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While reviewing the iPhone 3G, I realize hardcore techies already know everything there is to know about the second coming of the most hyped gadget of the millennium.
So I took a different perspective with my 60-Second Review. I didn't get to test the original iPhone out the first time around, so my review just gets to the heart of the most important question: Is it worth the hype?
It is a fantastic phone that just is fun to use. But of course it isn't perfect. I especially wasn't fond of the touch-screen keyboard. The Samsung Instinct's touch-screen keyboard was easier to type on than the iPhone. Overall, it's a really fun phone. I wouldn't wait in line hours for it, but it definitely is one of the best phones I've ever tested -- and even a year after the first release, there is still a lot of cool factor with it. Check out the full review in today's Tech Tuesday or watch the video below:
Well folks, I got myself an iPhone 3G yesterday to review. But unlike you, I didn't have to wait in line for hours to get one. It arrived in a nice little package on my desk Friday afternoon, already activated. (Ahh, the perks of being a reporter... but of course like all the products I review, I don't get to keep it.)
I started playing with it last night when I went out to dinner and a movie with my friend. I'm a big texter, and my actual cellphone has a full QWERTY keyboard. When using the iPhone 3G's touch-screen keyboard, my typing speed really slowed down. I often don't hit the key I want to, but I do like how the iPhone guesses what word I meant to type. By the end of the night -- even after several drinks -- I was getting better at typing. But I'm still not up to my normal typing speed.
With all the iPhone hype over the past few days, I kind of hoped I would get some reaction when I whipped out the phone in public. You know, the "Hey, that girl is so cool cause she has an iPhone" reaction. The waitress at TGI Friday's didn't say anything about the phone when I was messing with it all night. When we stood in line to see Hellboy, no one in line gave it a second look. After a while my friend Amanda would start to shout a few times "Hey Bridget, that's a cool new iPhone you got there!" ... but still, the fellow moviegoers couldn't give a crap. Sigh.
I did have something weird happen to me a few times when I made calls. When you're in the middle of the call and you take the phone away from your cheek, the touch screen reactivates with button options to do things like end the call or mute it. When I put the phone back to my cheek, I lost the call. It happened twice. Was it because I hit a button to mute or end the call with my cheek? Was it the fault of the person I was talking to? Was it because I had three cocktails when I made the call? Hmmm...
Stay tuned Tuesday for the full review!
Want the new iPhone 3G? Well here are a few things to keep in mind before you get in line:
The iPhone 3G costs $199 for the 8GB model and $299 for the 16GB model. These prices require two-year contracts, and you are eligible for these prices if:
- You purchaced an original iPhone before July 11
- You're activating a new line with AT&T
- You're a current AT&T customers who is now eligible for an upgrade discount
Current customers who are not eligible for an upgrade discount can purchase iPhone 3G for $399 for the 8GB model or $499 for the 16GB model. Both options require a new two-year service agreement.
Go to www.att.com/iphone to find out if you are eligible for an upgrade discount.
Current AT&T customers who are upgrading to iPhone 3G will pay an $18 upgrade fee and new AT&T customers will pay the standard $36 activation fee.
Voice, Data and Text Messaging Plans
AT&T Nation Unlimited: Includes unlimited Anytime Minutes for $129.99 a month.
AT&T Nation 1350: Includes 1350 Anytime Minutes and unlimited Night & Weekend Minutes for $109.99 a month.
AT&T Nation 900: Includes 900 Anytime Minutes and unlimited Night & Weekend Minutes for $89.99 a month.
AT&T Nation 450: Includes 450 Anytime Minutes and 5,000 Night & Weekend Minutes for $69.99 a month.
All AT&T Nation and AT&T FamilyTalk plans for iPhone 3G include nationwide long distance and roaming, Visual Voicemail, Rollover, unlimited Mobile to Mobile calling, Call Forwarding, Call Waiting, Three-Way Calling and Caller ID.
AT&T will offer FamilyTalk plans, with bundled voice and unlimited data, starting at $129.99 a month for two iPhone 3G lines. Up to three additional iPhone lines can be added for $39.99 each.
