Recently the smart phone market has been completely inundated with a plethora of new phones claiming to do all of the tasks that we never dreamed a phone could do. The new iPhone 3GS by Apple is definitely no exception. Aesthetically, it is not much of an improvement over the previous iPhone and the sleek corners and curves still grace the device. But behind those looks lies a seemingly new product that may or may not be worth its weight in gold. Depending on how you look at it and what you need your phone to do, the new iPhone may be worth your while if you just can’t simply live without all of the features of a computer in the palm of your hand.
The new phone boasts a snappier performance over its predecessor. It has a substantially quicker application opening time that makes workflow a bit more seamless. But, if those extra few milliseconds of wait time were interfering with your schedule, you may need to reevaluate your time management. Sure it’s nice to see things move a bit snappier but at the end of the day, the overall “speed” increase seems to just be a marketing ploy.
One huge step up over the previous iPhone is the improved camera that comes with the phone. It is now a full three-megapixel camera that is capable of taking both stills and video. A three-megapixel camera on the phone definitely adds a sense of flair to the all-in-one device by allowing it to take very decent pictures and video allowing you not to have to carry around a secondary device for capturing moments. And because the Apple brand has always been about the ultimate control of your multimedia on your terms, a voice control system has been integrated into the device to make listening to music much easier. The voice recognition system is capable of recognizing artists, albums, and song names within your music library and playing them without the need to scroll through your menus. While many of us didn’t mind scrolling through our menus the old fashioned way, the voice control feature makes changing songs while driving or relaxing all that much easier.
In addition to a few other minor updates including a horizontal keyboard and the ability to now send MMS messages, Apple has finally introduced a copy/cut and paste function that the users have been demanding for quite some time. It seemed foolish before to have what was essentially an entire computer in your hands that did not have the most basic function of all: copy and paste. Now, it’s finally available. While we grew to live without it, now that it’s finally here, it’s hard to avoid.
You have to be able to look at your situation honestly. What do you need a cellular phone for anyway? The added features of the new iPhone 3GS sure are nice and the improved camera and voice recognition may be enough to get some old owners to switch but at the end of the day, in my books, it’s just a phone. If your contract isn’t up yet, don’t fork over the cash to renew it just for a bit more touch screen fun. To me, the old iPhone is just fine and unless you have the cash in these trying times, stay clear at least for now.