Approximately 1 year after the original iPhone had come out, Apple introduced the iPhone 3G, the latest and best model which came with plenty of new features.
It seemed like the iPhone 3G was ready to take over the world. With the exception of a few areas, the iPhone 3G was totally improved. The phone now has access to a much faster 3G wireless network, as well as Microsoft Exchange server email, and a wide variety of other software from the iPhone Application Store.
Many of us waited for this new and improved iPhone, it had improved call quality and reception, background noise was no longer much of a problem, while music and videos were as good as ever.
The appearance of the iPhone 3G is not too much different from that of the older model. If you turn it on its side you will easily be able to tell that the back is now plastic, there is a silver mesh behind the speaker, and the silver rim is also thinner. The change is only slightly different, and may not catch your eye at first, but it is there.
The iPhone 3G and the older model both measure 5.5 inches high, by 2.4 inches wide, and the 3G model weighs just .1 ounce less with a total weight of 4.7 ounces. You will quickly notice that the edges are tappered on the 3G model, which means that it will not like to sit still on a flat, hard surface.
The new display is the same as before, 3.5 inches and 480×320 pixels, which makes for a pleasant picture. The graphics, the colors, and overall quality of the picture is great.
If you are used to using an iPhone then you should not have any problems with the 3G. The home button is located below the display, the volume and mute buttons can be found on the left side, and the power button is on the top. On the bottom you will find the speaker, microphone, and charger port. The USB is still found in the same place as on the older model.
What are those screws on either side of the charger port?
Apparently those screws are there to be able to get at the battery, but not so fast, they say that the battery is still not to be replaced by the user. Lame.
What’s in the box?
Besides the device you will also find documentation, SIM removal tool, electric outlet plug, cleaning cloth, syncing cable, as well as the headset.
How fast is the iPhone 3G?
Well, the speed of your phone will differ based on 3G coverage in your area, but you should be able to expect download speeds to be at least twice as fast as the original.
What about the email?
You can set up email quickly and easily with Microsoft Exchange or MobileMe, and the iPhone can handle multiple POP3 accounts at one time, however, it only syncs with one exchange server and only one calender of contacts at a time with Microsoft Exchange, while MobileMe service will make things a bit easier. The syncing in WiFi is obviously quick, and for the most part, just as quick in 3G. The email is good overall, and definitely improved, although it still will not match up with that of the BlackBerry.
How much does the iPhone 3G cost?
If you are eligible with AT&T you can get the 8GB iPhone 3G for $199, or the 16GB iPhone 3G for $299.
Check the 3G coverage in your area, if it is not good, then you may want to stay with what you have now. However, if 3G is definitely available then the iPhone 3G may be what you have been waiting for, whether you want to upgrade from the older model, or you want to purchase an iPhone for the first time.