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.
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.