Apple iPhone 3G Review: Released in 2008, the Apple iPhone 3G was the successor to the original Apple iPhone. This was perhaps the most groundbreaking mobile phone to hit the industry since the Nokia 3210 almost 10 years earlier. The original iPhone meshed together the latest technology with an operating system far ahead of the competition. This gave the user a seamless experience.
Having gained a huge following in its first year, the iPhone 3G also set a new trend in phone marketing. Flagship models would be updated every year. Some would only deliver incremental improvements, others would deliver bigger ones. Whilst cosmetically there was little change in look, the speed of change was quick at this time. The iPhone 3G as implied in its name, brought 3G data transfer speeds. It also featured the second edition of the iPhone OS which would introduce users to the App Store.
This single application would go on to revolutionise phones. This offered users a central place to browse and install applications. Apps were vetted by Apple, so the quality of content was strictly monitored. Contrast this to other phones at the time where apps were fewer in number and also harder to install. Coupled up with the iTunes player this began to see a closer relationship between the phone and computer.
In line with Apple product, the rest of the specifications were modest. Phones such as the Nokia N95 had full-feature cameras and memory card slots. By contrast, the iPhone 3G could not record video, did not have a selfie camera and no expansion card slot.
Apple were on to a winner here though. The Apple iPhone 3GS came out in 2009 and largely fixed a lot of the larger downsides to the phone.
Apple iPhone 3G Review Pros:
The screen was excellent – a 320 x 480 pixel, 3.5 inch screen delivered a notably sharper appearance than many of the phones at the time.
The operating system was excellent. The multi-touch screen was far in front of the resistive types seen on other handsets. Surfing on websites was incredibly easy thanks to the more responsive controls.
The phone genuinely was a music player: iTunes allowed a seamless transfer of music to the phone as well as a platform to purchase new music on.
The phone also saw the start of the App Store which would transform the phones utility. Soon, many apps from third parties would appear in the store, many of them free.
Apple iPhone 3G Review Cons:
The phone price as always is a downside. This largely reflects the sheer demand for the handset. At over £500 on release, it was one of the most expensive phones on the market.
Build design was not as high as rivals. Notably LG were pushing out some very pretty, all metal designs. By contrast the 3G was plastic on the rear to save weight.
Despite its music friendly software, Bluetooth was restricted on this model. Only files could be sent and it could not be used for audio.
The camera was the major weakness on the phone. At 2 megapixels, no flash and no video recording this was a long way behind the times.
Current Pricing and Future Prospects
These phones have long passed out of usage. Operating system upgrades do not support older phones. But there is still a healthy interest in the older iPhones, particularly those in good condition with original boxes. Given the importance of the iPhone in the history of mobile phones it seems certain they will be heavily collectable in future.
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