3G iPhone Review

Hello to all Apple lovers, the new 3G iPhone is out and in this 3G iPhone review we will take a look at whats new and what does the new model of iPhone bring. The best way to start is with the official statement about the new phone that can be found on the Apple website. According to them the main 3G iPhone advantages are:

  • fast 3G wireless technology,
  • GPS mapping,
  • support for enterprise features like Microsoft Exchange,
  • and the new App Store,
  • Better email management,
  • Contacts search,
  • View more attachments,
  • Scientific calculator.

From Apple: Introducing iPhone 3G. With fast 3G wireless technology, GPS mapping, support for enterprise features like Microsoft Exchange, and the new App Store, iPhone 3G puts even more features at your fingertips. And like the original iPhone, it combines three products in one — a revolutionary phone, a widescreen iPod, and a breakthrough Internet device with rich HTML email and a desktop-class web browser. iPhone 3G. It redefines what a mobile phone can do — again.

Next thing is the looks. Design is something that is always high on the list of priorities with Apple and so is with the new 3G iPhone. What does the new iPhone look like?

3G iPhone Pictures

New 3G iPhone

3G iPhone review pictures - Front

3G iPhone review pictures - back

3G iPhone review pictures - sideways

3G iPhone review pictures - Font side look

3G iPhone review pictures - in operation

By the first look the new 3G iPhone is not much different from the old one. Same shiny look, big screen, about the same size and thickness. Maybe the biggest difference is the back of the 3G iPhone. The back is now made of convex black and shiny plastic instead of aluminum. This gives the iPhone a nice feel.

As a matter of fact, iPhone 3G now comes with two available colors, white and black. The white one has 16 GB of storage place and costs more  – $299.

3G iPhone Dimensions

Measurements: 4.5 inches (115.5 mm) in height, 2.4 inches (62.1 mm) Width, 0.48 inch (12.3 mm) in depth, 4.7 ounces (133 grams) in weight.

iPhone Screen Display: 3.5-inch (diagonal) widescreen Multi-Touch display and 480 x 320 pixel at 163 ppi (pixel per inch). BTW – you can watch YouTube videos, no problem.

But the biggest difference lies under the hood.

What’s New

The 3G iPhone review of the new phones guts:

First, the GPS function. New 3G iPhone has a built in triangulation software that can estimate the users location on the base of the nearby mobile phone masts. This will give a nice boost to all software and mapping developers that will be able to offer services connected to this new location capabilities.

What comes hand in hand with the new GPS is geotagging of pictures. You can stick your photos with information about latitude, longitude coordinate, altitude, bearing, and place names and then publish it. Nice stuff!

And at last the 3G – new 3G iPhone supports (you can tell that by the name, duh :) ) third generation mobile networks. Europe is full of them and now users will be able to use them.

Networks: iPhone now works with UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz) and GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz) networks.

Wireless connections: Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) and Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR.

Note from Apple iPhone official site: iPhone 3G uses a technology protocol called HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) to download data fast over UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) networks. Email attachments and web pages load twice as fast on 3G networks as on 2G EDGE networks.1 And since iPhone 3G seamlessly switches between EDGE, faster 3G, and even faster Wi-Fi, you always get the best speeds possible.

3G iPhone and playing games? They say that new iPhone can compete with Nintendo! You can simply tilt and rotate the iPhone and control the characters in the games. The display and graphics are very good and you will be able to purchase new games over iTunes which will be a breeze.

Some things stayed the same. Disk size stayed at 8Gb and the resolution of the camera also stayed at 2mega pixels.

iPhone 3G battery life

  1. Standby time: Up to 300 hours
  2. Talk time: Up to 5 hours on 3G or 10 hours on 2G
  3. Internet use: Up to 5 hours on 3G or 6 hours on Wi-Fi
  4. Video playback: Up to 7 hours
  5. Audio playback: Up to 24 hours

When you add Internet browsing and HTML emails you got yourself a small portable computer. The price is also very affordable, at only $199 and available in 70 countries around the world the new 3G iPhone is a dream gadget to buy.

