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iPhone 3GS: How Did Reality Measure Up to Users’ Hopes?

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By Jeremy Horwitz

Editor-in-Chief, iLounge
Published: Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Articles Categories: Editorials

In the days leading up to Apple’s announcement of the iPhone 3GS, we published a Report Card that would measure the actual device’s features against 20 different things that users were hoping that a new iPhone would contain. Following the announcement, we wanted to go back and take a look at how the iPhone 3GS actually compares with these potential features; here are the answers.

1. Dramatically Better Battery Life. No. By Apple’s measures, the iPhone 3GS received no improvement in 3G talk time, and only modest boosts in other performance categories. Users should expect an extra two or so hours of use of non-phone features, but the same rapid power drain when making 3G telephone calls. Again, switching the phone from 3G to EDGE mode is recommended - ridiculously - as a means to improve run time.

2. Superior Build Quality. Unclear. The screen is touted as possessing a “fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating,” also described as “oil-resistant coating that keeps the iPhone screen clean.” It is uncertain whether this coating has been applied to the rest of the device’s body, and whether the plastic shell has been improved to reduce cracking.

3. More Reliable Calling and Data Speeds. No. While the iPhone 3GS supports 7.2Mb/s HSDPA data transmission, Apple made no promises about the actual availability of cellular service for this faster speed, and suggested that AT&T would be offering it “where available.” Given AT&T’s current coverage maps, it is unclear where it is available, and data speeds will most likely be unpredictable for months to come, or longer. One bright spot is that a faster processor in the iPhone 3GS will enable Safari and other applications to open up faster.

4. No Bandwidth Capping. Yes. AT&T has not changed its 3G pricing plans for the worse in terms of bandwidth capping. But it has also not offered iPhone 3GS pricing details for the use of two new announced features, MMS and Internet Tethering, both of which will consume additional data.

5. 802.11n. No. The iPhone 3GS still works only on 802.11b and 802.11g wireless routers, slowing down 802.11n-capable networks as a consequence.

6. Turn-by-Turn Mapping. No. Despite the presence of Google Maps, a GPS chip, and now a digital compass in the iPhone 3GS, Apple is still passing the buck to third-party developers to actually create software for turn-by-turn directions. Moreover, it is actively promoting Tom Tom, which will offer a windshield-mounting hardware and new app software package for mapping for an undisclosed additional fee over the cost of the iPhone hardware.

7. No More Broken Accessories. Unclear. The iPhone 3GS does not appear to break compatibility with prior accessories to any greater degree than did the iPhone 3G, however, testing will be necessary to see how both past and new iPhone OS 3.0-ready accessories behave when connected to the device. Two accessory failures during the WWDC 2009 demonstration of the iPhone OS 3.0 software may or may not be related to the iPhone 3GS device itself, which was reportedly being used during the product demos.

8. Integrated or Accessory Keyboard Support. No; the iPhone 3GS does not include an integrated keyboard and, thus far, Apple has announced no support for keyboard accessories. However, developers may be capable of creating their own, standardless keyboards; it is unclear whether these accessories will work.

9. Joypad Support. No; neither a joypad nor support for joypad accessories has been announced for iPhone 3GS. However, developers may be capable of creating their own, standardless controllers to work with specific games; it is unclear whether such controllers will create a mess of incompatible solutions.

10. An Improved Main iPhone Menu. No. Users still need to scroll through pages of icons.

11. An Improved Splash Screen. No. The main screen remains uncustomizable.

12. Improved Still Camera Performance. Yes. The iPhone 3GS received several camera-related upgrades, including a 3-Megapixel still camera capable of autofocus, manual focus, 10cm macro photography, and other features: rapid-shooting, auto white balance, and supposedly better low-light performance.

13. Video Recording. Yes. The iPhone 3GS can now create 640x480, 30fps videos with audio, and edit them directly from within the phone, sending them to MobileMe, YouTube, E-mail, or MMS (where supported). Videos published to YouTube are capped at 10 minutes in length; Apple also says that “the limit to the file size of attachments is determined by your carrier.”

14. Video Conferencing. No. The iPhone 3GS has no front-facing video camera and is not capable of sending video across a Wi-Fi or cellular network in real time, at least directly out of the box.

15. Direct-to-iPhone Video Downloading. Yes. The iPhone 3GS, as well as older iPhones, have gained the ability to download standard-definition movies, TV shows, and music videos directly over the air.

16. Wireless Syncing. No. A wired connection is still required to transfer iPhone content to a Mac or PC, and vice-versa.

