Apple iPhone 3G Review


Welcome to the Apple iPhone 3G review.  The iPhone 3G was released to very keen world in mid-2008.  It was superior to the original GSM only iPhone in many so many ways. The original iPhone was a huge hit and the 3G capable replacement was finally the model that started a world wide shift to everyone wanting one. Over 150 million sold in less than 2 years is a lot of phones.

The iPhone 3G is an amazing phone.  Sure the hardware the iPhone is built on was not particularly exceptional bar the multi-touch screen it is/was the software or Operating System (OS) that made the iPhone stand out amongst the crowded smartphone market.  It certainly made a dent to Nokia’s sales and the contributing factor in the demise of Windows based phones!

And yes the iPhone 3G is not a perfect phone but because it was so easy to use and that it was also an iPod at the same time and of course all the Apple fans overcame any limitations it may have had.  History will remember the iPhone and it will be a benchmark OS for quite a number of years to come.

We can’t write anything that hasn’t already been said countless times and all the positives about this mobile phone but we can add some reasons why you should consider other phones.

1 – its expensive to buy outright

2- it is rarely on a pre-paid plan and even if it is it is expensive

3- you need a decent data plan even if you use its Wi-Fi

4- browser does not do FLASH

5- limited OS customization features – you can’t even change the messaging ringtone

6- it goes through the battery more quickly than any phone you have ever had

7- keypad is hard to use

8- call quality is very average

9- its very big and a protective case is essential

10- cannot add more memory

11- additional functions have to be bought

12- average to poor camera (no video on the 3G version)

13- missing a radio

14- requires a computer with iTunes to use it properly

15- everyone has got one

Overall and regardless of any criticism the iPhone does work very well.  If you’ve got the cash and an iTunes account and credit to spare then look no further.  We can still recommend getting an iPhone purely because its so easy to use.


  • Apple iPhone 3G
  • Network
    Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900
    3G 850/1900/2100
    HSDPA 3.6 data speed (download)
  • Design
    Touch screen
  • L115.5 x W62.1 x D12.3mm
    Weight 133 grams
  • Display/s
    External TFT 320 x 480
  • Camera
  • Video Camera
  • Connectivity
    Wi-Fi (except for China)
    Bluetooth V2
  • CPU
    ARM 11 412 MHz
    Graphics: PowerVR MBX-Lite
  • Memory
    From 8-16Gig
  • Ring tones
    MP3, ACC, vibration and others
  • Features
    Proximity sensor
    Multi-touch screen
    Music and Media player
    Remote security
    SMS, MMS, IM, Email
    Speaker Phone/Hands free
    Battery 1000 mAh
    Up to 300 hours Standby
    Up to 10 hours Talk Time
  • Price history
    From $719 AUS 2010 (Ouright)