Here's our Apple iPhone 2.0 software review.

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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

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

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  • 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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