Tech Talk Radio-TTR Ep 2408 - The iPhone 3G is h
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Tech Talk Radio is an informative and entertaining talk show heard on free to air radio as well as streamed to the world live, and via podcast.

Each week we present current news and views from Australia and abroad. Were independent, non biased and are now in our third year of providing consumers with valuable information to help make educated decisions when it comes to technology.

Tech Talk Radio originates from the studios of 94.1 3WBC in Melbourne live every Monday night at 8pm.

Join your host Andrew McColm (ABC Radio & Talk 1116) and co host Dr. Ron along with our regulars, Mark Diggins, Graeme Callaghan and Adam Turner - journalist for the Age and SMH.Lidija Davis is our US correspondent based in Silicon Valley California. Tech Talk Radio reports on current technical developments both in Australia and abroad in an easy to digest manner format. Our panelists discuss a wide range of issues and technological gadgets, as well as respond to your dilemmas and feedback. Were passionate about technology and it shows!-This week, Apples iPhone supporting third generation mobile communications is heading for our shores. After months of speculation, finally the rumors will be laid to rest. To start with, it?s not called the 3G iPhone. It?s called the iPhone 3G.

So, jet?s take a look at what?s in, and what?s out?

To start with GPS is in. GPS receivers in mobile devices isn?t new, as Sony Ericsson include it now in their current range of phone, as well as other manufacturers. A 3G chipset enabling much faster browsing of the web and downloading was obviously maditory. The device also has a new sleek appearance with thinner edges, and a flush headphone jack. There?s more battery life despite the demands of power hungry 3G chipsets, it?s half the price of the previous model, it?s available in 2 colors, black and white, it has a 2 megapixel camera, It has 8GB or 16GB of storage, and a 3.5-inch screen.

One feature that is missing is the lack of video calling, a feature telcos love to charge for. The lack of a removeable battery is also still very disappointing, and there?s no MMS, a feature used to send pictures and movies from one phone to another. That?s not to say someone won?t write an application to do this, it?s just no out of the box unlike a conventional 3G device.

There?s no rumored 32GB of storage, you can?t use the device as a wireless modem like you can with other 3rd generation devices. There was no mention of connecting the iPhone 3G to bluetooth devices such as keyboard, and no rumored front camera.

So, there?s still plenty of room for improvement ? from a 3G functionality point of view, but for those with their hearts set on buying the device just because of the brand name, they won?t be disappointed. Just watch this space this time next year.

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