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iPhone 3GS: Initial Impressions

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…”The fastest and most powerful iPhone yet”….Yes, I think I can agree with that statement.

I have had my iPhone 3GS for just over 2 days now and I could not be happier with my decision to get it. While many people cannot justify the upgrade, I am going to talk about why I thought the upgrade was worth it for me.hero-1-20090608

Was the iPhone 3GS really worthy as an upgrade?

The answer is yes and no.

I’ve done it all. I started with the iPhone 2G, then did the iPhone 3G and now I am on the iPhone 3GS. Over the years of upgrading, one thing has been clear to me; iPhones usually have revolutionary updates. Usually.

The first iPhone changed everything. It goes without saying that the iPhone 2G was a revolution, for the USA atleast, as we in Canada were left out in the cold. I would call the jump from the iPhone 2G to the iPhone 3G revolutionary as well, especially for Canada. We did not get the first iPhone officially but then we got the second one which brought a complete redesign and 3G speeds. Then came along the iPhone 3GS and I would call this update an evolution. So this is how I summarize it:

  • iPhone 2G: Revolution
  • iPhone 3G: Revolution
  • iPhone 3GS: Evolution

Kind of backwards, isn’t it?

So was the upgrade from the iPhone 3G to the iPhone 3GS really worth it? Well, maybe not completely but definitely in some aspects.

For example, people upgrade their computers roughly every 2 years and it is usually for faster processors or more RAM or more/faster whatever. Well in that case, the iPhone 3GS is a worthy upgrade from the iPhone 3G because the speed of the overall device is much better and faster than the iPhone 3G or iPhone 2G. However, the upgrade is definitely worth it for someone that did not opt for the iPhone 3G and is coming from an iPhone 2G or even no iPhone!

Like I said, I have had my iPhone 3GS for about 2 days now and the biggest difference between the iPhone 3G and 3GS is undoubtedly the speed. Everything, I mean everything is faster. Opening apps, closing them, moving icons, running games, turning the keyboard to landscape, deleting stuff, turning the device off and on, even WiFi starts up faster when coming out of sleep. Everything is so much more smooth and silky. The operating system flows so much better and faster on the iPhone 3GS than on any other previous iPhone or firmware that I have used and I have used them all.

Some of the more notable differences for me are how fast MMS messages are created/sent. On the iPhone 3G running 3.0, MMS was a burden. After taking my photo and tapping “use”, I would sit there sometimes for over 60 seconds waiting for the iPhone 3G to process the “use” request. On the iPhone 3GS, this task takes about 1.5 seconds.

MMS

How about that compass? Honestly, I do not see myself using that feature very often. I tried it out the day I got the iPhone 3GS and have not touched it since. However, something to note about the compass is if you actually want it working correctly, you do need to hold it like a real compass which means parallel to the ground. If you hold it any other way, the direction will be off. It is quite humorous to watch people load up the compass and hold it parallel to their face and then wonder why directional North is skewed….

Compass

However, the one thing I will use and use often in terms of the compass is the Google Maps integration. Now when you tap the target on Google Maps to locate yourself, you can tap it once more and the map orients itself to show you the true way you are facing with your iPhone 3GS. This is probably my most favorite feature of the new device. I can remember very vividly walking around in Vancouver, BC staring at my Google Maps not knowing which way I was walking along the street. I would only find out after walking about 100 meters that I was walking the wrong way. Goodbye to those days!

Map facing

In terms of the camera, the auto focus feature was very well done. Very simple to use. Simply tap on the screen on what you want to be in focus and the camera does the rest. The pictures are much more crisp with 3 megapixels and we can finally record video. Of the video feature, the coolest thing is the ability to trim saved videos right on the iPhone. Once again, it is so easy to do. You simply slide the trim bar to what you want to trim and it’s done. The big downside however is there is no undo ability. So once you tap “Trim” and the video is cut, you can’t get the “trims” back if you made a mistake, for example. I definitely see a video trimming undo feature coming in the next software update.

Video

The voice control is just a fail. I mean, the feature has merit and it is a great idea/function to be able to control your iPhone with your voice, but it just does not work for me. Since Friday morning, it just does not work for me or for any of my colleagues that have the iPhone 3GS. I cannot speak any more clearer or slower or anything for this thing. I have given up on the feature and will never use it. Sorry Apple.

Voice Fail

I like that tethering finally comes to the iPhone in a method that does not require jailbreaking the device. Tethering is not unique to the iPhone 3GS since it is a 3.0 firmware feature and it is so easy to get up and running with Tethering. Especially the Bluetooth connection. Once I get set up with Bluetooth, there is just something that gets me giddy about leaving my iPhone in my pocket and being able to browse the web on my MacBook Air without any WiFi, wires, or anything!

Tethering

The last feature that I really like, and I came upon this one by accident, is the ability to turn on percentage status next to the battery indicator. So now you have a choice. You can keep the normal battery symbol or you can have the battery symbol plus a percentage counting down from 100% to indicate the current battery status. What’s really neat is when the charge is above 20%, the battery and percent are green, but when the charge is at 20% or less, the battery and percent both go red! And speaking of battery level, I have had my iPhone 3GS since 8AM Friday morning. It is now Sunday and I am STILL running on the same charge that it had when it came out of the box. My colleagues have also had similar experiences with the battery life, so finally finally finally an iPhone with good battery life!

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And that is about it. If you have an iPhone 3G running 3.0, everything else is pretty much the same, even the way the actual device looks/feels on the outside. But like I said, above all the features mentioned above, it is the speed that is the most significant upgrade to the iPhone 3GS.

In the end, you will have to decide whether the upgrade is worth it for you. Ofcourse it does not help with how Rogers/Fido are pricing the iPhone 3GS with all of the insane policies and frustrations, but in the end what really matters is how much you think you will be using the iPhone 3GS and how much benefit you will receive from that usage.

If you have an iPhone 3G right now, I say don’t bother upgrading unless you really want to. However, if you have an iPhone 2G or no iPhone right now, I say upgrade to the iPhone 3GS, as it will definitely be a great experience coming from an iPhone 2G or no iPhone to the iPhone 3GS.

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  • Dude

    Thanks for the review. I will stay with my iPhone 3G & not go for the 3GS.

  • Dude

    Thanks for the review. I will stay with my iPhone 3G & not go for the 3GS.

  • Germapino

    I have a 2G iPhone and have ordered a 3GS 32GB. I am so excited to hear that the speed of the 3GS is so profound. My current 2G iphone is incredibly slow and frankly, embarrassing to use.
    I would love to see a visual comparison of the features, details and specs of each device. I think a lot of us would like to see how our iPhone’s compare.
    Great review. Keep up the good work iphoneincanada!

  • Germapino

    I have a 2G iPhone and have ordered a 3GS 32GB. I am so excited to hear that the speed of the 3GS is so profound. My current 2G iphone is incredibly slow and frankly, embarrassing to use.
    I would love to see a visual comparison of the features, details and specs of each device. I think a lot of us would like to see how our iPhone’s compare.
    Great review. Keep up the good work iphoneincanada!

  • Rob

    my first Iphone is the 3gS and i love it my wife has the 3G and comparing them is like night and day All in all love it but as for upgrade dont do it unless u really want to

  • Rob

    my first Iphone is the 3gS and i love it my wife has the 3G and comparing them is like night and day All in all love it but as for upgrade dont do it unless u really want to

  • Tony

    I also have a 3G, and despite how compelling you make the 3G S sound, I simply can’t seem to bring myself to upgrade. Hopefully Apple will release an iPhone next summer which will provide to be revolutionary.

  • Tony

    I also have a 3G, and despite how compelling you make the 3G S sound, I simply can’t seem to bring myself to upgrade. Hopefully Apple will release an iPhone next summer which will provide to be revolutionary.

  • Tony

    I also have a 3G, and despite how compelling you make the 3G S sound, I simply can’t seem to bring myself to upgrade. Hopefully Apple will release an iPhone next summer which will provide to be revolutionary.

  • Tony

    I also have a 3G, and despite how compelling you make the 3G S sound, I simply can’t seem to bring myself to upgrade. Hopefully Apple will release an iPhone next summer which will provide to be revolutionary.

  • Tony

    I also have a 3G, and despite how compelling you make the 3G S sound, I simply can’t seem to bring myself to upgrade. Hopefully Apple will release an iPhone next summer which will provide to be revolutionary.

  • Monty

    The biggest speed frustration I’ve had with my 3G is connecting to the Rogers’ email servers. I find it taking upwards of three minutes on the 3G network. Elaborate web pages with multiple pictures embedded take less than 30 seconds to load, but mail seems sluggish as heck. Does the speed improvement help with mail? Or is Rogers/Yahoo the problem?

  • Monty

    The biggest speed frustration I’ve had with my 3G is connecting to the Rogers’ email servers. I find it taking upwards of three minutes on the 3G network. Elaborate web pages with multiple pictures embedded take less than 30 seconds to load, but mail seems sluggish as heck. Does the speed improvement help with mail? Or is Rogers/Yahoo the problem?