17. A Higher-Resolution Screen. No. The iPhone 3GS screen has not improved in resolution over its 2007 and 2008 predecessors.

18. HD Content Support. No. The iPhone 3GS is listed as supporting 640x480 videos in the same formats as its predecessors, and is not capable out of the box of playing higher-resolution videos.

19. More Storage Capacity. Yes. The iPhone 3GS saw its storage capacities doubled from the iPhone 3G, with a 16GB base version and a 32GB premium version.

20. True Multitasking. No. Apple has announced no support for this feature, and will rely upon Push notifications as an alternative.

For those keeping count, only 5 of the 20 aforementioned features actually appeared in the iPhone 3GS—a 25% figure that isn’t necessarily meaningful given the universe of possible additions, but does suggest the iterative nature of the actual iPhone 3GS product. A list of additional features Apple did add, including Voice Control, Nike+ support, and enhanced accessibility features, is available here.

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1

This is why, I love this site. Great points Jeremy. If you stop and look at it, the 3GS is just the 3G with a new camera. Compare it with against the Nokia N97 that will soon launch. This is a phone, or media device.

Posted by dt on June 9, 2009 at 10:48 AM (PDT)

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I still love my iPhone 2G and have no plans to give it up but this partial upgrade in the handset is likely not enough for me to upgrade as I intended.  Hopefully the features I really wanted to see…iChat capable front facing camera and a less scratch prone body…will finally be offered next year!

I hate to say it but the biggest reason I don’t think I’ll upgrade now is that I think if I do I’ll get screwed next year if I want to get the next iPhone just 12 months later like the early 3G owners are now!  If ATT made an eligible upgrade exception for former iPhone users 12 months instead of 18, then maybe I would reconsider.

Posted by TosaDeac on June 9, 2009 at 11:03 AM (PDT)

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#1,
The phone has a faster processor, new 3G chipset (7+ mbs) along with the camera.

Posted by rgm on June 9, 2009 at 11:33 AM (PDT)

4

How does the new iPhone measure up?

Posted by Richard Pearl Jr on June 9, 2009 at 11:52 AM (PDT)

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7+mbs is only when rolled out and I am sure in select cities.  I live in Maine and we just got 3G Nov 2008.  I don’t think this is for me to upgrade from original first gen.  My wife wants one and it makes sense for her to get the 3Gs instead of the 3G, besides it comes out on her birthday and according to her that is as good a reason as any. 

My concern on the original is how slow with the OS3.0 make?  Is that going to force the upgrade for many people?

matt

Posted by matt on June 9, 2009 at 12:13 PM (PDT)

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Hope the new iPod Touch gets some of the stuff in September that the new iPhone 3G S got yesterday! A camera w/ video capabilities would ROCK!

Posted by metromediasquare.com on June 9, 2009 at 12:52 PM (PDT)

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I politely disagree with your assessment, Jeremy, on several points.

1)  Although 3G battery life has not improved, a 50% gain in WiFi, 43% gain in video, and 24% gain in audio is at least noteworthy if not significant.  Remember, the iPhone is more than a phone.

3)  Break up this item as it is really two significant, but different points:  a) call reliability and b) data speeds.  Does the 3G S have better call reliability?  That is unknown until we get the handset to test for ourselves.  To say no is jumping to conclusions.  Does the iPhone have better data speeds?  Yes, if your carrier provides it.  Don’t ding Apple for something out of its control.

5)  Unrealistic expectation if one wants to maintain the form factor and battery life.  Ding this one against the user, not Apple.

6)  Unreasonable request.  Were users expecting an Apple-written app?  That could be construed as anti-competitive given the threat the platform presents to TomTom, Garmin and the like.  Or, were users expecting a 3rd party-sourced app included for free?  Do you ding Apple or TomTom for failing to come to an agreement?  What about the unfair playing field to other turn-by-turn app providers that such a relationship would create?  At the WWDC, Apple made it clear that all the tools are in place for 3rd parties to develop such apps.  Heck, they even highlighted one such 3rd party.  Your assessment appears to do your readers a disservice.

8)  One of the key features of the iPhone is no keyboard.  I understand there will always be someone unwilling or unable to adapt to a virtual keyboard, but expecting an iPhone with a physical keyboard is being clueless about iPhone fundamentals.

16)  This is a definite yes as I can sync data using MobileMe. 

17)  This one baffles me.  To what dot-pitch are users seeking and what would that accomplish?  It would seem to me that the ability to pinch and zoom alleviates the need for greater clarity of micro-text.

