Top 10 Cool Smartphones of 2008 - Apple iPhone 3G

When it comes down to smartphone slickness in 2008, none outshined the Apple iPhone. Probably the most noteworthy smartphone release of 2008 was the Apple iPhone 3G, the second-generation iPhone that caused a ruckus when it was released in July. The 3G handheld built upon the iPhone's now-iconic legacy, tying in support for AT&T's high-speed 3G network.

The iPhone 3G, which comes in 8 GB and 16 GB models, is the touch screen of all touch screens, featuring a 2-megapixel camera, e-mail support for IMAP and POP services, Wi-Fi, GPS and a Safari browser.

For many, the iPhone's draw is the display, a 3.5-inch widescreen touch screen with 480 x 320 resolution. The display features multitouch and pinch capabilities to ease navigation and selection. The iPhone 3G is also a multimedia titan that offers support for nearly every video and audio format known to man and integration with the iTunes music store.

It also offers access to Apple's App Store, a marketplace where developers can build and sell apps for users to download, for a fee, to their devices. The smartphone also lets users view a host of document formats, including the Microsoft Office suite.

The Apple iPhone 3G clocks in at 4.5 by 2.4 by 0.48 inches and runs $199 for the 8 GB model and $299 for the 16 GB model.

Release date: July 11 2008

CNET editors rating:

Average user rating:

The good:
The Apple iPhone 3G offers critical new features including support for high-speed 3G networks, third-party applications, and expanded e-mail. Its call quality is improved and it continues to deliver an excellent music and video experience.

The bad:
The iPhone 3G continues to lack some basic features that are available on even the simplest cell phone. Battery life was uneven, and the 3G connection tended to be shaky. Also, the e-mail syncing is not without its faults.

The bottom line:
The iPhone 3G delivers on its promises by adding critical features and sharper call quality. The iTunes App Store is pretty amazing, and the 3G support is more than welcome. Critical features still are missing, and the battery depletes quickly under heavy use, but the iPhone 3G is a big improvement over the original model.

and / Type
TypeiPhone 16GB
Form factorCandybar
Phone NetworkEDGE, GPRS, GSM
Service850, 900, 1800, 1900
Wi-Fi (WLAN)Yes
Fax / DataNo
Main displayColor TFT touchscreen
Color display16.000.000 colors
Resolution320x480 pixels
External displayNo
Internal memory16GB
External memoryNo
Memory slotsNo
Storage typesNo
BatteryLithium Ion
Standby time250 hours
Talk time8 hours
Vibrate alertYes
Photo IDNo
RingtonesMP3, Polyfone
Megapixels2.0 megapixels
Maximum photo resolution1600x1200 pixels
Digital zoomNo
Optical zoomNo
Auto focusNo
Recording videoYes
Second (front) cameraNo
T9 text functionYes
Internet browsingYes
FM radioNo
Audio playerAAC, MP3
Video player3GP, MPEG4
Add ringtonesYes
OrganiserCalculator, Calendar, Reminders, Currency converter, Built in hands free, Photo album, Photo editor, Voice memo, Google maps
Video callNo
Other featuresBuilt in hands free, Voice dial, Voice memo
Weight4.8 oz.
Dimensions (H x W x D)4.5x2.4x0.5 in.

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