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updated 12:45 pm EDT, Thu July 10, 2008

6 knocks on the iPhone 3G

As the iPhone 3G prepares to launch, there are six reasons not to buy Apple's new phone according to Despite early, mostly positive reviews from the New York Times, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal, the blog has taken the iPhone 3G to task for its AT&T-only availability in the US and AT&T's pricing structure, which, over the two-year contract, will cost more than the original iPhone with its subscription rates. The reduced battery-life of the 3G model is another negative and the addition of 3G network access and GPS is seen as 'not worth the upgrade.' The storage limit of 16GB is looked at with suspicion, expecting a 32 GB upgrade in the near future to devalue the 16GB and 8GB iPhone 3G soon after launch. The last of the six criticisims cites the lack of 'feature leader' abilities in the iPhone 3G; the lack of removable flash memory, Bluetooth stereo support, MMS and video recording are the main culprits leaving the iPhone 3G without features many free cellphones provide.

Mitigating the 'six reasons not to buy an iPhone 3G' are Apple's Apps Store and the MobileMe cloud-based environment. Both will add features to and enhance the value of the iPhone 3G, the publication claims.

by MacNN Staff





  1. tslate

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Are you guys going to post an actual link to the article your article is based from, or should I just take your word for it?I mean seriously it's not tough to copy and paste a link. I guess I should be used to it by now, considering Macnn does this constantly, but you could at least pretend that you gave a shat.

  1. cvbcvb

    Joined: Dec 1969



    If MacNN forgot to include the link, it doesnít take much to go to and find it...

    (Itís linked on their main page)


  1. eggman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's hardly worth reading

    This guy makes a number of assumptions that are easily blown away: he's looking at this from the point of view of someone who already owns one, who might be thinking of an "upgrade". Because, and I quote: "I'd go as far as to say that anyone who really wanted an iPhone already has one."

    In my case, that's clearly false: I, like others, was waiting for 3G data speeds for the internet component of the phone to be truly usable. He looks at 3G and GPS as bonuses: to me they were essential features.

    There's more shoddy thinking like that, but I don't want to waste any more of my life than I've already spent on this.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Mitigating the 'six reasons not to buy an iPhone 3G' are Apple's Apps Store and the MobileMe cloud-based environment. Both will add features to and enhance the value of the iPhone 3G, the publication claims.

    Since those features are all supposed to be available to the iphone 1.0 owners, it in no way mitigates anything.

    And why is it that when people are comparing the prices, no one adds in that for the extra $10 on the data plan, you get faster speeds (assuming you can get faster speeds)?

  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Why doesn't anybody compare the prices of a Blackberry over a 2-year contract, or a Windows Mobile phone over a 2-year contract with the cost of an iPhone?

    That would be a lot more useful than comparing the new iPhone cost to the old iPhone cost.

  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "The storage limit of 16GB ". Name one phone at or under $300 with 16GB of storage. Yes none comes close. What a joke of an article.

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