Originally Posted by caneau
I don't doubt that 3G needs to be improved upon. No doubt battery life is poor but that, as was pointed out, can most likely be fixed on the firmware side rather than the hardware side. Maybe 3G can be kept "dormant" until a request for data is made. Using an LED backlight like some laptops are can also help.
3G is not only data, but voice. You'll find that 3G calls are clearer and have less static in the background. You can also be on the internet and call at the same time, something you can't do on those devices with EDGE (although I suppose that would defeat the purpose of trying to save battery).