A review of the 3G
Found this on another site.
Apple Insider highlights three reviews of the iPhone 3G from the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and the NY Times.
Here are some highlights:
"Walt Mossberg | The Wall Street Journal
iPhone 3G "is much, much faster at fetching data over cellphone networks" than the original version.
"Surfing the net was typically between three and five times as fast on AT&T's 3G network. In Washington and New York, 3G speeds ranged between 200 and 500 kilobits per second compared to 70 and 150 kbps on EDGE.
"With 3G enabled, the iPhone 3G's battery drained much more quickly in a typical day of use than the battery on the original iPhone.
"Apple has greatly improved the iPhone's audio. The built in speaker is much louder for music and speakerphone conversations, but the phone produced an echo when used with the built-in Bluetooth system in Walt's car.
"Exchange ActiveSync works well and setup takes just minutes. Any changes made on the iPhone are reflected instantly in Microsoft Outlook. Email is also pushed to the phone instantly.
"A side benefit to 3G coverage is that it improves voice coverage: "At my neighborhood shopping center, where the first iPhone got little or no AT&T service, the iPhone 3G registered strong coverage."
"Edward Baig | USA Today
"No equal among consumer-oriented smartphones."
"Baig's corporate data (through Exchange) was a "relative cinch" to setup and works well.
"Most websites take 10 to 30 seconds to load through 3G, which is a lot faster than on EDGE (which often takes an extra 30 seconds or more).
"The phone feels "perfectly comfortable" in the hand courtesy of the plastic back.
"Apple confirms that the plastic should improve reception versus the original's aluminum.
"The journalist is "impressed" by the accuracy of GPS, but says the phone begs for voiced turn-by-turn directions.
"Audio quality is better overall, particularly the speakerphone; headphones are of course still better.
"Parental controls actually remove icons outright from the home screen; they don't just block access.
"You'll still want to charge the phone about once a day if used regularly.
"Old iPod accessories meant to charge over Firewire circuitry (such as a Belkin car kit) don't work; iPhone 3G still only recognizes USB.
"Overall: an "enthusiastic thumbs up."
"David Pogue | The New York Times
"The "gracefully curved" back feels better in the hand than the original iPhone.
"Call quality takes a "gigantic leap forward" and is "crystal clear" on either end of the call; few other phones rival it.
"Apple: the GPS receiver's antenna is too small to replicate turn-by-turn navigation of a full unit.
"Examples of third-party apps: iCall for VoIP calls over Wi-Fi, G-Park for position-based parking, and Urbanspoon for picking a random nearby restaurant by sharing the phone."