18)  Why is this even on the list?  Apple provides the SD equivalent along with any HD purchase. 

20)  Users may be better served to focus on the problem that a “true multitasking” implementation may solve rather than on just one solution.  There are multiple ways of solving this problem, each with its own costs/benefits.  Apple did their homework and showed their work before WWDC to highlight the high costs of allowing random applications to run background threads.  The push notification approach looks to solve the problem nearly as effectively without the high costs.  Apple deserves credit for this effort and even more if it proves to work in most cases.

Last, but not least, does not Apple deserve credit for Nike+ and Voice Control, both of which users were hoping and/or expecting?

Posted by rph on June 9, 2009 at 12:57 PM (PDT)

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#7: Point-by-point.

1) The image showed as much, but the critical differentiator (and reason for purchasing) of the iPhone 3G is its cellular functionality. According to Apple, it has made zero gain in 3G calling or 3G data battery drain, a very sore spot for the many users (including us) who depend on this as a communications device in the field.

3) What is and is not within Apple’s control is subject to considerable debate. If any company has the ability to force AT&T;‘s (or other carriers’) hands in making positive changes on behalf of consumers, it’s Apple. Similarly, Apple’s decision to partner with only one carrier in certain critical territories is its own decision.

5) How so, given the availability of low-power n-ready chips from Apple partners? And moreover, who said that Apple had to “maintain the form factor” or the prior battery? That’s Apple’s choice, and one that it doesn’t make as often as it does.

6) Any suggestion that Apple can’t include turn-by-turn functionality on its own is based on the assumption that a company that already has integrated Google Maps and two key pieces of hardware into the device—in fact, everything that third-party developers need—can’t provide an integrated solution using the existing elements of the iPhone 3G S, which really makes no sense. What you are suggesting is literally that Apple cannot or should not use its GPS and compass hardware to automate the existing step-by-step directions offered in Google Maps. Do we really need a separate app for this? And “Appears to do your readers a disservice?” Give me a break. Apple gets a 30% cut of any software Tom Tom sells through the App Store and royalties on the hardware, besides. It has every reason to try and charge extra for something that the device could do in a heartbeat with minimal additional work.

8) If “someone” equals a substantial percentage of the business world, then color everyone clueless. As with all apologist views of Apple design choices and omissions, it’s only a “key feature” until Apple changes it, at which point it becomes a “consumer-requested improvement.”

16) Your iTunes media library? Really?

17) Whether for text, photos, video, or games, we’re not yet at the point of true diminishing returns for additional dot pitch.

18) See prior article.

20) See 8) above. The whole idea that users should give up what they want in exchange for what’s convenient or expedient for Apple to do is a frequent point of controversy between those who accept Apple’s design decisions as gospel and those who recognize them to be merely temporary. FireWire on a 13” MacBook? Impossible to include because of that revolutionary unibody design, it was claimed. Except it wasn’t, really, hence it appears in a computer less than a year later. People who wanted FireWire in that model last year were called whiners. Now Apple is putting the feature in. So which is it?

Nike+ and Voice Control were both mentioned at the end of the article and featured in individual images, as well. You might have missed them, but they were there all along.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 9, 2009 at 1:37 PM (PDT)

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Actually there is turn-by-turn mapping, the automatic rotaion of maps according to where you’re facing, if that’s what you mean.

And the turn-by-turn mapping comes with iPhone 3G S’ native maps app

Just go checking out the tutorial video on the Apple.com

Posted by III on June 9, 2009 at 1:37 PM (PDT)

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A little disappointing Jeremy. Despite some good points the list is overly negative and unrealistic IMO. I’m more with poster 7.

#6 especially baffles me. Are you people really expect for Apple to get into turn-by-turn directions business which is a separate industry in itself? To acquire same expertise and provide similar service as Garmin, TomTom, Navigon, etc? Google maps won’t cut it, they buy cheapest maps which lack needed data for real time guidance. We are talking Navteq or TeleAtlas maps here that contain 3D views, POIs, lane assist, synthesized text-to-speech (TTS) in many languages and voices, etc. Add expensive quarterly map updades which normally cost $50-120, different geographic regions, real time traffic, windshield mounting gear, etc. And I’m not talking about patented routing algorithms which include real-time back-tracking for missed turns, turn alerts, etc. You expect Apple to provide all this for free? And if they give you something half baked or not feature rich there will be stink from same people about how disappointing Apple is. C’mon guys!

