Apple iPhone 3G Rises to the Top
The Apple iPhone 3G boasts such impressive features as a strong Web browser, a large display and support for Cisco VPN technology, making it a top-tier smart phone. However, the iPhone comes up short in some areas like management tools and its reliance on iTunes for updates.Maybe you can't judge a book by its cover, but the label that Apple has chosen for the second version of its popular smart phone sums up the unit awfully well. The iPhone 3G is more or less the same device as the one Apple launched in June 2007, with the addition of a faster, so-called third-generation cellular radio. However, the iPhone is better positioned to take advantage of a cellular speed-up than most other smart phones, as Apple's device boasts an excellent Web browser, an uncommonly large display and an effective mechanism for zooming in and out of Web pages and other content.
Toss in the new features included with the iPhone's 2.0 firmware-such as support for Exchange ActiveSync and for Cisco Systems' VPN appliances, and for natively running third-party applications (see our story, iPhone 2.0 Raises Device's Enterprise Profile)-and the iPhone 3G easily qualifies as the most impressive smart phone I've ever tested.