3G iPhone Gallery

This concludes this 3G iPhone review, now lets get in line for the new dream gadget. And while you are at it you can get some iPhone winterboard themes as well.


  1. Wayne says:

    That’s great!
    I have owned the 2G iPhone for several months, but the 3G is my next willing thing. If you have more about it, contact me.

  2. Sam says:

    The new iPhone problems are self evident.
    a. Its not available in stock in AT&T stores
    b. Cannot be ordered online or through call centers
    c. Commercial customers cannot just upgrade to iPhone. They have to change their data plans to iPhone data plan to use the iPhone.
    d. This also means that a user cannot just get an AT&T SIM card, plug it into iPhone and start using it. This is what one can do with any other phone but NOT iPhone.
    e. The stores are taking too long to process iPhone sales. The lines at most stores is in excess of 2 to 3 hours in North California.

  3. r. willie says:

    What is the buzz on the 3G upgrade? I understand it is called the nose phone.

  4. I’ve been very excited about upgrading my iPhone to the new iPhone 3G. Yesterday, I called the Apple Store at the Syracuse, NY mall to see if any were in stock. Lo, 16GB Whites were in stock. So, I packed up the family for a trip to the mall and drove the 2 hours to Syracuse. Eagerly, I went into the Apple store and boldly asked, “Please, sell me an iPhone.”

    This is where it all goes wrong. I have $299 plus tax in hand. Apple has an iPhone in stock. Why didn’t I walk out of the store with $300 less in pocket and an iPhone richer? Utter disregard for customer satisfaction, customer loyalty and a Byzantine delusion that by rigidly controlling access to your product that somehow you will profit.

    The problem, it seems, is that I have a family plan with AT&T and that my mother, who works for a college with a contract with AT&T and receives a discount adds a mysterious ‘IFU’ tag to my account. Now, I cannot buy the phone from Apple, I must buy it from AT&T.

    “AT&T is sold out nationwide,” I say.

    “We know,” says Apple.

    I asked if I could buy the phone and take it to the AT&T kiosk just down the hallway.

    “No,” says Apple.

    I asked if I could bring an AT&T representative up to the Apple store to work out the kinks and let me somehow purchase the phone.

    “No,” says Apple.

    I asked if Apple could sell this iPhone to the AT&T kiosk and let AT&T sort out the details.

    “No,” says Apple.

    Why I can’t purchase the phone, I can’t imagine. This kind of corporate arrogance drives me nuts. My current iPhone is mine. I can do with it what I want. The new iPhone 3G should be mine as well, but apparently Apple doesn’t want my business.

    This is all very frustrating, because unlike so many others, I’m playing by the rules. I’m not unlocking my iPhone and switching carriers. Apple’s rules are wrong, don’t get me wrong; but I’m willing to play by them in order to get access to the device. At the point when Apple has changed the rules so much that I can’t even enter the playing field?

    I’m buying my iPhone 3G unlocked from China.

  5. admin says:

    @Christopher: that sucks!

  6. Marc says:

    AT&T is incredibly ignorant.

    I placed a phone order last week for two 16gb IPhone 3g’s. One White and One Black. The AT&T saleshole said both were in stock ready to ship.. The following Monday I get the white one and AT&T said, there are 68000 black phones on back order and the saleshole was wrong.

    OK, so you think the easy thing to do was to switch the order and send me a white one which APPLE just might as well recall and paint them black since no one seems to want a white one. Well sounds easy but AT&T says I cannot be done unless I cancel the whole order and send the one unopened phone back.. This is absolutely nuts!! AT&T would rather lose my business than make a simple change on the order. Their answer to every question and complaint is that “Apple won’t let us do that” I spoke with Apple Customer Support and they said that was simply not true.