  • Monty

    The biggest speed frustration I’ve had with my 3G is connecting to the Rogers’ email servers. I find it taking upwards of three minutes on the 3G network. Elaborate web pages with multiple pictures embedded take less than 30 seconds to load, but mail seems sluggish as heck. Does the speed improvement help with mail? Or is Rogers/Yahoo the problem?

  • Monty

    The biggest speed frustration I’ve had with my 3G is connecting to the Rogers’ email servers. I find it taking upwards of three minutes on the 3G network. Elaborate web pages with multiple pictures embedded take less than 30 seconds to load, but mail seems sluggish as heck. Does the speed improvement help with mail? Or is Rogers/Yahoo the problem?

  • Anonymous

    I’m still iffy about the 3GS…

    My 3G works fine, and we still don’t know if the 3GS can be jailbroken or not.

    Think I’m still going to wait.

  • Anonymous

    I’m still iffy about the 3GS…

    My 3G works fine, and we still don’t know if the 3GS can be jailbroken or not.

    Think I’m still going to wait.

  • Anonymous

    I’m still iffy about the 3GS…

    My 3G works fine, and we still don’t know if the 3GS can be jailbroken or not.

    Think I’m still going to wait.

  • Anonymous

    I’m still iffy about the 3GS…

    My 3G works fine, and we still don’t know if the 3GS can be jailbroken or not.

    Think I’m still going to wait.

  • Anonymous

    I’m still iffy about the 3GS…

    My 3G works fine, and we still don’t know if the 3GS can be jailbroken or not.

    Think I’m still going to wait.

  • Joost

    I’m still iffy about the 3GS…

    My 3G works fine, and we still don’t know if the 3GS can be jailbroken or not.

    Think I’m still going to wait.

  • I am not sure about this one, because I use Gmail to connect, which is always fast.
    However, I have seen yahoo, gmail, and exchange emails sync up and work very quickly, so I am thinking that this could be a Rogers thing.

  • I am not sure about this one, because I use Gmail to connect, which is always fast.
    However, I have seen yahoo, gmail, and exchange emails sync up and work very quickly, so I am thinking that this could be a Rogers thing.

  • I am not sure about this one, because I use Gmail to connect, which is always fast.
    However, I have seen yahoo, gmail, and exchange emails sync up and work very quickly, so I am thinking that this could be a Rogers thing.

  • I am not sure about this one, because I use Gmail to connect, which is always fast.
    However, I have seen yahoo, gmail, and exchange emails sync up and work very quickly, so I am thinking that this could be a Rogers thing.

  • Ali k

    Great review on the speed I think it even makes a call fAster then the 3G
    I didn’t really have any problems with the voice control I’m not sure why it didn’t work for you that well but they need to improve on the voice control feature .

  • Ali k

    Great review on the speed I think it even makes a call fAster then the 3G
    I didn’t really have any problems with the voice control I’m not sure why it didn’t work for you that well but they need to improve on the voice control feature .

  • Ali k

    Great review on the speed I think it even makes a call fAster then the 3G
    I didn’t really have any problems with the voice control I’m not sure why it didn’t work for you that well but they need to improve on the voice control feature .

  • Ali k

    Great review on the speed I think it even makes a call fAster then the 3G
    I didn’t really have any problems with the voice control I’m not sure why it didn’t work for you that well but they need to improve on the voice control feature .

  • Ali k

    Great review on the speed I think it even makes a call fAster then the 3G
    I didn’t really have any problems with the voice control I’m not sure why it didn’t work for you that well but they need to improve on the voice control feature .

  • I agree with almost everything in the post but I’ve had a very different experience with the voice control. It has been virtually flawless for me. I do use the earbuds and mic so maybe that is the difference. I haven’t even tried it any other way.

    I decided when the 3GS was announced that I would only upgrade if I could so so very inexpensively, thanks to Rogers last minute upgrade policy I was able to do that. now I’m really glad I did. I’m a power user and the speed of loading apps, and opening and saving documents is worth the upgrade alone. All the new features including the excellent camera are just a bonus.

  • I agree with almost everything in the post but I’ve had a very different experience with the voice control. It has been virtually flawless for me. I do use the earbuds and mic so maybe that is the difference. I haven’t even tried it any other way.

    I decided when the 3GS was announced that I would only upgrade if I could so so very inexpensively, thanks to Rogers last minute upgrade policy I was able to do that. now I’m really glad I did. I’m a power user and the speed of loading apps, and opening and saving documents is worth the upgrade alone. All the new features including the excellent camera are just a bonus.

  • I agree with almost everything in the post but I’ve had a very different experience with the voice control. It has been virtually flawless for me. I do use the earbuds and mic so maybe that is the difference. I haven’t even tried it any other way.

    I decided when the 3GS was announced that I would only upgrade if I could so so very inexpensively, thanks to Rogers last minute upgrade policy I was able to do that. now I’m really glad I did. I’m a power user and the speed of loading apps, and opening and saving documents is worth the upgrade alone. All the new features including the excellent camera are just a bonus.

  • I agree with almost everything in the post but I’ve had a very different experience with the voice control. It has been virtually flawless for me. I do use the earbuds and mic so maybe that is the difference. I haven’t even tried it any other way.

    I decided when the 3GS was announced that I would only upgrade if I could so so very inexpensively, thanks to Rogers last minute upgrade policy I was able to do that. now I’m really glad I did. I’m a power user and the speed of loading apps, and opening and saving documents is worth the upgrade alone. All the new features including the excellent camera are just a bonus.

  • Brandon

    Doesn’t the 3gs also come with Nike support?

  • Brandon

    Doesn’t the 3gs also come with Nike support?

  • Brandon

    Doesn’t the 3gs also come with Nike support?

  • Brandon

    Doesn’t the 3gs also come with Nike support?

  • Brandon

    Doesn’t the 3gs also come with Nike support?

  • Monty

    I suspect so as well. GMail works lickety-split. It’s only when connecting to any of my Rogers’ Yahoo accounts that I experience delays and only over 3G. It’s like the authentication handshake takes forever! Once it’s connected downloading and uploading are quick enough. *Shrug*

  • Monty

    I suspect so as well. GMail works lickety-split. It’s only when connecting to any of my Rogers’ Yahoo accounts that I experience delays and only over 3G. It’s like the authentication handshake takes forever! Once it’s connected downloading and uploading are quick enough. *Shrug*

  • Monty

    I suspect so as well. GMail works lickety-split. It’s only when connecting to any of my Rogers’ Yahoo accounts that I experience delays and only over 3G. It’s like the authentication handshake takes forever! Once it’s connected downloading and uploading are quick enough. *Shrug*

  • Monty

    I suspect so as well. GMail works lickety-split. It’s only when connecting to any of my Rogers’ Yahoo accounts that I experience delays and only over 3G. It’s like the authentication handshake takes forever! Once it’s connected downloading and uploading are quick enough. *Shrug*

  • Monty

    I suspect so as well. GMail works lickety-split. It’s only when connecting to any of my Rogers’ Yahoo accounts that I experience delays and only over 3G. It’s like the authentication handshake takes forever! Once it’s connected downloading and uploading are quick enough. *Shrug*

  • Monty

    I suspect so as well. GMail works lickety-split. It’s only when connecting to any of my Rogers’ Yahoo accounts that I experience delays and only over 3G. It’s like the authentication handshake takes forever! Once it’s connected downloading and uploading are quick enough. *Shrug*

  • Jr

    I sold my 3g to get the 3gs. So far, so good. Hope it can be jailbroken to add extra functionality. Battery life? Not sure yet. Camera, got to time tour shot perfectly after focusing. Video, nice. A2DP, works well but the controls on both of my motorola stereo headsets don’t work (fast foward and rewind specifically).

  • Jr

    I sold my 3g to get the 3gs. So far, so good. Hope it can be jailbroken to add extra functionality. Battery life? Not sure yet. Camera, got to time tour shot perfectly after focusing. Video, nice. A2DP, works well but the controls on both of my motorola stereo headsets don’t work (fast foward and rewind specifically).

  • Jr

    I sold my 3g to get the 3gs. So far, so good. Hope it can be jailbroken to add extra functionality. Battery life? Not sure yet. Camera, got to time tour shot perfectly after focusing. Video, nice. A2DP, works well but the controls on both of my motorola stereo headsets don’t work (fast foward and rewind specifically).

  • Jr

    I sold my 3g to get the 3gs. So far, so good. Hope it can be jailbroken to add extra functionality. Battery life? Not sure yet. Camera, got to time tour shot perfectly after focusing. Video, nice. A2DP, works well but the controls on both of my motorola stereo headsets don’t work (fast foward and rewind specifically).

  • Iphonefan

    Thanks for the review. I have an iPhone 3g, since I am a heavy user especially on emails and mms, I need the speed to avoid embarrassment.
    Howver, I would wait until 3gs can be jailbroken. When the time comes, I’ll buy one for myself and give the 3gs to my wife. LOL!

  • Iphonefan

    Thanks for the review. I have an iPhone 3g, since I am a heavy user especially on emails and mms, I need the speed to avoid embarrassment.
    Howver, I would wait until 3gs can be jailbroken. When the time comes, I’ll buy one for myself and give the 3gs to my wife. LOL!

