It shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who regularly reads this column that I bought the new iPhone 3G S the first day it went on sale, which happened to be during my trip to Las Vegas last week.

It shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who regularly reads this column that I bought the new iPhone 3G S the first day it went on sale, which happened to be during my trip to Las Vegas last week.

I bought my first iPhone the day it debuted in 2007. I put in my order for the iPhone 3G when it went on sale less than a year ago. On Friday, I went three-for-three by purchasing the iPhone 3G S.

Was the new phone worth the price? Does a dog lick his balls? You bet!

There's plenty to love about the new iPhone, including a beefed-up CPU (rumored to be a 600-MHz processor with 256 MB of RAM) and a more powerful video chip (PowerVR SGX).

This increased speed and power instantly proved themselves when I started up Tiger Woods PGA Tour, which was sluggish to play on my old iPhone 3G and often crashed it.

You also get a longer battery life; up to 32 GB of on-board storage; Voice Control, allowing you to make calls or play music by voice commands; a digital recorder for memos, meetings or lectures; the improved 3-megapixel camera and video recorder; an internal compass; and such software features as copy-and-paste and search (finally!).

But one feature you probably haven't read much about is the one I love the most - A2DP, or the iPhone's newfound ability to wirelessly stream music to stereo Bluetooth headphones. Which it does very well.

For me, the downside to iPods and iPhones has always been their dreadful earbuds. They constantly fall out of my ears. They're uncomfortable. In the world of 21st-century gadgetry, the wire connecting Apple's earbuds to the iPhone seems way 1980s.

Apple, evidently, doesn't feel the same as I do. They didn't have a stereo Bluetooth headphone for sale at the store where I bought my iPhone 3G S. Neither did a nearby Best Buy or Radio Shack.

It finally took a visit to a Verizon Wireless kiosk in a Las Vegas mall for me to find Motorola stereo Bluetooth Headphones (model S305), which worked perfectly and pleasurably during my airplane trip back to Columbus.

All this just goes to show that what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas. Not when you have a great new gadget to share with friends.

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