Wednesday, July 16, 2008

iPhone 3G Impressions

I finally got my iPhone 3G. When you first pick it up in your hand, it feels lighter and bigger than the old one. If you like the feeling of cheap plastic, there's plenty to love here -- the device has lost it's assuring heft. Furthering an impression that it lacks sturdiness, you'll discover that the new one wobbles when used on a flat surface due to it's curved back. You'll want to keep that included new tiny little charger handy, because the battery on this thing won't even get you through the day.

Now that I've gotten my nitpicks out of the way, let's get on to the positive. With 3G, cell network web browsing now is far more usable. You can even watch YouTube videos when you're on the road. If you're a heavy email user, you'll see less of the spinner and much more responsive email. When a good 3G signal is present, you'll ask yourself how you suffered through the EDGE-based network -- it quickly spoils you.. It really changes everything.

While I'm happy to see GPS as part of the iPhone experience, you shouldn't make the upgrade decision on this feature alone. When it works, it works very well, but it is no substitute for a navigation system. If you're life depends upon knowing where you are, the iPhone 3G is not the solution.

Of course, with new devices in hand, the team needs to get back to work.

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