  • Iphonefan

    Thanks for the review. I have an iPhone 3g, since I am a heavy user especially on emails and mms, I need the speed to avoid embarrassment.
    Howver, I would wait until 3gs can be jailbroken. When the time comes, I’ll buy one for myself and give the 3gs to my wife. LOL!

  • Iphonefan

    Thanks for the review. I have an iPhone 3g, since I am a heavy user especially on emails and mms, I need the speed to avoid embarrassment.
    Howver, I would wait until 3gs can be jailbroken. When the time comes, I’ll buy one for myself and give the 3gs to my wife. LOL!

  • Iphonefan

    Thanks for the review. I have an iPhone 3g, since I am a heavy user especially on emails and mms, I need the speed to avoid embarrassment.
    Howver, I would wait until 3gs can be jailbroken. When the time comes, I’ll buy one for myself and give the 3gs to my wife. LOL!

  • Nice review. I feel exactly the same way, but I gotta agree with Justin, though. I have had no problem with the voice control. It has worked terrific. No fail on my part.

    So far, the only complaint I have is that I MISS MY JAILBREAK! Oh well, I’m sure we’ll get one eventually.

  • Nice review. I feel exactly the same way, but I gotta agree with Justin, though. I have had no problem with the voice control. It has worked terrific. No fail on my part.

    So far, the only complaint I have is that I MISS MY JAILBREAK! Oh well, I’m sure we’ll get one eventually.

  • Nice review. I feel exactly the same way, but I gotta agree with Justin, though. I have had no problem with the voice control. It has worked terrific. No fail on my part.

    So far, the only complaint I have is that I MISS MY JAILBREAK! Oh well, I’m sure we’ll get one eventually.

  • Nice review. I feel exactly the same way, but I gotta agree with Justin, though. I have had no problem with the voice control. It has worked terrific. No fail on my part.

    So far, the only complaint I have is that I MISS MY JAILBREAK! Oh well, I’m sure we’ll get one eventually.

  • Yes, it does. Have not used it though.

  • Yes, it does. Have not used it though.

  • Yes, it does. Have not used it though.

  • Yes, it does. Have not used it though.

  • Nice review. I feel exactly the same way, but I gotta agree with Justin, though. I have had no problem with the voice control. It has worked terrific. No fail on my part.

    So far, the only complaint I have is that I MISS MY JAILBREAK! Oh well, I’m sure we’ll get one eventually.

  • Yes, it does. Have not used it though.

  • Im jealous. Seriously. I’ll go “Call Sean” and it says “Command not recognized” or whatever the error is.

    “Call” and then the number…nothing.

    ๐Ÿ™

  • Im jealous. Seriously. I’ll go “Call Sean” and it says “Command not recognized” or whatever the error is.

    “Call” and then the number…nothing.

    ๐Ÿ™

  • Im jealous. Seriously. I’ll go “Call Sean” and it says “Command not recognized” or whatever the error is.

    “Call” and then the number…nothing.

    ๐Ÿ™

  • Erik Weimer

    Great review! I really appreciate the thoroughness and detail you guys give in your reviews. Right after all the 3GS reviews came out I found myself checking up on all my fav mac/review sites (cnet, macworld, maclife, tuaw, appleinsider) for their initial impressions and reviews of the device, and I was wondering why X1Zero and iPhone Fan hadn’t yet posted something. Now after reading your review, I have to say that it is the best so far and I’m glad you didn’t just rush something out like it seems most of the other outlets have done.

    Keep up the great Canadian content!

  • Erik Weimer

    Great review! I really appreciate the thoroughness and detail you guys give in your reviews. Right after all the 3GS reviews came out I found myself checking up on all my fav mac/review sites (cnet, macworld, maclife, tuaw, appleinsider) for their initial impressions and reviews of the device, and I was wondering why X1Zero and iPhone Fan hadn’t yet posted something. Now after reading your review, I have to say that it is the best so far and I’m glad you didn’t just rush something out like it seems most of the other outlets have done.

    Keep up the great Canadian content!

  • Erik Weimer

    Great review! I really appreciate the thoroughness and detail you guys give in your reviews. Right after all the 3GS reviews came out I found myself checking up on all my fav mac/review sites (cnet, macworld, maclife, tuaw, appleinsider) for their initial impressions and reviews of the device, and I was wondering why X1Zero and iPhone Fan hadn’t yet posted something. Now after reading your review, I have to say that it is the best so far and I’m glad you didn’t just rush something out like it seems most of the other outlets have done.

    Keep up the great Canadian content!

  • Erik Weimer

    Great review! I really appreciate the thoroughness and detail you guys give in your reviews. Right after all the 3GS reviews came out I found myself checking up on all my fav mac/review sites (cnet, macworld, maclife, tuaw, appleinsider) for their initial impressions and reviews of the device, and I was wondering why X1Zero and iPhone Fan hadn’t yet posted something. Now after reading your review, I have to say that it is the best so far and I’m glad you didn’t just rush something out like it seems most of the other outlets have done.

    Keep up the great Canadian content!

  • Erik Weimer

    Great review! I really appreciate the thoroughness and detail you guys give in your reviews. Right after all the 3GS reviews came out I found myself checking up on all my fav mac/review sites (cnet, macworld, maclife, tuaw, appleinsider) for their initial impressions and reviews of the device, and I was wondering why X1Zero and iPhone Fan hadn’t yet posted something. Now after reading your review, I have to say that it is the best so far and I’m glad you didn’t just rush something out like it seems most of the other outlets have done.

    Keep up the great Canadian content!

  • Tim

    I have an iPhone 2G and I didn’t feel like waiting in line or all that jazz, so I ordered my 3GS online Friday morning. I am really excited to see the difference not only in load times and day to day tasks, but 3G speed as well!!

    Hopefully my new toy will be here as soon as possible

  • Tim

    I have an iPhone 2G and I didn’t feel like waiting in line or all that jazz, so I ordered my 3GS online Friday morning. I am really excited to see the difference not only in load times and day to day tasks, but 3G speed as well!!

    Hopefully my new toy will be here as soon as possible

  • Tim

    I have an iPhone 2G and I didn’t feel like waiting in line or all that jazz, so I ordered my 3GS online Friday morning. I am really excited to see the difference not only in load times and day to day tasks, but 3G speed as well!!

    Hopefully my new toy will be here as soon as possible

  • Tim

    I have an iPhone 2G and I didn’t feel like waiting in line or all that jazz, so I ordered my 3GS online Friday morning. I am really excited to see the difference not only in load times and day to day tasks, but 3G speed as well!!

    Hopefully my new toy will be here as soon as possible

  • Tim

    I have an iPhone 2G and I didn’t feel like waiting in line or all that jazz, so I ordered my 3GS online Friday morning. I am really excited to see the difference not only in load times and day to day tasks, but 3G speed as well!!

    Hopefully my new toy will be here as soon as possible

  • Tim

    I have an iPhone 2G and I didn’t feel like waiting in line or all that jazz, so I ordered my 3GS online Friday morning. I am really excited to see the difference not only in load times and day to day tasks, but 3G speed as well!!

    Hopefully my new toy will be here as soon as possible

  • Joel

    I have the iPhone 3G and love it with the new OS 3.0 so i am in no rush to update since i am with Fido and with only $100 off its a steep price for a minor upgrade.

    The only thing that interest me is the new phone’s compatibility with HSDPA for internet speed.

    I haven’t seen any comments on that guys. Do you really get HSDPA speeds with the new iPhone 3GS. Fire your speed tests and let us know.

  • Joel

    I have the iPhone 3G and love it with the new OS 3.0 so i am in no rush to update since i am with Fido and with only $100 off its a steep price for a minor upgrade.

    The only thing that interest me is the new phone’s compatibility with HSDPA for internet speed.

    I haven’t seen any comments on that guys. Do you really get HSDPA speeds with the new iPhone 3GS. Fire your speed tests and let us know.

  • Joel

    I have the iPhone 3G and love it with the new OS 3.0 so i am in no rush to update since i am with Fido and with only $100 off its a steep price for a minor upgrade.

    The only thing that interest me is the new phone’s compatibility with HSDPA for internet speed.

    I haven’t seen any comments on that guys. Do you really get HSDPA speeds with the new iPhone 3GS. Fire your speed tests and let us know.

  • Joel

    I have the iPhone 3G and love it with the new OS 3.0 so i am in no rush to update since i am with Fido and with only $100 off its a steep price for a minor upgrade.

    The only thing that interest me is the new phone’s compatibility with HSDPA for internet speed.

    I haven’t seen any comments on that guys. Do you really get HSDPA speeds with the new iPhone 3GS. Fire your speed tests and let us know.

  • Joel

    I have the iPhone 3G and love it with the new OS 3.0 so i am in no rush to update since i am with Fido and with only $100 off its a steep price for a minor upgrade.

    The only thing that interest me is the new phone’s compatibility with HSDPA for internet speed.

    I haven’t seen any comments on that guys. Do you really get HSDPA speeds with the new iPhone 3GS. Fire your speed tests and let us know.

  • Joel

    I have the iPhone 3G and love it with the new OS 3.0 so i am in no rush to update since i am with Fido and with only $100 off its a steep price for a minor upgrade.

