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Created: 12/01/09

First Impression...Apple iPhone 3GS 32 GB White

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.

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Created: 08/06/11

iPhone 3Gs - Improves on greatness/OS 3.0 makes a dream

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

After suffering under the oppression of being a 3G owner for so long, I had an epiphany that I could get a not-too-expensive upgrade without having to renew my AT&T contract at this critical time in Apple's product line development here on eBay. However, I never suspected how much of an upgrade switching to the 3Gs would be. It's infinitely faster than I'd imagined--I still haven't quite gotten used to not having to wait. I opted for a white, 32GB model, and even this has thrilled me beyond measure. I love the stark white color because I never misplace my phone for very long anymore, a...Read full reviewnd I love being able to load all of my (too many) apps onto this phone. I mean I can't gush enough--it was everything I was missing in being an iPhone owner: better camera, video recording, compass w/ dynamic maps, printing abilities, airplay abilities, game center, background applications, wallpaper, screen orientation locking, notes accounts, accessibility options, longer battery life, faster syncing, typing, texting and browser experience (in general, no longer just sitting there for the phone to load an app or to actually type the letters I pressed minutes before only to realize I made a mistake or it autocorrected wrong), less application crashing and I'm sure much, much more. I've only really started to realize how much different the 3Gs experience is than my 3G. It's like being a new iPhone owner all over again. I'm excited to use my phone again, and I curse much less. Needless to say, I'm quite satisfied with the 3Gs and don't see upgrading to any newer model iPhone/iOS device prematurely. If you are still a iPhone 3G owner, I can't express to you how much better your life will be on a 3Gs.

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Created: 08/06/11

"Modest improvements--still lacking in areas"

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

After suffering under the oppression of being a 3G owner for so long, I had an epiphany that I could get a not-too-expensive upgrade without having to renew my AT&T contract at this critical time in Apple's product line development here on eBay. However, I never suspected how much of an upgrade switching to the 3Gs would be. It's infinitely faster than I'd imagined--I still haven't quite gotten used to not having to wait. I opted for a white, 32GB model, and even this has thrilled me beyond measure. I love the stark white color because I never misplace my phone for very long anymore, a...Read full reviewnd I love being able to load all of my (too many) apps onto this phone. I mean I can't gush enough--it was everything I was missing in being an iPhone owner: better camera, video recording, compass w/ dynamic maps, printing abilities, airplay abilities, game center, background applications, wallpaper, screen orientation locking, notes accounts, accessibility options, longer battery life, faster syncing, typing, texting and browser experience (in general, no longer just sitting there for the phone to load an app or to actually type the letters I pressed minutes before only to realize I made a mistake or it autocorrected wrong), less application crashing and I'm sure much, much more. I've only really started to realize how much different the 3Gs experience is than my 3G. It's like being a new iPhone owner all over again. I'm excited to use my phone again, and I curse much less. Needless to say, I'm quite satisfied with the 3Gs and don't see upgrading to any newer model iPhone/iOS device prematurely. If you are still a iPhone 3G owner, I can't express to you how much better your life will be on a 3Gs.

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Created: 03/21/10

3GS vs. touch and a 3G/4G non-ATT phone.

We have sold numerous iPhone/Touch accessories on eBay over the last couple of years, without actually buying the main product. Our son, who has ATT service, recently upgraded his phone to the 3GS for $199.00 with 2 year contract and $40 data plan. I took a different path. Being with a T-Mobile, I upgrade to a tough and durable Sony Ericsson TM506 3G flip phone for $0 with 2 year contract and $5.99 T-zones legacy unlimited data plan. It has GPS, 3G data, bluetooth, media, microSD expansion, 2MP still/video camera, full media player/editors, Java apps (Opera browser, world cam, remote, etc.) and voice notes/dialing; all, in a PSP style interface. Then I picked up a used 2nd gen iPod touch on eBay for under $100, to participate in the iTunes/iStore functionality. I am not a fan of the big and clunky iTunes, nor Apple's over controlling device mandates. I have had better experiences over the years downloading and installing Windows Mobile, Palm, Symbian and Java apps, as well as media files. However, restoring a device's firmware via iTunes is nice, compared to the sometimes dicey firmware updates of other devices. Second to iTunes, we downloaded Total Commander with the T-PoT.1.1 plug-in to browse the Touch/iPhone contents via USB. I rank the iTunes experience as comparable to that of Windows Mobile ActiveSync. Don't get me wrong, the 3GS is a marvel of tech, but so are Android and other devices. The Apple touchscreens are easily broken, witness all the broken Touch/iPhone units on eBay. Coupled that with Apple's extreme warranty policies and ATT's horrible pricing, the choice was easy for me. I wanted a rough and tumble, drop it regularly, that is easy to replace - without breaking the bank, full featured phone. And, I wanted a mobile, full featured, big screen and sweet interface media and internet device. Now, I have both. We have notebook and netbook devices for more mission critical efforts. The iPad will probably be my wife's second device of choice. More of a sofa appliance, not as portable as the Touch.

