Here is the most important part of this review. Personally, if you have the iPhone 3G, I wouldn’t bother upgrading. That is of course if speed and a compass don’t matter to you. It’s not worth the minimal of $200 just to have those features and to be locked in a new 2-year contract.
On the other hand, if you have the first-generation iPhone, I think it would be a more reasonable option to upgrade due to the lack of 3G, GPS, and all the rest of the iPhone 3G S features.
If you are coming from a different phone, then I would switch to the iPhone. Many say the iPhone is overrated, many say the iPhone is a child’s toy, but Apple is moving in the right direction. It is working around the consumer, and more and more the business area.
The iPhone 3G S isn’t perfect — and to be honest is far from perfect, but that perfect phone doesn’t exist and probably never will. When I don’t have my iPhone and have to use a different phone temporarily, it really is difficult. I’m so used to having GPS, and easy texting, and all my music if I needed something to listen to. It’s like I’ve grown accustomed to the iPhone.
Just understand though this model still lacks things like MMS (for America), voice navigation, background applications, a front facing camera, e-mail body searching, text message searching, haptic feedback… I could go on.
Overall, I’m pleased with the iPhone 3G S, and like I’ve always said, Apple is moving in the right direction.
The 16 GB iPhone 3G S sells for $200, while a 32 GB model goes for $300.
Rates for monthly service haven’t changed. Apple still requires you to get an unlimited data plan for $30 a month, plus a voice plan.
What you pay for service can affect what you pay for a new device. If you bought an iPhone 3G in July, August, or September of ’08, and pay over $99 a month for service, you are eligible for the $200/$300 pricing. If not, you will have to pay a hefty $400/$500.
There are rumors of Apple offering a cheaper rate plan, but this has yet to be introduced.