iPhone or iPhone 3G?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by PowerFullMac, Oct 19, 2008.

  1. PowerFullMac macrumors 601

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    I am looking at buying a iPhone, and I have been checking eBay etc.

    Thing is, the price of just below £200 is a lot for me, especially for a used product with no warranty.

    So, I have been wondering wheather I should get a 3G, the only thing really putting me off is that price, but I figure I would probably end up spending the same on a first gen iPhone as I have to top-up £10 a month for the Pay & Go web add-on I would need, but on the 3G you dont need to do that for a whole year, after which I can get whatever new iPhone is out or maybe unlock it (in a year it should be possible, right?) and use a SIM that gives me a good deal (free internet on PAYG in a year?).

    Anyway, what do you think?

    I would use the phone mainly for internet (IM for communication generally), and when I do actually use it to communicate like a normal phone I would use texting, and only rarely make phone calls.

    Thanks in advance for your opinions!
     
  2. paulsalter macrumors 68000

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    If you are going to use the internet a lot I would personally go for the 3G for the faster speed

    One thing I have noticed near me ( travelling around the North East), Edge connection is very poor, so the original could be very slow for internet, where as 3G signal is pretty good, this might not be the case where you are though
     
  3. PowerFullMac thread starter macrumors 601

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    Over here GPRS and 3G are a lot more common than EDGE, so it would probably be quite slow.
     
  4. paulsalter macrumors 68000

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    I dont know what changed, when I first got my phone, I could turn off 3G and use EDGE and it was perfectly acceptable (I am in the UK BTW)

    EDGE seems to have virtually disappeared, not sure if this is something O2 are doing

    Might be worth having a check with some friends close by to see if they get any EDGE signal

    If your main use is data related, GPRS would be very frustrating

    Original iPhone on GPRS
    3G on well err 3G :D
     
  5. PowerFullMac thread starter macrumors 601

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    LOL true, O2 only implanted EDGE recently coz of the first gen iPhone, before that only Orange had it... Mostly it was skipped here before the first iPhone coz 3G came first.

    I suppose what I need to think about is "am I willing to throw down £350 for a phone?"

    How do you lot like your iPhone 3Gs, anyway?
     
  6. paulsalter macrumors 68000

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    Its a great device, but could be better (Software wise), It seems to have stabilised nicely now from the original issues

    Hopefully Apple will add more features and make it even better

    If I didn't already have one wold I buy it again, definitely yes,
     
  7. skubish macrumors 68030

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    In the UK I would get the 3G iPhone. In the US I would get the 1st gen. iPhone because the build quality seems better, data plan is cheaper and the speed difference is not much in a practical sense.
     
  8. PowerFullMac thread starter macrumors 601

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  9. lakaiordie macrumors 65816

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    speed difference depends where you live. i would never use edge. its way slower than 3g here.
     
  10. aethelbert macrumors 601

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    Good choice. The build quality of the 3G, comparatively, is terrible.
     
  11. one1 macrumors 65816

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    wrote an article about that just this morning actually. HERE

    Then decided to do this to my 2G.


    [​IMG]
     
  12. PowerFullMac thread starter macrumors 601

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    Yeah, I been reading about the many problems with 3G build quality on here.
     
  13. sergiuria macrumors 6502a

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    How did you do that?
     
  14. one1 macrumors 65816

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    Like this.
     

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