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Major critics post early iPhone 3GS reviews

updated 04:10 pm EDT, Wed June 17, 2009

Reviewers on iPhone 3GS

The tech columnists of some major media outlets have begun posting early reviews of the iPhone 3GS, and by extension the new iPhone 3.0 firmware. David Pogue of the New York Times claims that the phone is now "a year ahead" of its rivals, whereas the previous two generations were only superior in some areas but deficient in others. Some much-needed changes are said to include voice dialing, copy-and-paste, and a larger battery; among advantages are the 50,000-plus App Store titles, and reasonably high-quality video capture combined with editing and sharing functions.

Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal echoes Pogue's views, but describes changes as "more evolutionary than revolutionary," with less incentive to buy a new phone than simply install iPhone 3.0 on an old one. The 3GS continues to lack a physical keyboard, notes Mossberg, as well as Flash and multitasking support. American buyers also miss out on tethering and MMS, for the immediate future. A faster CPU, more storage and the larger battery are argued to be the most significant hardware changes.

USA Today's Edward Baig maintains a similar attitude to Mossberg, but points out unusual details like the new screen reader, which in combination with Voice Control makes the device practical for blind users. Baig is somewhat critical of the latter feature, noting that it will not only refuse to load video, but may make occasional mistakes when recognizing iPod artists. The upgrades "give iPhone loyalists plenty of new reasons to celebrate," Baig comments.

by MacNN Staff




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  1. danangdoc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iPod Touch

    Love the new e-mail format. Other than that, it was an expensive add-on for what should have been there all along. Apple screws it's customers once again. Oh well, I pick up my new 3GS Friday morning! It had better be PERFECT.

  1. ff11

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: iPod Touch

    an expensive add-on for what should have been there all along? Were you blind when you bought your iPod or just ignorant? it had the features it was advertised to have and those who bought it were glad to have them or else they would have kept their money.

  1. cvbcvb

    Joined: Dec 1969



    danangdoc wrote:

    “Apple screws it's customers once again.”

    No it was YOUR decision to get “screwed”. I simply waited and my first iPhone, the 3G S, will arrive on Friday.

    BTW, if you asked many current iPhone users if they feel “screwed” by Apple the yes’ would be far and few between.


  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969



    He doesn't seem to bring anything new to the news these days, merely agreeing with "supposed: shortcomings others have noted in the tech industry. Pogue seems much more on top of it.
    I've known a few people who have iPhones and they love them! Too many of the tech people always find something to complain about... usually some missing "pet" feature that most of us don't use or care about. They are the same way about the laptops and desktops. I wonder if anything would satisfy them. Maybe they should go back to their PC roots... oh, I forgot, it's even worse over there!

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Screwed by Apple?

    Didn't the iPhone perform mostly to your expectations or where there features you were promised and they didn't work? Don't you get a trial period and if you're not satisfied, you can return it? I was never under the impression that most iPhone users thought they were getting screwed by Apple. I'd heard that most users were more than satisfied and that the iPhone was probably the most useful handset they ever owned. Yes? No? Is Apple s******* it's customers any more than some WinMo or BlackBerry handset? None of those devices are perfect, either.

    I continue to keep hearing this thing about features that Apple should have had from the very beginning. There is no OS that has all features from the very beginning. I hear the cut, copy, paste feature on the latest OS blows away most other CCP on other handsets because it does more than just copy text. There probably aren't many other handsets with video recording that do editing either. For all we know, MMS and tethering not being included in early software was because of AT&T not being ready for it and not Apple. It's rather unfair to say that the iPhone should have every feature that mature OSs had years ago. Maybe Apple just needs the time to get those features right for non-tech users.

    I'm sure Apple is doing the best development for Mobile OSX that it can and it may just take time although people keep saying that Apple is deliberately hobbling each release to make more money in the future. There is that possibility, but you can't be certain of that.

  1. driven

    Joined: Dec 1969


    upgrading original iPhone

    I'm finally going to be upgrading my original iPhone (2.5G) to the 3GS. Can't wait. :-)

  1. bluejammm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Hobbling each release

    I beleive Apple does indeed hobble each release of most all their software, leaving out a lot of small features just so people will upgrade more regularly.
    Is that "s*******" customers? Yes, a little.
    But it is ultimately the buyer s******* himself, knowing that is the case.

  1. chas_m



    MacWorld Canada

    MacWorld Canada ( has a review up on the 3Gs that includes how well the MMS and tethering work ... because we have it and you don't ...

    (sorry, but it's VERY rare when we get something before the US does, so we gotta brag when it happens!)

  1. kerryb

    Joined: Dec 1969


    spoiled lot

    Mac users expect perfection from all of Apple's products and it is Apple's fault for raising the bar so high it has created a group of finicky customers that complain the lack of some one feature or another. The iPhone is still the most elegant piece of technology out there. Apple will not re-invent the wheel every 12 months, sorry critics.

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