Unboxed – Apple iPhone 3G S

It less than two days now till the iPhone 3G S hits stores. To whet your appetite you can watch our hands-on video, but we've also taken a few snaps o

It less than two days now till the iPhone 3G S hits stores. To whet your appetite you can watch our hands-on video, but we've also taken a few snaps of its new version 3.0 powers to show you its new talents.

Video camera

The iPhone's new 3MP camera might not give its rivals nervous sweats, but the addition of VGA video recording is a big improvement. It doesn't match the Samsung i8910HD's ability to shoot 720p video, but it's very easy to use and you can easily upload to YouTube, e-mail or send via MMS. Minor editing is also available, though you can't yet string two clips together.

Digital compass

More than just a gimmick to help you win your local orienteering, the digital compass handily shows you which you're facing in Google Maps and new apps will soon use the magnetometer in games and 'augmented reality'.

Built-in Nike+

The iPod Touch has had it since last year, and now the iPhone has finally got built-in Nike+. We're not sure we fancy taking a super-expensive phone on our sweaty runs, but hopefully some interesting new apps that use the digital compass and Google Maps integration might be on the horizon.

Movie rentals

You can now rent or buy movies directly from the iTunes store over Wi-Fi, which could be handy if you're just about to board a twelve hour plane journey. Pricing is the same using iTunes on your computer.

Search

After even only a mildly enthusiastic session in the iTunes App store, you iPhone can end up with pages and pages of new icons. Luckily, there's now a search function that lets you scour the whole phone for not only apps but contacts, music, Facebook messagea and e-mails.

Versus the rivals

The iPhone 3G S may be impressive, but there are some strong competitors out there. Below you can see how it shapes up next its four main foes – just click on the links for our full reviews of each:  

(from left) Apple iPhone 3G S, Nokia N97, HTC Touch Pro2 (review coming soon), Samsung i8910HD, HTC Magic

HTC Touch Pro2, Nokia N97 (video), Apple iPhone 3G S, Samsung i8910HD, HTC Magic (video)