    The only thing that interest me is the new phone’s compatibility with HSDPA for internet speed.

    I haven’t seen any comments on that guys. Do you really get HSDPA speeds with the new iPhone 3GS. Fire your speed tests and let us know.

  • Booster

    I’m having trouble getting the tethering to work via bluetooth. Can anyone send me a link to a troubleshooting site or to an instruction page? Thanks.

  • Booster

    I’m having trouble getting the tethering to work via bluetooth. Can anyone send me a link to a troubleshooting site or to an instruction page? Thanks.

  • Booster

    I’m having trouble getting the tethering to work via bluetooth. Can anyone send me a link to a troubleshooting site or to an instruction page? Thanks.

  • Booster

    I’m having trouble getting the tethering to work via bluetooth. Can anyone send me a link to a troubleshooting site or to an instruction page? Thanks.

  • Booster

    I’m having trouble getting the tethering to work via bluetooth. Can anyone send me a link to a troubleshooting site or to an instruction page? Thanks.

  • Well I wanted to wait a few days to really get a chance to use the device and I only really listed the features that really stood out for me

  • Well I wanted to wait a few days to really get a chance to use the device and I only really listed the features that really stood out for me

  • Well I wanted to wait a few days to really get a chance to use the device and I only really listed the features that really stood out for me

  • Well I wanted to wait a few days to really get a chance to use the device and I only really listed the features that really stood out for me

  • Well I wanted to wait a few days to really get a chance to use the device and I only really listed the features that really stood out for me

  • TK

    If the only feature I would consider a reason to upgrade would be the voice control then what you’re saying is – dont bother” ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • TK

    If the only feature I would consider a reason to upgrade would be the voice control then what you’re saying is – dont bother” ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • TK

    If the only feature I would consider a reason to upgrade would be the voice control then what you’re saying is – dont bother” ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • TK

    If the only feature I would consider a reason to upgrade would be the voice control then what you’re saying is – dont bother” ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Monty

    A suggestion: Try saying “dial” instead of “call”. Either are valid, but perhaps there’s something about your voice that it doesn’t recognize “call” properly.

  • Monty

    A suggestion: Try saying “dial” instead of “call”. Either are valid, but perhaps there’s something about your voice that it doesn’t recognize “call” properly.

  • Monty

    A suggestion: Try saying “dial” instead of “call”. Either are valid, but perhaps there’s something about your voice that it doesn’t recognize “call” properly.

  • Monty

    A suggestion: Try saying “dial” instead of “call”. Either are valid, but perhaps there’s something about your voice that it doesn’t recognize “call” properly.

  • MistahTibbs

    Hello all,

    Quick question.

    If I live in an EVDO area (3G hasn’t come here yet) will there be any noticeable difference in speed between the 3G and the 3Gs?

    MT

  • MistahTibbs

    Hello all,

    Quick question.

    If I live in an EVDO area (3G hasn’t come here yet) will there be any noticeable difference in speed between the 3G and the 3Gs?

    MT

  • MistahTibbs

    Hello all,

    Quick question.

    If I live in an EVDO area (3G hasn’t come here yet) will there be any noticeable difference in speed between the 3G and the 3Gs?

    MT

  • MistahTibbs

    Hello all,

    Quick question.

    If I live in an EVDO area (3G hasn’t come here yet) will there be any noticeable difference in speed between the 3G and the 3Gs?

    MT

  • Monty

    Operating speed is independent of connection speed, so a lot of the improvements in processor and RAM will still be noticeable for you. Everything mentioned in the paragraph:
    “Like I said, I have had my iPhone 3GS for about 2 days now and the biggest difference between the iPhone 3G and 3GS is undoubtedly the speed. Everything, I mean everything is faster. Opening apps, closing them, moving icons, running games, turning the keyboard to landscape, deleting stuff, turning the device off and on, even WiFi starts up faster when coming out of sleep. Everything is so much more smooth and silky. The operating system flows so much better and faster on the iPhone 3GS than on any other previous iPhone or firmware that I have used and I have used them all.”
    would still apply no matter whether they have 3G speeds yet where you are. I suspect with the improved processor and RAM you’ll even see improved download speeds.

  • Monty

    Operating speed is independent of connection speed, so a lot of the improvements in processor and RAM will still be noticeable for you. Everything mentioned in the paragraph:
    “Like I said, I have had my iPhone 3GS for about 2 days now and the biggest difference between the iPhone 3G and 3GS is undoubtedly the speed. Everything, I mean everything is faster. Opening apps, closing them, moving icons, running games, turning the keyboard to landscape, deleting stuff, turning the device off and on, even WiFi starts up faster when coming out of sleep. Everything is so much more smooth and silky. The operating system flows so much better and faster on the iPhone 3GS than on any other previous iPhone or firmware that I have used and I have used them all.”
    would still apply no matter whether they have 3G speeds yet where you are. I suspect with the improved processor and RAM you’ll even see improved download speeds.

  • Monty

    Operating speed is independent of connection speed, so a lot of the improvements in processor and RAM will still be noticeable for you. Everything mentioned in the paragraph:
    “Like I said, I have had my iPhone 3GS for about 2 days now and the biggest difference between the iPhone 3G and 3GS is undoubtedly the speed. Everything, I mean everything is faster. Opening apps, closing them, moving icons, running games, turning the keyboard to landscape, deleting stuff, turning the device off and on, even WiFi starts up faster when coming out of sleep. Everything is so much more smooth and silky. The operating system flows so much better and faster on the iPhone 3GS than on any other previous iPhone or firmware that I have used and I have used them all.”
    would still apply no matter whether they have 3G speeds yet where you are. I suspect with the improved processor and RAM you’ll even see improved download speeds.

  • Monty

    Operating speed is independent of connection speed, so a lot of the improvements in processor and RAM will still be noticeable for you. Everything mentioned in the paragraph:
    “Like I said, I have had my iPhone 3GS for about 2 days now and the biggest difference between the iPhone 3G and 3GS is undoubtedly the speed. Everything, I mean everything is faster. Opening apps, closing them, moving icons, running games, turning the keyboard to landscape, deleting stuff, turning the device off and on, even WiFi starts up faster when coming out of sleep. Everything is so much more smooth and silky. The operating system flows so much better and faster on the iPhone 3GS than on any other previous iPhone or firmware that I have used and I have used them all.”
    would still apply no matter whether they have 3G speeds yet where you are. I suspect with the improved processor and RAM you’ll even see improved download speeds.

  • Drew

    I am not embarrassed about my 16 gig 2G. I like not paying over $100.00 on my phone bills. 3.0 works like a charm no need to upgrade unless I dropped it or it was stolen.

  • Drew

    I am not embarrassed about my 16 gig 2G. I like not paying over $100.00 on my phone bills. 3.0 works like a charm no need to upgrade unless I dropped it or it was stolen.

  • Drew

    I am not embarrassed about my 16 gig 2G. I like not paying over $100.00 on my phone bills. 3.0 works like a charm no need to upgrade unless I dropped it or it was stolen.

  • Guest

    Nice post dude!
    I also have all iPhones. (2G,3G,3GS) and I must say the 3GS main feature which I like best is the speed. I forget the 32GB too lol Those are the main reasons why I purchased one. That extra ram helps out and same with the faster processor. Really its no difference to the 3G but wait till next year, I think Apple will release a revolution change and have some kind of iPhone 4G (S). Wait and see…

  • Guest

    Nice post dude!
    I also have all iPhones. (2G,3G,3GS) and I must say the 3GS main feature which I like best is the speed. I forget the 32GB too lol Those are the main reasons why I purchased one. That extra ram helps out and same with the faster processor. Really its no difference to the 3G but wait till next year, I think Apple will release a revolution change and have some kind of iPhone 4G (S). Wait and see…

  • Guest

    Nice post dude!
    I also have all iPhones. (2G,3G,3GS) and I must say the 3GS main feature which I like best is the speed. I forget the 32GB too lol Those are the main reasons why I purchased one. That extra ram helps out and same with the faster processor. Really its no difference to the 3G but wait till next year, I think Apple will release a revolution change and have some kind of iPhone 4G (S). Wait and see…

  • Guest

    Nice post dude!
    I also have all iPhones. (2G,3G,3GS) and I must say the 3GS main feature which I like best is the speed. I forget the 32GB too lol Those are the main reasons why I purchased one. That extra ram helps out and same with the faster processor. Really its no difference to the 3G but wait till next year, I think Apple will release a revolution change and have some kind of iPhone 4G (S). Wait and see…

  • Dusty

    Nice post dude!
    I also have all iPhones. (2G,3G,3GS) and I must say the 3GS main feature which I like best is the speed. I forget the 32GB too lol Those are the main reasons why I purchased one. That extra ram helps out and same with the faster processor. Really its no difference to the 3G but wait till next year, I think Apple will release a revolution change and have some kind of iPhone 4G (S). Wait and see…

  • 1. Unpair your iphone on your mac. On the iphone in the iphone bluetooth settings screen tell it to forget your computer.

