Apple iPhone 3G review

Our first look at the highly-anticipated Apple iPhone 3G.
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  • Updated:14 Jul 2008

02.Where to buy one

iPhones can be ordered from Vodafone, Optus and Telstra stores or you can find it at the new Apple Store in George, Street, Sydney, which have staff from the three telcos on hand in store to help buyers with choosing plan options.

Apple’s famous ‘Think different’ advertising slogan of recent years could be good advice to prospective iPhone owners. Don’t assume you won’t use data services extensively because you haven’t done so on previous phones, and don’t assume you’ll stay with the same network you’re now on – compare the plans of all carriers very carefully, especially data costs, and be prepared to change to get the best deal.

App Store extras

The main screen holds repositionable program icons for SMS, calendar, photos, camera, YouTube, stocks, maps (for GPS features), weather, clock, calculator, notes, settings, iTunes and App Store. This area can span multiple ‘pages’ and be flicked through with a finger. A bottom row stays in place, includes by default Phone, Mail (for email), Safari (for web browsing), and iPod.

Touching the App Store icon lets you browse and search through hundreds of free and commercial programs across over a dozen categories from business, education, entertainment and finance to games, lifestyle, music, sports, travel and social networking (including mobile versions of Facebook, MySpace, eBay and Twitter).

You can download them directly to the iPhone, via the App Store utility, or download them with iTunes on your computer and synchronise them to the iPhone. This, arguably more than anything, is what separates the iPhone from its rivals, giving the handheld combination cameraphone, iPod and portable email and web browser the flexibility of a computer.

At launch, the App Store listed hundreds of mini programs developed by third-party companies, more than 100 free to download. Expect hundreds more, especially games which make use of the iPhone’s touch screen and motion sensing ability.

The App Store functionality carries over to the iPod Touch also, though existing Touch users will need to pay $12.99 to download the 223 MB iPhone 2.0 Software Update for iPod Touch , from the iTunes Store.


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