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Review: iPhone 3GS for business users (revisited)

TechRepublic Editor in Chief Jason Hiner examines how well the Apple iPhone 3GS stacks up for business users.

TechRepublic Editor in Chief Jason Hiner has put the Apple iPhone 3GS to the test and written a detailed Product Spotlight review over on the Tech Sanity Check Blog. In addition to the traditional Product Spotlight review, Jason has also made a video where he further expounds on what is good and what is not so good about the iPhone 3GS.

Who is it for?

According to Jason, the Apple iPhone 3GS is great for users who've had trouble using other smartphones, because the iPhone has the easiest UI to navigate - in fact, many toddlers can even figure out how to make it work. The iPhone is also a great fit for users who do a lot of reading on their smartphones, including email, documents, and ebooks, because it has a large high-resolution LCD screen and it's easy to zoom in or make the text larger, if needed, in most programs. It's not as good for users who do a ton of typing, texting, or data entry because it is limited to an onscreen keyboard.

Get the full story

To see the full in depth review and the additional video, check out Jason's Tech Sanity Check Blog post. There is also an accompanying TechRepublic Photo Gallery that will give you an even closer look at the Apple iPhone 3GS.

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About

Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

5 comments
masterurmind
masterurmind

By far the best professional and personal productivity device bar none. There is no comparison to made. Nothing comes close in this regard - it is a "complete" device which will ONLY get better. Everything out there is either antiquated, or playing catch up.

Anita Y. Mathis
Anita Y. Mathis

If Apple wanted the iPhone to become a bigger player in the business arena, seems like they would develop more features/apps specifically for that purpose. The push appears to be coming from consumers in the workplace and not IT decision makers.

teeone34
teeone34

It's a fabulous phone on paper. But, AT&T seems to be having network issues lately. Sure, it has GPS. But, can you get the network to reload the page with your next turn before you are 1/2 mile past it? Not lately! Same with browser connections on 3G - great when they work. Oh, did your call drop? I LOVED my iPhone when I got it. But, the more they sell, the slower it seems to run.

malcolm
malcolm

I have waited for a long time to get on the iPhone bandwagon. As somebody that previously had a Treo 700W... I depend a smartphone for a ton of different functions. I would say Jason is right on... I love my iPhone 3Gs... but my downfalls are that I am HEAVY emailer & texter. Although most of my email goes through Gmall Apps... I do miss my hardware keyboard. Although I am getting used to it. I don't have a problem with AT&T as much as other have had. I would love to know what kind of sales deals the AT&T sales reps get for selling iPhones? When I went in to get a smartphone... I was mostly convinced to get a Blackberry... but the AT&T guys all went nuts that I wanted to get a BB instead of the iPhone. Although the iPhone was good for me as I was upgrading from an iPod Touch and I use tons of apps for my business & the web usage a ton for operating my business. The bottom line for me is I would give the iPhone 3Gs a 4 out of 5... and it was the best choice overall for me.

cluegiven
cluegiven

sadly you have tried to phrase a question containing business and iphone. fail. If you want a business tool in a phone you want a palm, a berry, or an HTC phone.