    2. Installed the iPhone 3.0 SDK. When finished open the “Bluetooth Explorer” utility located /Developer/Applications/Utilities/Bluetooth Explorer

    It crashed each time I opened it so I turned Bluetooth off, launched the app which asked me to turn it on with a button and it turned on bluetooth and launched properly from there.

    3. With the Bluetooth Explorer app open, choose “Show Device Cache” from the Utlities Menu and then delete the iPhone cache.

    4. Next select “Show Local Device Info” from the Utilities menu. In the window that pops up choose the “Simple Pairing” tab and select “Disable from the drop down menu next to “Simple Pairing”. Even if it is already off on your machine press the set button. Now you can pair your iphone with a set key which you will have to enter on the iphone.

    5. Under the Utilities menu I choose “Pairing…” from the “Test Bluetooth UI panels” sub menu. You should see your iphone in the list. Click pair. it will ask for a pairing key which you can set to whatever you like. If you dont see the iphone its because you are not in the bluetooth settings screen. Once you determine the key you will use (12345 will be suffice) it will ask you to enter the key in your iphone to pair it. Your phone an computer should now be properly paired.

    6. Go to the networks control panel on your mac and make sure you have a Bluetooth PAN service. If this is already there then you are done. Choose Connect to network from your bluetooth menu on your mac from the iPhone sub menu and you are all good.

    Check it out:
    http://bit.ly/CplJ0

  • 1. Unpair your iphone on your mac. On the iphone in the iphone bluetooth settings screen tell it to forget your computer.

    2. Installed the iPhone 3.0 SDK. When finished open the “Bluetooth Explorer” utility located /Developer/Applications/Utilities/Bluetooth Explorer

    It crashed each time I opened it so I turned Bluetooth off, launched the app which asked me to turn it on with a button and it turned on bluetooth and launched properly from there.

    3. With the Bluetooth Explorer app open, choose “Show Device Cache” from the Utlities Menu and then delete the iPhone cache.

    4. Next select “Show Local Device Info” from the Utilities menu. In the window that pops up choose the “Simple Pairing” tab and select “Disable from the drop down menu next to “Simple Pairing”. Even if it is already off on your machine press the set button. Now you can pair your iphone with a set key which you will have to enter on the iphone.

    5. Under the Utilities menu I choose “Pairing…” from the “Test Bluetooth UI panels” sub menu. You should see your iphone in the list. Click pair. it will ask for a pairing key which you can set to whatever you like. If you dont see the iphone its because you are not in the bluetooth settings screen. Once you determine the key you will use (12345 will be suffice) it will ask you to enter the key in your iphone to pair it. Your phone an computer should now be properly paired.

    6. Go to the networks control panel on your mac and make sure you have a Bluetooth PAN service. If this is already there then you are done. Choose Connect to network from your bluetooth menu on your mac from the iPhone sub menu and you are all good.

    Check it out:
    http://bit.ly/CplJ0

  • 1. Unpair your iphone on your mac. On the iphone in the iphone bluetooth settings screen tell it to forget your computer.

    2. Installed the iPhone 3.0 SDK. When finished open the “Bluetooth Explorer” utility located /Developer/Applications/Utilities/Bluetooth Explorer

    It crashed each time I opened it so I turned Bluetooth off, launched the app which asked me to turn it on with a button and it turned on bluetooth and launched properly from there.

    3. With the Bluetooth Explorer app open, choose “Show Device Cache” from the Utlities Menu and then delete the iPhone cache.

    4. Next select “Show Local Device Info” from the Utilities menu. In the window that pops up choose the “Simple Pairing” tab and select “Disable from the drop down menu next to “Simple Pairing”. Even if it is already off on your machine press the set button. Now you can pair your iphone with a set key which you will have to enter on the iphone.

    5. Under the Utilities menu I choose “Pairing…” from the “Test Bluetooth UI panels” sub menu. You should see your iphone in the list. Click pair. it will ask for a pairing key which you can set to whatever you like. If you dont see the iphone its because you are not in the bluetooth settings screen. Once you determine the key you will use (12345 will be suffice) it will ask you to enter the key in your iphone to pair it. Your phone an computer should now be properly paired.

    6. Go to the networks control panel on your mac and make sure you have a Bluetooth PAN service. If this is already there then you are done. Choose Connect to network from your bluetooth menu on your mac from the iPhone sub menu and you are all good.

    Check it out:
    http://bit.ly/CplJ0

  • 1. Unpair your iphone on your mac. On the iphone in the iphone bluetooth settings screen tell it to forget your computer.

    2. Installed the iPhone 3.0 SDK. When finished open the “Bluetooth Explorer” utility located /Developer/Applications/Utilities/Bluetooth Explorer

    It crashed each time I opened it so I turned Bluetooth off, launched the app which asked me to turn it on with a button and it turned on bluetooth and launched properly from there.

    3. With the Bluetooth Explorer app open, choose “Show Device Cache” from the Utlities Menu and then delete the iPhone cache.

    4. Next select “Show Local Device Info” from the Utilities menu. In the window that pops up choose the “Simple Pairing” tab and select “Disable from the drop down menu next to “Simple Pairing”. Even if it is already off on your machine press the set button. Now you can pair your iphone with a set key which you will have to enter on the iphone.

    5. Under the Utilities menu I choose “Pairing…” from the “Test Bluetooth UI panels” sub menu. You should see your iphone in the list. Click pair. it will ask for a pairing key which you can set to whatever you like. If you dont see the iphone its because you are not in the bluetooth settings screen. Once you determine the key you will use (12345 will be suffice) it will ask you to enter the key in your iphone to pair it. Your phone an computer should now be properly paired.

    6. Go to the networks control panel on your mac and make sure you have a Bluetooth PAN service. If this is already there then you are done. Choose Connect to network from your bluetooth menu on your mac from the iPhone sub menu and you are all good.

    Check it out:
    http://bit.ly/CplJ0

  • Christopheraceto

    1. Unpair your iphone on your mac. On the iphone in the iphone bluetooth settings screen tell it to forget your computer.

    2. Installed the iPhone 3.0 SDK. When finished open the “Bluetooth Explorer” utility located /Developer/Applications/Utilities/Bluetooth Explorer

    It crashed each time I opened it so I turned Bluetooth off, launched the app which asked me to turn it on with a button and it turned on bluetooth and launched properly from there.

    3. With the Bluetooth Explorer app open, choose “Show Device Cache” from the Utlities Menu and then delete the iPhone cache.

    4. Next select “Show Local Device Info” from the Utilities menu. In the window that pops up choose the “Simple Pairing” tab and select “Disable from the drop down menu next to “Simple Pairing”. Even if it is already off on your machine press the set button. Now you can pair your iphone with a set key which you will have to enter on the iphone.

    5. Under the Utilities menu I choose “Pairing…” from the “Test Bluetooth UI panels” sub menu. You should see your iphone in the list. Click pair. it will ask for a pairing key which you can set to whatever you like. If you dont see the iphone its because you are not in the bluetooth settings screen. Once you determine the key you will use (12345 will be suffice) it will ask you to enter the key in your iphone to pair it. Your phone an computer should now be properly paired.

    6. Go to the networks control panel on your mac and make sure you have a Bluetooth PAN service. If this is already there then you are done. Choose Connect to network from your bluetooth menu on your mac from the iPhone sub menu and you are all good.

    Check it out:
    http://bit.ly/CplJ0

  • MistahTibbs

    Thanks Monty.

    I should have been clearer regarding “speed.” heh.

    So, there should be some increase in data speed even though the 3G network hasn’t expanded into my area as of yet?

    Just wondering what kind of data speeds people are getting outside of 3G network areas.

    Thanks again.

    sincerely,

    MT

  • MistahTibbs

    Thanks Monty.

    I should have been clearer regarding “speed.” heh.

    So, there should be some increase in data speed even though the 3G network hasn’t expanded into my area as of yet?

    Just wondering what kind of data speeds people are getting outside of 3G network areas.

    Thanks again.

    sincerely,

    MT

  • MistahTibbs

    Thanks Monty.

    I should have been clearer regarding “speed.” heh.

    So, there should be some increase in data speed even though the 3G network hasn’t expanded into my area as of yet?

    Just wondering what kind of data speeds people are getting outside of 3G network areas.

    Thanks again.

    sincerely,

    MT

  • MistahTibbs

    Thanks Monty.

    I should have been clearer regarding “speed.” heh.

    So, there should be some increase in data speed even though the 3G network hasn’t expanded into my area as of yet?

    Just wondering what kind of data speeds people are getting outside of 3G network areas.

    Thanks again.

    sincerely,

    MT

  • MistahTibbs

    Thanks Monty.

    I should have been clearer regarding “speed.” heh.

    So, there should be some increase in data speed even though the 3G network hasn’t expanded into my area as of yet?

    Just wondering what kind of data speeds people are getting outside of 3G network areas.

    Thanks again.

    sincerely,

    MT

  • Monty

    Network speeds won’t change, but the processor being faster and having more RAM will mean some improvements on the network. The data rate won’t change, but the iPhone will process and respond to that data faster, so you will see an improvement. Whether it’s a noticeable improvement I can’t say.