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Created: 02/03/10

Apples revolutionary phone!!

Iphone
A revolutionary mobile device designed by Apple, opening so many new doors for the cell phones market and electronics in general!
At first the iphone was all about a brilliant big screen and a really capable ipod.
Now, after two upgrades the iphone is a lot more than that! Its a do it all gizmo....just think of it....what you need is probably an app away. Its the best ipod, the best phone and the best device on being capable of running 3rd party apps.
The iphone gives you the feeling that its alive....In association with iTunes, it lets you change it so that it fits you. You shift the phone depending on what apps you use and you make it truly yours, without having to worry how your content has to be put as itunes takes care of the how. Now its up to you to decide what!!!!!
I would say that the iphone is honestly the most brilliant phone that has ever existed.
Its still not perfect though,
I mean, the messaging could use some work, the awfully too many restrictions could be less (mainly the bluetooth restrictions), the camera could have been better and a flash for the cam would be great. Speaking of cameras, we could really use a secondary video call one on the front and an app browser that gives you a wider point of view of what you have.
Other than that, when u see an iphone, you dont say thats a phone... You say Its an Iphone. Thats how magically it rocks!!!!

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Created: 11/20/11

10 Lust-Inspiring Phones

No, I would not recommend this product.

There is no cellphone more anticipated this year than the next generation of the Apple iPhone. But for some high rollers, the ultimate iPhone is a diamond-encrusted version from London jeweler Amosu. At 20,000 pounds ($39,600), the creation ranks among the world's most expensive phones.

Even a $40,000 iPhone seems tame compared with the 8800 Arte from Austrian designer Peter Aloisson. The luxury Nokia (nyse: NOK - news - people ) phone is posh to begin with, featuring designer ringtones and wallpapers and an 18-karat white gold finish. Encased in more than 680 pink and white brilliant-cut diamonds--sparing only the screen and slide-out keyboard--the embellished phone is a marvel. And, at 85,000 euros ($134,000), it's also the price of a college education.

In Pictures: 10 Lust-Inspiring Phones
These super high-end cellphones are a fascinating anomaly within the cellphone industry. While handset makers like Nokia, Samsung and Motorola (nyse: MOT - news - people ) churn out millions of $40 phones for developing markets such as China, Russia and India (see "Cellphones Your Wallet Will Love"), smaller firms like Amosu and Peter Aloisson focus on serving a much smaller population at the other end of the market.

It's a trend that shows no signs of halting. Fashion firms and automakers continue to show interest on the designer side. Last week, Christian Dior (other-otc: CHDRF.PK - news - people ) unveiled a $5,000 phone that resembles a sleek cosmetic compact. Watchmaker Tag Heuer is coming out with a $6,000 phone with a crocodile leather back. Porsche (other-otc: PSEPF.PK - news - people ) and Lamborghini have phones. Ferrari collaborated with Vertu, a U.K.-based luxury phone manufacturer owned by Nokia, on a special-edition phone last year.

Luxury firms say the steady march of cellphones across the globe is further expanding the market by popularizing the notion of luxury phones. "Mobile phones are becoming more and more an object of desire for people," says Alberto Torres, president of Vertu.

So what does a multi-thousand-dollar phone have that a $100 or $200 phone lacks? In the case of Vertu, whose phones range from $4,000 to $300,000, the difference begins with materials. Its handsets are crafted using scratch-proof sapphire glass screens, titanium frames, ruby bearings (for minimal wear and tear), fine leather and, in some models, gold and platinum.

Design inspirations are similarly highbrow. The brand's "Signature" line features details from jewelry and watchmaking. Its "Ascent" line is based on luxury automobiles and incorporates carbon fiber and rubber. (Torres uses a red Ascent handset.) Vertu's newest phones, the "Constellation" line, are meant to evoke images of classical aviation.

Then there is the painstaking construction. Though Vertu phones incorporate Nokia technology, they are developed and manufactured separately. Some models have more than 500 mechanical pieces, all assembled by hand in Europe. Torres compares the process to that of other luxury goods, such as cars, watches and handbags.

The phones are manufactured with longevity in mind, both in terms of tough construction and classic design. Vertu tests some phones by running a car over them. The goal, says Torres, is to make the phones functional for 20 years, even if users are likely to swap phones long before then.

The combination has attracted high-profile fans, such as former Ferrari Chief Executive Jean Todt, Beyoncé, Gwyneth Palt

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Created: 08/04/11

Sleek and Efficient, it never crashes and is very dependable.

