Apple iPhone 3G

February 14, 2009 by  
Filed under Reviews

A (relative) oldie but a goldie. This controversial handset is still the device I get most questions about, bar none, so let’s clear up these issues once and for all.There has never been a mobile phone which more embodied the spirit of JtBP because boy-oh-boy are the good points good (in fact revelatory and revolutionary), but as for the bad points – well…

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Just the Bad Points Review: Apple iPhone 3G:


Has a handset ever been loved and hated by so many?

  • No multitasking. End any programme (even an IM) and it closes completely
  • Famously, no copy and paste (this surely can’t last forever)
  • Equally famously no MMS (Email with attachment is get around)
  • Ditto fame/frustration: no video recording of any kind (without jailbreaking the handset)
  • Basic GPS integration: no 3D mapping, no turn-by-turn directions, no audio guide
  • Limited Bluetooth functionality: no file transfer, lack of A2DP means no wireless music listening
  • Third party solutions (Google Sync, NuevaSync) required for multiple calendar support
  • Exchange support limited to a single account meaning no way to mix potential professional and social Exchange accounts
  • iTunes tie: media content locked to specific computer, no simple drag & drop way to add files
  • Limited codec support excludes likes of Ogg Vorbis audio and – crucially – AVI video so lengthy format conversion required with third party software
  • Locked in battery so it can’t be swapped out on long journeys & requires expensive procedure to replace at an Apple store should it degrade outside the warranty
  • A new model should be announced by June judging by Apple’s past track record


  • No SDHC/microSDHC expansion card slot. The internal memory you get is what you’re stuck with. (Thanks for pointing out the omission ravmania)

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6 Responses to “Apple iPhone 3G”
  1. ravmania says:

    you forgot: No microSD/SDHC slot limiting you to 8/16GB of onboard memory. Why oh why?

    taken from your Palm Pre JtBP review!

  2. Gordon says:

    Very good point. I’ll add that in now – with credit, naturally 😉

  3. ravmania says:

    Cheers Gordon. Although to be fair you could credit yourself as they’re your words!

  4. pubby says:

    A very fair JtBP review!


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