Which one do I keep? The Original or the 3G?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Apple Genius, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. Apple Genius macrumors member

    Mar 24, 2009
    I'm an Original iPhone user. I've got the 16BGB and I've managed to hold on to it for 2 years without cracking it (lol!). Well, I just refurbished a 3G from water damage. (it's an 8GB, but the case says 16, lol!!). I put another MB and new battery in it and it works fine.

    I don't know much about 3G, except that I can get Internets via cell phone towers. My 2G iPhone is unlocked and I'm using Airvoice Wireless, but what's the point of keeping the 3G if I'm not using ATT?
  2. PoitNarf macrumors 65816


    May 28, 2007
    Northern NJ
    The 3G gets better "Internets" than the 1st gen. The "series of tubes" is passes data through are larger, like a dump truck.

    Now that I've had my fun, here's the specs of each model: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iphone#Specifications

    The 3G can be unlocked as well btw, you have a LOT of reading to do...
  3. Moi un Mouton macrumors 68000

    Mar 18, 2008
    Bracknell UK
    In my opinion, if you are not able to use the 3G service with your carrier, the deciding factor is probably the GPS service. If you don't want to use that then I'd stick with the 2G because it's a nicer phone. Just my opinion.
  4. ziggyonice macrumors 68020


    Mar 12, 2006
    Rural America
    Nothing really in regards to the network. If you unlock it, there's a number of things you can do, but ultimately using Edge will still work as it does on your original iPhone. So why keep the 3G? The processor and GPS, among other things. It runs smoother than the original iPhone, so any apps you install on it will load faster.
  5. svndmvn Guest

    Nov 6, 2007
    wasn't the processor identical?
  6. ChazDaSpaz macrumors regular

    Mar 16, 2008
    Yes but on the 2G it was underclocked slightly.
  7. svndmvn Guest

    Nov 6, 2007
    same story on the 3g, check it out!
    The only exception is the iPod touch 2g
  8. jalpert macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2008
    Having the recessed headphone jack was SO damn annoying...
  9. machacker macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2008
    I had the 3g and I switched down the 2g. Both were 8gb so size was no matter. I haven't really experienced a difference in speed. 3g speeds was never super strong for me in the dorm, so EDGE is fine. Besides I don't sit and surf for hours on it, I do that on my macbook. EDGE is fine for checking emails or using AIM from time to time. The only thing I can see myself missing is the AD2P bluetooth, but other than that, the 2g is just a stronger made phone. I hated feeling like I spent $200 bucks on a piece of plastic. The metal backing is so much nicer in your hand, and just looks more professional in my opinion. I love my 2g iPhone.
  10. TheSpaz macrumors 604


    Jun 20, 2005
    Which is the exact reason why I also bought a first gen iPhone too! Good post! I also have an iPhone 3G that I'm using as my main phone right now though. EDGE to 3G isn't that much different. Besides, most of my web browsing is just to check MacRumors... everything else can wait until I get to a computer anyway. I don't care if people think I'm spoiled, but I have a full time job and I earn the money I spend on my gadget fetishes.
  11. diemos macrumors 6502

    Mar 6, 2009
    I'd keep the 3G, especially with OS 3 coming out ull have a lot more features than on 2G, like MMS. its a no brainer.

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