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Apple iPhone 3G

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Review So the much-hyped iPhone 3G is finally here, flaunting its new HSDPA connection and AGPS. But all is not rosy in the Apple's garden of touchy-feely delights, since many of the old version's problems still remain.

At first glance the new model looks just like the old one. From the front, there's no obvious difference between this model and the last. Turn it around, however, and it's got a plastic, slightly convex back, replacing the flat metal of the launch model. Not so classy maybe, but it doesn't feel cheap and it does seem lighter - it's 2g less than its predecessor.

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Apple's iPhone 3G: from the front there's no obvious difference between this model and the last

The new iPhone is available in a choice of classic iPod black and white - Nano-style rainbow colours haven't been announced yet, but you know they're coming - and in the same 8GB and 16GB flavours as the previous model. All the iPod music player gubbins and Wi-Fi is much the same, but the much-criticised recessed 3.5mm headphone socket has been replaced with one that sits right on top of the phone and is flush with the case. About time too, we say, especially since you still can't use stereo Bluetooth headphones with the iPhone. At least you can now use your own corded earphones.

That gorgeous screen has remained the same - well, if it ain't broke... - and viewing video, browsing the web and even just hopping around the menus is as much a joy as it was with the original. 3G is of course the big difference, offering faster downloads and page rendering with 3.6Mb/s HSDPA swiftness. Safari remains the best mobile browser bar none.

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