1st reviews are in.

As expected Steve Jobs has given out his new 3G stunning iPhone to his buddies to review. These are of course Mac people, but having said that they are extremely professional and will call a dud a dud, as they have in the past with Apple products.

Having said that here’s what they had to say:

New York Times – David Pogue

“One year and 11 days ago, our nation was swept by iPhone Mania. TV news coverage was relentless. Hard-core fans camped out to be the first in line. Bloggers referred to Apple’s new product as the “Jesus phone.”

It was a stunning black slab of glass: a cellphone, a brilliant music and video player and the best pocket Internet terminal the world had ever seen. The huge, bright, touch-sensitive screen made it addictive fun to rotate, page through or magnify your photos, videos and Web pages.

Today, the iPhone is in the hands of six million people. Clumsy touch-screen lookalikes from rival phone makers line the shelves.

And Friday is the iPhone’s second coming.”

Positives:
Sound is much improved. “In fact, few cellphones sound this good.”
Feels better in your hand due to the curved back

Negatives :
There’s still no voice dialling – {doesn’t bother me}
video recording – {again I don’t care}
copy-and-paste – {This would bug me, for web and email address, but that’s a software issue}
memory-card slot – {yeah/no so what}
Bluetooth stereo audio or {Not a New Zealand phenomenon, but everyone in the US walk with that thing in their ear, even at the dinner table or the pub}
phone-to-phone photo sending (MMS). {yeah that is boring}

Summary:
“In short, the iPhone is about to become much more than a phone. And here’s the best part: the App Store is also available to the original iPhones and the iPod Touch.

So the iPhone 3G is a nice upgrade. It more than keeps pace with advancing technology, and new buyers will generally be delighted.”

Wall St Journal – Walt Mossberg – heavyweight tech guy.

“Apple Inc.’s iPhone has been the world’s most influential smart phone since its debut a year ago, widely hailed for its beauty and functionality. It was a true hand-held computer that raised the bar for all its competitors. But that first iPhone had two big drawbacks: It was expensive, and it couldn’t access the fastest cellular-phone networks.”

– “it mostly keeps its promises.”
– “more capable version of an already excellent device”
– Battery drained much more quickly using 3G
– Greatly improved audio, much louder speaker
– Data speeds 3-5x faster than original iPhone
– Better voice coverage with 3G. “At my neighborhood shopping center, where the first iPhone got little or no AT&T service, the iPhone 3G registered strong coverage.”

Full Video Review here by Walt Mossberg

USA Today – Edward Baig

“Apple’s new iPhone 3G: Still not perfect, but really close”

“Extra, extra: iPhone 3G: The Sequel, is worth the wait.
It’s cheaper, faster and a lot friendlier for business. Apple’s blockbuster smartphone already had nifty features such as visual voicemail, a splendid built-in video iPod and the best mobile Web browser I’ve ever used. With GPS newly added to the mix, this handheld marvel has no equal among consumer-oriented smartphones.

I reach that verdict after having tested the new iPhone for more than two weeks.

And that’s without trying out the eagerly anticipated online Apps store.”

– Still no recording video, no stereo bluetooth or voice dialing {yeah yeah}
– Supports PowerPoint attachments; mass move or delete multiple e-mail messages
– 10-30 seconds to load popular websites on 3G.
– GPS was very accurate
– Speaker sounded better for both speakerphone and music.
– “started receiving low battery warnings toward the end of a busy work day; I found myself charging the device overnight, the same as with the older iPhone.”

Make sure to watch the videos of both Walt Mossberg and Ed Baig, they are good.

Thanks to both macrumors.com and Apple2.0 for these reviews.

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