"Intuitive and improved, yet still somewhat lacking"4.0 starson by LilRedRooster
Pros: 3G speeds, Safari's mobile browsing, excellent touchscreen interactions, brilliant glass display, new software and app store
Cons: Still lacking multimedia messaging, shorter battery life, still lacking landscape keyboarding outside of internet browsing
Summary: I upgraded to the iPhone 3G after having used the previous iPhone, obviously for the 3G service, since the area in which I live is 3G rich, and the upgrade in speed would be quite beneficial for me. I had upgraded the software on my old phone for a bit before switching (I wasn't inclined to wait in line for hours and instead was satisfied to place an order and wait for a bit over a week), so I had a chance to compare the phones in that respect as well, and wasn't horribly disappointed with the results. Iâ€™ll just list what I liked and didnâ€™t like, but really, I absolutely love my iPhone, despite some of its shortcomings; itâ€™s a very fun, reliable, innovative, and amazingly interactive phone, and itâ€™s still unbeatable in the market.
-The 3G network speeds. Fast downloads, especially for internet pages and YouTube videos. Safari also seems improved, with more reliable page loads, and new ability to save images right from the internet, simply by tapping and holding over the image, and then saving.
-Louder, noticeably clearer call quality.
-Lower price. Current iPhone users are offered the two-year contract price for upgrading, which isnâ€™t perfect, but more acceptable than the full price.
-New software, with new application store. Plenty of awesome applications, many free, and easily downloadable from computer or phone, with updates often and still conveniently through iTunes.
-New design, with tapered edges and flush headphone jack. Personal preference, maybe, but itâ€™s still very sleek, even if it does scream "Apple" with just one look.
-Brilliant, large, glass (much better feel than plastic touch-screens), with reliable and excellent touch-screen interactions (the pinching, swiping, scrolling, and push functions are marvelously intuitive); no other phone on the market can match it.
-The new ability to use other functions during a call by hitting the home button; I can even text while on a call, which is a vast improvement over the first software.
-Push Yahoo! email. There is also a set-up for corporate email, Gmail, AOL, but the push email for Yahoo! is a fantastic improvement.
-The MP3 player didnâ€™t change, but it didnâ€™t have to, because itâ€™s simply fantastic, still.
-Google maps with GPS. Itâ€™s not turn-by-turn, but itâ€™s still quite convenient and very user-friendly.
-Shorter battery life; it doesnâ€™t go any longer than a day on a full charge. With the heavier data load, itâ€™s understandable, and many other smart-phones have similar problems. The sticky point is the fact that you have to replace the battery through Apple, still. Thatâ€™s just plain inconvenient, especially if you want to go out of town for a weekend and not worry about a charge; having an extra battery available for purchase definitely wouldn't kill Apple.
-Still only landscape keyboarding while browsing the internet. That gets surprisingly annoying, especially while texting, since the phone feels intuitively more comfortable while typing while in landscape mode, and is much more spacious.
-Still lacking multimedia messaging. Most other phones, even bottom-of-the bin free ones offered, have it; Apple is just plain stubborn for leaving it out, yet again.
-Text messaging sometimes flakes out and doesnâ€™t send, or freezes, even after repeated attempts. For the most part, itâ€™s reliable, but still.
-Sounds sometimes flake, especially the text messaging or email notifications. They still vibrate, and the default sound will return after restarting the phone, and itâ€™s really just more annoying than anything else.
-Camera still lacks flash, zoom, and other basic functions. Zoom, honestly, is the big stickler for me.
-3G service sometimes simply disappears, though that hasnâ€™t happened nearly often enough to be a big problem. AT&T doesnâ€™t have the most reliable network in that respect, anyway, so it might not be completely Appleâ€™s problem.
-Still lacks any sort of document creating or editing programs. Business wise, that is just ridiculous, especially considering that Apple is trying to attract business users. Having a version of Windows Mobile would be so much more convenient, and would open up the market considerably.