It's become an annual tradition: Apple releases a new iPhone, PC World tries to break it. We did it with the first iPhone. We did it with the iPhone 3G. Now, it's the iPhone 3G S's turn. This year, our torture -- whoops -- coercive interrogation was more mental than physical. Could the phone's Voice Control, Compass and smudge-proof screen withstand the withering pressure? You'll see.

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At a Glance
  • Performance enhancements distinguish the otherwise evolutionary step-up iPhone 3GS from its previous iterations.

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Battery life still disappoints Still no true multitasking
    • 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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