#1 and other 3G issues. Apple here at the mercy of specific providers and 3G power demands which are relatively high by 3G design. RIM, Nokia, Palm, HTC are all in the same boat. You either put in a bigger battery and make device heavy and fat but have long 3G times or enjoy slim pocket-friendly form factor and have shorter talk time. If I needed pure voice communication device with long talk time and replaceable battery I wouldn’t get iPhone in a first place. Otherwise in my book “couple of extra hours” for WiFi or music or video usage or reading eBook is a huge thing for a lot of users.

And what about all that ranting about Apple locking itself into at&t;hell? True, at&t;‘s 3G data service sucks big time. But what choice does Apple have in US? Stupid Verizon rejected iPhone in a first place and only now got to its senses. Stodgy Sprint was and is on a death bed (let’s hope Palm Pre changes this). Hence no CDMA in US. And what besides dreaded at&t;do we have here in GSM land? T-Mobile? It even didn’t have any 3G until recently. So blaming Apple for at&t;faults just isn’t fair.

Posted by Alec on June 9, 2009 at 3:37 PM (PDT)

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#10: Note how much of the necessary functionality is already sitting in the Maps application. Letting Maps automatically step through its own existing, completely free driving directions based on realtime user motion is a no-brainer. Sure, make any excuse you want for the iPhone not having this capability (existing patents, text to speech, needing to hire hardware engineers, acquire software, etc.), and then see if that excuse has ever stopped Apple from just doing whatever it wanted in the past.

Regarding “overly negative and unrealistic,” feel free to make your own list of features that you’d like to see in the next iPhone. Our list was non-exhaustive, included a call for readers to submit their own additions, and was warmly received by readers when it was originally posted. Obviously, however, you believe that you’re far more capable of making a “realistic” assessment of Apple’s and AT&T’s capabilities than we, and certainly more easily satisfied by whatever they do or say at a given point in time. That’s your perspective; we’ll preserve ours, which is that Apple’s continued cultivation of low iPhone upgrade expectations will make them much easier to meet.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 9, 2009 at 4:06 PM (PDT)

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U forgot to mention the forward facing camera… no…

Posted by TED on June 9, 2009 at 4:23 PM (PDT)

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I think the reason Apple wouldn’t provide its own turn-by-turn app. is that they don’t license the maps under those terms.

Or more accurately, Google doesn’t.  Google gets the maps from the same companies as the PND makers.

When you buy updated maps for PNDs, you pay hundreds for them.  So Navteq and TeleAtlas isn’t going to let their maps be used for some kind of turn-by-turn application which is free or included with the iPhone.

That would just be undercutting their revenue sources.

Posted by wco81 on June 9, 2009 at 6:09 PM (PDT)

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Seems like quite a few points are an unrealistic expectations. Faster processor and increased ram are a real plus. 32G of storage is nice too - are there any other phones offering this? Faster data speeds - Apple did it’s part, put blame on att where it is deserved. Every one has griped to high heaven about lack of cut and paste - wasn’t even on your list. Wireless N would have been nice - forward facing camera wasn’t anything I have a use for. Anyway just placed my order for a black 32G model for June 19 delivery.

Posted by jbmccle on June 9, 2009 at 6:55 PM (PDT)

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You say “What is and is not within Apple’s control is subject to considerable debate. If any company has the ability to force AT&T;’s (or other carriers’) hands in making positive changes on behalf of consumers, it’s Apple.” How do you know that AT&T;‘s current move towards 7.2Mb/s HSDPA data transmission is not a result of pressure by Apple?

Also, you claim that there are “low-power n-ready chips from Apple partners”. Really? One that can realistically be put into a cell phone? Please provide your source because I couldn’t find any cell phones out there that have the chip.  Alls I know is that the G1, Pre, N67, 8900 Curve, etc. don’t it and those are all relatively new smartphones.

Posted by Realistic Perspective on June 9, 2009 at 8:56 PM (PDT)

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#15: First, whatever that “current move” is, it isn’t actually available and AT&T;isn’t making any specific promises about who is getting it, when. Second, this.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 9, 2009 at 9:06 PM (PDT)

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Apple did not include voice control on the 3.0 update for the iPhone 3G why not? whay are they only offering this feature with the 3GS

Posted by hansel Jr on June 9, 2009 at 10:51 PM (PDT)

18

The 3G S may not be a dramatic jump from the 3G, but it is if you are still using the original 2G iPhone.

