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Apple iPhone 3G

This is kind of a drawback in South Africa though where iTunes is still not yet available. It is a breeze to sync your iPhone to your PC or Mac via iTunes for file transfer and customization, as well as to update contacts, and sync email messages. You can make calls or send text messages as per a normal cellular phone, but strangely enough the iPhone does not support MMS, or multimedia messaging. It also lacks bluetooth, and so will not connect to any other devices or peripherals that utilize a bluetooth connection. At 2MP, the camera is hardly noteworthy and is instead just a bonus novelty. The battery, as in the iPod Touch, is not user replaceable and will have to be returned to the manufacturer when it eventually dies or becomes faulty. These are all minor complaints and could be easily remedied by Apple in future revisions of the iPhone.

I own an iPod Touch 8GB (2G) and compared it recently to the newly released iPhone 3G which is available for the first time in South Africa exclusively from Vodacom. While the screens are identical, at 3.5 inches, the casing on the iPhone is slightly bigger than the iPod Touch to accommodate the extra hardware the phone requires, as well as a 2MP camera located on the back cover, and a speaker just above the screen. Apart from those minor differences, both devices are identical in appearance.

Just like the iPod Touch, the iPhone is a pleasure to use thanks to its multi touch screen and impressive multimedia capabilities. You can connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi or 3G, and download content from iTunes and App Store.

Even with some minor flaws, the iPhone is clearly a one of a kind device that has already sparked off a string of copycats from rival manufacturers in the form of the HTC Touch series or the Samsung Omnia. Its specifications are too numerous to list so I would advise a visit to Apple’s website to check them out.

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