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So in a couple of days the iPhone 3G is going to go on sale. Like many of you I am going to get this device as part of my duties as an intrepid reporter (and a shameless Apple-holic.) However, if you are rational, then you […]

So in a couple of days the iPhone 3G is going to go on sale. Like many of you I am going to get this device as part of my duties as an intrepid reporter (and a shameless Apple-holic.) However, if you are rational, then you might want to read these reviews by the big three tech writers and their take on the iPhone 3G before you decide to hand over your credit card to the sales people.

  • Walt Mossberg/WSJ: “I found it to be a more capable version of an already excellent device. And now that it’s open to third-party programs, the iPhone has a chance to become a true computing platform with wide versatility….if you can live with the higher service costs and the weaker battery life.”
  • Edward Baig/USA Today: “With GPS newly added to the mix, this handheld marvel has no equal among consumer-oriented smart phones. While not everything on my wish list made it onto the new device, Apple has raised the bar with iPhone 3G. To which I offer an enthusiastic thumbs up.”
  • David Pogue/NYTimes: “It’s not so much better that it turns all those original iPhones into has-beens. Indeed, the really big deal is the iPhone 2.0 software and the App Store, neither of which requires buying a new iPhone.”

I am sensing some hesitation on the part of the these reviewers. And now that you have read their reviews, are you still interested in buying the iPhone 3G.

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  1. 3G iPhone is iRipoff

  2. My mom switched a couple of months ago from T-Mobile to AT&T just so she could get the new iPhone. It’s fun to see her excited about electronics for once, but I myself am holding out until they produce a version that includes basic features (MMS? Copy/paste? Basic video?), w/o, hopefully, screwing the customer over in rate increases like this new one is doing.

  3. On some level, the big SO WHAT begins when third party developer applications built using iPhone SDK start rolling out, and consumers experience the AHA moment of making an impulse buy wirelessly via AppStore.

    For a detailed analysis on why the iPhone SDK and app/developer ecosystem is a big deal, check out:

    iPhone SDK: Mobile Reasons for Optimism
    http://thenetworkgarden.com/weblog/2008/03/mobile-reasons.html

    Mark

  4. Most people won’t actually benefit from 3G data, and the people who are able to get it will not like the decreased battery life. Therefore, considering that they’ve crippled the GPS, the only compelling feature of the iPhone 3G is the non-recessed headphone jack.

    If I was in the market for an iPhone, I’d probably pick up a used one on eBay. I’m sure they’ll be selling for $200 after the new one launches, and there’ll be no AT&T contract involved.

  5. I played with a friend’s unlocked iPhone for about half an hour once. My conclusion was: Nice interface; Interesting design. Nothing else stood out. And reading the specs for the 3G version I’m even more underwhelmed.

    I dont get the orgasmic writhing I see across the intertubes. I read gushing posts and rapturous comments that Apple has lodged another patent for some “new” feature, and wonder how come no one is pointing out that maybe video conferencing and IM on a mobile device have been done before.

    I’m left wondering, just what are all these fan boys smoking? And wondering where do I get some. As far as altered states of reality go, it seems to be an interesting place, with no apparent negative side affects.

  6. Screaming!!!!! crying…..When will it come to India.

  7. Won’t buy it for another year, as I have an existing phone contract. I didn’t want the first iPhone, because I didn’t see a good reason, but the new iPhone has GPS and I want to work with that. ;)

  8. Its so overhyped its not funny, this phone does nothing revolutionary except make apple billions. Its a very gimmicky phone and theirs alot better alternatives with better price tags around.

  9. Dear Om,

    I am so very glad you have become an Apple-holic. I remember when you were a Sony-holic.

  10. I’m thinking that waiting for the 32 gig version would be a much sweeter deal.. If people are patient enough to wait 4-5 months longer that is..

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