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

The iPhone is hands down my favourite smartphone. I have owned the Blackberry and the Mytouch, and the iPhone is much more durable, easy to use, ergonomic, and comfortable. I have had the first generation, the 3G, and currently use the 3GS. With 32GB I have plenty of space for my extensive music library and many apps. Sometimes the processor seems a bit slow and can get bogged down when switching apps, but it never freezes completely nor does it shut down unexpectedly. The battery life could be greater, but then again this phone is now at least two years old. Sometimes the audio is not great, meaning the sound during calls. Though I generally can hear others, I imagine that sometimes they do not hear me clearly. My brother says that the radio chip in this phone is inferior. My major beef is not a hardware dilemma as much as the corporate issues with this phone. I like to have a jailbroken phone. Not as much for the free apps, but rather so that I can unlock it and use it on T-Mobile which I have had for many years and appreciate their lower price and good customer service. Unfortunately the iPhone will not function on 3G with Tmobile and can only use the dreadfully slow Edge/T-Zones networks which mean no real internet service. Fine for checking emails on occasion, but if yo are on the move and need google maps for directions, well forget it. If you want to hear a song or watch a video on Youtube you can forget about that as well. Wifi only for internet. For many reasons I need regular internet service, so I decided to try out the HTC Sensation which was just released. Although my wife has the Mytouch 4G and I am familiar with the Android system, I found it unfamiliar and a bit uncomfortable to use. I much prefer the simplicity and ergonomics of the iPhone. It just has a very natural feel to it. Also the Screen- on the iPhone your finger slides gently in any direction at any time. I find all other screens to be sticky and not accommodating to high humidity, though I suppose with a screen protector it could be somewhat ameliorated. I would just like to see the iPhone 5 come out with an option for Tmobile customers now that the monolithic AT&T has swallowed up this fair company, at least give us the iPhone as a consolation...

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Created: 10/30/11

The best phone that is fun to use !

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

A great phone!
Quality at the highest level!
Pros:
excellent screen,
responsive touchscreen,
large memory,
Glass screen scratch-resistant,
GPS,
3G,
many applications and games,
Fast Work,
lots of accessories.

Cons:
There is no flash in the camera.

I am very pleased with your purchase!

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Created: 05/09/10

More than JUST a phone...

I bought this phone a while after the "iPhone Craze" began. I originally thought that the phone was over-priced and over-rated. I bought it almost on a whim, and am SO glad I did. Overall it's the most impressive electronic I've ever owned. I have had this phone for almost 6 months and still love it after the "new" wore off.

PROS:
Text messages are stored like messenger services instead of a list of each individual text there are conversations. There really is an application for everything. (A lot of which are FREE!) They have applications for everything background checks, games, radio, photo editing (yes, photo editing on your phone), to pedometers and recipes or drink ideas. You can manage your financial life with online banking, your social life with online community and your personal life with grocery lists, event calendars & alarm applications made specifically for the iPhone. Not to mention any other mobile sites; I shop from my phone frequently on Amazon and eBay. Screen Resolution & Color are brilliant. iPod on these phones eliminates need for any other MP3 players, I use mine with the headphones, stereo dock, portable dock, and in my car, and on occasion I have just used the phone's built in speakers. Camera is good quality in good lighting, not a replacement for a good digital camera, but great for sharing snap shots on Facebook, email or mms. Video on the 3GS are great for spur of the moment activities you want to share, I email my husband videos of the kids frequently straight from my phone to his email. A wide range of accessories can be found cheap. Your online and mobile life at your fingertips with fully customizable menu. When using the wall charger I have had my phone charge from dead to 100% in under 30 mins. The USB cord comes in handy too. You WILL wonder how you lived without this phone.

CONS:
This review wouldn't be completely accurate without cons. The battery life with this phone is not as good as most other phones; it depends on your usage. If you are use the phone for intermittent internet, texting and calling the battery can last two days, but if you spend a lot of time on the internet the battery could last as little as 4 hours. Also adjusting the screen brightness has a drastic impact on the battery life. The darker the setting the longer your battery lasts. When calling non-contacts you have to go through the phone icon, then through keypad icon which can be a pain. If you are not familiar with iTunes then you will have some trail and errors. You can not use custom alert sounds for text messages, or download ringtones from websites straight to your phone or from texts, that along with your music must be done through iTunes. You can not bluetooth other phones. The colors and screen appearance itself can not be customized. The phone is slim but not small and with some thicker cases or protectors can be too large to fit into pockets easily. This phone can be distracting, and cause you to ignore people you love so be careful! Ha ha.

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Created: 12/13/09

I own one, and I love it

Ok, I have wrote a review on buying used IPhones from Ebay " http://catalog.ebay.com/Apple-​iPhone-3G-8-GB-Black-AT-T-/713​54345/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.

1. LCD:
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.

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