Unlimited text messaging can be added for an additional $20 ($30 for FamilyTalk plans of up to five lines); $15 (1,500 messages), or $5 (200 messages).
New AT&T customers who wish to port or retain their phone number from another wireless carrier should consider bringing a copy of a bill from their current service provider. Customers will be asked to provide account information as it appears on record with their current provider, including:
- Account number
- Name of the account holder
- Account holder’s SSN or Tax ID
- Billing address
- PIN or password (if applicable)
Customers who inherit an original iPhone from a friend or family member will need to request a SIM card from AT&T for the phone and activate the device using the in-home activation process through iTunes.
Customers should listen to voice mail messages on their current devices and write down any necessary information before purchasing iPhone 3G, because existing voice mail messages will be lost when upgrading to iPhone’s Visual Voicemail feature.
iPhone 2.0 Software:
All iPhone customers can get iPhone 2.0 software. It will be pre-loaded on all iPhone 3Gs and available as a free download for current iPhone customers. The new software will include business-class e-mail access via Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync; the iPhone Software Development Kit (SDK), which allows a business to easily create applications customized to its needs; and the App Store, available at www.apple.com/webapps, which offers a wide-range of applications.
Yesterday evening the lines may have been short, but many have set their alarms early to get their iPhone 3G this morning when doors open at 8 a.m.
As of 7 a.m., there were reports of long lines at several AT&T stores:
- More than 120 people in line at the Dadeland Pointe AT&T Store, at 8821 S. Dixie Hwy.
- More than 50 in line at the Doral Store, at 10003 N.W. 41st St.
- More than 50 in line at the Sunrise Store, at 12231 W. Sunrise Blvd.
- More than 50 in line at the Davie Store, at 1920 S. University Drive
[10:30 a.m. UPDATE] Getting word of about 300 people currently in line at the Aventura Mall Apple store. Sources say the line wraps around the front of the store all the way to JCPenney's. There were also about 160 people in line at the Sunrise store at 8:20 a.m.
This afternoon at around noon, 16-year-old C.J. Wittus was the first person in South Florida waiting for a iPhone 3G. When I spoke with him eariler today, he said he had friends coming out to barbecue with him tonight to be a part of the experience.
Now there are reports of more lines forming. But it's nothing as huge as last year's release.
- At 9:45 p.m. there were about 3 campers at the AT&T Pembroke Pines store at 18275 Pines Blvd.
- Eight campers at AT&T Davie store at 1920 S. University Drive
- At 8 p.m. there were 4 people at the AT&T Hialeah store at 663 W. 49th St., pictured to the right. This photo was provided by AT&T's spokeswoman Kelly Starling.
- There's also a small line at the Park Sheridan Plaza store at 3353 Sheridan Street in Hollywood.
Have you spotted any lines in your neighborhoods? It seems that waiting this time is more about the experience rather than anything else. I don't think it will be too hard to find one later in the day tomorrow, so it's not necessary to camp out just to get one.
It's good advice all young professionals: If you're going to put something personal on Facebook, be sure that it doesn't negatively impact your professional life.
And it's especially important for doctors. A UF study released today says medical students are sharing too much personal info on Facebook -- things doctors would never tell their patients.
The most surprising thing to me was that a majority of them didn't make their profile private. I'm all for having fun on Facebook, but seriously folks, make it friends only.
Here's part of the UF release:
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Would it bother you to know that your physician smokes cigars and likes to do "keg stands"? That your gynecologist was a member of a group called "I Hate Medical School"? That your urologist is a fan of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre"?
That is exactly the sort of information many people share on social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace. According to a new University of Florida study, many medical students are sharing far too much.
"College has traditionally been a time in life when non-normative behaviors are considered OK," said Dr. Lindsay Acheson Thompson, an assistant professor of general pediatrics at UF's College of Medicine. "I’m not sure I would want to have a permanent, public record of everything I did 10 years ago, but many of our students are creating just such a record, and they need to understand the problems this may cause."
Thompson and several researchers from the UF's colleges of Education and Medicine did a review of the Facebook sites of 362 UF medical students and residents and found that a significant portion of them were publicizing personal information most physicians would never share with their patients.
