After making my second stop to the Apple Store in two days, I finally got my hands on an iPhone 3GS. My first attempt was unsuccessful because the AT&T network was down. So when I returned the next day, I decided to go with the white 32GB version since they were out of the black. I figured I could use the extra 16GB over my last iPhone 3G since I would most likely be taking advantage of the iPhone 3GS's video capabilities.
In order to purchase the iPhone 3GS I had to get yet another AT&T contract. This annoys me. The FCC needs to step in to stop the monopoly that Apple and AT&T have created by forcing all iPhone customers into an AT&T contract just to purchase a new iPhone. Consumers have no choice as they cannot fight of the beautiful songs of the Muses that play while starting into the touchscreen interface for a shiny new iPhone 3GS. Ok, I will get off my soapbox now, but I really think the FCC needs to do something.
Upon syncing up my new iPhone, I was excited to test iPhone 3GS video camera so I recorded and edited a quick video using the 3GS. I think Flip should probably be a little concerned about the iPhone's video camera taking some of its piece of the mobile video camera pie, though there are still lots of people that will not have the 3GS. The Flip and other similar cameras also offer HD quality video which the iPhone does not so there is still value in having both but the gap between them is shrinking.
Aside from the new video camera, the iPhone 3GS also has a better still photo camera with auto focus and balance. So I performed a little photo test by taking a similar photo but using the touchscreen to focus on a different area.
Camera Test #1: In the first photo (below) I focused on the red ball in the retro Somewhat Frank logo sticker. Notice it is in focus and the brown wood table is in the background.
Camera Test #2: In the second photo (below) I focused on the brown wooden table under the retro Somewhat Frank sticker and you will notice that the iPhone 3GS blurs the rest of the photo but that part of the table is in focus, and you can see the wood grains.
So far I am extremely impressed with the new iPhone 3GS, especially the video camera and its ease of use. Also the still photo camera is pretty amazing as it offers touch screen auto focus and exposure. The compass is interesting too but I have to say, I don't recall the last time I carried a compass but hey if I am ever stranded at sea or lost, it could come in handy. I still have to play around with the software related feature upgrades but like the spotlight search a lot as it makes email searchable which is clutch when you get as much email as I do. Overall, I am very pleased with the new iPhone 3GS but would like to hear from you. What do you think about the iPhone 3GS?