    Meanwhile, things are getting fouled up really bad because I was porting my two old phones from another carrier. I was getting worried that I would lose my two old number and my current Treo 755p’s would stop working and that is almost what happened.

    Anyway, there is a whole lot more but you all get the idea.

    Unless Apple adds another carrier, I guess I will never own an IPhone. Dealing with

    AT&T is like making a deal with the devil.

    And last but not least… All AT&T is good for is to apologizing. They say it so much that they should rename the company to :

    Apology Telephone and Trashograph


  7. Mark says:

    First let me say that at this point (two weeks) with the 3G, I’m not happy. It is only faster when in a Mac store (not out on the street), the soft wear sometime will send email replys, but most of the time it goes in to a search mode running the battery dead in less then a hour (now you have a dead plastic thing in your pocket)…If your aware (now I am) you can reboot it and it will stop searching, and might even retrive a email or twenty, and send or lose what replys, and drafts that were in the waiting room (my term)…I’m thinking I want my orginal iphone back, but a friend that just updated 2.1 cant send emails and know one seem to be able to find a way to fix it yet (mabe 2..2)…I’m beginning to think that the 3g is a scam, less effective unit…that I now pay more to at&t, and get less…

    Off to the Mac Store agine to see if anything can be done…

    or off to buy a PC to replace the iphone.

  8. James says:

    Hello all,

    I bought the 3G iPhone on Monday and returned it on Tuesday. Why??? Because it lasted a grand total of 5 hours before it began malfunctioning. Great piece of equipment, huh? Also, I was not impressed anyway. Need to wear a pair of binoculars to read the internet. When I went to AT&T to return this piece of garbage, I was told I had to pay a 10% restocking fee (a grand scam in and of itself). Obivously, I said that was not going to happen. The problem is, they already had my money and I had to fight tooth and nail to get it back.

    First, I was told that this was “an Apple thing”. So I called Apple, they said their policy was to fully refund defective products. But of course, since it was bought at AT&T, it was AT&T’s responsibility to reimburse me the remaining $20.

    So I call them. Only the great and powerful, yet quite elusive, Manager (This guy is tantamount to the Wizard of Oz, apparantely) could graciously grant me my $20. I was told he would be in meetings all the next day and I should expect a call from him perhaps the following day. Althougn I was not born yesterday, I allow two days to go by, no call, and finally I call the store. I speak with the girl who originally helped me, unlike everyone else involved in this story, she was very helpful. She said the Great and Poweful Manager was in and she would bring it up to him. Rest of story short, I will be getting my $20 credited on my next bill. But……..I should be very very appreciative for they will do it for me “this one time”. So nice of them to fully reimburse me the “restocking” fee on a broken piece of garbage that lasted a total of 5 hours.

    My only question is, will they still restock this defective junk even though they are so graciously returning my money in full? HMMMMMMM?

  9. Basel says:

    does anyone also get problems with their phone apparantly stalling like mine does? I try pressing the home button or the power button, and it does not turn off or display. Then when i get a call though, the screen returns but it flashes and i usually miss the first call before the desktop appears normal. this happened to me about 3 times today. Other times the phone just seemed to sleep on its own and again none of the buttons would work to restore the screen. Just want to see if anyone is experiencing this. Also i recently updated to the 2.0.2 and had that problem today.

  10. charlie says:

    The screen cracks. Ask someone at an apple store – the screens crack very frequently. Problem is, apple will charge you $350 to make this repair that costs them less than $10. That’s where they get you. That’s where they make all the money. They know the screen will crack. So they get you thinking their phone will cost $200 or $300 dollars when in reality it will cost at least $550 to $650 because the screen will break. Iphone is a lie and a scam.

