Tue, 22 Jul 2008 iPhone 3G UK review
Those who waited for the iPhone 3G will have their patience rewarded, discover what the iPhone 3G on O2's contract can do for you
- Manufacturer: Apple
- Distributor: O2
- Pros: Bright, high-resolution screen, fast cellular network, built-in GPS, iPhone 2.0 software includes Exchange support and third-party apps, good audio quality, no recessed headphone jack
- Cons: Low-quality camera, no video-recording support, no built-in voice dialing, limited Bluetooth functionality, no support for text selection, cut, copy and paste
- £99 (8GB model) plus 18-month contract from £30 per month
- £159 (16GB model) plus 18-month contract from £30 per month
- Star rating:
When the original iPhone arrived in November 2007, it was preceded by massive hype. But a lot of people in the UK who were interested held back. We’d like to think they were guided by a thoughtful and careful technological principle: “Never buy version 1.0”. But, in reality, the high price, stingy O2 contract, lack of 3G and GPS, plus the lackluster camera, all weighed heavily against the iPhone.
With the release of Apple’s iPhone 3G and its new iPhone 2.0 software, the hype is back – with good reason – and the era of iPhone 1.0 is officially over. Those who waited for the second version of the iPhone will appreciate dramatically faster data access via 3G, mobile precision with GPS, and an impressive software update including a raft of third-party programs. For original iPhone buyers, the iPhone 3G is only a must-have upgrade for those who will take full advantage of the fast 3G data network.
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Tue, 05 Aug 2008Reviewed by: Steve Jones
Duration of ownership: 1 months
Strengths: 3G is brilliant. internet is really fast. Brilliant Mail App and Google Maps with GPS. Makes all my friends really jealous.
Weaknesses: Camera is a bit rubbish.
Overall Evaluation: I really love the iPhone 3G. It's much better than other phones and the internet and email is really good. Why would you want any other phone? I dunno, I guess some people are just dumb.
Sun, 11 Jan 2009Reviewed by: mcbutler@blueyon
Duration of ownership: 10 days
Strengths: On screen keyboard (love it, especially the .com key in Safari) speech clarity, user interface, gaming, screen is lovely (when its not blank white after another crash)
Weaknesses: Poor camera, no flash, zoom, no profiles!, no video, no voice dial, no MMS, no cut, copy, paste, GPS is poor,(tracking in google earth is joke) locking up and crashing.
Overall Evaluation: Very poor, clumsy once past the home screen, underfeatured (is that a word?) and unreliable. I returned mine after 10 days as it is not much use at all, could not even connect to another phone via bluetooth to transfer a simple file! Sorry Steve, try again other manufacturers fit a lot more in the same space.... Might buy again in a year or two if they really get stuck in and sort it out.