The iPhone 3GS is faster and we appreciate the new features and extended battery life, but call quality and 3G reception still need improvement.

- Kent German , CNET 

Specs summary

Screen
3.5"

The Apple iPhone 3GS's screen is 3.5 inches with 320 x 480 pixels resolution.

Processor
600MHz

There is a ARM Cortex-A8 600 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the iOS 3.01 (Update Available: 6.1.6) operating system (OS).

Camera
3+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera. There's no secondary front camera.
Storage
8/16/32 GB

Internal memory is 8/16/32 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
1219mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1219 mAh battery. Apple's performance ratings are 12.5 days standby time, 720 minutes (2G), 300 minutes (3G), 540 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.


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iPhone 3GS over the past three years has been a good one

from GottaBeMobile (4 years ago)

My experience with the iPhone 3GS over the past three years has been a good one. It has gone progressively downhill with each software upgrade, but again, that was to be expected given the amount of features Apple packed into the software and the hardware that powers the device. Still, I don’t know... More

My experience with the iPhone 3GS over the past three years has been a good one. It has gone progressively downhill with each software upgrade, but again, that was to be expected given the amount of features Apple packed into the software and the hardware that powers the device. Still, I don’t know what I would do without iOS 5 and features like Notification Center.

And while iOS 6 and its lack of features for the iPhone 3GS combined with my need for 4G LTE is the end of the line for me, and likely many others as well, I can still confidently recommend this phone to consumers after all of these years.

Would I recommend it to a 20-year-old college student? Nope. A businessperson who does a lot of work on his device? Again, no. But I would recommend it as a first device for a teenager, someone who doesn’t necessarily need the biggest and fastest smartphone, and I would recommend it to an older person who has never owned a smartphone before.

Believe it or not, the iPhone 3GS is still on sale, for free at that, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see people toting it around two to three years from now, enjoying it as much as I have over the past three years.

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A welcome upgrade makes the iPhone even more formidable

from What Hi-Fi (6 years ago)

The integrated version 3.0 software (also available to all existing iPhone and iPod Touch users) also brings features such as text cut, copy and paste, picture messaging, the ability to buy or rent movies, a search function, landscape keyboard operation and turn-by-turn navigation.This certainly fee... More

The integrated version 3.0 software (also available to all existing iPhone and iPod Touch users) also brings features such as text cut, copy and paste, picture messaging, the ability to buy or rent movies, a search function, landscape keyboard operation and turn-by-turn navigation.

This certainly feels like an update rather than a new product, but there are worthwhile upgrades here – the camera, video, copy and paste, MMS – and the improved speed and battery are all outstanding.

We've barely time to mention the audio and video quality. To our ears, audio on the S sounds identical to the previous generation (i.e. superb). However, video does look a little cleaner and sharper, but with a paler colour palette. Regardless, in isolation, it's still excellent.

The new software is a must upgrade, and there's no denying the new iPhone 3G S is a more accomplished product. Another good job, Jobs.

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10/10

Comparison of Apple iPhone 3GS with Apple iPhone 3G

from HowardChui (7 years ago)

Chech what are the advantagies and disadvatagies of Apple iPhone 3GS in comparison with 3G  

Chech what are the advantagies and disadvatagies of Apple iPhone 3GS in comparison with 3G

 

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The same look, but new feel that certainly makes a difference

from GSMArena (7 years ago)

It's true that the iPhone 3GS brings over only incrementing changes, there's nothing ground breaking about it. But before everything else, the newly introduced changes on both software AND hardware level will make the new iPhone 3GS a more balanced smartphone most of all. That will give it some more... More

It's true that the iPhone 3GS brings over only incrementing changes, there's nothing ground breaking about it. But before everything else, the newly introduced changes on both software AND hardware level will make the new iPhone 3GS a more balanced smartphone most of all. That will give it some more charisma and it will hopefully lure some new users and get most current iPhone 2G users trade in their devices for a piece of Apple's latest tech.

Sounds like quite a plan and indeed, the iPhone 3GS is a top-notch hardware platform for experiencing one of the most advanced touch user interfaces to date (not to mention the ridiculously easy and dun way to get yourself geared with tons of apps).

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Sending texts is tricky, the contract costly, battery life limited – but the iPhone 3GS remains best in class

from The Guardian (7 years ago)

It's fabulously expensive, isn't it? Minimum £29.38 a month, and £184.98 upfront. For an 18-month contract, the cheapest totals £714.And yet the iPhone 3GS is still best in class: the simple interface, the ease of setup, all of that before you get onto the thousands of third-party apps. As a phone,... More

It's fabulously expensive, isn't it? Minimum £29.38 a month, and £184.98 upfront. For an 18-month contract, the cheapest totals £714.

And yet the iPhone 3GS is still best in class: the simple interface, the ease of setup, all of that before you get onto the thousands of third-party apps. As a phone, it's a bit so-so. As a tiny com­puter, though, it can't be bettered.

