I bought an original 2G (EDGE) iPhone one week after they debuted. There wasn’t enough in the 3G upgrade a year later to compel me to switch, but I upgraded to a 3GS the day they were made available.
I love the 3GS. It provided things I was hoping they’d introduce in the 3G a year earlier, and was worth the wait. I had a couple glitches, but they were rectified the day after receipt and it’s been great since then.
But I have two complaints with the new model (they apply to the 3G as well). One of them is pretty trivial, the other is a real pain:
- The glossy back feels slippery to me. I really liked the stainless steel back. It’s not so much the look, but rather the “rougher” texture in the hand.
- I hate the rounded back. Am I the only one who used this thing while it sat flat on a table? If I try to now, it wobbles when touching the screen edges. That really sucks, and makes it pretty much unusable. It’s been six weeks and I’m still not used to being unable to do this.
I realize the stainless steel back almost certainly had to go to allow for the additional antennas for 3G and GPS signals. I’m fine with that, but why not a textured back so it doesn’t feel so slick?
As for the rounded back, it’s ridiculous. The 3G actually added to the thickness of the device. I believe they narrowed it at the edges to camouflage that fact, so it wouldn’t feel thicker. It’s doubtful anyone would’ve noticed the extra thickness, but I notice that it wobbles when you use it while it’s laying down.
OK, I’ll admit this is a little thing, but it’s the “little things” at which Apple usually excels. I miss the usability, especially when typing a lot. Perhaps in the 4G…?