Pros great voice memo quality that works for music, able to email photos, visual voicemail, memos and videos are not time-limited, customer service, nearby repair while you wait
Cons MY EARS HURT after I've been holding it to my ear, and it's NOT because of the volume.
AT&T is stealing my rollover minutes at random times.
Apple customer service sometimes tells lies or pretends not to know things.
Summary After owning a 3gs since June, I just wish I had two separate devices - one that functions as a phone, and another that does everything else, but can be linked easily to its companion phone for other tasks.
Someone in electronics explained to me that with any complex device, the various components inside resonate at different frequencies that add, creating loud sounds outside human hearing that hurt my ears after I've talked on the iPhone. I dislike earbuds or clips on my ear, so I hold it at arm's length on speakerphone. When it's working, downloading email, etc., you can sometimes feel it vibrate, the way bridge toll devices vibrate when they're read. Recently, I met someone who develops PDA's for a different phone company, and when I told him about it, he understood instantly. Unfortunately, his cute device's microphone is useless for recording.
The voice memo makes nice-sounding recordings of the violin, so students can take you home with them (not useful for making a CD, but a useful, pleasant learning device). Recording quality is much better than any other cell phone I've heard of. You can email voice memos (some people with other devices say they can't get them them to play, though). You can take a picture and email it.
I think having to sync your iPhone is a security risk we'll see later.
I decided to keep this pet because Apple did replace it, although they pretended not to understand why it would hurt my ears (then I read some CNET review about background noise as well). The new one was better because the screen didn't disappear entirely in the sunlight, which may actually be due to an update. The volume on the first phone I had would vary between calls for no reason, and the second phone was a lot better, again probably due to the update. BUT IF I TALK FOR EVEN 5 MINUTES WITH IT NEXT TO MY EAR, I GET AN EARACHE AFTERWARDS.
When I bought the iPhone, the Apple representative set it up and clicked yes on all those agreements without showing them to me, stating, "nobody reads those" when I asked for a print version or one online and he couldn't find one.
I like the way Apple will repair a screen or some other things in their store while you wait. My battery seems to hold less of a charge after 6 months, so I hope they can replace the battery while I wait.
I think AT&T sets rollover minutes to zero if there's an adjustment - one month, there was a one cent government fee adjustment, and my rollover minutes reset to zero. I'd like 950 minutes, but we can only have 700 or 1400 so they can get the most people to pay more. They oughta have to tell us a bell curve of minutes per person if they get to use the data for abusive research purposes and we don't have a choice.
I hate how AT&T won't let you put an iPhone with a regular cell phone for the purpose of sharing text messages on an account. Together we use about 350 text messages, so I had to get an unlimited plus a 200 for my iPhone. The iPhone doesn't tell you automatically when your text is over the limit like regular phones do.
Pros truly an app for everything. love being able to do almost anything with my phone.
on rogers in canada,no signal problems in northern ontario. no dropped calls yet.
great touch controls, smooth and quick.
fast surfing, most apps open almost instantly.
Cons no flash
certain apps eat battery life
friends say my voice is quieter than my old ericsson.
Summary so glad i got this phone, with all the GPS apps and games, i'll never be lost or bored again. the USB AA battery powered chargers are very handy to extend the use, but rarely needed. can track all my expenses and edit photos, draw pictures, watch tv, listen to thousands of radio stations, and police, fire, emergency radio. list goes on and on.
"A very fun phone!"on by lovewdw
Pros The speed has been beefed up and this is coming from someone who had the 1st iPhone; compass feature on Google Maps; Voice Control; Copy & Paste; Picture quality and video option.
Cons Sometimes I lose service (3G) and Edge completely. I don't remember having too much of an issue on the original iPhone (Edge only).
Summary Love the speed of 3GS. Regardless, all the iPhones are a great tool for accessing information needed while on the road. It saved us a 60 min RT drive to a restaurant when I was able to look up the location and call immediately to find out hours and offerings. Had we not had the phone, we would have driven there and been very disappointed.
In regards to the 3GS, the latest features are a great addition. We look forward to using Google Maps in NYC to see what direction we're walking which we couldn't do before and found we were walking in the wrong direction when reaching the end of a long block. This is because of the Compass feature.
Voice Control is fun to use and haven't had any major issues. But it's something to get used to when you've always hit the phone icon and found your contact in that manner. It would be incredible if they could somehow allow you to call an establishment in the local area by stating its name and the iPhone searches it through Google Maps instead of us typing it in. Maybe future technology.
And MMS sounds very promising as well as the GPS feature, but having a Garmin already, I don't really need the latter. We'll just have to see the additional cost of the GPS offerings for consideration.
Copy & Paste works very well and love having the video option now. Both will continue to be used often.
Pros Not enough room. Put Pros in bottom-line summary.
Cons I wish that there was tethering and MMS.
Summary If you don't know your phone the 3GS will be the same as the 3G.
It is not even close.
The processor and ram set it far apart. Enough said.
Cut, copy and paste make internet, email and apps count. The search function allows me to find what I want without wasting time. Needless to say that the faster processor and ram make the phone the best phone I have owned. Speed is the word.
The compass helps function in the GPS. Finally landscape email and SMS. Voice memos are outstanding to have if you are trying to take notes on the fly.
The video with editing makes certain task the easiest that I have been able to accomplish and now I don't wish I had my camcorder. YouTube is has much more to offer on the iPhone and I can even sign into my account. I can better keep track of stocks and the landscape feature makes it much more tolerable to follow using the app. The phone features have changed a little. I do like how I can tell if my friends are calling me by mobile or home or where ever I have them listed. I also like how states from no caller id is displayed.
Eleven pages to store apps is great and I like how if the eleven don't work you can find the app by going to the search page.
There is too much to list.
Pros Excellent Interface; Slim Design
Cons Every Function/Facility is Average At Best
Summary Yes, the iPhone 3GS looks gorgeous and seems to do it all. Take a closer look, however, and you will see that whatever it does others can do better. 3G reception is poor, the Web browser is STILL incomplete (78% of Web sites use Adobe Flash these days), the camera is average, everything is restricted for some unfathomable reason, intergration is deficient etc etc. But it's got a compass! I won't be surprised if Apple attaches a cup holder to it next time and calls that revolutionary ;^)Plus, there are godzillions of Apple shills out there, giving anything Apple 5-star reviews. Oh yeah, those people tell the truth, of course...
Updated on Jun 24, 2009