Apple iPhone 3G

AKA: iPhone 3G

Available at: Rogers, Telus, Virgin Mobile

8/10 AVG.
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There are always things that could be improved, features to be added, fixes that should be applied -- but from first to second gen, from year one to year two, Apple has proven itself a relentless upstart in the mobile space, and is showing no signs of slowing down. - Ryan Block, Engadget  
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Reviews summary

8/10 AVG.
RATING

Based on 80 reviews

The highly anticipated 2.0 iPhone brings a mixed bag of improvements and omissions.

First the good stuff. The new iPhone 3G comes with a $300.00 price drop, 3G speeds, real GPS, all wrapped up in a form factor Apple fans have come to love. The new iPhone now supports Microsoft Outlook Exchange, making it a potentially formidable contender for what has long been RIM’s home turf. Additional features that will show up at launch or soon after include iWork document support, the ability to view Powerpoint attachments, bulk move and delete and other less important features.

Strangely though, you still cannot send an MMS with the new 3G iPhone. My brother owns an iPhone and has confessed his frustration when I send him a text/picture that requires him to do a variety of acrobatics in order to view the picture. Also, the new model does not have removable memory, and while the price reduction is welcomed, it does come at a sacrifice: the former shiny aluminum back on the prior model has been replaced with a plastic one and the dock is now sold separately for $49.99.

Apple promises a 3G talk and internet time of five hours and plans to open an application store where iPhone customers can purchase a wide array of third party applications, which will go a long way to building additional value into the phone.

If you held off on buying an iPhone because of its speed limitations, now may be a good time to take a second look. It’s faster, less expensive and overall more feature rich.

Specs summary

Screen
3.5"

The Apple iPhone 3G's screen is 3.5 inches with 320 x 480 pixels resolution.

Processor
412MHz

There is a 412 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the iOS 2.0 operating system (OS).

Camera
2+ MP
You can take photos with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera. There's no secondary front camera.
Storage
8/16 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB or 16 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
1150mAh

The phone is powered by a 1150 mAh Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Apple's performance ratings are: 12.5 days standby time, 600 minutes talk time, 360 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Prices (Where to Buy)

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iPhone 3G 16 GB Unlocked Brand New

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140

Apple iPhone 3G - 16GB - Black (Unlocked) Smartphone

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140

Apple iPhone 3G - 16GB - White

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140

Apple iPhone 3G - 8GB - Black Smartphone **UNLOCKED/JAILBROKEN**

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Reviews summary

8/10 AVG.
RATING

Based on 80 reviews

The highly anticipated 2.0 iPhone brings a mixed bag of improvements and omissions.

First the good stuff. The new iPhone 3G comes with a $300.00 price drop, 3G speeds, real GPS, all wrapped up in a form factor Apple fans have come to love. The new iPhone now supports Microsoft Outlook Exchange, making it a potentially formidable contender for what has long been RIM’s home turf. Additional features that will show up at launch or soon after include iWork document support, the ability to view Powerpoint attachments, bulk move and delete and other less important features.

Strangely though, you still cannot send an MMS with the new 3G iPhone. My brother owns an iPhone and has confessed his frustration when I send him a text/picture that requires him to do a variety of acrobatics in order to view the picture. Also, the new model does not have removable memory, and while the price reduction is welcomed, it does come at a sacrifice: the former shiny aluminum back on the prior model has been replaced with a plastic one and the dock is now sold separately for $49.99.

Apple promises a 3G talk and internet time of five hours and plans to open an application store where iPhone customers can purchase a wide array of third party applications, which will go a long way to building additional value into the phone.

If you held off on buying an iPhone because of its speed limitations, now may be a good time to take a second look. It’s faster, less expensive and overall more feature rich.

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Reviews (8/10 Avg. rating)

Looks and feels like the perfect phone, even though it misses some features

from Softpedia (over 5 years ago)

Apple managed to successfully update their first-generation smartphone and increase their income in the handset market. I was pleasantly surprised by the iPhone 3G and would definitely use one as a secondary phone. It looks and feels like the perfect phone, even though it misses some features that even... More

Without exception, the best user interface of any phone

from Wired (over 5 years ago)

There's much to love about Apple's new burner: GPS, 3G, Exchange support and an upgraded OS with hundreds of downloadable apps. Yet the camera still stinks, there's no cut and paste, and - because Apple didn't make voice-dialing a priority - it's completely unsafe to use an iPhone while driving. Then... More

  7/10

New iPhone generation with some unique features

from GSMArena (over 6 years ago)

We've had our fair share of the first-gen iPhone but, honestly, we weren't caught in the excitement last year until we saw it live. It was only after it arrived in our office that we really appreciated its sleek design and groundbreaking user interface.Now a year later, the excitement grew on us weeks... More

Though lacks some crucial features, it offers significant improvements

from MobileBurn (over 6 years ago)

