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Originally posted July 25th, 2008, by rob-ART morgan, mad scientist
IS 3G REALLY TWO TIMES FASTER?
WHAT ABOUT WI-FI?
In another location, we connected to a Wireless Broadband router via Wi-Fi. The router had a Verizon 3G ExpressCard installed. We saw a minimum of 600Kbps and a maximum of 1300Kbps. Base on that and our experience with Verizon 3G cards inserted directly in our MacBook Pro, it seems Verizon's 3G network is faster than AT&T's 3G network.
If Wi-Fi (AirPort) is available where you are, it's most likely faster than 3G. But when it's not convenient and you are in a 3G coverage zone, then it's nice to have 3G capability.
"IT'S THE SOFTWARE, STUPID."
Yet I have to say that my 2007 iPhone is keeping me entertained with the 2.0 software, all the iphone apps (iTunes App Store), and cool web apps. Some are very practical like iNetworkTest, which we used for testing in this article or AIM which enabled me to chat with my friend, Mark, when he was standing in line for an iPhone. It echoed in iChat on my MacBook Pro so I could either type answers there or peck them into the iPhone.
Some are just fun like the Cro-Mag Rally racing game which uses the motion sensors to turn the iPhone into a wireless steering wheel. Or how about iRetroPhone, which simuates an old rotary dialing phone from days gone by.
I'm sure you have your favorites but the new 2.0 software and all the web apps take the iPhone to a whole new level, leaving the competition in the dust.
AT&T's 3G coverage is "surprisingly sparse," as one site pointed out. States where you don't even get any 3G coverage include Alaska, Iowa, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming, according to Silicon Alley InsiderRELATED LINKS
Under the hood of the iPhone 3G including diagrams of the system architecture.
A purchasing checklist for the iPhone 3G. One thing we would add: have your login and password for the AT&T Wireless site handy.
The official AT&T Wireless page for the iPhone 3G with pricing and plan rates.
Apple's tech specs page for the iPhone 3G.
Alternatives to the iPhone from Samsung, LG, and others.
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