  • Monty

    Network speeds won’t change, but the processor being faster and having more RAM will mean some improvements on the network. The data rate won’t change, but the iPhone will process and respond to that data faster, so you will see an improvement. Whether it’s a noticeable improvement I can’t say.

  • Monty

    Network speeds won’t change, but the processor being faster and having more RAM will mean some improvements on the network. The data rate won’t change, but the iPhone will process and respond to that data faster, so you will see an improvement. Whether it’s a noticeable improvement I can’t say.

  • Monty

    Network speeds won’t change, but the processor being faster and having more RAM will mean some improvements on the network. The data rate won’t change, but the iPhone will process and respond to that data faster, so you will see an improvement. Whether it’s a noticeable improvement I can’t say.

  • Monty

    Network speeds won’t change, but the processor being faster and having more RAM will mean some improvements on the network. The data rate won’t change, but the iPhone will process and respond to that data faster, so you will see an improvement. Whether it’s a noticeable improvement I can’t say.

  • Will Pardoe

    Do you guys know if fido still has the 30$/6GB data plan? I was looking to order an iPhone 3GS on the web and for fido you could only order it with the 30$/1GB data plan. On re rogers site it’s there…

  • Will Pardoe

    Do you guys know if fido still has the 30$/6GB data plan? I was looking to order an iPhone 3GS on the web and for fido you could only order it with the 30$/1GB data plan. On re rogers site it’s there…

  • Will Pardoe

    Do you guys know if fido still has the 30$/6GB data plan? I was looking to order an iPhone 3GS on the web and for fido you could only order it with the 30$/1GB data plan. On re rogers site it’s there…

  • Will Pardoe

    Do you guys know if fido still has the 30$/6GB data plan? I was looking to order an iPhone 3GS on the web and for fido you could only order it with the 30$/1GB data plan. On re rogers site it’s there…

  • Will Pardoe

    Do you guys know if fido still has the 30$/6GB data plan? I was looking to order an iPhone 3GS on the web and for fido you could only order it with the 30$/1GB data plan. On re rogers site it’s there…

  • TK

    ** AH WAIT>…what the hell?

    Was in my account and noticed the “upgrade to 3gs” option now & upon clicking it I find a listing of “device only no plan” with option of “16gb $449 on a 3 year term” and “32gb $549 on a 3 year term”…
    I clicked 32 thinking it corrects the price for whatever reason to the $299 but instead it goes to a page for “address confirmation” and the only cancel button does not work.
    Whats with that price anyone know??

  • TK

    ** AH WAIT>…what the hell?

    Was in my account and noticed the “upgrade to 3gs” option now & upon clicking it I find a listing of “device only no plan” with option of “16gb $449 on a 3 year term” and “32gb $549 on a 3 year term”…
    I clicked 32 thinking it corrects the price for whatever reason to the $299 but instead it goes to a page for “address confirmation” and the only cancel button does not work.
    Whats with that price anyone know??

  • TK

    ** AH WAIT>…what the hell?

    Was in my account and noticed the “upgrade to 3gs” option now & upon clicking it I find a listing of “device only no plan” with option of “16gb $449 on a 3 year term” and “32gb $549 on a 3 year term”…
    I clicked 32 thinking it corrects the price for whatever reason to the $299 but instead it goes to a page for “address confirmation” and the only cancel button does not work.
    Whats with that price anyone know??

  • TK

    ** AH WAIT>…what the hell?

    Was in my account and noticed the “upgrade to 3gs” option now & upon clicking it I find a listing of “device only no plan” with option of “16gb $449 on a 3 year term” and “32gb $549 on a 3 year term”…
    I clicked 32 thinking it corrects the price for whatever reason to the $299 but instead it goes to a page for “address confirmation” and the only cancel button does not work.
    Whats with that price anyone know??

  • TK

    and whats up with the “device only no plan” followed immediately with the “3 year term, 3 year term”

  • TK

    and whats up with the “device only no plan” followed immediately with the “3 year term, 3 year term”

  • TK

    and whats up with the “device only no plan” followed immediately with the “3 year term, 3 year term”

  • TK

    and whats up with the “device only no plan” followed immediately with the “3 year term, 3 year term”

  • TK

    and whats up with the “device only no plan” followed immediately with the “3 year term, 3 year term”

  • TK

    WOOOWWW…so apparently buying the phone sep 20th last year has my activation listed as October 1 on line. So when is Telus getting there GSM again?

  • TK

    WOOOWWW…so apparently buying the phone sep 20th last year has my activation listed as October 1 on line. So when is Telus getting there GSM again?

  • TK

    WOOOWWW…so apparently buying the phone sep 20th last year has my activation listed as October 1 on line. So when is Telus getting there GSM again?

  • TK

    WOOOWWW…so apparently buying the phone sep 20th last year has my activation listed as October 1 on line. So when is Telus getting there GSM again?

  • mgcrich

    I’m still on the fence. The most compelling reason I’d upgrade from my 3G 3.0 would be for the increased battery performance.

    Thanks for the stellar article.

  • mgcrich

    I’m still on the fence. The most compelling reason I’d upgrade from my 3G 3.0 would be for the increased battery performance.

    Thanks for the stellar article.

  • mgcrich

    I’m still on the fence. The most compelling reason I’d upgrade from my 3G 3.0 would be for the increased battery performance.

    Thanks for the stellar article.

  • mgcrich

    I’m still on the fence. The most compelling reason I’d upgrade from my 3G 3.0 would be for the increased battery performance.

    Thanks for the stellar article.

  • I have no problems with the Voice Control, it’s worked very well for me, even when I ask it to dial individual numbers to call. Maybe it’s your girly voice? ๐Ÿ˜‰ JK!

  • I have no problems with the Voice Control, it’s worked very well for me, even when I ask it to dial individual numbers to call. Maybe it’s your girly voice? ๐Ÿ˜‰ JK!

  • I have no problems with the Voice Control, it’s worked very well for me, even when I ask it to dial individual numbers to call. Maybe it’s your girly voice? ๐Ÿ˜‰ JK!

  • I have no problems with the Voice Control, it’s worked very well for me, even when I ask it to dial individual numbers to call. Maybe it’s your girly voice? ๐Ÿ˜‰ JK!

  • My suggestion is to try out a friend’s 3GS, or get your hands on one in store. The performance increase is pretty nice.

  • My suggestion is to try out a friend’s 3GS, or get your hands on one in store. The performance increase is pretty nice.

  • My suggestion is to try out a friend’s 3GS, or get your hands on one in store. The performance increase is pretty nice.

  • My suggestion is to try out a friend’s 3GS, or get your hands on one in store. The performance increase is pretty nice.

  • Excellent review and I pretty much wouldn’t have written it any different myself. I’m coming from a 2G to the new 3G S and it’s nothing short of amazing. I work with tech gadgets every day and few are really as revolutionary as the iPhone. And no, I’m not an Apple fanboy, I don’t even like Macs – I just know a truly great product when I see it. Except the voice control, I can’t get it to work right either no matter how clearly or precise I speak.

    I live in the US so am currently without MMS and tethering but am certainly looking forward to it. Would use MMS more than tethering, but it would be nice to have on road / business trips.

    Thanks for the tip about the compass in Google maps. I knew it would orientate itself to whichever way you were facing but had yet discovered how to activate it.

  • Excellent review and I pretty much wouldn’t have written it any different myself. I’m coming from a 2G to the new 3G S and it’s nothing short of amazing. I work with tech gadgets every day and few are really as revolutionary as the iPhone. And no, I’m not an Apple fanboy, I don’t even like Macs – I just know a truly great product when I see it. Except the voice control, I can’t get it to work right either no matter how clearly or precise I speak.

    I live in the US so am currently without MMS and tethering but am certainly looking forward to it. Would use MMS more than tethering, but it would be nice to have on road / business trips.

    Thanks for the tip about the compass in Google maps. I knew it would orientate itself to whichever way you were facing but had yet discovered how to activate it.

  • Excellent review and I pretty much wouldn’t have written it any different myself. I’m coming from a 2G to the new 3G S and it’s nothing short of amazing. I work with tech gadgets every day and few are really as revolutionary as the iPhone. And no, I’m not an Apple fanboy, I don’t even like Macs – I just know a truly great product when I see it. Except the voice control, I can’t get it to work right either no matter how clearly or precise I speak.

    I live in the US so am currently without MMS and tethering but am certainly looking forward to it. Would use MMS more than tethering, but it would be nice to have on road / business trips.

    Thanks for the tip about the compass in Google maps. I knew it would orientate itself to whichever way you were facing but had yet discovered how to activate it.

  • Excellent review and I pretty much wouldn’t have written it any different myself. I’m coming from a 2G to the new 3G S and it’s nothing short of amazing. I work with tech gadgets every day and few are really as revolutionary as the iPhone. And no, I’m not an Apple fanboy, I don’t even like Macs – I just know a truly great product when I see it. Except the voice control, I can’t get it to work right either no matter how clearly or precise I speak.

    I live in the US so am currently without MMS and tethering but am certainly looking forward to it. Would use MMS more than tethering, but it would be nice to have on road / business trips.