Pros: fast, excellent web rendering; third-party apps

Cons: expensive, short battery life, extra for tethering

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The best phone out there, but power users should wait it out

from TechCrunch (7 years ago)

First, an anecdote: when the iPhone first launched in 2007 I took it on a tour of Central Europe, namely Budapest and Warsaw. Communism had just fallen and the dreams of these benighted nations were dashed. But as I pulled the iPhone from its protective cozy, the eyes of those present were filled wi... More

First, an anecdote: when the iPhone first launched in 2007 I took it on a tour of Central Europe, namely Budapest and Warsaw. Communism had just fallen and the dreams of these benighted nations were dashed. But as I pulled the iPhone from its protective cozy, the eyes of those present were filled with hope again, hope that there was something better out there, something magical. That something was called the iPhone and it was this promise, the promise of a Jobsian escape from the gristmill of history. All of this in a cigarette-pack-sized cellphone.

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The 3GS version has a 600 MHz processor that puts the previous models to sleep

from Mobile Syrup (7 years ago)

Over the past few days the new Apple iPhone 3G S has been strapped to my hand. This new faster model is making it even more fun to have around. The 3G S version has a 600 MHz processor that puts the previous models to sleep. In addition, it comes with 256MB of RAM.There is nothing truly different ab... More

Over the past few days the new Apple iPhone 3G S has been strapped to my hand. This new faster model is making it even more fun to have around. The 3G S version has a 600 MHz processor that puts the previous models to sleep. In addition, it comes with 256MB of RAM.

There is nothing truly different about the overall design of the iPhone, just faster and comes with more features. Comes in black and white and 16 GB or 32 GB models. This weighs a bit more and comes in at 135 grams, previous models weighed only 133 grams. This has a 3.5 inch display with a resolution of 480 x 320.

During this review we chose not to go into great detail of the entire iPhone, but only the key additions to the 3.0 operating system, such as the Voice Memo, Camera (auto-focus) and Video features (editing), compass, Cut Copy & Paste and Search.

What I really love about the iPhone is how incredibly easy it is to use. It has honestly been dumbed so far down any young child, even at the ripe age of 2 can pick this up and start using it.

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A triumph for a company already at the top of its game

from The Guardian (7 years ago)

In short, the 3GS is triumphantly the product of a company at the absolute top of its game, their best device yet. If it were a BMW car it would be badged as the "M" version. Power and performance can be considered a luxury until you try them and realise how much more functionality, ease of use and... More

In short, the 3GS is triumphantly the product of a company at the absolute top of its game, their best device yet. If it were a BMW car it would be badged as the "M" version. Power and performance can be considered a luxury until you try them and realise how much more functionality, ease of use and productivity they can deliver. Cost is a whole other issue: if you already have an iPhone3G you may find an upgrade expensive. Could be worth waiting to see what deals emerge over the next month or so. The more people who do wait, the more pressure there will be on O2 to lower prices.

I know I can sound like an unquestioning Apple fanboy, but believe me when I say that I don't want them to have it all their own way. I want to see real competition and biodiversity in the smartphone world. For the moment however, no one can deny that with the iPhone 3GS the gold standard has been set.

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The speed of the iPhone 3GS will amaze you

from Gizmodo (7 years ago)

Our first generation iPhone review verdict was to wait. Our iPhone 3G review gave the go-ahead to finally mount up. The only issue with the iPhone 3GS, if you already have the 3G, is that it's not all that different of an experience.Like I said in the Palm Pre review, I'm a bit bored of the iPhone l... More

Our first generation iPhone review verdict was to wait. Our iPhone 3G review gave the go-ahead to finally mount up. The only issue with the iPhone 3GS, if you already have the 3G, is that it's not all that different of an experience.

Like I said in the Palm Pre review, I'm a bit bored of the iPhone look and feel. If you're looking for something new, something different and something you're not quite familiar with, there's the Pre or the MyTouch 3G. But as a whole, the iPhone 3GS is the best all-around smartphone available. If you're looking for a refined, augmented version of what you already know, a phone that, not for nothing, runs all the tens of thousands of apps on the App Store, choose the iPhone 3GS.

Pros:
- It's quite a bit faster than the 3G
- Hardware additions like better camera, magnetometer (compass) and fingerprint-resistant screen are a nice touch
- Same size and shape as the 3G, so your accessories will all still work

Cons:
- Current upgrade pricing for AT&T for most iPhone 3G users is steep if you're not eligible

 

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The iPhone 3GS is a solid spec bump to a phone you already own

from Engadget (7 years ago)

There are probably two very large groups of people thinking about buying an iPhone right now. One set is current users, either those with the 3G, or those still using the original model. The other set is a group of new users -- people who've never owned an iPhone and are now faced with not one, but... More

There are probably two very large groups of people thinking about buying an iPhone right now. One set is current users, either those with the 3G, or those still using the original model. The other set is a group of new users -- people who've never owned an iPhone and are now faced with not one, but two different options when it comes to getting in the door. For both groups, there are huge questions to answer about whether or not getting the 3GS makes sense, and very few of them have to do with the quality of the phone.

