iPhone 3Gs: Why would anyone buy it?

{ Posted on Jun 17 2009 by }
Categories : Tech

The newest iPhone from Apple has been announced: The iPhone 3G S. They are advertising it as “The Fastest, most powerful iPhone yet.” But what does this new device bring to the table? Let’s take a look:

Capacity

The new iPhone 3G S is offered in the same 16GB version, but it is also offered in a new 32GB version. So if you found yourself unable to hold all of your music, photos, videos, and applications, this is definitely a plus!

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Camera

The 3G iPhone has a 2 megapixel camera, which can not Autofocus or record video. The new 3G S has been upgraded with a 3 megapixel camera, with video recording capabilities and Autofocus. This is also a useful upgrade.

New Features

The only other things the new 3G S is offering is a compass, “better” battery life, improved performance, and voice control. Every other new feature, such as Copy & Paste, Search, Voice Memos, Landscape Keyboard, and MMS are also available on the iPhone 3G with the 3.0 software (although, it can’t send video like the 3G S).

Developer API’s

Apple is releasing a load of new API’s that will allow developers to add many new features to applications. Some of these are Peer-to-Peer gaming, Tom-Tom Navigation, and peripherals.

AT&T?

Apple has added the ability to send MMS and tethering, but AT&T has said that they are afraid their network will not be able to support these features until “late Summer”.

Overall

If you currently own the iPhone, I would recommend you upgrade to the 3G S if you liked your iPhone even a little. The new features are definitely a huge improvement! Although, if you don’t want to spend the $199/$299 price for the few newer features, it would still be smart to buy the iPhone 3G at the new $99 price.

But if you currently own the 3G, I don’t think you should hop on to the new Apple product bandwagon quite yet. A lot of the new features are coming to the 3G in the 3.0 software update, and some of those features won’t work until late Summer, when AT&T have said that they will allow tethering and MMS. Also, the few new features that are offered with the 3G S might not be worth $199/$299. You might be better off keeping your current plan, if you don’t have the upgrade necessary to get the “cheaper” price.


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