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3G iPhone First Hands On

Steve Jobs finally took the wraps off the 3G iPhone on Monday along with a few exciting applications designed for the phone. The new iPhone is a wee bit thicker and lighter by 2 grams than its predecessor. The 16GB version in black or white is priced at $299 and a black 8GB version at $199. Coming to the improvements, with 3G browsing will surely be a breeze as on stage Jobs compared how the old and new versions loaded the National Geographic home page.The 3G version loaded the page in 5 seconds, while the old version in a good 18 seconds. Battery life is improved with 300 hours of standby, 8-10 hours of 2G talk, 5 hours of 3G talk, 7 hours of video and 24 hours of audio. The new version includes GPS and makes use of A-GPS which supplements data from GPS satellites along with information from local cell towers for faster location. Monday’s keynote focussed more on software, Jobs announced the iPhone App store. Since the SDK was released two months back developers have been busy writing applications for the device. Apple updated .Mac service with MobileMe a $99 per year service which gives customers push email, contacts and calender on the iPhone. The iPhone 3G will hit stores in 22 countries on July 11 and will later roll out to 70 countries later this year. Customers who have purchased a 2.5G iPhone on or after May 27 can swap in for the new iPhone without any additional cost. For the rest of us the only way to get it is with a $30 unlimited plan with AT&T.

Check out first hands on at Gizmodo

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June 10, 2008 - Posted by | Design, electronics, Geeks, music, News, photography, raw art gallery, sports, Surfing, Technology, Tel Aviv - Israel, Uncategorized | ,

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