Though the iPhone 3G still has flaws and lacks some crucial features, it offers significant improvements that make it worth the upgrade. The faster 3G browsing experience and the GPS support are nice. The application store, which is available on the original iPhone as well, is the cherry on top. Hopefully... More

Bottom line: Its great, but wait

from TechCrunch (over 6 years ago)

So, should you buy it? If you’re looking to upgrade your phone and are out of contract, wait until next month. By the ides of August the hype should have died down, the back orders should have shipped (there’s apparently a 21-day wait time now) and most of the bugs should be addressed. It’s a great... More

The new iPhone 3G is better than the last

from Gizmodo (over 6 years ago)

This is really not a revolutionary phone. It's more like the iPhone we wished Apple made last year. The hardware is interesting in the iPhone 3G, but the real story here is the new iPhone OS 2.0 firmware. You manage to install that, iPhone users, you've got about 80% of this new iPhone's new mojo. But... More

A better phone than the original

from Phone Scoop (over 6 years ago)

If you're an existing iPhone owner and really want to have the 3G and GPS chips, this new device is probably worth the price. If you don't have access to AT&T's 3G signal, then it is probably not worth running out and buying.But that's not to take away from all the things the 3G iPhone does well. The... More

It more than keeps pace with advancing technology, and new buyers will generally be delighted

from NYTimes (over 6 years ago)

So the iPhone 3G is a nice upgrade. It more than keeps pace with advancing technology, and new buyers will generally be delighted. But it’s not so much better that it turns all those original iPhones into has-beens. Indeed, the really big deal is the iPhone 2.0 software and the App Store, neither of... More

Software and online store will widen its versatility, but there are hidden costs

from All Things Digital (over 6 years ago)

If you’ve been waiting to buy an iPhone until it dropped in price, or ran on faster cell networks, you might want to take the plunge, if you can live with the higher service costs and the weaker battery life. The same goes for those with existing iPhones who love the device but crave faster cellular... More

Still not perfect, but really close

from USA Today (over 6 years ago)

It's cheaper, faster and a lot friendlier for business. Apple's blockbuster smartphone already had nifty features such as visual voicemail, a splendid built-in video iPod and the best mobile Web browser I've ever used. With GPS newly added to the mix, this handheld marvel has no equal among consumer-oriented... More

It needs improvement because...

(over 2 years ago)

i think the pictures section of the phone could be improved where instead of having to go through picture by picture deleting everyone individually i think it would be better if you could check off all the pictures you wanted deleted and then delete them all at once. that would make it a faster and more... More

  6/10

Its a pretty good phone!

(over 2 years ago)

I love this phone but then again i hate it at the same time. The reason why i love this phone because i can do everything on it and anythign i want. The part that i hate about the phone is that the battery life isnt the very best. I have to charge it up everyday. I also dislike the fact about the camera... More

  5/10

Yuppie phone

(over 3 years ago)

I look around the screen to go back,can't find it?Look to modify info can't find it? Try to send email server doesn't recognize me. Already have a chip in the screen and that's inside a $90.00 Otter case.Eventualy broke case because I keep pulling sim card to reboot. Had to also purchase... More

  4/10

Simply the bestest phone still

(over 3 years ago)

I got this phone awhile back now, and I must say iPhones are simply the best phones that are out there today. The phone I am currently reviewing and have is an iPhone 3g White. It is a good phone for the business person, and UI is very well laid out and the phone has an easy learning curve to it. The... More

  5/10

iphone destroys all

(over 4 years ago)

iphone is BeaSt AND DESTROYS ALL phones all it needs is a video camera which the new one has

  10/10

BEST CELLPHONE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(over 4 years ago)

Iphone 3g has changed the way we look cellphones. we have never seen this type of gameing or smoothness in any touch screen cellur phone. this leads me to say that i think, if you are looking for a cell phone which can just call people, then iphone isn't what you should be going after but, if you... More

  5/10

Amazing phone that could use a few improvements

(over 4 years ago)

The iPhone 3G is an awesome piece of phone technology. It combines a sleek design, easy to use user interface and touch screen. It combines a sleek iPod and of course an amazing amount of purchasable apps from the app store. To top it all off a fully functioning internet browser just as you would find... More

  9/10

Awesome phone

from Yahoo (over 4 years ago)

Pro: Touch Screen, Great video and music, Free Apps, Easily email and text pictures, etc. much more. Con: Standard camera, No video recording, Sometimes TOO touchy. I really like this phone. I can email and sms pictures so easily, just take the picture, click on the symbol and send it to whichever... More

  10/10

iphone

from Yahoo (over 5 years ago)

Pro: best phone for now Con: too low ringing ipod volume is very good, all around perfect phone except for the very low volume.

  10/10

IPhone is worth your money!

(over 5 years ago)

I bought my iPhone about 2 months ago and I absolutely love it! Pros: fast Internet, sleek design, fun apps, easy typing Cons: battery life, no pic messages, tends to scratch easily overall, I think the iPhone is worth the $200. The apps are fun, and quite cheap (unless you jailbreak your iPhone which... More

  10/10

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