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iPhone 3G reviews begin hitting the web

Maybe you’ve heard by now? The iPhone 3G is launching this Friday? Yes? 😉

Reviews are starting to come in courtesy of three very well read names in tech–Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal and All Things D, Ed Baig of USA Today and David Pogue of the New York Times.

Between the three we can conclude that:

  • 3G drains the battery a lot faster than EDGE
  • The built-in speaker is louder for both music and speakerphone calls
  • GPS is nice but really needs a turn-by-turn navigation app
  • The plastic back of the new iPhone helps with reception
  • The new 2.0 software is great

Unfortunately the iPhone 3G still has a few problems:

  • No Bluetooth stereo (A2DP)
  • No voice dialing
  • No Flash support
  • No Java support
  • No WMV support
  • No video recording
  • No MMS
  • No cut / copy / paste
  • Some original iPhone accessories can’t charge the device, noticably the Bose SoundDock or Belkin car kit (adapters may be released that can help make at least some currently unsupported devices)

No real surprises, huh? If you’re still on the fence then we have that common.

If TomTom (or someone) releases a good turn-by-turn navigation application through the App Store that can make the iPhone 3G as a stand-alone GPS, then okay, I’m in. BUT, only if said app doesn’t take up most of the iPhone’s storage.

[Via Gizmodo]

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Flilp video camera has 13-percent of the camcorder market

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The Flip camcorder, the tiny, inexpensive, flash memory-based camcorder has managed to claim 13% of the camcorder market. Since its debut it has been the best selling camcorder on Amazon.

Here’s what it does NOT have:

  • Menu
  • Settings
  • Video light
  • Optical view finder
  • Special effects
  • Headphones jack
  • High definition
  • Lens cap
  • Memory card
  • Optical zoom

Okay, sounds like junk, right?

Not necessarily.

It has one button to start or stop recording, another to play what you’ve recorded, and a delete button to delete a clip.

Thats it.

As David Pogue, tech writer for the New York Times puts it, “it’s the video equivalent of a Kodak point-and-shoot camera. It’s the very definition of ‘less is more.'”

Its a camcorder that nearly anyone can use, from children to seniors and anyone in between.

Even transferring videos off of it is a snap. A USB connection swings out and you just pug it into your computer.

The video isn’t as good as standard camcorder but at 640 x 480 at 30 frames per second it’s really not bad and certainly beats a cellphone camera.

For more information check out the product page here.

[Via Gizmodo]