Unless the phone they reviewed last year had a dual-core processor, a faster graphics card, an 8 mega-pixel camera and a re-vamped antenna system you were probably reading the review for the iPhone 4. Try paying attention.
I'm pretty sure that the point he was trying to make was simple. For having a year and a half to develop this new varient of the iPhone, Apple fell short. You can try and argue it allyou want, but let's face it... this wasn't that much of an improvement. Who could really be surprised though. Apple is notorious for releasing devices that are behind the curve. They purposely fail to include options and features that are basically standard on all other smart devices on the market. Then when the next year rolls around that add these "new" features that should have been included the first time. They act as if they are doing you a favor by doing so, but in reality they are only forcing you to rebuy the same phone you bought last year with the thin... (continues)
I'm not as dismayed about the upgrade as I am about the individuals that purchased this version when the new one. The new one will be out in about 8 months which will in most likelihood, have most of the wish lists that were expected on this issue.