So you’re getting antsy waiting for the new iPhone 3G S to arrive. You can’t wait for the beefed up processor, the extra application memory, better battery life and a 3 megapixel camera. But ultimately, does the next gen iPhone live up to expectations? Thanks to Macworld’s 3G S review roundup, you can easily find out what some of the lucky few (aka ‘experts’) think of the incoming Jesus Phone. While most of the reviews are generally positive, Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg and Wired’s Steven Levy do take the time to point out that because of the free feature-laden 3.0 software upgrade (copy and paste, MMS, tethering, spotlight search and more) , many current 3G users could very well do without the 3G S, or at least wait until they are eligible for the hardware upgrade without having to pay a premium.
Are YOU ready for the 3G S? Is the faster processor and improved battery life enough for you to make the jump? Take a gander at some of the excerpts and links to the reviews after the break.
As with anything, Canadians always seem to get shafted when it comes to getting the latest and greatest compared with our American neighborinos. Not only did we have to wait a year for the iPhone to arrive last June, but we also have to sign a bloody 3 year contract (as opposed to the 2 years on AT&T) just to be able to call the phone our own. Well, according to The Boy Genious Report, the tides are indeed turning as screenshots from Best Buy’s inventory clearly show Fido and Rogers selling both the 16GB and 32GB iPhone 3G S for $699/$799, respectively.
Now this is great news no doubt for those who prefer to avoid contracts like a bad case of SARS and H1N1. But is $699 too much for the the latest ‘Jesus Phone’ commitment free ? Personally, 7 large ones isn’t nearly painful as the $1100 CAD I dropped on my Sony Erisson P910i a few years back, or the $1000 I paid for my first gen Compaq iPaq Pocket PC. Regardless, I’m sure there’ll be plenty of demand for these contract free bad boys. What do you think? Will you grab a no-contract iPhone? More inventory screenies after the break…