‘iPhone 3G’ – The Full Details & Disappointments

Steve carefully selected his words on his big night and while there are definite highlights, he missed out some real downers too.

Ok, the ‘iPhone 3G’ (to use its official name) is here and Apple fans brace yourself because it isn’t a model which will please everyone…

Following my manic live blogging it became clear Steve was very carefully picking and choosing his points so let’s break this down:

”’The Good Stuff”’

*3G is here

*GPS is onboard too,

*Battery life hasn’t suffered. It is up to 10 hours for 2G calls, five hours for 3G. Standby up to 300 hours, video playback up to seven hours and music playback 24 hours.

*3.5in screen remains contrary to rumours of it being shrunk

*A white edition (the back is white) – for those find this important

*Flush headphone jack – at long last

*Weight is cut 2g (most likely by scrapping the metal back in favour of a plastic one – see below)

*Price – it’s cheaper: $199 for 8GB and $299 for 16GB black and white versions and Steve promises it won’t cost more than $199 in ”any” country

”’The Bad Stuff”’

*It IS fatter 115.5 x 62.1 x 12.3mm verses the original’s 115 x 61 x 11.6mm

*The sleek metal back is now plastic. It may be less slippy to hold but what about durability and build quality?

*GPS is rudimentary working from a top down view, no 3D mapping

*Screen resolution remains unchanged at 480 x 320 when many rivals have adopted VGA

*”Incredibly” Bluetooth A2DP is still left off so no wireless music enjoyment

*Video recording unbelievably remains absent

*No front mounted video camera, no 3G video calling

*Camera ”’unchanged”’ at two megapixels and no mention of any upgrades (flash, autofocus, etc) this one is a huge let down.

*No details of offline mapping. It’s likely to cost a pretty penny it seems

*8GB and 16GB capacities remain, no 32GB edition for now

*Steve didn’t define the 3G (7.2Mbit had been rumoured) and it isn’t specified even now

*No wider codec support (AVI/DivX/Xvid remain a distant dream)

*The dock has been removed from the bundle as Apple strips out costs just as it did when the iPod evolved (it seems unlikely the old dock will fit the curvier profile too)

*No announcement of Flash for the web browser

In all then something of a letdown. The expectations were impossible but the unchanged camera, continued lack of A2DP and Flash support, same capacities, removal of the bundled dock and (arguably) the move to a more plasticy finish aren’t welcome. Bulk has also gone up which is understandable but we’re not blown away as we were first time around.

Yes, the iPhone 3G is nice, just you know… kinda nice. Sure, we’d swap our existing iPhones for one, but upgrade? Maybe.

BlackBerry Thunder, Samsung Omni, here’s your chance…

”’Note:”’ Click here for full details of the updated iPhone firmware 2.0.

iPhone 3G specs page

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