Two days ago, I upgraded my iPhone 2G’s firmware to version 3.0. Here’s why you need to do the same if you have a 2G iPhone (or even a 3G iPhone).
This is by far the greatest feature in 3.0. Now you can cut, copy, paste whatever you want. You can copy a URL from Safari to your Notes, copy text from your Notes and send them through Email or SMS, copy SMSes and paste them on your Email, copy text and paste them back to Safari. The possibilities are endless. And this one feature alone makes the upgrade worthwhile.
You will be familiar with Spotlight if you have used a Mac before. It searches system wide, including your Email, Notes, Apps, Music, Internet shortcuts and Phone contacts. It’s really convenient if you want to find an Email containing certain words.
It used to be impossible to record secret conversations using the iPhone. But not anymore. Put an iPhone in a room and be surprised at what you might hear.
4. Improved Camera
Strange but true, although the camera hardware remains the same, firmware 3.0 lets the camera take better quality pictures. This may have something to do with how the camera hardware is controlled (e.g shutter speed, ISO) and also post-processing.
MMS requires firmware 3.0 and “ActivateMMS2G” from Cydia. See here for instructions.
There used to be a time when I couldn’t forward funny SMSes because the iPhone doesn’t allow SMS forwarding! But now that has changed and it’s easier to use than ever. With a few taps I can send the entire SMS conversation over to another person.