iPhone 3G, the Unexpurgated Arrival-Day FAQ

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Should I Buy a New iPhone 3G?

It's your call, of course. But the early reviews -- in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and USA Today -- were somewhat dismissive, mostly talking up only the faster connection speeds of AT&T's 3G network.

JupiterResearch's Gartenberg agreed, to a point. "The iPhone is a revolutionary product that's going through an evolutionary period," he said. "It's true that the hardware hasn't changed all that much."

But dwelling on the hardware, Gartenberg continued, misses the point. "If you're not talking about the App Store and the introduction of Exchange support and MobileMe, you're missing one of the most important parts of the story."

The App Store, in particular, adds what Gartenberg called a "tremendous functionality" to the iPhone, and makes Apple's device the one to beat, and the best around. "Wow," said Gartenberg. "The iPhone is really a software platform."

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