[TiPb vs. TiPb time! In the blue corner we have Jeremy who tells us why he IS SO upgrading to the iPhone 3G S. In the red corner, Chad who tells us why he IS NOT upgrading to the iPhone 3G S. Two writers, one issue. Check them both out and tell us who's side you're on!]

There have been a lot of people out there who are very disappointed with the third generation iPhone -- iPhone 3G S. They're saying that it is pretty much the same phone as the current iPhone 3G, or that the upgrades are not enough to warrant purchasing the new iPhone 3G S. I'm here to say, think again - the upgrades are very significant indeed.

More after the break!

Let me first address one of the biggest -- and for some only -- gripe: "it looks the same as the iPhone 3G". True, the iPhone 3G S has the exact same size as the iPhone 3G but is slightly heavier. Is that really a bad thing?

Sadly we live in a world that has major hang ups on looks and status. Sure Apple could have changed the glossy back to a matte finish. Or perhaps they could have done away with the chrome bezel and raised the phones headset speaker up a bit, etc... Those small changes may have been just big enough to require different accessories like cases and battery packs, rendering previous items useless and causing you to have to go out and spend even more money.

The next thing I've been hearing an awful lot is "there are not enough updates to warrant me upgrading" or "I expected a lot more from Apple". I think that too many people expect Apple to revolutionize the cell phone market every year with an entirely new iPhone. Wake up call -- it's not going to happen! They did it once with the first generation iPhone that revolutionized the market and each year since then they've improved upon it. And the improvements are not irrelevant like some of you may think:

  • 3 megapixel camera with capability to record VGA resolution video at 30 FPS
  • 7.2 HSDPA (up to twice as fast as 3G)
  • Improved battery performance
  • Faster processors
  • Double the amount of RAM (UPDATE: Con
  • Up to double the storage capacity (32GB)

According to Apple, the performance difference between the 3G and the 3G S alone is on average 2x. That is not to be overlooked. It's no different than someone who says a normal DVD is fine for them and see no need for a Blu-Ray player -- that is until they actually watch a Blu-Ray movie and are blown away. That's how I feel current 3G owners who are not going to upgrade will feel once they get their hands on a 3G S. Blown away.

Now don't get me wrong, for a lot of people the iPhone 3G is perfectly fine. And why not, it is a great phone. This is geared more towards the people out there who feel Apple has just put this phone together simply to get a phone out there without making great improvements. You my friends, could not be further from the truth. Looks don't mean everything.

Ok, so that list right there is why I am upgrading and by no means is it a small upgrade in my book. If you're upgrading, tell us why in the comments. And if you're not, tell us why not as well.