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on June 10, 2009 at 5:41 AM (PDT)

19

What about phone location and remote wipe. Fairly nice features.

Posted by Ken on June 10, 2009 at 11:18 AM (PDT)

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AFAIK, AT&T;caps outgoing MMS messages at a whopping 600kb, so good video is out.

Posted by Oboewan on June 10, 2009 at 6:16 PM (PDT)

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Jeremy,

Thanks for a good article to round-up the announcement.

I think it’s interesting to read both your article and the intense agree/disagreement responses.  Both sides have interesting points demonstrating two equally important principles: First, we’re never satisfied and always want more from the Apple products.  Second, Apple has already come so much further than its peers that users are passionate and amazed at what is literally at our fingertips, and are therefore a bit lovestruck with the maker (myself included). 

Lively debate stirs thought and I love to see this community challenge and discuss.  Thanks for all the postings,

Posted by cashman_112 on June 11, 2009 at 1:47 PM (PDT)

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Ok, I just have a small point about the current google maps app and its functionality on the 3G.  I live and work in Atlanta and have to drive quite often throughout the metro area.  I used to have a Garmin Nuvi for nav perposes.  A year ago I got my 3G and within a week I had my Garmin sold.  I use the maps app at least 3-4 times a week and have only once or twice found an address or POI not to be found in the Google Maps database.  I actually have found it to be more current and accurate than my Garmin PND.  Actually I have found new restaurants or businesses to open up and within a few days I can find them listed right within Google b/c of the simple process for an individual to get this info updated by Google.  I would have to wait for upwards of a year and have to buy a new map update through Garmin to get new addresses or POIs.  And also with the intellect that an average human do we really need the NAV device to hold our hand and tell us every single turn to our destination?  I remember 3 years ago, I would have to print out directions using Mapquest if I did not now where I was going, and I always managed to get where I was going.  10 years ago, I would have to, wait for it, actually have to pull out a MAP and find my way to my destination all by myself with no help from technology whatsoever!  So do we really need a turn by turn Nav app on the iPhone?  Or would it just be convenient and let us not use our brains a little less each day?

Posted by Stevo on June 11, 2009 at 3:00 PM (PDT)

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I follow a number of photography and camera related forums in addition to this one. Time after time, I notice the same strange behavioral pattern among the “camera heads” as I do among the “phone heads”. Specifically, that many members of both groups seems to be convinced that new products are made for no one but them. People become so demanding and entitled, as though they’re under the impression that Canon/Nikon/Apple/Palm is making products JUST for them. Every company needs to make executive decisions, and those generally must be made to please the most people possible. Maybe one person wants to have turn by turn directions native on their phone, but I have a feeling that a million car-less city-dwellers don’t feel like paying for it.

Another, somewhat related, issue is that of the early adopters feeling entitled to some sort of special consideration. Every time a new camera/phone/ipod is released, the forums become awash with people who own last year’s model complaining about how they don’t feel “compelled” to buy the new one. Just maybe, the companies are really more interested in getting more and more new customers than constantly pandering to those who so dearly require the most recent toys. I don’t have an iPhone and personally will be thrilled when I get my shiny new 32GB model. I would have had one two years ago if not for the small capacity, and now that it’s been remedied, I see myself being completely satisfied with it until the new model comes with a coffee maker and a panini press.

I suppose it is just the burden to bear when you are the most high-profile gadget in the world. I can’t think of too many other companies (outside of the camera world) who update a great product to make it even better and then get chastised for not updating “enough”. What ever happened to being happy with what we had?

Have a good one!

Posted by mattwd on June 11, 2009 at 10:58 PM (PDT)

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You guys are expecting too much.

1- The battery’s easily one of the best on a smartphone, they’re just quick battery drains. For literally everything aside from 3G, the battery life is not just acceptable, it’s excellent. The 3G is an exception, but 5 hours isn’t anything to scoff at. Not many phones have more than that. If you’re looking at it realistically, anyone with an iPhone uses it almost constantly - it’s just about a laptop. Therefore it’s not really fair to say its battery sucks compared to other phones that aren’t used as extensively because they’re not as good.

2- The build quality’s fine, I’ve had my iPhone for half a year and it’s well taken care of and the only complaints I have are minor scratches on the Apple logo but I don’t really care. I personally loathed the 2G metal design, and I’m sure Apple isn’t going back to it. It’s more weight and interference. That said, I do hope they switch to matte next year. Then the iPhone will be just about smudge-free, which is my main concern about its build.

