|With 3.5-inch display screen, the iPhone 3GS cell phone gives you a clear view of all the contents and applications. The Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11b/g connectivity of this Apple smartphone allows you to chat with friends, view your mails, and surf from almost anywhere. The 3 MP camera of this Apple cell phone lets you capture your favorite moments with amazing clarity. The iPhone 3GS cell phone features 600 MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor that lets you easily operate various applications at the same time. The 256 MB RAM of this Apple smartphone rapidly processes all your files and data. The Li-Ion Battery of this Apple cell phone offers 12 hours of talk time so that you can interact for hours together.|
|Family Line||Apple iPhone|
|Storage Capacity||8 GB|
|Network Technology||GSM / EDGE / UMTS / HSDPA|
|Band||GSM / EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 UMTS / HSDPA 850/1900/2100|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Battery Capacity||1219 mAh|
|Battery Talk Time||Up to 720 min|
|Battery Standby Time||Up to 300 hr|
|Display Technology||LCD display|
|Diagonal Screen Size||3.5 in.|
|Display Resolution||320 x 480 pixels|
"The iPhone 3GS finally adds common cell phone features like multimedia messaging, video recording, and voice dialing. It runs faster; its promised battery life is longer; and the multimedia quality continues to shine."
"The iPhone 3GS' call quality shows no improvements and the 3G signal reception remains uneven. We still don't get Flash Lite, USB transfer and storage, or multitasking."
"The iPhone 3GS doesn't make the same grand leap that the iPhone 3G made from the first-generation model, but the latest Apple handset is still a compelling upgrade for some users. The iPhone 3GS is faster and we appreciate the new features and extended battery life, but call quality and 3G reception still need improvement."
Average review score based on 6 user reviews
If you're upgrading from a Blackberry or even from an iPhone 3G (2008), here's what you need to know about the iPhone 3GS (2009).
- Battery life is excellent. I used the phone for over 8 hours yesterday and still had 20% battery left. Much improved over the 2008 model.
- The screen has an anti-smudge coating which works WONDERS! I have yet to see a smudge or fingerprint on the front of the phone.
- The camera is noticeably sharper when taking pictures. It's also a little bit "warmer". The auto-focus feature is very cool.
- VIDEO! You can take hours and hours of video, trim them as needed, and then upload them directly to YouTube. Very streamlined. Very easy.
- Copy & Paste works surprisingly well with the touchscreen. You can only copy one thing at a time though.
- The phone is fast. Applications open quickly. Contacts load immediately. Browsing the internet is a breeze with Safari.
- There is a "hard" switch to turn on Vibrate (located just above the volume rocker), which is great for when you are about to walk into a meeting and need to quickly ensure that your phone won't be ringing at the wrong time.
- When you talk on the phone, the screen itself turns off, which saves a ton on battery life.
- There is a built-in compass, so when you use Google Maps w/ GPS, you can actually see which direction you're headed.
- You can use the Apple iTunes Store on your phone to download not only songs, but also TV Shows & Movies. You can do this over the 3G network. Did I mention there are 50,000+ apps available to download as well?
- If you subscribe to MobileMe ($100/yr), all your contacts, bookmarks, calendars, & emails are synced automatically, which is great if you ever have to switch to another iPhone (via an upgrade/replacement, etc). You can also use a feature called "Find My iPhone" which shows exactly where your phone is located on a map (using GPS).
- If you don't subscribe to MobileMe, you can still have all your contacts, calendars, & emails pushed to your phone using Gmail, Google Calendar, as well as other options like Outlook/MS Exchange, Yahoo!, and AOL.
- Visual Voicemail is really cool, and comes standard (i.e. you see a listing of who called; click on their name and hear their voicemail without having to call your normal VM number).
- Typing on this phone can be difficult. There is a predictive typing feature, which helps, but until you get used to the on-screen keyboard, don't expect to type as fast as you could on the Blackberry.
- There is no T9 option either, if that's what you're used to.
- Unless you install some sort of hack or mod, your carrier will properly charge you for Laptop Tethering (i.e. using your phone's internet connection on your laptop).
- Very little in way of customizing the phone's home-screen/desktop. You can set a background, but it only appears when the phone is locked. You can move icons around, but you can't change icons or put them into folders.
- The global "spotlight" search works great... except it won't search your text messages.
- You can't delete all your text messages as once if you're looking to free up some space.
- AT&T won't support MMS until later this year.
- Certain "sounds" the phone makes are followed by a high-pitch whine which is clearly noticeable & quite annoying.
- Both of the "UGLY" should be fixed in the coming months, so don't let that deter you from picking up this amazing phone.