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iPhone 3G: The details

Posted by Andru Edwards - Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Handhelds

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iPhone 3G

We’ve been waiting for it for a year, and has finally delivered - the was announced this morning during the WWDC 2008 keynote, to a rage of applause. Time to run down the entire feature set.

For starters, it’s an with 3G capabilities built right in. It is almost three times faster than the original iPhone even dared to be (actually, closer to 2.4x as fast). Since it’s using 3G technology, that means that you can surf the Internet, download email, and even watch video while you are on a call. Try doing that with your iPhone OldSchool. According to Apple, the iPhone 3G actually loads pages 36% faster than the Nokia N95 and Treo 750, both of which are also 3G phones. If you’re keeping track of which wireless technologies the iPhone now takes advantage of, that would be UMTS, HSDPA, GSM, WiFi, EDGE, GPS, and Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR.

That’s right, we said GPS. On iPhone 3G, the Maps application takes advantage of the built-in GPS chip. So while you are driving around, or even walking around, the iPhone finds your exact location. You are representing by a pulsating blue dot right on top of the Google Maps interface. Of course, you can get turn-by-turn directions to a destination, get live traffic info, and more.

How about battery life? All this extra stuff should result in a compromise, right? Wrong. iPhone 3G features 300 hours of standby time, 8-10 hours of 2G talk time, 5 hours of 3G talk time (which is amazing), 24 hours of audio playback, and 7 hours of video playback.

As for pricing and availability, this should be the best news of all. iPhone 3G is launching at half the price of the currently available iPhone. You can pick up an 8GB iPhone 3G at launch for just $199 USD. If 16GB is more your thing, that will run you $299, down from $499, and that one is available in both black and white. The phone launches in 22 countries, including the US, on July 11. Of course, you can hit up the Apple Store online to

pre-order one today

see more images of the phone. No pre-orders after all.

Gallery: iPhone 3G: The details

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Haha, one of my friends let out a little scream when he realized the date would be July 11. Oh well, it was awesome refreshing Gear Live and other technology websites to check out the details today! I’m looking forward to watching the keynote when it’s up on the Apple website. smile

Have you checked out the commercial/ad yet for the new iPhone, Gear Live? It’s different and I like it.

ok , The thing I really want to know is will they take my 499.00 iphone in exchange for a new one?  I think I know the answer to that question. I would really like one, nice new features.  I wonder if i could just turn my iphone into a i…..never mind.

Hey, CJ
I think andru has been to the conference, thtas why he was able to pic these.

Andru, you ROX!
Thanks for posting this!

After reading on the new features of the 3G iPhone, I see no reason for current iPhone users to not upgrade to the 3G iPhone.  It has better specs, and it has a lower cost.  One thing that I noticed when I read this was that the price of the 8 GB iPod Touch and the price of the new 16 GB 3G iPhone are both the same—$299.  I believe this means that Apple will lower the cost of the iPod Touch once they release the 3G iPhones!

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