3- AT&T;has already improved its networks - a LOT - for the benefit of iPhone users. I think it’s safe to say they don’t want to lose this many users - they’re just a crappy network for the most part. They’re already pressured without Apple pressuring them - and Apple signed that exclusivity deal back when they released the first iPhone, and I think it’s safe to say they’re going to switch carriers as soon as they can - so no, it’s not really their fault.

4- I’ll agree about the MMS and tethering, AT&T;clearly sucks on that part. I don’t get why they didn’t, but I don’t think this is Apple’s fault. Phil was mocking AT&T;in the keynote, which clearly suggests they’re just as unhappy with the delay.

5-No phones have this. It’ll probably be Apple that first does it, but for now, you have 3G and Wi-fi, so deal with it. I’m still stuck on 20kb/s downloads and you guys are complaining about 1Mb/s Wi-fi. Yeah.

6- Google’s fault, but I do agree Apple should make a deal and just include that. Other phones have it and so should the iPhone.

7- I don’t see what more accessories can be broken. Even last year’s cases still work. Non-issue.

8- Oh God, this again. You’d rather carry around your phone AND a hardware keyboard than type on the virtual one? Uh, no. It’s not that bad, and now that it’s in landscape, way less type-o’s, so you’d be better off with the virtual one. Apple’s never going to build one in, just accept that. They’re too obsessed with looks.

9- Like the portable keyboard, it’s an inconvenience to carry it around all the time. Which is why the PSP and DS will always be better. They should allow it anyway, though. But their ego’s too big; “the touchscreen is a revolutionary control scheme”. Uh, no. Not for all, or even most, games.

10-Yeah, we need this, but it’ll be in a new software upgrade, not hardware upgrade, so why is it on the list of a new iPhone announcement? Put it on 4.0’s list.

11- Same here.

12-We still need optical zoom and 5MP with the same great quality to get it ahead of cameraphones, though.

13-About time we got this too.

14-Seriously, does anyone even use the front-facing camera on their phones anyway? Scratch this off the list and put in “iChat” instead. And it better have MSN support.

15-I doubt anyone will ever use this unless they’re actually waiting for a plane. But it’s nice to finally have the whole iTunes Store on the iPhone.

16-Yeah, definitely needed. Still in the wrong place - software upgrade not hardware, should be on 4.0’s list.

17- Who cares? It still looks great. Just cause 2 phones have a higher resolution? Come on…

18-This is no use on a portable device with a 3.5 inch screen. You won’t be able to see the difference unless you’re using TV-out.

19-Also great. 32GB is the best there is for built-in. The only other phone that has it is the N97 I believe.

20-For now, Push is good. For next year, give me backgrounding. Again, this isn’t in its place. We already knew Apple wasn’t going to give us multitasking right after it knocked it at the 3.0 event. And again, shouldn’t be on a hardware refresh list, so add it to 4.0’s wishlist next year as well.

And we still need Flash for Safari, and OBEX for Bluetooth.

Posted by Jimmy on June 13, 2009 at 6:29 AM (PDT)

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Oh and also, asking for multitasking AND dramatically improved battery life is unreal. Apple has addressed the former for the most part, it’ll address the latter next year or the one after. Probably next year.

Posted by Jimmy on June 13, 2009 at 6:39 PM (PDT)

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Wow! The new iPhone sounds like a big disappointment. What else do you guys recommend?

Posted by Will on June 14, 2009 at 3:12 AM (PDT)

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hmm…nice article Jeremy…very well written.

But i was kinda wondering, how many of those points which you listed above are hardware solutions and how many are software?

So other than the battery life increase and improved camera are there any other substantial reasons for why one should go for the iPhone 3G S rather than the 3G model?

Posted by Anup on June 15, 2009 at 11:02 PM (PDT)

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Good article.
I am not a apple apologist,there are alot of features and hardware that should be included in this update that exist in other phones right now. Nothing on the list except the “N” spec is that new. Apple is usually on the forefront of innovation but this update really feels more like a incremental move to provide time for a greater update. With the chip designs just annonced it looks like the large update will be next year with lower power multi-core processors and 21Mbps 3G mabey LTE.

The turn by turn capability is ridiculous sense google already has the rights to it and provides the data. It is no different to provide those directions in text with a mapped line and to have a device track it. I would imagine google left this out for tom tom and navigon.

This is a slightly better 3G meant to keep the dogs at bay until next summers release.

Posted by Jerry Clifford on June 17, 2009 at 8:11 PM (PDT)

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