iPhone 3G S Roundup
Friday, June 19, 2009 - 6:48 PM EST
Posted by: Charles
We've been taking it easy on news related to the iPhone 3G S, but I thought it would be nice to post a roundup after it launched. So here are some of the best reviews, picture galleries and videos that have been posted on the Internet over the last few days. We're also going to continue adding to this roundup over the next few days, so please check back for new entries.
AllThingsD - Walt Mossberg writes, "Both the new iPhone and iPhone OS are packed with features that make a great product even better. But, for many users, the software may be enough of a boost to keep them from buying the new model."
New!Ars Technica - Jacqui Cheng and Clint Ecker write, "Whether or not you buy an iPhone 3GS depends highly on what you're coming from and what you want to do with the device. If you're in the market for a new iPhone and you've never had one before (or you have an original iPhone), there's no reason not to buy the new one - the device is blazingly fast and can do more cool things than ever; you even qualify for fully subsidized pricing from most carriers."
New!Brighthand - Nick Spohn writes, "The iPhone 3G S is Apple's third smartphone. Although in many ways it's not that big of improvement over the iPhone 3G, that "S" is the most important part of the new iPhone: Speed."
CNET - Kent German writes, "The iPhone 3G S doesn't make the same grand leap that the iPhone 3G made from the first-generation model, but the latest Apple handset is still a compelling upgrade for some users. The iPhone 3G S is faster and we appreciate the new features and extended battery life, but call quality and 3G reception still need improvement."
Computerworld - Michael DeAgonia writes, "It's clear that Apple's latest iPhone should be another winner. With the addition of a bumped-up processor, additional memory, the new camera and more storage, this iPhone is simply a faster, more capable computer. It's the equivalent of moving from an old PC or Mac to newer and better hardware."
Engadget - Joshua Topolsky writes, "So while it's tough to argue with the package Apple has put together (a stellar device with just enough new to make it nearly perfect), we couldn't help feeling a bit let down by the 3G S. Maybe we've been spoiled by devices like the Pre and Ion (and it's possible we're a little numb to OS 3.0 since we've played with the beta for a while now), but the additions of video recording, a compass, and a speed bump just don't seem that compelling to us. The mix of new features and a ever-growing App Store will still be potent to new buyers, but pricing schemes which amount to hundreds more for current owners might give previous early adopters and eager upgraders reason for pause. Ultimately we're not saying it's time to jump ship, but we've come to expect a bit more pedal to the floor from Apple."
New!Geek.com - Joel Evans writes, "So far I'm really impressed with the iPhone 3G S and I consider it a worthwhile upgrade for current users of the iPhone 3G who can get the subsidized price. That said, if you have to pay full price for the iPhone 3G S and you don't take a lot of pictures, videos or you manage your e-mail mostly in your browser, it's not a must-have upgrade."
Gizmodo - Jason Chen writes, "Like I said in the Palm Pre review, I'm a bit bored of the iPhone look and feel. If you're looking for something new, something different and something you're not quite familiar with, there's the Pre or the MyTouch 3G. But as a whole, the iPhone 3GS is the best all-around smartphone available. If you're looking for a refined, augmented version of what you already know, a phone that, not for nothing, runs all the tens of thousands of apps on the App Store, choose the iPhone 3GS."
New!iLounge - Jeremy Horwitz writes, "Our B+ rating and general recommendation for the iPhone 3G S recognize it as a superior performer and thus value to its predecessor in a number of categories, albeit with a few major caveats that should make any purchase a well-informed one rather than an impulse buy. If you're an original iPhone owner looking for a major speed bump, capacity jump, better camera, superior mapping device, or more easily controlled iPhone, you'll find all these things and many more pleasant benefits in the iPhone 3G S. iPhone 3G owners will also find each of these factors to be true, but most to diminished extents that in our view may initially appear compelling, but after a few weeks or months will have upgraders questioning the necessity and expense. First-time iPhone buyers will find the iPhone 3G S to be a great introduction to the product line, with enough features and future potential to be genuinely exciting."
New!infoSync World - Philip Berne writes, "If you're already in love with your iPhone and you have a few hundred bucks to spend, the Apple iPhone 3GS is a no-brainer. The performance gains are huge, especially in complicated apps like games and the Web browser. The iPhone was already a leader in multimedia features and Web browsing, and the library of apps was the most diverse and impressive among all the major smartphone systems, so it's nice that the new performance boost only made all of this good stuff even better. If you were on the fence before, though, the new features might not be enough to push you over the edge. Only a user who had been suffering with the iPhone will appreciate the video recording and voice dialing apps, as these are present on most other smartphones, and many other simpl er devices."
New!Macworld - Jason Snell writes, "The iPhone 3G S is, without a doubt, the finest iPhone Apple has made. It addresses most of the fundamental weaknesses of the previous models, adding raw speed, voice-activated phone and music navigation, an improved autofocus camera, and video-recording features. Its larger amount of installed memory suggests that it will run existing iPhone apps not just faster, but with fewer crashes, and its improved video capabilities suggest that it will be an impressive gaming device as well."
Macworld Canada - Ted Kritsonis writes, "The iPhone 3G S has better battery life, power and speed compared to the 3G, and provides hardware-based features that enhance existing apps and functions on the phone. If all that matters to you, then upgrading is worth it, but if you're more of a casual iPhone user, then you can probably afford to wait a little while before you upgrade."
NY Times - David Pogue writes, "In short, the substantially improved, still elegant iPhone 3G S makes it dangerously easy for your heart and your head to agree."
USA Today - Edward Baig writes, "The 3.0 software and 3G S phone may not check off everything on your iPhone wish list. But they give iPhone loyalists plenty of new reasons to celebrate."
Wired - Steven Levy writes, "It's not as dramatic an advance as the previous ones. But the new phone introduces a long list of improvements, big and small. Taken together, they're enough to re-establish Apple's once-shrinking lead in a brutal technology competition that is making the chariot race in Ben Hur look like a stroll in the park."