iPhone 3GS 32GB

June 25, 2009

You can find hundreds of unboxing photos and videos, thousands of reviews, benchmark comparisons, and even more sites on the list of features firmware 3.0 and the new 3GS have. I won’t bore you with that sort of thing. This is more of my impression of the phone.

iPhone 3GS

iPhone 3GS

I wasn’t going to upgrade from my 3G to the 3Gs. Not because I didn’t want to, but because I was not yet eligible through AT&T for the phone, and I couldn’t justify paying full price for more ram, a video camera, voice controls, a compass, and a slight speed bump. I actually had to convince myself I didn’t want to the new phone, and it worked. Until I got the message, that AT&T was allowing me to get the subsidized price, early. I was going to get my new 3GS with the slight speed bump.

Wait… Did I just say “slight speed bump?”

Holy crap. It’s like going from a Yugo to a Ferrari. This thing SCREAMS. From booting, to launching applications, and loading games, this is a huge difference. Launching a game like the Sims at the same time on a 3G and a 3GS… Let’s just say you’re playing the same at least 60 to 90 seconds sooner. I know this doesn’t seem like much, and believe me, I didn’t it would be either, until I sat down to compare the 2 phones. Websites load faster. Sometimes by twice as fast. Just for the speed alone I would have upgraded.

The video rocks. Good quality, easy to use. Awesome addition. The camera is better, and takes better pictures. It’s still lacking a bit in the dark side of things, but overall, an improvement. Compass… Check. it works. Great, I will now always know where north is. Not something to upgrade for, but cool to have.

The 32GB is the main reason I wanted to upgrade. I was always at full capacity on my 16GB and wanted to add more. All music, and apps. No video. Now, I have room for video.

The iPhone 3GS is a powerhouse. I can’t stress enough, if you own the 3G, upgrade as soon as you can. Even if you don’t think you need to, do it. You’ll be happy you did. I know I am.

Now, we just have to wait for AT&T to catch up with the rest of the world, and turn on the MMS and Tethering functions for the iPhone.


Speck Candy Shell iPhone Case

June 25, 2009

So, my new iPhone 3Gs is fantastic. (I’ll put that in another review) and I was very happy with my Griffin Clarify case. I’ve been using that for many months. Well, people all claim that the 3GS is the exact same size and form as the 3G, so the cases all work. Sweet.

The Griffin Clarify does fit, but in my opinion, does not fit as well. I had issues with the lip lifting the Steinheil screen protector, so instead of the continuous headache of trying to mold it into position, it was time to head to the Apple store, and try something new.

The selections were slim, and my guess is new phones, means lots of new cases sold. I did not want, and will never use a silicone case. Just not my thing. I don’t like them, and I much prefer a hard shell case. I also have other requirements. The bezel must be covered. There must be a lip around the screen, so if I put my phone face down on a table, the glass will not come in contact with the screen. The look and style of the case is also of major importance to me. I want it to look as sleek and classy as the phone itself. Switcheasy does a GREAT job of all these things, but alas, the Apple Store doesn’t sell Switcheasy.

Enter Speck. I love Speck products. I’ve used their shells on my Macbooks. Their iPhone cases however never caught my eye. That is until I saw the Candy Shell on line when it was released. I’ve been wanting to see on up close since, and with my choices slim, I decided it was time to check it out.

Speck Candy Shell

Speck Candy Shell

I own a black phone, I want a black case. It must be the metal head in me, but I like simple. Black. White. Easy. My issue with the Candy shell cases are the color combinations. I dislike them ALL. Why Speck, WHY didn’t you make this case in SOLID black? I had no choice, but to buy the Black and Yellow case, or as they call it, Lemondrop Licorice. I cringe even typing that.

The packaging is nice, interesting snap idea to close the box. It comes with directions, a hazard orange cleaning cloth which is a bit too small for my liking, a screen protector, and the little cardboard thing that you use to smooth out bubbles when applying the screen shield.

The case it self is damn nice. I was amazing at how soft the inside was, and sturdy and solid the outer shell is. It’s made of a 2 play  concept, giving you the best of both worlds, silicone and hard shell. BUT, it’s neither like a silicone nor a hard shell case. It’s too hard for Silicone, and too soft and plyable for a hard shell.

The volume rocker, and the power button are both covered with the softer material, and still makes the buttons easy to use. The case snaps on easily, and the fit is perfect. The camera lines up, the holes are perfect, and remember, this is a 3GS phone.

The Bezel is not 100% covered. You can still see about an 8th of the silver on the inside, next to the glass, but the majority is covered. Because of this, this case works perfectly with any screen protectors you use. A huge plus. The lip around the glass is made of the softer material, and is a perfect height.

My ONLY complaint is the yellow. Damn I hate yellow. My phone reminds me of a bumble bee now. I LOVE this case. I HATE the color options. Please Speck, oh PLEASE make me a solid black case. I’ll buy from you for life if you do. I’ve even considered dying the silicone… I won’t go that far… I’ll just stomach the bumble bee for the time being.

Damn my lack of taste for the colorful.

Paul Frank Skin for iPhone 3G

June 25, 2009

Waling into one of my favorite places on earth, The Oak Brook Apple store, I needed new cases form my newly purchased iPhone 3G, as well as my wife. We’ve both kept our phones in cases all along, from the 2g and 3G versions. She didn’t want a boring case.

I myself and not a fan of skins, or silicone. To me, it may provide fine protection from drops and dings, my experience has always been negative, as they collect too much lint and dirt for my liking.

When looking for cases, she was immediately drawn to the colorful images of the Paul Frank collection. Bright colors, cartoon monkeys, some skulls… All eye candy, and I admit, sort of neat… for a girl.

She chose the Julius Dots, in a cyan style blue, with colorful dots and monkey faces. Yeah. For a girl.

For a girl.

For a girl.

The case itself is actually made of a much thicker type silicone, and not like a flimsy skin. It certainly has some bulk to it. It went onto the new 3GS very easily, and fits the same as a 3G. All the corners are well covered, and the volume rocker and power button are covered as well. Very nice protection all over. A concern other then collecting dirt, is that silicone tends to slide around and needs constant adjustment to keep it on straight. This seems think enough where this may not be an issue.

I wouldn’t use this case if I was going to keep the phone in a front pocket, but for a purse, or bag, this will suit her just fine.

So, in the end, She’s happy with the look and style, I’m happy with the protection of the phone, and the prices was about average for these types of skins, coming in at $29.95.