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iPhone 3GS (16GB)

The iPhone 3GS is, without a doubt, the finest iPhone Apple has made. It addresses most of the fundamental weaknesses of the previous models, adding raw speed, voice-activated phone and music navigation, an improved autofocus camera, and video-recording features. Its larger amount of installed memory suggests that it will run existing iPhone apps not just faster, but with fewer crashes, and its improved video capabilities suggest that it will be an impressive gaming device as well.

--Jason Snell

At a Glance
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    Pros

    • Bright, high-quality fingerprint-resistant touchscreen
    • Built-in GPS and compass
    • Decent autofocus camera with SD video capability
    • Extremely fast and responsive
    • All the new features of iPhone OS 3.0 Software Update
    • Voice control for phone dialing and music

    Cons

    • Onboard video trimming is destructive
    • Requires two-year commitment to AT&T Wireless for lowest prices
    • Soft-looking video
    • Voice Control lacks some polish
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