iPhone 3G S – what we wanted, what we got

Unless you have been locked away from the tech world since last night, you'll probably already know Apple announced the iPhone 3G S. But with all the

Unless you have been locked away from the tech world since last night, you'll probably already know Apple announced the iPhone 3G S. But with all the whisperings, rumours and "leaks" in the run up to WWDC, does Apple's new incarnation of the iPhone live up to our expectations?

What we wanted:

More storage/varied storage

What we got:

For music nuts wanting to beef up their storage, the iPhone 3G S will be available in a new 32GB version, alongside a lesser 16GB version. The 8GB 3G version will remain available, but the talk of a cheaper option (whispers suggested a 4GB option) was unfortunately wrong, for now at least.

What we wanted:

Faster performance

What we got:

Exactly that – Apple is dubbing the 3G S (where the S stands for "speed") as the "fastest, most powerful" iPhone yet. Tweakings to the hardware has meant that opening attachments will be almost 4x as fast, viewing beefy webpages almost 3x quicker, and a 2.1x increase in launching applications.

What we wanted:

A better camera, with a flash

What we got:

Almost there – we did get a slight bump on the megapixels, up from 2MP to 3MP, but with 12MP cameraphones heading to market, many people may think that Apple could do better. Frustratingly there is still no flash, but after getting hands-on at WWDC, Stuff.tv's Tom Dunmore has said the improved light sensitivity does go someway to making up for this.

There are also some nice additions to the camera side of things, including auto-exposure, auto-white-balance, auto-macro and auto-focus, as well as the "tap-to-focus" feature allowing you to choose the area of the picture you want the camera to focus on.

What we wanted:

Video capabilities

What we got:

More thumbs up for the upgrade. Video will be added to the 3G S, and will be able to record in VGA at 30fps. There will be some basic on-screen editing allowed, meaning you can trim clips by just choosing the in and out points by touching the screen.

What we wanted:

OLED screen

What we got:

A very much unchanged iPhone, physically at least. No OLED screen in sight, and there was none of the matte back that was talked about as well. As before though, users will be able to opt for both the 16GB and 32GB in black or white.

What we wanted:

iPhone Nano

What we got:

It didn't happen last year, and it didn't happen this year either. There was no mention of a diddy version of the iPhone at all, but maybe Apple is keeping that one up its sleeve for a later date. Maybe.

What we wanted:

More networks

What we got:

It seems that for now, O2 has managed to keep hold of the exclusivity deal it's had with the iPhone since its launch in 2007. There was no mention of any exclusivity deals during the keynote, but O2 has so far been the only network to come forward with any pricing for the newbie. Only time will tell if this will remain, or if other operators will be allowed a shot at selling Apple's handset.

What we wanted:

Better battery life

What we got:

Just that. The new battery will boost 2G talk time to 12 hours (vs 10 hours on iPhone 3G), web browsing to 9 hours (vs 6), video to 10 hours (vs 7) and audio playback to 30 hours (vs 24). 3G talk time will remain the same at 5 hours.

What we wanted:

Adobe Flash support

What we got:

Sadly there was no mention that the new iPhone Safari browser would support Adobe Flash, meaning we're still going to have those pesky problems with Flash websites, and websites featuring Flash videos. Rubbish.