Special: Thoughts from a iPhone 3G User

by on June 7, 2010

For the last two years, I have been a loyal user of an iPhone 3G. Last year, when the iPhone 3GS was released, I convinced myself that the new features weren’t too impressive from what I currently had on my humble 3G – mostly because it would have cost an arm and a leg to upgrade my AT&T contract.

This year is different.

Not only can I finally admit that the compass, voice command, and video recording features of the 3GS will be nice on my shinny new iPhone 4, but here are three reasons I’ll be pre-ordering on June 15.

Design

Where to begin? Not only does iPhone 4 sport a design that makes it 25% thinner than the 3GS, but it’s functional. The stainless steel alloy band is 5 times stronger than stainless steel and enhances WiFi, GPS, and cellular reception. The glass front (and back) is 20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic – not to mention more scratch resistant. And the 960×640 backlit LCD screen sporting 326 ppi will be great for looking at those higher resolution (and better lit) photos and viewing my HD home videos.

HD video

The 5 megapixel camera now shoots HD video with tap to focus and easy uploading. This was probably expected by most. The real kicker however is the increased editing capability and its new app partner iMovie. Adding themes, transitions, music, photos, and easy uploading access to my Facebook and Twitter and I might actually start caring about shooting video.

Multitasking

Finally! Now I can listen to Pandora, chat with friends, and surf the web. Yes, all of you Android users can insert your “we’ve had this for years” comments here. Okay, now show me your HD video, front facing camera, functional design elements, incredibly perfect display, folders, and multiple exchange support. Mmmhmm.

Add in all of the 3GS features, faster processor, more memory and I can almost forget the fact that I still don’t have turn-by-turn, native instant messaging, no one is going to read books on a phone, and, worst of all, I’m still stuck on AT&T.

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