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Hiawatha Bray: iPhone 3G Isn’t a Gamechanger - iPhone 2.0 Is

iPhone 3G isn’t a game changer, as it has but incremental improvements over the original iPhone, but iPhone 2.0 is, according to longtime tech columnist Hiawatha Bray. The aspect of iPhone 2.0 that caught his eye the most was the App Store and Apple’s long-awaited embracing of the iPhone as a full-blown mobile computing platform.

"Yes, the new iPhone is important enough," Mr. Bray wrote for The Boston Globe. "Its built-in global positioning system chip and faster cellular data networking are major improvements to an already brilliant design. Still, the new iPhone isn’t a game-changer. But iPhone 2.0 is."

That’s because of the reach that the iPhone’s application market add to the device. Mr. Bray’s review looked at a variety of the apps already released for iPhone 2.0, calling the NYTimes iPhone app the best electronics newspaper yet (he also pointed out that his newspaper and The New York Times are owned by the same company).

"The [apps] I’ve tried are generally splendid," Mr. Bray wrote. "While they often do things you could already do on any good smartphone, these apps perform with unmatched ease and elegance."

Many mainstream reviews of the iPhone 3G and iPhone 2.0 software update have been positive. It’s phrases like "unmatched ease and elegance," however, that are likely to catch people’s attention.

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