iPhone 3G, iPhone 2.0 OS, and App store now available; no B.S. reviews are out
As I’m sure you’ve already heard, the iPhone 3G is already available for sale right now. You can get it from any local Apple store or retail branches of your telecom operator, if you’re not lined up in either of them already.
Prices are of course as we had earlier reported, varying from country to country, but with their own respective perks nonetheless.
So what’s new with the iPhone, aside from 3G, again? Well, GPS, geo-tagging, minor hardware improvements, to name a few. And then there’s the new App store, in which you’ll be able to take your pick on applications of all kinds, with prices ranging from free to a little less than a thousand dollars. This is where you’ll “hack” your iPhone to let it do more than it can just out of the box.
iPhone 3G reviews from Engadget and Gizmodo are also now up, and it’s obvious that both parties are satisfied so far.
Gizmodo’s conclusion in their iPhone 3G review is this:
This is really not a revolutionary phone. It’s more like the iPhone we wished Apple made last year. But basics, like cut, copy and paste are still missing. (As is MMS, thanks for the reminder, commenters.) As well are the ability to use the phone like a hard drive. Other than that, we’re hoping for some more revolutionary changes to come by software update. And let’s take a moment to remember how many developers are making killer iPhone programs right this second. There’s the revolution.
So the hardware is interesting in the iPhone 3G, but the real story here is the new iPhone OS 2.0 firmware, which we’ve written about in depth here. You manage to install that, iPhone users, you’ve got about 80% of this new iPhone’s new mojo. But if you’re not making your calls on an iPhone yet, well, what are you waiting for?
While Engadget says:
If you’re an avid Symbian, BlackBerry, or Windows Mobile / Exchange user, chances are you might think the iPhone 3G is Apple playing catch-up — and you’re not wrong. 3G, GPS, third party apps, enterprise messaging, these are all old hat. But even the would-be iPhone killers being churned out weekly haven’t yet found a way to counter the iPhone’s usability and seamless integration of service and software, desktop and mobile, and media and internet.
There are always things that could be improved, features to be added, fixes that should be applied — but from first to second gen, from year one to year two, Apple has proven itself a relentless upstart in the mobile space, and is showing no signs of slowing down. All those new features give the iPhone even more appeal than ever, but the price is what really seals the deal.
So much for the hardware. Now how about the iPhone 2.0 OS and App store?
For those who’ve been able to have it up and running in their own devices, the iPhone 2.0 OS (which is also available to iPod Touch users for $9.95) brings the much-awaited App store in, as well as several improvements in the phone’s overall software performance and features.
For one, the software update brings in geo-tagging to the cameras application, parental controls, support for Microsoft Exchange, and Apple’s answer to RIM’s push technology, MobileMe.
The devil is in the details, as they say, and in the new iPhone there are many of them hiding, waiting for you to discover. Tilting the iPhone now (or iPod Touch) after you’ve updated to 2.0 software, for example, will switch the calculator application automatically into scientific mode. Along with a dictionary, thesaurus, periodic table, and e-book reader (which you can download from the App store), the iPhone will be a very useful tool for students and just about anyone who might need those tools.
Of course, these improvements would all be useless if most people cannot experience it. Thankfully, the biggest hindrance to adoption, price, has been taken care of as well.
All around the world, the iPhone sells cheaper than the original (at first). And though it’ll get back to you in the form of data charges, it should all be worth it in the long run anyway.
And besides, which would you rather have, a phone with which you incur low expenses for data charges because you can’t really do much with it anyway, or one with which you may pay huge amounts compared to what you’re spending today in data, but lets you do most, if not all, that you need to do from a mobile phone?
OK, the iPhone still doesn’t have copy/paste, support for Flash, or MMS. Heck, it even has the same old 2-megapixel camera that shipped with the old model. But all of those letdowns pale against the infinite possibilities that the new software (not to mention future updates) and the App store will bring.
It’s very clear where the future of mobile phones is headed. Don’t you want to be a part of it?