    Thanks for the tip about the compass in Google maps. I knew it would orientate itself to whichever way you were facing but had yet discovered how to activate it.

  • Excellent review and I pretty much wouldn’t have written it any different myself. I’m coming from a 2G to the new 3G S and it’s nothing short of amazing. I work with tech gadgets every day and few are really as revolutionary as the iPhone. And no, I’m not an Apple fanboy, I don’t even like Macs – I just know a truly great product when I see it. Except the voice control, I can’t get it to work right either no matter how clearly or precise I speak.

    I live in the US so am currently without MMS and tethering but am certainly looking forward to it. Would use MMS more than tethering, but it would be nice to have on road / business trips.

    Thanks for the tip about the compass in Google maps. I knew it would orientate itself to whichever way you were facing but had yet discovered how to activate it.

  • Excellent review and I pretty much wouldn’t have written it any different myself. I’m coming from a 2G to the new 3G S and it’s nothing short of amazing. I work with tech gadgets every day and few are really as revolutionary as the iPhone. And no, I’m not an Apple fanboy, I don’t even like Macs – I just know a truly great product when I see it. Except the voice control, I can’t get it to work right either no matter how clearly or precise I speak.

    I live in the US so am currently without MMS and tethering but am certainly looking forward to it. Would use MMS more than tethering, but it would be nice to have on road / business trips.

    Thanks for the tip about the compass in Google maps. I knew it would orientate itself to whichever way you were facing but had yet discovered how to activate it.

  • Scott

    “Hello all,

    Quick question.

    If I live in an EVDO area (3G hasnรขโ‚ฌโ„ขt come here yet) will there be any noticeable difference in speed between the 3G and the 3Gs?

    MT”

    EVDO is CDMA. You have EDGE coverage. You won’t notice a difference regardless, EDGE is a lot slower than 3G.

  • Scott

    “Hello all,

    Quick question.

    If I live in an EVDO area (3G hasnรขโ‚ฌโ„ขt come here yet) will there be any noticeable difference in speed between the 3G and the 3Gs?

    MT”

    EVDO is CDMA. You have EDGE coverage. You won’t notice a difference regardless, EDGE is a lot slower than 3G.

  • Scott

    “Hello all,

    Quick question.

    If I live in an EVDO area (3G hasnรขโ‚ฌโ„ขt come here yet) will there be any noticeable difference in speed between the 3G and the 3Gs?

    MT”

    EVDO is CDMA. You have EDGE coverage. You won’t notice a difference regardless, EDGE is a lot slower than 3G.

  • Scott

    “Hello all,

    Quick question.

    If I live in an EVDO area (3G hasnรขโ‚ฌโ„ขt come here yet) will there be any noticeable difference in speed between the 3G and the 3Gs?

    MT”

    EVDO is CDMA. You have EDGE coverage. You won’t notice a difference regardless, EDGE is a lot slower than 3G.

  • generalinq

    still keeping my 3g.

  • generalinq

    still keeping my 3g.

  • generalinq

    still keeping my 3g.

  • generalinq

    still keeping my 3g.

  • generalinq

    still keeping my 3g.

  • itsmegerald

    I can’t find nike support on my phone…how do you install it?

  • itsmegerald

    I can’t find nike support on my phone…how do you install it?

  • itsmegerald

    I can’t find nike support on my phone…how do you install it?

  • itsmegerald

    I can’t find nike support on my phone…how do you install it?

  • itsmegerald

    I can’t find nike support on my phone…how do you install it?

  • SSK13

    Thanks for the review! I’m going to hold out on upgrading unless I can find a super good deal for upgrading.

    I felt the whole 3Gs was a really cheap move from apple. Perhaps they anticipated the whole economic crisis meant that most people on 3 year contracts with the last phone woulnd’t be too interested in shelling out the money. I guess they kept major upgrades on a low priority.

  • SSK13

    Thanks for the review! I’m going to hold out on upgrading unless I can find a super good deal for upgrading.

    I felt the whole 3Gs was a really cheap move from apple. Perhaps they anticipated the whole economic crisis meant that most people on 3 year contracts with the last phone woulnd’t be too interested in shelling out the money. I guess they kept major upgrades on a low priority.

  • SSK13

    Thanks for the review! I’m going to hold out on upgrading unless I can find a super good deal for upgrading.

    I felt the whole 3Gs was a really cheap move from apple. Perhaps they anticipated the whole economic crisis meant that most people on 3 year contracts with the last phone woulnd’t be too interested in shelling out the money. I guess they kept major upgrades on a low priority.

  • SSK13

    Thanks for the review! I’m going to hold out on upgrading unless I can find a super good deal for upgrading.

    I felt the whole 3Gs was a really cheap move from apple. Perhaps they anticipated the whole economic crisis meant that most people on 3 year contracts with the last phone woulnd’t be too interested in shelling out the money. I guess they kept major upgrades on a low priority.

  • SSK13

    Thanks for the review! I’m going to hold out on upgrading unless I can find a super good deal for upgrading.

    I felt the whole 3Gs was a really cheap move from apple. Perhaps they anticipated the whole economic crisis meant that most people on 3 year contracts with the last phone woulnd’t be too interested in shelling out the money. I guess they kept major upgrades on a low priority.

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  • yen

    where did u guys see “upgrade to iphone 3gs” option?? the only iphone option i can see in my account is “upgrade to iphone 3g” and the 16g price is 324.. (i’m currently using a dumb phone and has been using it for like 5 years) anybody know what happen?

  • yen

    where did u guys see “upgrade to iphone 3gs” option?? the only iphone option i can see in my account is “upgrade to iphone 3g” and the 16g price is 324.. (i’m currently using a dumb phone and has been using it for like 5 years) anybody know what happen?

  • ML

    Battery % was a feature in Bosspref right from the start. Same thing with WiFi strength meter.

  • ML

    Battery % was a feature in Bosspref right from the start. Same thing with WiFi strength meter.

  • ML

    Battery % was a feature in Bosspref right from the start. Same thing with WiFi strength meter.

  • ML

    Battery % was a feature in Bosspref right from the start. Same thing with WiFi strength meter.

  • ML

    Battery % was a feature in Bosspref right from the start. Same thing with WiFi strength meter.

  • Brian Frankenstein

    The voice commands have been awesome for me, in fact one of my favorite features with the google app. I can look stuff up (as long as its not to weird) on the go and get maps with out having to text it all in.

  • Brian Frankenstein

    The voice commands have been awesome for me, in fact one of my favorite features with the google app. I can look stuff up (as long as its not to weird) on the go and get maps with out having to text it all in.

  • Brian Frankenstein

    The voice commands have been awesome for me, in fact one of my favorite features with the google app. I can look stuff up (as long as its not to weird) on the go and get maps with out having to text it all in.

  • Patrick

    I was having serious problems with the voice control – it simply wasn’t working. Then I went to the iPhone 3G S video on the apple site and skipped to the voice control demo to make sure I was doing everything right. When I tried it after watching the video, it worked! You MUST use the exact words that are spoken in the tutorial: “play SONGS by The Killers” This works for me every time now. Before, I was saying “play music by The Killers”, and it was never working. I hope this solves it for you!

  • Patrick

    I was having serious problems with the voice control – it simply wasn’t working. Then I went to the iPhone 3G S video on the apple site and skipped to the voice control demo to make sure I was doing everything right. When I tried it after watching the video, it worked! You MUST use the exact words that are spoken in the tutorial: “play SONGS by The Killers” This works for me every time now. Before, I was saying “play music by The Killers”, and it was never working. I hope this solves it for you!

  • Patrick

    I was having serious problems with the voice control – it simply wasn’t working. Then I went to the iPhone 3G S video on the apple site and skipped to the voice control demo to make sure I was doing everything right. When I tried it after watching the video, it worked! You MUST use the exact words that are spoken in the tutorial: “play SONGS by The Killers” This works for me every time now. Before, I was saying “play music by The Killers”, and it was never working. I hope this solves it for you!

  • Patrick

    I was having serious problems with the voice control – it simply wasn’t working. Then I went to the iPhone 3G S video on the apple site and skipped to the voice control demo to make sure I was doing everything right. When I tried it after watching the video, it worked! You MUST use the exact words that are spoken in the tutorial: “play SONGS by The Killers” This works for me every time now. Before, I was saying “play music by The Killers”, and it was never working. I hope this solves it for you!

  • Patrick

    I was having serious problems with the voice control – it simply wasn’t working. Then I went to the iPhone 3G S video on the apple site and skipped to the voice control demo to make sure I was doing everything right. When I tried it after watching the video, it worked! You MUST use the exact words that are spoken in the tutorial: “play SONGS by The Killers” This works for me every time now. Before, I was saying “play music by The Killers”, and it was never working. I hope this solves it for you!

  • Patrick

    Nah man, voice control works quite well. You just have to say the exact, correct words; for example “play songs by The Killers” works. “Play music by The Killers” does NOT work. I’m pretty sure this is the issue. I love the voice control!

  • Patrick

    Nah man, voice control works quite well. You just have to say the exact, correct words; for example “play songs by The Killers” works. “Play music by The Killers” does NOT work. I’m pretty sure this is the issue. I love the voice control!