The study was published this week in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
The researchers looked up more than 800 medical students by name on Facebook, finding that 44 percent of them (for a total of 362) had profiles on the social networking service. Only 37 percent of those students had made their Facebook entries private — the most obvious safeguard against revealing too much personal information on the Web.
The Facebooking students seemed to be aware of the personal safety issues inherent in social networking: only 6 percent revealed a home address. However, students were looser with lifestyle information including sexual orientation (revealed by more than half of Facebook-using students), relationship status (revealed by 58 percent of students) and political opinions or positions (revealed by half of students).
But the numbers tell only part of the story. The researchers randomly selected 10 Facebook profiles for a more in-depth analysis, looking for hard-to-quantify items that patients or colleagues might find objectionable. Seven of the 10 included photographs in which the subject was drinking alcohol, and some form of excessive or hazardous drinking was implied in as many as half of those photos.
Three of the 10 students in the sample had joined groups that could be interpreted as sexist ("Physicians looking for trophy wives in training") or racially charged ("I should have gone to a blacker college").
Facebook is full of bluster and trash talk, and college-age users may feel that these items are not to be taken seriously. Yet patients and future employers, the researchers say, may not have quite so strong a taste for irony.
"Doctors are held to a higher standard," Thompson said. "There are stated codes of behavior that are pretty straightforward, and those standards encourage the development of a professional persona."
Yesterday a Miami-Dade Circuit Judge recommended that Coral Gables attorney Jack Thompson -- who has rallied against violent video games such as Bully and Grand Theft Auto -- be permanently disbarred.
Back in 2006, I covered the case where Thompson filed the public nuisance complaint against Take-Two Interactive, Wal-Mart and GameStop, that the video game Bully shouldn't be sold to Florida teenagers (It is rated suitable for anyone 13 or older. He called the game "a Columbine simulator" and said it shouldn't be sold to customers under 18.) The case was dismissed the following day.
Hard Rock International is putting on a Guitar Hero competition where the best players compete across the nation at Guitar Hero: Aerosmith to win the grand prize of Steven Tyler's custom-designed Guitar Hero: Aerosmith / Hard Rock Cafe Red Wing motorcycle.
So for all of you Floridians who can shred on hard (Sadly, I still need more work on my orange-button skills), get ready to compete on July 20th at the Hard Rock Cafe in Orlando at 6 p.m., or on July 21st at the Hard Rock Cafe in Miami at 9 p.m. The top four scores across 15 markets get to showdown at the finale in Hard Rock Cafe Boston on August 25th.
7/8/2008 Hard Rock Cafe Universal Citywalk
7/9/2008 Hard Rock Cafe San Diego
7/14/2008 Hard Rock Cafe Houston
7/15/2008 Hard Rock Cafe New Orleans
7/20/2008 Hard Rock Cafe Orlando
7/21/2008 Hard Rock Cafe Miami
7/23/2008 Hard Rock Cafe Atlanta
7/27/2008 Hard Rock Cafe Washington, DC
7/28/2008 Hard Rock Cafe New York
7/30/2008 Hard Rock Cafe Detroit
7/31/2008 Hard Rock Cafe Chicago
8/5/2008 Hard Rock Cafe Denver
8/6/2008 Hard Rock Cafe Salt Lake City
8/10/2008 Hard Rock Cafe Phoenix
8/13/2008 Hard Rock Cafe San Francisco
8/25/2008 Hard Rock Cafe Boston (finale event)
For more details visit http://www.guitarherogame.com/ghaerosmith/hardrocktour
The first reviews are here, with David Pogue, Walt Mossberg, Edward Baig giving their take on how the iPhone 3G compares to last year's model. Seems the consensus is that there are some good tweaks, but it's nothing jaw-dropping. And you first adopters shouldn't feel depressed -- you can get a free 2.0 software upgrade. The Journal has a simple chart that breaks down the differences between the models.
What are your thoughts? Want one now that it runs on the 3G network? Upset you didn't wait a year and ended up paying more? Could care less?