First Reviews Appear of 3G iPhone
With the new iPhone from Apple appearing Friday, the nation’s personal technology critics are weighing in. Reviews of the new device appeared in both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal Wednesday.
The Times’ David Pogue pointed out that there isn’t a whole lot “new” about the device- the mystery is gone, and it looks not particularly different. But he praised the new phone’s lower price, faster Internet speed and improved audio quality, as well as the new App Store. Pogue expressed disappointment, however, with the device’s GPS capabilities, and with various features- copy-and-paste, voice dialing, video recording- that were missing from the first phone and still are now. He concluded that “the really big deal is the iPhone 2.0 software and the App Store, neither of which requires buying a new iPhone.”
The Journal’s venerable critic Mossberg found that the new iPhone “mostly keeps its promises, especially in regard to features and network speed. However, he complained of “hidden costs,” especially in regards to battery life and higher data-plan prices. He also complained of an “echo” when used with an in-car Bluetooth system, and a “bare-bones” camera that lacks video capability. Mossberg recommended the phone for those seeking a lower price and faster service, but like Pogue, concluded that perhaps those with the older phone should just purchase the software upgrade.