iPhone 3g – The Verdict

My take on the iPhone

iPhone screen

I lined up in front of the iPhone store on July 11th, 2008 like alot of people did. Only difference the store I went to only had 10 people in line. Me being the 10th person, I got to the store at 10:55am, 5 minutes before the store opened (11:00am). When I got in, they informed us the Rogers site and iTunes servers were down so no one was able to get the iPhone that day. They however, did the paper work for us so we were sure to get one when the servers went back online. GTA was reported to have received 4400 iPhones (8GB/16GB Bk/16GB Wh) distributed evenly between all the stores. I am not sure how many Rogers stores got it but there are alot of Rogers stores in GTA and GTA is quite a large place.

So after giving my contact information, I went home to wait for the good call from the Rogers store telling me the iPhone was processed. July 15th, a Tuesday I got a call telling me my upgrade price for the iPhone and I accepted the offer. Went to the store, filled out the proper paper work and left the store with my brand new iPhone.

iPhone and box
iPhone

On the left side of the phone theres the switch that toggles vibrate mode and normal mode. Underneath that is the volume rocker.

iPhone

The bottom of the phone is data cable and, them 2 speakers

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There is nothing to see on the right side of the phone. last but not least is the top of the iPhone which includes the headphone jack and the sleep/power button

iPhone

The back of the phone has a nice plastic finish with a silver aluminum apple logo. As well as the 2MP camera

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Then there’s the included accessories. The USB Power adapter, USB to iPhone connector and the headset

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Here are some screens when its turned on such as the dial pad.

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iPhone
iPhone

and lets not forget the included stickers that always come with their apple hardware.

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Here is a comparison between the iPhone 3g and my iPod Touch

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The iPhone 3g on the left, the iPod Touch on the right. The iPod Touch is thinner than the iPhone because it only has the iPod features and the hard drive. It lacks the camera, the onboard mic and speakers, a bluetooth chip, gps chip etc etc.

Here is a picture from the iPhone camera. It is a picture of my monitor screen. hehe Doesn’t help tell how good the camera is but the quality is decent.

iPhone

Enough with the pictures, now on to the usage of the phone.

The phone is pretty fun to use. With my current data plan I can surf the net whenever I want even when I’m not in any wifi hotspots. The 3rd party apps are decent, but right now I’m trying to avoid buying for the apps until I get a little more money that is, hehe. Getting used to the iPhone wasn’t that hard as I had already gotten used to it on my iPod Touch. The camera is decent, but still no match for a real digital camera. The dial pad is much bigger than the one on my HTC Touch and the Calendar and Contacts I’ve been using it since I started usingmy iPod Touch so I like those features.

Especially since I have mobile me as well, its now pushed between my mac and my iPhone so I only need to add contacts or edit contacts once and it automatically syncs to either the iPhone or my MacBook Pro, pretty handy feature. The Mail.app is also another application i’ve been using since my iPod Touch. Calculator went through a major overhaul tho. It now feature a scientific calculator which is cool, all it needs now is a graphing calculator and it would be even better!

The only disappointing feature on the phone is the battery life. 1-2 day light usage or less than 1 day heavy usage. Some people are complaining that heavy usage they were forced to charge it more than once in a day since the battery drained too quickly. 3g is known to be a battery drainer. coupled with the wifi chip turned off and it’ll drain faster. Other people are saying it has something to do with firmware 2.0 that is causing battery to drain faster. Hopefully if that is the problem, an update from apple would fix this issue. Another thing I’ve noticed, after enabling passcode, the iPhone slowed down alot. Typing took like 5 seconds per letter. Backing up the iPhone on iTunes takes a little longer than it should as well.

Overall. I though it was a good purchase, and as being a early adopter to new stuff, flaws are to be expected. Hopefully they’re something that can be fixed with a firmware release and nothing major like hardware malfunction. hehe

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