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.



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 

Reviews (8.2/10 Avg. rating)


GottaBeMobile

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

from GottaBeMobile

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... Full review

What Hi-Fi

A welcome upgrade makes the iPhone even more formidable

from What Hi-Fi

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 iden... Full review

HowardChui

Comparison of Apple iPhone 3GS with Apple iPhone 3G

from HowardChui
Chech what are the advantagies and disadvatagies of Apple iPhone 3GS in comparison with 3G  .. Full review
GSMArena

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

from GSMArena

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 inter... Full review

The Guardian

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

from The Guardian
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 appsCons: expensive, short battery life, extra for tethering.. Full review
TechCrunch

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

from TechCrunch
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... Full review
Mobile Syrup

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

from Mobile Syrup

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.

Du... Full review

The Guardian

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

from The Guardian

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 kno... Full review

Gizmodo

The speed of the iPhone 3GS will amaze you

from Gizmodo

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... Full review

Engadget

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

from Engadget

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... Full review


Overall Pretty wonderful

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! Less
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 Less

Iphone 3GS 16GB

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!! Less

Apple iPhone 3G - I have nothing but problems

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! Less

Best Ever

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. Less

iPhone 3gs 32gb

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. Less

Apple iPhone 3G - Would not buy another one

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. Less

Man It's Nice

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


Prices (Where to Buy)


Online Buying Options


Videos



Resources


Manuals / User Guides Helpful Links Carriers Who Offer This Phone

Bell, Fido, Bell MTS, Rogers, Telus, Virgin Mobile

Review Sources Have a question?

Visit the Apple iPhone 3GS Q&A Forum to ask the community a question or help others.

Share / Embed

You can share this phone with friends or embed the reviews widget on your website.


Compare this phone to:

Compare Compare  

Apple iPhone SE

Compare Compare  

Apple iPhone 6s

Compare Compare  

Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Full Specs

Overview
Release date June 8, 2009
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Asia, Europe, North America, Australia, South America, Africa, India, Philippines, Russia, Ukraine, China
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA 7.2
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System iOS 3.01 (Update Available: 6.1.6)

Compare iOS Smartphones

Processor ARM Cortex-A8 600 MHz
Internal Flash Memory
8 GB or 16 GB or 32 GB
RAM 256 MB
ROM No
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.19 W/kg
Body: 0.67 W/kg
Languages Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1219 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 600 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 540 minutes
3G Surfing Time 300 minutes
4G Surfing Time No
Talk Time Up to:
720 minutes (2G)
300 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 12.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.6 x 6.2 x 1.2 cm
(4.6 x 2.4 x 0.5 in)
Weight 135 grams
(4.8 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 320 x 480 pixels
Pixel Density 163 pixels
Size 3.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Wallpapers
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Unknown
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key Yes
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard Unknown
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type WAP 2.0, HTML
Browser Safari
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services SMS, EMS, MMS
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption Unknown
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots No
Expansion Slots Info No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 3+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom No
Flash No
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus
Video Recording Formats MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters VGA (640 x 480 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, Protected AAC, AAC, Audible, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Document Viewer DOC, DOCX, GIF, HTML, JPG, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TIFF, TXT, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
More
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): iPhone 3G S

-
Related Links Apple iPhone 3GS Manual (PDF)
Apple iPhone 3GS Reviews
Where to buy Apple iPhone 3GS
Suggest a correction

Are you on the best cell phone plan?