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 PCmag.com. 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.