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...