There’s been a lot of missed iPhone 3G news while we were gone, so we wanted to make sure we kept everybody up-to-date with this round-up post. We’ll include information from a few reviews, information about how much the iPhone 3G costs to make, what it looks like under the shiny black (or white) case, a couple of tips, and info about why it might be a pain in the butt to return a defective phone.
We are holding off on our review until we’ve had ample time to play around with the iPhone 3G and really get a feel for what it’s like. Look for our review in the next week or so. Until then, some sites have already posted reviews on certain aspects of the phone, and here’s what we were able to learn from them:
- Battery life varies, A LOT which means your experience will probably be different than mine. Gizmodo took a look at nine different 3G battery life test results and not one was the same. The bottom line from all of the tests seems to be that if you’re doing heavy browsing, your battery is going to drain pretty quickly. (READ)
- The Pandora add-on “rocks” according to TechCrunch. They say “streamed music plays flawlessly over Edge and 3G networks – during a 40 mile drive I didn’t once run into any kind of skipping or static. Even better, the app currently has no advertisements playing, though we can probably expect that to change.” (READ)
- Engadget has posted their reviews already and pointed out the good and the bad. One thing they aren’t impressed with is the battery life and the glossy black plastic back. The good is that calls are a lot clearer and 3G speeds are impressive. (READ)
- Popular Mechanics did a quick out-of-the-box review and included a video. They compared the iPhone 3G with the “old” iPhone and the Samsung Instinct. What they found was that the original iPhone had a better backlight, the Samsung Instinct was the winner of data speed (although it was far more difficult to navigate and read than the iPhone 3G), and the call quality winner was the iPhone 3G. (READ)
Where to find an iPhone 3G
The iPhone 3G isn’t going to be too easy to come across in the following states where the devices are completely sold out:
Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, MInnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennesse, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin
How Much Does the iPhone 3G Cost to Make?
iSuppli estimated that the original iPhone cost Apple about $227 last year to make when it launched. Now they are saying that the iPhone 3G costs Apple about $173 in parts. It appears as though Apple found ways to make the new iPhone 3G more cost-effective which could ultimately help their market share grow. (READ)
Oh, and in case you were wondering what it looks like inside, take a look:
iPhone 3G Tips!
Gizmodo points out how with the new iPhone 2.0 software, if there are YouTube videos embedded into a site, you now see a preview of them. Once you tap to view the video, it will take you to the YouTube player, and then once you are done with the video, you press done and you’ll be taken back to the page you were on in Safari. (READ)
Another tip comes from Lifehacker where they explain a domain keyboard shortcut. This trick will give you quick access to more than the “.com” keyboard shortcut. Now you have “.org,” “.edu,” and, “.net” shortcuts available. (READ)
Jump to search field in Contacts
This is a feature that comes with the new iPhone 2.0 software — you can easily jump to the search field in your contacts on the iPhone by tapping the status bar at the very top (like what you would do in Safari). (READ)
Need to Exchange that iPhone 3G?
Unfortunately, there will be some of you who get your iPhone 3G only to find that it is defective. One person has already experienced this and the process of exchanging it wasn’t very pleasant thanks to AT&T. Luckily Apple took care of them and went out of their way to resolve the issue. (READ)