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NYT, WSJ & USA Today Publish First iPhone 3G Reviews

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NYT, WSJ & USA Today Publish First iPhone 3G Reviews

It isn't often you'll catch us mentioning other people's reviews because, quite frankly, we believe we provide the definitive opinion but we wouldn't be doing our newshoundy job if we didn't mention those major US publications that have been given permission to air their thoughts ahead of schedule...

Tech heavyweight trio the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today all got their mitts on the hugely anticipated device and came to the conclusions expected. Namely, it's a more full realised version of the iPhone, but it still has most of the faults of the original.

Breaking it down a little closer, David Pogue of the NYT was impressed with the 3G browser speeds and - importantly - call quality, but found issue with the lack of voice dialling, copy and paste, Bluetooth stereo audio, MMS and found the A-GPS apparently isn't advanced enough to offer turn-by-turn directions in its native form (interesting).

Walt Mossberg of the WSJ echoed the 3G speeds and improved audio quality plus the parental controls and advanced email options, but found the same functional flaws and noted a choice must be made between Exchange or personal accounts, they cannot coexist together.

Lastly Ed Baig of USA Today again bigged up the 3G page load times and audio quality plus the new scientific calculator (!) but again took issue with the continued lack of Flash support, Bluetooth stereo and the fixed battery. Also he noted some docks and car kits do not charge the iPhone 3G though he says Apple will release an adaptor for older accessories (no doubt at a cost).

What, no camera or lack of video calling complaints?! Still, all three agree the handset is a big step forward even if Mossberg admits owners of the original iPhone will not have as much incentive to upgrade.

In sum and without blowing my own trumpet too much, I picked up on most of this immediately following the iPhone 3G conference and a lot more and many of you have responded well to the shortcomings I felt obligated to point out. So - and you know where this is going - enjoy the ramblings of our US colleagues but if you want the full info, keep your eyes peeled on the TrustedReviews website for the real deal...


WSJ Review

USA Today Review

NYT Review

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July 10, 2008, 12:55 pm

"what no camera...complaints"

The Wall Street Journal review does mention this:

"The camera, however, is still bare-bones. It can&#8217t record video and has a resolution of just two megapixels"

Oliver Levett

July 10, 2008, 1:21 pm

Apple have managed to do the bare minimum to there product to be able to make more money out of a market who don't realise how low on features it is...

The biggest selling points of this to me are the exchange server support, the GPS, and the 3G and two out of three are not great. The Diamond on Orange or T-Mobile with a similar price plan comes out about the same, if not cheaper, and has ActiveSync exchange support, along with unlimited other email accounts, true - and useful - AGPS, and a higher theoretical maximum speed of 3G. Combine that with the fact you can install iPhone alike software, and it seems a far better prospect!

Tony Walker

July 10, 2008, 2:27 pm

I must counter Oliver Levett's comments.

Having used an iPod Touch for the best part of a year, it's the actual interface and touchscreen that are the phone/touch's best selling points. The browser is the best browser on a mobile device by a mile, and would only need Flash support to make it perfect.

Had the previous generation of iPhone had the 3G support then I would already be using one. As it is, I am now sorely tempted.

If they have managed to get the sound quality of the iPod bits to the same level as the Touch then that will probably clinch it.

<sarcasm> Oh, and a complaint! It hasn't got a micro-kettle so can't make me a cup of tea </sarcasm>

Peter A

July 10, 2008, 2:48 pm

"a choice must be made between Exchange or personal accounts, they cannot coexist together".

Total. And. Utter. Disaster. What's the point about banging on about MobileMe when it can't live with Exchange nicely? Some of us like keeping work and private life separate.

gary gatter

July 10, 2008, 3:09 pm

Tony Walker, I can find the Touch Diamond on Orange but not T-Mobile, are you sure they have it? Sorry this is a bit (loads) off topic?

gary gatter

July 10, 2008, 3:33 pm

Whoops that should have been directed to Oliver Levett, not Tony Walker. My eyes are not what they used to be. By that I do not mean they are not eyes anymore, just they are not as good as they used to be.

Oliver Levett

July 10, 2008, 4:35 pm

It may not be there yet, but I believe it is coming very soon. And, the prices will be similar to the Diamond on Orange, but with Web and Walk! :)

Oliver Levett

July 10, 2008, 4:38 pm

Tony Walker - The UI may be important for you, but for me (as I said previously), it's nothing very inventive... The main programs screen of WM5/6 has the same, big icons, and WM Pro/Classic both have touch screens. With some (free, no royalties paid to Apple!) software, you can even make WM look and behave much like an iPhone.

Also, Opera 9.5 (even in the very first betas) was IMHO equal to the iPhones Safiri.

Andy Vandervell

July 10, 2008, 4:58 pm

I don't think any of the Windows Mobile interfaces are in the same league as that on the iPhone. Like it or loathe it if you actually use an iPhone for any amount of time it's clear to see it's light years ahead. Clearly it's still not the perfect business phone, support for it isn't good enough, but for regular consumers I think it has the right mix of features.


July 10, 2008, 5:03 pm

My order has been dispatched from O2 via DHL :D Here we go!

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