For current users, we have this to say: the iPhone 3GS is a solid spec bump to a phone you already own... but it is, at its core, a phone you already own. Your real deciding factors will be two-fold, first, are you able to purchase the 3GS at a price which is reasonable or sensible to you? For a lot of current users -- particularly more recent customers -- the pricing will be exorbitant, and it's hard to think of dropping $399 or $499 when you've just shelled out for a very, very similar phone (remember, you're paying for a speed bump, a compass, and video recording). On the other hand, if you're within contract renewal range and you don't plan on jumping platforms anytime soon, $199 nabs you an unquestionably excellent smartphone.

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Overall Pretty wonderful

(6 years ago)

I have had my iphone for about two weeks now and I love it. There is nothing wrong with it and it works amazingly. The only downside is that the camera has no flash so you need to be in a fairly well lit setting for photos. The speakers are great and you can play music very loudly. Overall it is a g... More

I have had my iphone for about two weeks now and I love it. There is nothing wrong with it and it works amazingly. The only downside is that the camera has no flash so you need to be in a fairly well lit setting for photos. The speakers are great and you can play music very loudly. Overall it is a great phone and I am very glad I got it!

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9/10

My iPhone 3G S

(6 years ago)

Decided to get this one after my 6 year old Treo started to wear out. What a great device. Cannot find anything I do not like. Still in the "learning" process with it & my new MacBook Pro. They sure compliment each other. Tried a Blacberry, a Samsung Instict, & this, by far, is the better of the 2.... More

Decided to get this one after my 6 year old Treo started to wear out. What a great device. Cannot find anything I do not like. Still in the "learning" process with it & my new MacBook Pro. They sure compliment each other. Tried a Blacberry, a Samsung Instict, & this, by far, is the better of the 2. Buying this phone & the laptop are the 2 smartest thins I have done so far this year. It has become a rather expensive year so far though. Ook Pic

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10/10

Iphone 3GS 16GB

(6 years ago)

Dazzling, Brilliant, Useful and Attractive are just few of the words that describe this phone. This phone is useful for any gender, age, and race. This is because of its app store which has apps that suit you, not apps that were put on the phone that you don't need. Its very simple to use. Would... More

Dazzling, Brilliant, Useful and Attractive are just few of the words that describe this phone. This phone is useful for any gender, age, and race. This is because of its app store which has apps that suit you, not apps that were put on the phone that you don't need. Its very simple to use. Would recommend to anyone!!

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9.7/10

Apple iPhone 3G - I have nothing but problems

(6 years ago)

i don't think anyone should get this phone i have nothing but problems with this phone. there are somethings you should know before getting this phone. (1) if you go to Europe or travel anywhere even if you turn off your phone and put it on airplane mode you will get a very high bill. and they wi... More

i don't think anyone should get this phone i have nothing but problems with this phone. there are somethings you should know before getting this phone. (1) if you go to Europe or travel anywhere even if you turn off your phone and put it on airplane mode you will get a very high bill. and they will turn off your phone. (2) your touch screen will freeze up thats what happen to my phone i cant turn it on or off its frozen. (3) don't waste your money for this phone sure it looks cool and get can do cool things .not worth your hard earned cash!

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1/10

Best Ever

(6 years ago)

This is by far the best phone I have ever owned. Is it perfect? Of course not - but it does sooooo much and is truly an all in one device. Highly recommended and will probably continue to upgrade to more Apple devices over the years.

This is by far the best phone I have ever owned. Is it perfect? Of course not - but it does sooooo much and is truly an all in one device. Highly recommended and will probably continue to upgrade to more Apple devices over the years.

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9.7/10

iPhone 3gs 32gb

(6 years ago)

I have had this phone for a while now and I still haven't found anything that I don't like about it. The app store has a solution for everyhing and the updated search and voice controll has been very usefull. The keyboard has a great auto correct feature which has helped me type this review.... More

I have had this phone for a while now and I still haven't found anything that I don't like about it. The app store has a solution for everyhing and the updated search and voice controll has been very usefull. The keyboard has a great auto correct feature which has helped me type this review. People that don't get this phone are missing out.

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9.7/10

Apple iPhone 3G - Would not buy another one

(6 years ago)

Overall I like my phone, things I hate is the ringer is very quiet compared to other phones and if it is in your pocket the speaker gets blocked and you can't hear calls. Limited in what you can do in setting up, is made for apple users and not PC users who are more power users. After firmware updat... More

Overall I like my phone, things I hate is the ringer is very quiet compared to other phones and if it is in your pocket the speaker gets blocked and you can't hear calls. Limited in what you can do in setting up, is made for apple users and not PC users who are more power users. After firmware updates it slowed down and locked up more. Would not buy another one as other phones have surpassed it now.

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5/10

Man It's Nice

(7 years ago)

Really Nice I Love It It's Like My Baby LOL

Really Nice I Love It It's Like My Baby LOL

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10/10