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It is the successor to the iPhone 3G that features the same outer design but offers redesigned and upgraded internals.

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Pros

much faster processing

38 agree

larger storage capacities

28 agree

video recording

25 agree

much longer battery life

22 agree

camera improvements are nice

21 agree

tethering in iPhone 3.0 OS (will work for 3G too)

20 agree

oil and water resistant finish (fingerprint resistance)

19 agree

voice commands are convenient

19 agree

built-in compass is very useful

17 agree

now compatible with Nike+

15 agree

support for OpenGL ES 2.0 (opposed to the 3G only supporting 1.1)

13 agree

improved 7.2Mbps HSDPA WWAN data speed - twice as fast as the original

12 agree

forces price drop on old 3G to $99

12 agree

On screen keyboard has larger sense areas than tiny physical keyboards built into other phones, making it easier to type with large fingers.

11 agree

video uploading happens in the background letting you do other tasks at the same time

9 agree

Landscape typing works just fine in all apps in OS 3.0 and above

7 agree

podcast integration is slick

6 agree

On screen keyboard allows easy switching between different languages

6 agree

Made by Apple

5 agree

asfasfs

1 agrees
  • Only 3 words are allowed.
Cons

no background running apps

21 agree

not a revolutionary upgrade

18 agree

landscape typing only works in some applications/programs

15 agree

no upgrade to the screen

15 agree

no front-facing camera

15 agree

no microSD slot or other memory expansion capability

14 agree

minor camera upgrades

14 agree

AT&T is not supporting many of the new updates quite yet - 7.2Mbps HSDPA in 2011, no tethering information/pricing, no MMS until later this summer

14 agree

no Adobe Flash support in Safari mobile browser

9 agree

bit expensive

8 agree

Can't search a webpage (i.e. Ctrl F)

8 agree

no video calling

8 agree

camera has no flash

8 agree

far inferior screen than the Nexus One or the Droid. (3.5"LCD vs 3.7" OLED)

7 agree

video recording crippled to VGA resolution (despite the hardware's 720p capabilities)

7 agree

Apple charges extra $99/year for cloud integration (MobileMe)

7 agree

limited customization options - especially compared to HTC Sense UI

7 agree

Stuck with AT&T. Stupid Apple.

7 agree

cannot disable accelerometer feature (iPod, Safari etc.)

5 agree

Made by Apple

5 agree

ever so slightly heavier than the previous generation

5 agree

tethering available in 3.0's free upgrade

4 agree

several compass apps already available for the iPhone 3G

4 agree

doesn't play free lossless audio codec files

4 agree

screen upgrade needed

2 agree

battery is not removable - toss it if the battery fails! good for Apple profits though...

2 agree

no FM receiver/transmitter

1 agrees

still no camera flash (though this is the 3rd generation iPhone!)

1 agrees
  • Only 3 words are allowed.
Edit

 

The iPhone 3GS is the successor to the iPhone 3G that features the same outer design but offers redesigned and upgraded internals. Apple claims the "S" stands for Speed (iPhone 3G Speed) and sees more powerful internal processing to offer a faster experience. According to Apple the apps open twice as fast as regular 3G, and web browsing is up to 3 times as fast. The other aspects of the iPhone that have undergone upgrades are the camera, internal battery and more built-in features such as Nike+.

Differences between iPhone 3G and iPhone 3G S
  • upgrade to 3MP camera with auto-focus and white balance
  • video capture support, up to 30FPS in VGA resolution with Audio
  • voice commands
  • faster processing, open up apps twice as fast, and browse up to 3x as fast
  • built-in compass
  • built-in Nike+ support
  • longer battery, upgrade from 6 hours to 9 hours of WiFi browsing
  • 32GB model available
  • uses greener materials
  • its like totally awesome dudeeee
Features
  • 3.5" multi-touch screen
  • 480x320 resolution with 163ppi
  • WiFi B/G access
  • UTMS, and HSDPA connectivity (GSM only)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • 3MP camera
  • Assisted GPS
  • Battery
    • 12 hours 2G talk
    • 5 hours 3G Talk
    • 300 hours standby
    • 9hrs Wi-Fi browsing
    • 5 hours 3G browsing
    • 10 hours of video playback
    • 30 hours for audio
  • Price: $199 for 16GB | $299 for 32GB. Contract required.
  • Firmware 3.0
  • Release date: June 19th, 2009
Post Review
Seaman
11/06/2010 02:24

i have 1 ipad best it product

Amanie
11/05/2010 02:55
#apple_iphone_3gs I have to give props to my phone today because I realize I've dropped it so many times and it hasn't broken yet. I dropped it today and it actually caused a dent in my hardwood floors, but it's working just fine. It's a lot more durable than you'd think.
Erik

Erik

11/05/2010 03:23

I don't think you can say the same for the 3g. Mine has a crack near the cable input (a design defect led to this one I think), and the silence mode switch fell off.

Shadowtech

Shadowtech

11/05/2010 10:21

Somehow my 3G is still one one piece after a couple years now. I keep it in an incase slider case. https://www.goincase.com/products/detail/slider-case-cl59152

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