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iPhone vs new 3G iPhone

Updated on May 11, 2011

The iPhone 2G versus the new and (reportedly) much improved iPhone 3G is in itself a huge story. Hysteria over these two sibling cell phones has caused a rash of comparisons between the iPhone and all other new cell phones releases in the last couple of years.

Honestly I was not that interested in the iPhone 2G. Yes I liked the looks and the cool things that could be done with them. However, the price was a bit much. I opted to buy an AT&T 8525 PDA cell phone instead. I paid $149 on Amazon. I got my large touchscreen, I got my QWERTY keyboard and eventually I got my Window Mobile 6.0 upgrade. Am I happy with the 8525? Yes I am - but...

WWDC 2008 News: iPhone 3G makes its debut


Apple iPhone 3G first impressions from WWDC08

I feel hampered when I want to log onto the Internet. Web pages are hard to read and often as I try to link deeper into a site I hit a dead end. The same web page just keeps repeating and I get so annoyed that I give up. (Before you ask, yes I have tried Opera Mobile and was not impressed there either). Windows Mobile 6 did give me HTML email but if I want to read anything web based I have to click on a link and then my nightmare starts all over again.

The number one thing about Windows Mobile that I do like is the ability to view and edit Microsoft documents. The day has come that I am willing to compromise. Although I have read every post and every article that I can find about whether the iPhone 3G has included this feature - I am coming up pretty much empty handed. I did see that GlideOS offers 10GB of free online storage for those of us using Microsoft Office Suite.

Have you guessed yet that I bought one of the new iPhone 3G? I did, I sprung for a black 16GB iPhone 3G. Unfortunately I am one of those that have been forced to wait. "Direct Fulfillment" is what it is called. I can report that I received my shipping confirmation yesterday and I should have it in hand sometime tomorrow. Yea!!!!

In the meantime I continue to read and research everything iPhone 3G. I am interested in what I have gained by waiting for the iPhone 3G verses the 2G (to be more precise I should say 2.5G)

I have been with AT&T for years and have been happy with the service. My 8525 is a 3G cell phone so I will be happy to still have the speed I have now with the 3G iPhone. I also have a 3G AT&T broadband card and am happy with the speed of my web experience.

Next to the much improved web experience I will get on the iPhone 3G I am looking forward to the integrated (assisted) GPS. Assisted GPS is triangulation between cell towers. No it will not be the best GPS I could purchase, but it is included in the monthly cost that I already pay. The 3.5 inch multitouch screen is more that sufficient to see maps and your location and movements are shown by a little blue blinking icon type blip. The iPhone 2G does not offer the GPS feature.

The 2.0 megapixel camera is nothing to brag about really. Both the 2G and the 3G iPhone have the same camera. The difference is that the 3G iPhone includes Geotagging capabilities via the Integrated GPS hence eliminating the need for an extra device.

Bluetooth is a feature found on both the 2G and the 3G iPhone. However, the 3G iPhone includes Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR. EDR is an optional feature and is suppose to support a faster transfer rate for file transfers between Bluetooth enabled devices. Bluetooth supports and encourages the use of handsfree use of cell phones.

Storage size has definitely increased with the 3G iPhone. Originally the two choices were 4GB or 8GB on the 2GB iPhone. Now the choices are 8GB or 16GB with the 3G iPhone. Many people still complain that 16GB is not enough for music and photo collections but for users like me this is a much appreciated feature. My 8525 was dependent on SD card to increase storage and there was very little space to download 3rd party apps.

In my opinion the shiny aluminum back on the original 2G iPhone was so much better looking than the new plastic back of the 3G iPhone. The best answer I can find for the (seemingly) downgrade is either the cost or the improved GPS and internal antenna reception.

Since I did not have the 2G iPhone the recessed headphone jack was not an issue but I can see why others were miffed. The 3G iPhone has been given a flush headphone jack.

Battery Life is a concern I have more than for the talk and standby times but for the battery itself. I detest this feature. This is a major compromise on my part.

Talk time is important and the 3G iPhone is said to be improved from 8 to 10 hours when set on 2G setting and is said to have 5 hours on 3G.

Web surfing on 3G is reported to be 5 hours. If surfing over WiFi that jumps up to 6 hours.

Videos should play continuously for 7 hours.

Listening to music spends much less battery power and can play for 24 hours.

If you can bear not to use your iPhone for a while - the standby time has increased to 300 hours for the 3G up from 250 hours on the 2G iPhone.

Overall size and weight is a bit different. Both are 4.5 x 2.4 x .046 but the 2G is 1oz. heavier than the 3G 4.8 ounces versus 4.7 ounces.

The price drop of the 2G caused ripples across the cell phone market. The new price drop of the 3G iPhone has made news as well. Personally I am pleased with the $299 far more than I would have been with the $599. The 2G originally sold for $499 (4GB) and $599 (8GB) and the 3G iPhone sells for $199 (8GB) and $299 (16GB) all with a new 2 year contract.

Hopefully for those that own the iPhone 2G the upgraded iPhone 2.0 software will take some of the sting out. It is the same software that is on the new iPhone 3G so much of the functionality will be the same.

I will update this hub once I use my new iPhone 3G. Thank you for reading this hub and hope that you return to read more in the future.


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    • Cheeky Girl profile image

      Cassandra Mantis 

      9 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Wow! Great Hub here! I am a big iPhone fan! Had a problem when the screen went black on me and I had to get a new one (at no cost, I'm glad to say!) The battery life is a problem! I know people who's mobiles last almost a week without a charge. I would love Apple to improve the batteries in their gadgets! They are so cool! However I just spotted a magazine advertising the new HTC Hero which won the SmartPhone Award of the Year for 2009; it won over the iPhone. Must be amazing! I just love gadgets! Cool Hub here! I'm a fan!

    • Debbie Cook profile imageAUTHOR

      Debbie Cook 

      9 years ago from USA

      Thank you very much Navy Deep Sea Diver.

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      Navy Deep Sea Diver 

      9 years ago

      I am VERY impressed with this article that you wrote. It was both extremely informative, and well put together. I have an Iphone 2G that is unlocked and jail broken. I am currently using it with T-Mobile. On the Island of Oahu, there IS no 3G, so for me, the 3G and it's advances does not factor in. It will when I am transferred off island I'm sure though. Just commenting on how well put together and informative your report was. Hoo-Yah!

      ND1 Lorde

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      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      Great and interesting comparisons. This will certainly help a lot of people in making the right choice.

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      Joanie Ruppel 

      9 years ago from Texas

      I'm still using my 2G phone, but my son has one of the 3G phones, and the 2 features I'd love to have are the extra memory (8G is not really enough memory for me) and the GPS makes the maps feature really work well. But I'm holding off tll the 2G is at least a couple of years old.


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