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I've owned all iterations of the iPhone--and this is by far the one I was most impressed with. The switch from the 3g-->3gS puts the previous 1st-->3g jump to shame.
The 3gS variants are almost identical to the previous 3G iPhones. The major changes are NOT cosmetic in nature. The CPU has been improved from 412mhz to 600mhz, the ram has been doubled, a new graphics chip has been installed (providing OpenGL support), a new camera, and an internal compass has been built in (see more). Sadly, there is STILL no 3rd party routing software available--google maps is sufficient though.
Thoughts: 3G vs. 3G S
1. The battery life for both is rather similar. SLIGHT improvement in the 3G S.
2. The LCD digitizer (touchscreen) is practically the same with both editions--3G seems brighter.
3. Dimensions and case sizes are nearly identical--3G S is a bit thinner. The engravings on the back are different, but you're getting the same pretty case from the 3G.
4. Unaided GPS (without AT&T tower assistance) is just about as weak in both models... but the 3G S sports an internal compass, allowing for amazing accuracy and directional navigation while hiking and "street-walking". Hands down, the best new addition to the 3G S.
5. The new CPU and graphics chip combine for SIGNIFICANTLY decreased loading times when partaking in both graphically intensive gaming, and everyday activities (web browser loading). In games, this contributes to increased frame rates which are highly noticeable.
6. The internal camera has been boosted from a paltry 2mp to an adequate 3mp. It's not spectacular, but it's in line with current offerings. It features autofocus, which is a very nice addition. FINALLY, users have built-in video recording capability without going to extreme lengths.
What is disturbing about this model:
1. Do NOT let it overheat. Make sure you keep it charged in a cool location with sufficient airflow. This means DON'T put it on fabric. Don't overcharge, and be sure to inspect (check for overheating) regularly. The first time it overheats (it will be HOT to the touch), the battery output will GREATLY diminish (1/2 to 1/3 capacity), and should be changed through Apple.
2. There is NO apple-supplied application for checking and resetting the iPhone battery. This is provided for MacBooks, but not the iPod line
3. As with all iPhone models, buy a case--a Zagg InvisibleShield to protect it from scratches and the odd bump/bruise--or a silicone case--I highly recommend a screen protector. iPhones are FRAGILE (see below).
4. Internal components are flush with the case, and simple dents will cause components/features to fail.
5. DO NOT attempt to open ANY iPhone model for repair if you do not have experience--the cases/trim are prone to dents/bends, and you are likely to scratch/damage internal components if you attempt to replace the digitizer or battery yourself (the most common repairs). It is better to take them directly to Apple stores for repair.
6. Based on who you talk to, Apple will ONLY honor the 1 year manufacturer warranty if the iPhone is linked to an AT&T contract. If you have Jailbroken/Unlocked your iPhone, reset it to factory firmware and specifications before attempting to deal with Apple Repair.
7. No external HD capacity detected--camera only.
8. You have to deal with iTunes to activate and sync music.
9. Still no front-based camera for video-conferencing... very important to business users.
Hope this helped
We're just going to come out and say it: the iPhone has the most beautiful industrial design of any cellphone we've ever seen. Yes, it's a matter of taste, and while we imagine some won't agree, we find it hard to resist the handset's thoughtful minimalism and attention to detail.
The iPhone features the most attractive display we've ever seen on a portable device of this size, by far and bar none. While its 160ppi resolution isn't quite photorealistic, the extremely bright 3.5-inch display does run at 480 x 320, making it one of the highest pixel-density devices around today (save the Toshiba G900's mind-popping 3-inch 800 x 480 display). The screen also provides an excellent outdoor viewing experience. With optical properties reminiscent of transflective displays, the iPhone remains completely readable (if a only bit washed out) even in direct sunlight. Unfortunately, the display's viewing angle left a little something to be desired.
Initial operating system iPhone OS 1.0
Highest Supported operating system iPhone OS 3.1.3
Display 3.5 in (89 mm), 3:2 aspect ratio, scratch-resistant glossy glass covered screen, 262,144-color LCD, 480 × 320 px(HVGA) at 163 ppi
Storage 4, 8 and 16 GB
Processor 620 MHz (underclocked to 412 MHz) Samsung 32-bit RISCARM 1176JZ(F)-S v1.0
Graphics PowerVR MBX Lite 3D GPU
Memory 128 MB DRAM
Connectivity Wi-Fi (802.11b/g),
USB 2.0/Dock connector,
Quad bandGSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
Bluetooth 2.0 + EDRCambridge Bluecore4
Camera 2.0 MP
Audio codec Wolfson MicroelectronicsWM8758BG
Materials Aluminum, glass and plastic
Power Built-in non removable rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery
3.7 V1400 mA·h
Rated battery life (hours) audio: 24
Talk over 2G: 8
Browsing internet: 6
Dimensions 115 × 61 × 11.6 mm (4.5 × 2.4 × 0.46 in)
Weight 135 g (4.8 oz)
Released 4 and 8 GB: June 29, 2007
16 GB: February 5, 2008
Discontinued 4 GB: September 5, 2007
8 and 16 GB: July 11, 2008
Type Allocation Codes 01/124500
Ok, I have wrote a review on buying used IPhones from Ebay " http://catalog.ebay.com/Apple-iPhone-3G-8-GB-Black-AT-T-/71354345/r.html?_fcls=1 "
and now, I'm here to give you my opinion regarding IPhone 3Gs 32GB WHITE, I have been an owner for this phone for almost 3 months, and I'm taking a very good care of it as it's like my own baby, but, as any cell phone, each has it's cons and pros, so, let me start with the advantages as all of other people do :)
PS: This is only my PERSONAL point of view.
