iPhone 3G S May Be Dangerously Attractive
"Applications opened much more quickly. Web pages loaded far faster. The
camera was ready to use almost instantly. And I never once saw the occasional,
annoying iPhone behavior where you strike a key while typing and it sits there,
seemingly stuck, before you can continue," Mossberg wrote.
Pogue, perhaps more of a subway-rider than Mossberg, found the Compass program a boon; like Mossberg, he found the long-awaited Copy and Paste commands, as well as the ability to search the whole device rather than just contacts, excellent additions; and, hoping people will now be less inclined to "bury the iPhone's gorgeous, slim shape in a homely, bulky case," Pogue liked the "oleophobic" coating that pushes away greasy fingerprints, leaving the iPhone "looking new longer."
To put their differing reactions more succinctly, Pogue seemed to find the iPhone 3G S a strong upgrade, whereas Mossberg found it more evolution than revolution and pointed to the also-new OS 3.0 software as the bigger game changer.
"Current iPhone owners can get an improved product by merely sticking with their existing phones and upgrading to the feature-laden new operating system, which is free (it costs $10 for iPod Touch owners), rather than shelling out at least $199 for the new iPhone 3G S," Mossberg wrote. "And many new iPhone buyers can opt for the $99 3G model, which is not only cheaper, but also greatly improved by the new OS 3.0."
In conclusion, Mossberg complained that, unlike the Palm Pre, the iPhone 3G S still doesn't have a keyboard and can't run more than one third-party application at a time. And while he called it "packed with good features," he suggested that many current iPhone users might just be happy to go for the OS upgrade.
Pogue, however, found it "dangerously easy" for his heart and head to finally agree.