Well, after 10 hours in line on Friday at the Apple Store (yikes), we've got both the black and white 16 gig iPhone 3G models in house. Like the first iPhone, they're gorgeous, and we'd say they're even better looking. Both white black are high gloss, but only the black one shows fingerprints (boy does it).
Important facts and things to know:
Activation is working really quickly now. In fact it was flying by 6pm CST. Our iPhones were activated quickly in the store. And later that even we updated our iPhone 2G phones with the 2.0 OS and activated them easily.
1. At the Apple Store, first you pick out your phone model, then they ask for your AT&T phone number (if you're already a customer) and determine your upgrade pricing. If you're switching from another carrier you'll need the phone number you wish to port and your account number. If you have any "tricky" issues like an AT&T FAN account, upgrade glitches or are switching from a pre-paid to post-paid iPhone account, you'll need to go to an AT&T store because Apple store reps don't have access to the innards of AT&T accounts. Next they'll send you to a MacBook where they'll connect the iPhone via USB cable and have you log in to your iTunes account to activate the phone. If you don't have an iTunes account, you'll have to create one there or at home before you come to the store.
2. The iPhone 3G has middle of the road reception that's better than the LG Vu, just a hair weaker than the Tilt and not as good as the RF king Nokia N95 US 3G. The iPhone 3G does tenaciously hold onto a 3G signal and if it loses it to EDGE, it will switch back to 3G more quickly that most phones. It's clearly designed to prefer 3G over EDGE/GSM.
3. DSL Reports mobile speed test (we use that test for all phones) gave a 350 kbps result with 65% signal strength over HSDPA. That's not as good as some Windows Mobile Pro phones (they're generally the fastest at data transfer) but it's not bad by any means. With full signal (within 1/2 mile of a cell tower) the iPhone did manage a very impressive 768k!
4. Yes, the iPhone 3G has a yellow cast to the display which isn't noticeable until you compare it to the very cool white original iPhone. Every iPhone 3G we've seen is this way, so it's apparently not a defect but by design. Perhaps Apple though warm white was more pleasing or more visible outdoors. Perhaps the new LCD is just inherently warmer. It really doesn't bug us at any rate-- the screen looks fantastic.
5. When you buy the iPhone 3G, they give you a new SIM, even if you're upgrading from the iPhone 2G. Goodness knows why. This SIM works just fine in other GSM phones for voice and data We tested it in the iPhone 2G, E-TEN Glofiish M810 (our review of that WinMo phone is coming soon) and in the Nokia N95-3. Be sure not to use the AT&T proxy in your internet settings if you're using the iPhone 3G SIM.
6. Call quality is definitely better as is the speaker for both calls and multimedia.
7. The GPS is wickedly fast using the included (Google) Maps.
8. We're not moaning about battery life just yet. Give us a few more days to opine on that.