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Review roundup: iPhone 3G

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The early iPhone reviews are in. Tech columnists at The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today have played around with the iPhone for the past few weeks; and, with Apple’s Friday-morning release approaching, they’ve posted their hands-on impressions. The general verdict: two steps forward, one step back.

Here are the pros and cons.

The price:

"$200 for the 8-gigabyte model, $300 for the 16-gig. Those are terrific prices for a machine with so much sophistication, utility and power; a year ago, an 8-gig iPhone would have cost you $600,” says the Times. “But the iPhone 3G is not really, as Apple’s Web site puts it, ‘half the price.’ The basic AT&T plan – unlimited Internet and 450 minutes of calling – now costs $70 a month instead of $60 (plus taxes and fees), and comes with no text messages instead of 200. (Adding text messaging costs at least $5 a month more.)"

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