Clear, big (but not the biggest), very sensitive and double touch :) (gestures)
2. BIG Memory
Yup, I love having big memory for movies and games.
3. Very funny applications
Despite I'm working in software industry, but, this cell phone (as I must say and repeat it again and again) rocks by it's software, you can install hundreds of software and the phone will never come slow (unless you messed up :) )
4. Easy to use, if you are a Nokia (or other brand) user, you will take some time to get to use to it, and when you do, you will never will return to Nokia again :). (PS: I have used plenty of brands with different types of Cell phones Operating systems).
5. Cool Camera :), I like it even from the 3G model but, with the 3Gs, you can record VIDEO :) wow.
If all the previous features are great so, What's is not COOL then,
actually, I have some :),
1. Many functions are missing, for example, you can't send files through bluetooth, Even there are some software that tries to solve this issue, but, still NO NATIVE Support, if you have international numbers starts with 00 not (+), the Iphone won't give you the caller's name, and so on.
2. Apple domination, I mean, if you want to install some software that doesn't exists on Apple Stores, basically, you can't, you will need to JAILBREAK it to install it, I don't know why Apple do that, even if it is not legal software the reliability goes on the user, that's doesn't mean I install illegal software, I actually try the "lite" versions and if I like it, I buy it.
3. ITunes still not very professional when comes to IPhone, there are some good software (free) that gives uses a very good control over their IPhones like "IPhone PC Suite".
4. Unlocked version, is so expensive, when compared to other High end devices.
After all, I can't give this device less than 4 stars actually, I wanted it 5 :) but, I can't
All the best.
Apple iPhone 3G S
The iPhone 3G S is more polished than earlier models and without the reception problems that plague the iPhone 4.
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.
Highlights include GPS navigation with a digital compass, OS X applications from the App Store, super fast web browsing, Apple's famous music-playing capabilities, up to 32 GB of built-in memory, and Wi-Fi.
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. Functions missing like Bluetooth or not the best camera.
The iPhone 3G S launched June 2009. The iPhone 3GS includes features like a video camera, voice control and a digital compass. The camera has been upgraded to 3 megapixels with autofocus. Battery life has been improved and applications run faster. And, set your eyebrows to "shocked" because, finally you can now copy and paste text, and forward messages.
Main features of the Apple iPhone 3GS:
- OS X Operating System
- Assisted GPS with digital compass
- 3 megapixel camera with autofocus
- Video camera (VGA, 30 frames per second)
- Display: 480 x 320 pixels (3.5 inch) touchscreen
- Music player (AAC, Protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 1, 2, and 3), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV formats)
- Voice control, voice memos
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, email
- Memory: 16GB or 32GB flash drive
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi (802.11b/g), 3.5mm headphone jack
- WAP, EDGE, HSDPA
- Size: 116 x 62 x 12.3 mm
- Weight: 135g
- Quad-band (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz) plus UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)
- Talktime: 5 - 12 hours
- Battery standby: 300 hours
- Audio playback: Up to 30 hours
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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.
I bought 4 of these, 3 for birthday gifts, and one for me. The birthday gifts were appropriated immediately by the recipients' 9 yr-olds and provided endless hours of travel play. Of course, they depleted the batteries and the parents did not have their cells, but everyone was happy. The presents were a huge success for everyone. I, however, have a longer learning curve than they do, and I find several usage problems. I'm struggling with understanding why the wi-fi internet worked so well before I initiated the 3G service and after, nothing. Itunes still tells me I don't have service. Apparently I must go through some complicated pc reconfiguring to get the 3G to work. Eventually I'm sure to resolve the problems, but it's irritating to not be able to use all the features immediately. Pros, the color touch screen, the apps I've seen on the gifts, and the Mophi Air I added when I saw how fast the battery was depleted are all impressive. About all I'm really familiar with on the phone is the directory which I spent many hours cleaning up after a "friend" synced with my business Outlook and left me a mess. Why can't I alphabetitze the "favorites" lising? I have a long list of things to still learn, but I like the phone almost as well as I did my last cell. Cons, the sound is hard to hear even with the volume on high in certain high noise situations.
The iPhone 3GS is a major step forward from the iPhone 3G, because of the much faster processor, improved camera with (smooth, not choppy) video capability, and a better GPS performance with added compass and other features. Apart of that, the iPhone 3GS is pretty much the same as 3G. The biggest weakness of any iPhone so far has been the short battery life. Apple has built a great smartphone with a large bright and high-quality LCD screen that is capable of playing video and music, and performing all sorts of energy-consuming tasks... and the battery remains the same as the very first version if iPhone 1st Generation. On a bad day (when I use my phone more) I'm lucky if my battery lasts for more than 3-4 hours. I implore Apple to fix this issue with the next iPhone coming up in June 2010! Another issue that bothers me a lot is the lack of Adobe Flash technology, which makes a large percentage of popular websites unavailable for viewing on the iPhone. This is probably due to some financial politics between Apple and Adobe, two of the world's most amazing companies- but unfortunately in this case the ones that suffer are the users. Although I really love my iPhone 3GS and want to give it 5 stars, because of the battery life and the limited web browsing, I am unable to give it more than 4 stars. Which is still a lot higher than most other phones for sale on the North American market today.
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.