With the release of the iPhone 3G and its new iPhone 2.0 software, renewed excitement and long lines have also returned, but the era of iPhone 1.0 has also officially ended. Those who have waited for the second edition of the iPhone will appreciate the dramatic increase in data access and impressive software update, as well as access to the first batch of third-party applications. For users of the original iPhone, however, the iPhone 3G is a must-have upgrade only for those who want to take advantage of the higher access speeds provided by the 3G network.
At first glance, it may give the impression that the iPhone 3G has the same design as the original iPhone. In the foreground, the excellent 3.5-inch diagonal touchscreen that offers a resolution of 480 x 320 pixels. It is only when you put both models, side by side, that you notice that the front of the iPhone 3G is slightly wider, providing a little more space between the sides of the screen and the chrome frame of the phone.
At the bottom, the black speaker and microphone grilles have been replaced by two oval recesses with silver grilles. Between the grilles and the connector on the iPhone 3G are two recessed Philips screws. It is not common for you to find an Apple product where you can see the screws, especially such a fancy consumer electronics product.
At the top, the most obvious change is the change to the split headphone connector used on the original iPhone, which required the use of an adapter in case you wanted to use headphones other than those provided by Apple, by a connector that is flush with the contour. Such a split connector in the previous generation of the product was one of the most absurd design decisions, and it is gratifying to see that Apple has solved the problem by allowing any standard headset to be used on the iPhone 3G.
The left side of the iPhone 3G incorporates the volume controls as well as a sliding button that allows you to put the phone in vibrate / silent mode, as it also happened in its predecessor. These buttons, as well as the off button located on the top of the phone, are made of a metallic material compared to the plastic buttons used in the original version of the product. In addition to using a nice silver color, these buttons also have a more pronounced contour compared to the original iPhone, and therefore also offer a more comfortable use. What I also found is that the mute button is a bit more difficult to slide compared to the one used on the original model, although that added resistance also means your phone will be less likely to go into silent mode (or exit thus) accidentally.
Although it is more curved (and also thinner) than the iPhone at its corners, it is also somewhat thicker in the middle. However, your hand curves to pick up the phone (unless you have really small hands), and that curvature is the explanation for the extra thickness, making it practically negligible. Apple has designed the iPhone 3G to offer a virtually identical impression to the original iPhone.
The back of the iPhone 3G is made of glossy plastic (available in black or, on the 16GB model, in white or black), compared to the matte aluminum finish used on the original model. Whether it’s better or worse is more of a personal aesthetic issue, although the plastic cover won’t block radio signals as much compared to the aluminum used in the original iPhone. However, glossy plastic reflects fingerprints and dirt much more than aluminum.
The curved back also makes the iPhone 3G slightly more unstable when laid on a flat surface, but it only rocks slightly and I find that it offers acceptable stability for typing and tapping. There is a small distance between the sides of the iPhone screen and the contour of the phone itself, thus reducing the possibility of the phone rocking when you touch near the edges of the screen. The extra width also makes it slightly more comfortable to use two fingers for writing, as it leaves a bit more room for each finger. I don’t know if my writing was more accurate on the new phone, but it has certainly been much more comfortable to write on the new iPhone 3G compared to the original iPhone.
Although the physical changes of the new phone are subtle, so subtle that if you have not used the original iPhone for a long time you will not notice them either, they are enough so that you cannot use the cases, cradles and other accessories created by the manufacturers for it. Original iPhone. If you buy an iPhone 3G to replace a first generation iPhone, you will probably have to renew the cases and cradles of your old iPhone as well, and therefore invest some additional money in new accessories. (However, some cases that weren’t quite as perfect for the original iPhone will work for the iPhone 3G.)
It is always difficult to judge a newly launched product on issues such as resistance, since we have only been able to test the product for a couple of days. However, our colleagues at PC World decided to sacrifice an iPhone 3G to test its strength. Although PC World’s iPhone 3G was not smashed, the editors who tortured it were impressed with its resilience. The iPhone 3G survived several simulated trips in a pocket crammed with keys and other objects, withstood immersion in a bowl of cereal and milk, and continued to function after being dropped onto a concrete surface from a height of 1.5 meters. The glass screen of the iPhone 3G shattered after dropping it for the fifth time. The moral: the iPhone 3G has a good resistance, but it should not be abused.
While this review is intended to focus on the iPhone 3G as a hardware product, it is impossible to completely separate it from the software it runs.
The iPhone 3G ships with version 2.0 of the software that powers both the iPhone and its little brother, the iPod touch. This new version adds a good number of features that were not present in the previous iPhone until now, including “push” support for email, contacts and calendars through Exchange or Apple’s MobileMe service. The m &