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You're going to have a hard time finding a better device for two hundred bucks -- or maybe even for any price. But that doesn't mean you ought to toss your original iPhone, either.

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Critic reviews

8.1
9 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    8.0
  • Display
    9.5
  • Battery life
    6.9
  • Camera
    6.1
  • Ease of use
    7.9
  • Design and form factor
    7.4
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.0
  • Media support
    8.7
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    8.4

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User reviews

8.2
170 reviews
9.0
Engadget Jun 11, 2008

For our money, you're going to have a hard time finding a better device for two hundred bucks -- or maybe even for any price. But that doesn't mean you ought to toss your original iPhone, either.

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8.0
PC Mag Jul 11, 2008

The iPhone 3G represents the birth of a new computing platform. It's also one very cool phone. While it's not perfect, it makes other options on AT&T look tired.

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8.0
New York Times Jul 9, 2008

The iPhone 3G is a nice upgrade. It more than keeps pace with advancing technology, and new buyers will generally be delighted. But it’s not so much better that it turns all those original iPhones into has-beens.

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8.0
AllThingsD Jul 8, 2008

The iPhone 3G is hardly the first phone to run on 3G networks, and it still costs more than some of its competitors. But overall, I found it to be a more capable version of an already excellent device.

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8.0
CNET Jul 11, 2008

The iPhone 3G delivers on its promises by adding critical features and sharper call quality. The iTunes App Store is pretty amazing, and the 3G support is more than welcome. Critical features still are missing, and the battery depletes quickly under heavy use, but the iPhone 3G is a big improvement.

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8.0
PC Mag Jul 11, 2008

The iPhone 3G represents the birth of a new computing platform. It's also one very cool phone. While it's not perfect, it makes other options on AT&T look tired.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Jul 11, 2008

Despite the downbeat tune it is a thumbs up from us, but if you've got an old iPhone and aren't fussed about 3G or GPS, the iPhone 2.0 software update will mean the "buzz" phone of the moment is all but virtually in your pocket already.

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9.0
USA Today Jul 10, 2008

While not everything on my wish list made it onto the new device, Apple has raised the bar with iPhone 3G. To which I offer an enthusiastic thumbs up.

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9.0
dotEvan dotEvan

The iPhone 3G was my first iPhone experience. It was cool, but even before the iPhone 4 came out, you could tell that it was incredibly underpowered. Menus take forever to come up, phone becomes unresponsive sometimes while it's getting ready to receive input. That said, the experience that Apple...

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7.0
bookemdano bookemdano

I wasn't on the first wave but I stood in line for the iPhone 3G. I have since had continual problems with AT&T like missed calls, late voice mail and late SMS but I wanted to concentrate this review on the device itself. For pros- it has the most fluid user interface of any phone I've...

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9.0
JoshuaLane JoshuaLane

I really fought this train for a very long time. My boss, best friend, girlfriend, mom, and numerous other coworkers had the first iPhone, and then the new 3G iPhone. I went with WM6 devices and was happy. Then I realized what I was missing. Iphone has free GPS, yes free, that actually works...

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8.0
bonam bonam

Buy the iPhone if: - you want to play games and download random apps - you want to be trendy - you dont mind re-charging it every few hours - you dont need your emails instantly - you dont type long emails from your smartphone - you dont need on-the-go chat functions ie AIM or gchat - you like to...

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7.0
billrafferty billrafferty

I've had my iPhone 3G for just over a year- well, I've had AN iPhone for just over a year. I'm actually on my 3rd one. Not because I'm abusive to my gear. I baby my phones. I got several years of service out of a Nextel 560i, and had my Samsung SCH-A930 through Verizon for the...

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7.0
KevinYeaux KevinYeaux

My iPhone purchase came after a bad experience with my first smartphone, an AT&T Tile with Windows Mobile. Compared to what pre-dated the iPhone, iPhone 3G is an amazing leap forward in usability and functionality. By now, you're probably trying to decide between a 3G, a 3GS, or a Droid,...

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8.0
muppet42 muppet42

Let me start by saying I hated Apple. Not as much as Microsoft and the many aspects surrounding them which shouldn't be gone into, but still there was hate. Before the iPhone, I'd had experience of Nokia (the great basic phones with the interchangeable covers), a Motorola (the rushed...

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10
smartypants120 smartypants120

The iPhone 3G has pretty much everything you'd want in a phone, and it does it with style. The touchscreen and interface are snappy, and the icon based home screens are highly customisable. The app store makes this phone much more appealing, and allows it to replace pretty much any...

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10
iSass iSass

Even without Jailbreaking the iPhone itself is an amazing tool that allows synchronization of every part of your life. Jailbreaking just adds every bit of functionality apple forgot to include. The lack of MMS is the only reason i didnt rate this a 10. Oh and if i would have added in the...

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10
CyberAce CyberAce

The iPhone is great, but Apple could have done a better job of making things consistent. Deleting text messages and emails should be done with the same logic / process. The keyboard is great, but they REALLY could have added arrows to drive the cursor around or added a delete button in addition...

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8.0
theorteganator theorteganator

I went from the T-Mobile G1, to the MyTouch, and now to the iPhone 3G unlocked and running on T-Mobile's network. I loved my Google phones but the sluggish interface and constant freezing was just too much to handle. The iPhone 3G has been great overall with no big problems- just a couple of...

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9.0
TechnophileK TechnophileK

The 3G iPhone was the game-changer when it was released in 2008; even with the more recent 3GS, it is still at the top of the list. Add the AppStore to the equation and you have a piece of hardware that borders on the futuristic. After being customer #1 on release day, my experience has been...

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9.0
KuangChuan KuangChuan

After many years of suffering through "feature" phones, I was finally able to purchase an iPhone 3G. Using OS X for the previous few years gave me high expectations of what apple software and hardware can do. It's safe to say that it has exceeded my expectations on every front....

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8.0
EricFishor EricFishor

First, I love my iPhone, it's been a fanastic asset to me and I would strongly encourage others to use the iPhone if you're in the smart phone market. Now things I love about the iPhone is the constant access to Apps, Internet, E-mail, etc. It's not a computer and lacks the bang...

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