  11. Sam says:

    I am so happy to hear that I’m not the only one with iphone trouble. Last Sunday I bought an iphone 3g, by the next day the vibrate function was not working anymore. I returned to the AT&T store and they begrudgingly replaced the phone making it very clear that they’re doing me a favor. I go home and restore all of my data and within minutes I receive my first phone call. I attempt to answer the phone but every time I would push the button, the screen would black out. I restored the phone to it’s original settings hoping that it was a software glitch, but to my dismay the same thing happened again. The following day I went to an AT&T store to replace the defective device, and the manager of the store tells me that since I already exchanged the phone once I can’t replace it again. I explained to her that the phone was defective and I had 14 days to return or exchange it. She responded that it was impossible to have two defective phones. She would not even let me show her the problem, she had her mind made and that was final. I then went to the store where I originally purchased the phone determined to get my money refunded. The same gentleman in the store who the night before handled my exchange informed me that without a manager nothing could be done, and of course there was no manager on duty! He was in class!! The gentleman instructed to come back the following day at 10 in morning. I demanded to speak to a manager now, I don’t have the time to come back, I work for a living. How can AT&T run a store without a manager?? Absurd!! He would not talk to me any further, I was only being a nuisance to him and he instructed me to please stand away from the desk so that he could help the next customer. I then waited about twenty minutes to speak to someone else, he was able to return the phone with the help of another employee who wanted to make it clear that she could keep me waiting for as long as her heart desired; claiming I would just have to wait until she was finished with her customer, when all she had to do was watch the guy standing next to her enter the return in the system! I then purchased a blackberry bold for full price because my upgrade was already used on the iphone. I asked them to double and triple check to make sure they transfered the service from iphone data to blackberry data. Of course they screwed it up. I had to call AT&T 3 times to straiten the service out. Wow! AT&T has the worst most uneducated, ill-informed, lazy, and obnoxious employee’s!!! I feel like I just fought a war! I would never recommend the iphone to a friend, it just has to many glitches. And AT&T has decent service coverage but the absolute worst customer service!!!!

  12. Raja says:

    last few month i just listing about i phone and checking the images on internet, when i will see in real condition at market, which is still not available, i think Apple company made this mobile just for other apple product publicity nothing else….i think china is doing good job and available in market lots of apple iphone with expandable memory and same features with very very reasonable price and working goood.

  13. Mr.Ajo Mathew says:

    Hey guys..you are absolutly wrong..unfortunately it happend to you its your unluck what to say more..

    I’ve been using an i phone 3GS from past 6 months..till now i’ve never experienced any of the abouve mentioned problems..

    It’s abosolutely a sexy phone with all the fuction you need..

    You leave it unless you dont know how to toch it..its shame..puppy shame..

    Buy it..enjoy it…

    Appple i phone..the best phone in the universe..

    apple rockz..:)

  14. Ap says:

    This phone is garbage once the battery gets low my keyboard gose crazy. I can pit it in sleep mode and put my finger on the screen and the slide key just moved on it’s own back and forth. Then I went to th notepad n held my finger in one spot and all the buttons started responding and copyin n pasting on it’s own. I would push something in the bottom righthand corner and the top left would respond I could barely text. So I turned it off fir the night and it was ok the next morning I don’t like this at all.

  15. Donald says:

    My iphone 3G was working great before and now it has gone berserk since the updated of OS4. It hasn’t done anything but problems: slow applications, slow GPS navigation, oh yeah did I mention programs would freeze in the middle of a job and kicks me out from times to times. Also, the “slide to unlock” button is very very sluggish to operate.

  16. mikala says:

    i love my iphone! i think its great! i love apple

  17. Abdullah says:

    hello…………..i m having a problem in using iphone3g.My iphone’s battery timing is low. My iphon’s battery timing is only 2 hours .Kindly help me .You can give your suggestions/instructions on my yahoo id(amjad_yaqoob55@yahoo.com).Kindly help me .i shall be very thankful to you.Tc

  18. jason says:

    Worst phones ever came out so complicated why carn’t you make them like normal like other phones instead of using iTunes and all that rubbish please do sum thing about them b4 you come out with them

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