Apple's iPhone 3G Makes Grand Debut

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Apple's latest version of the iPhone hits stores Friday.

The most notable difference between the new iPhone 3G and the original version is the price. The first iPhones cost $600 and had only 8-gigabites. $200 will get you an 8-gig version of the newest model. $300 will get you an iPhone with 16-gig.

According to some tech bloggers on the Internet, the new iPhone will be almost the same size and shape as the original model. However, the chrome metal look of the original model is gone. The new iPhone is now  glossy black.  Among its applications is a true Global Positioning System or GPS, which can pinpoint your exact position on a map using cell phone towers and Wi-Fi hotspots.

Apple has redesigned the iPhone to bring the Internet universe to you faster. It can use AT&T's third-generation cellular network to load Web pages on your iPhone in less time. Using the 3G technology, also allows you to talk on the iPhone and also surf the Internet at the same time. Last year's version of the iPhone wouldn't allow you to do that. But you have to be in a 3G area to access these applications. AT&T has a Web site to show you these coverage areas.

Disappointment?

But some bloggers say they are disappointed with the new iPhone. They say besides the upgrades mentioned above, the phone is the exact same hardware as the old phone. Many are recommending that if you were one of the six million who bought the iPhone last year, not to upgrade to the new phone. Instead, just download the free software for the first-generation of iPhones that Apple call's the iPhone 2.0.

Reviewers say another downside to the new model is that the battery life in the 3G mode is limited. Using the 3G application drains the battery faster, because of the 3g's need for more power. The iPhone's battery is still sealed within the phone. So unlike other cell phones, you can not change out the battery when the power gets low.

Some bloggers also write that AT&T, Apple's exclusive iPhone carrier, has raised monthly fees for unlimited data and other applications adding to the overall cost.  Be sure to read your service contract for costs and additional fees.

iPhone Sales and the Sluggish Economy

In addition to rolling out its new iPhone, Apple will also launch its new online iPhone Applications Store. Users will be able to download several new programs for their iPhone. Best of all, it's reported that many of the programs are free or are available for purchase at a reduced price.

At least one Web site, AppleInsider.com reports that an exclusive survey completed last week shows the sluggish economy will have an effect on iPhone sales. The study shows that more than half of those who responded to the survey said they would wait a while before purchasing the new iPhone.

Sources: blogs.zdnet.com, All Things Digital, AppleInsider.com, CNET.com

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