  • Patrick

    Nah man, voice control works quite well. You just have to say the exact, correct words; for example “play songs by The Killers” works. “Play music by The Killers” does NOT work. I’m pretty sure this is the issue. I love the voice control!

  • I have had zero problems with the voice control, it even works sometimes when I don’t say the right thing. Either you aren’t using the right commands or you have a problem with the phone.

  • I have had zero problems with the voice control, it even works sometimes when I don’t say the right thing. Either you aren’t using the right commands or you have a problem with the phone.

  • I have had zero problems with the voice control, it even works sometimes when I don’t say the right thing. Either you aren’t using the right commands or you have a problem with the phone.

  • I have had zero problems with the voice control, it even works sometimes when I don’t say the right thing. Either you aren’t using the right commands or you have a problem with the phone.

  • I have had zero problems with the voice control, it even works sometimes when I don’t say the right thing. Either you aren’t using the right commands or you have a problem with the phone.

  • I have had zero problems with the voice control, it even works sometimes when I don’t say the right thing. Either you aren’t using the right commands or you have a problem with the phone.

  • david

    can anyone report getting HSDPA speeds on their iPhone 3GS? i don’t seem to be. according to speedtest app, i’m at 990kbps max, that’s outside in the downtown core GTA. far as i can tell, those are 3G speeds. i upgraded from a 2G phone, so it’s like night & day for me… but can anyone else comment on what their speeds are?

  • david

    can anyone report getting HSDPA speeds on their iPhone 3GS? i don’t seem to be. according to speedtest app, i’m at 990kbps max, that’s outside in the downtown core GTA. far as i can tell, those are 3G speeds. i upgraded from a 2G phone, so it’s like night & day for me… but can anyone else comment on what their speeds are?

  • david

    can anyone report getting HSDPA speeds on their iPhone 3GS? i don’t seem to be. according to speedtest app, i’m at 990kbps max, that’s outside in the downtown core GTA. far as i can tell, those are 3G speeds. i upgraded from a 2G phone, so it’s like night & day for me… but can anyone else comment on what their speeds are?

  • david

    can anyone report getting HSDPA speeds on their iPhone 3GS? i don’t seem to be. according to speedtest app, i’m at 990kbps max, that’s outside in the downtown core GTA. far as i can tell, those are 3G speeds. i upgraded from a 2G phone, so it’s like night & day for me… but can anyone else comment on what their speeds are?

  • david

    can anyone report getting HSDPA speeds on their iPhone 3GS? i don’t seem to be. according to speedtest app, i’m at 990kbps max, that’s outside in the downtown core GTA. far as i can tell, those are 3G speeds. i upgraded from a 2G phone, so it’s like night & day for me… but can anyone else comment on what their speeds are?

  • Appleman

    I have gotten over 2 mbps in west end TO which is almost double what i got in the same area with my 3G im pretty happy about that.

    For me though, Voice Control is one of my favourite parts of the 3G S, because when i am listening to music and want to change artists or call someone, I do not even have to take the phone out of my pocket. It works flawlessly.

    About voice control, you need to make sure to use the proper commands, and use the last name as well on the person you are trying to call.

    “Call” is for calling a contact, “Dial” is for a number, “Play songs by ___” for an artist, “Play the album ___” for an album. Voice control DOES NOT let you play individual songs.

  • Appleman

    I have gotten over 2 mbps in west end TO which is almost double what i got in the same area with my 3G im pretty happy about that.

    For me though, Voice Control is one of my favourite parts of the 3G S, because when i am listening to music and want to change artists or call someone, I do not even have to take the phone out of my pocket. It works flawlessly.

    About voice control, you need to make sure to use the proper commands, and use the last name as well on the person you are trying to call.

    “Call” is for calling a contact, “Dial” is for a number, “Play songs by ___” for an artist, “Play the album ___” for an album. Voice control DOES NOT let you play individual songs.

  • Appleman

    I have gotten over 2 mbps in west end TO which is almost double what i got in the same area with my 3G im pretty happy about that.

    For me though, Voice Control is one of my favourite parts of the 3G S, because when i am listening to music and want to change artists or call someone, I do not even have to take the phone out of my pocket. It works flawlessly.

    About voice control, you need to make sure to use the proper commands, and use the last name as well on the person you are trying to call.

    “Call” is for calling a contact, “Dial” is for a number, “Play songs by ___” for an artist, “Play the album ___” for an album. Voice control DOES NOT let you play individual songs.

  • Appleman

    I have gotten over 2 mbps in west end TO which is almost double what i got in the same area with my 3G im pretty happy about that.

    For me though, Voice Control is one of my favourite parts of the 3G S, because when i am listening to music and want to change artists or call someone, I do not even have to take the phone out of my pocket. It works flawlessly.

    About voice control, you need to make sure to use the proper commands, and use the last name as well on the person you are trying to call.

    “Call” is for calling a contact, “Dial” is for a number, “Play songs by ___” for an artist, “Play the album ___” for an album. Voice control DOES NOT let you play individual songs.

  • Appleman

    I have gotten over 2 mbps in west end TO which is almost double what i got in the same area with my 3G im pretty happy about that.

    For me though, Voice Control is one of my favourite parts of the 3G S, because when i am listening to music and want to change artists or call someone, I do not even have to take the phone out of my pocket. It works flawlessly.

    About voice control, you need to make sure to use the proper commands, and use the last name as well on the person you are trying to call.

    “Call” is for calling a contact, “Dial” is for a number, “Play songs by ___” for an artist, “Play the album ___” for an album. Voice control DOES NOT let you play individual songs.

  • MistahTibbs

    Hey!
    How do YOU know I live in an EDGE area?
    *looks around suspiciously to see of Scott is hiding in his office*

    heh. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yeah. You’re right Scott. My mistake. 3G networks must just be for the metropolitan areas of our country. An hour east of Toronto and all I get is EDGE.

    ๐Ÿ˜›

    So, apart from processing speeds, which sound smokin’ fast, I’m not going to really see a difference.

    BTW. I borrowed my kid’s teacher’s iPhone and did some comparisons between the iPhone and my HTC Touch from Bell. Honestly? The Touch loaded web pages faster and in some minor instances had slightly better cell signal reception. Nothing to worry about though.

    But the iPhone is a sexy beast. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    And it has that sexy credit card app I need for my biz. Geez. Decisions, decisions.

    No 3G in my area, will cost twice what I’m paying now per month, but sexy and has loads of apps.

    What do I do? (rhetorical…not really looking for an answer…heh) ๐Ÿ˜€

    MT

  • MistahTibbs

    Hey!
    How do YOU know I live in an EDGE area?
    *looks around suspiciously to see of Scott is hiding in his office*

    heh. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yeah. You’re right Scott. My mistake. 3G networks must just be for the metropolitan areas of our country. An hour east of Toronto and all I get is EDGE.

    ๐Ÿ˜›

    So, apart from processing speeds, which sound smokin’ fast, I’m not going to really see a difference.

    BTW. I borrowed my kid’s teacher’s iPhone and did some comparisons between the iPhone and my HTC Touch from Bell. Honestly? The Touch loaded web pages faster and in some minor instances had slightly better cell signal reception. Nothing to worry about though.

    But the iPhone is a sexy beast. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    And it has that sexy credit card app I need for my biz. Geez. Decisions, decisions.

    No 3G in my area, will cost twice what I’m paying now per month, but sexy and has loads of apps.

    What do I do? (rhetorical…not really looking for an answer…heh) ๐Ÿ˜€

    MT

  • bc

    apparently the compass WILL work with the phone in any orientation. e.g. it will work when in a car mount (for the GPS nav apps) – it uses a 3-axis magnetometer chip.

    http://arstechnica.com/apple/reviews/2009/06/iphone-3g-s-review.ars/4

  • bc

    apparently the compass WILL work with the phone in any orientation. e.g. it will work when in a car mount (for the GPS nav apps) – it uses a 3-axis magnetometer chip.

    http://arstechnica.com/apple/reviews/2009/06/iphone-3g-s-review.ars/4

  • bc

    apparently the compass WILL work with the phone in any orientation. e.g. it will work when in a car mount (for the GPS nav apps) – it uses a 3-axis magnetometer chip.

    http://arstechnica.com/apple/reviews/2009/06/iphone-3g-s-review.ars/4

  • bc

    apparently the compass WILL work with the phone in any orientation. e.g. it will work when in a car mount (for the GPS nav apps) – it uses a 3-axis magnetometer chip.

    http://arstechnica.com/apple/reviews/2009/06/iphone-3g-s-review.ars/4

  • bc

    apparently the compass WILL work with the phone in any orientation. e.g. it will work when in a car mount (for the GPS nav apps) – it uses a 3-axis magnetometer chip.

    http://arstechnica.com/apple/reviews/2009/06/iphone-3g-s-review.ars/4

  • I have greate experience with the voice controle feature! in my car its work perfect!

  • I have greate experience with the voice controle feature! in my car its work perfect!

  • I have greate experience with the voice controle feature! in my car its work perfect!

  • I have greate experience with the voice controle feature! in my car its work perfect!

  • I have greate experience with the voice controle feature! in my car its work perfect!

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