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Apple iPhone 3G

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5385 reviews of Apple iPhone 3G. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. People are impressed by the portability and design. The performance and price are also mentioned favorably, but many are negative about the reception and reliability.

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battery, camera, sound, reliability, reception

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Apple iPhone 3G is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple iPhone 3G

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 256 user reviews of Apple iPhone 3G from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.co.uk. Opinions about the design and portability are overall positive. The performance and usability also get good feedback, but many are negative about the durability.

price, usability, performance, portability, design

durability

71% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iPhone 3G 8GB SIM-Free - BlackApple iPhone 3G 8GB SIM-Free - Black

Jan, 2018

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple iPhone 3G

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1664 user reviews of Apple iPhone 3G from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the size and screen. The portability and performance also get good reviews, whereas some have doubts about the battery and durability. Views are divided on the usability.

price, performance, portability, screen, size

reliability, durability, battery

57% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iPhone 3G 8GB - UnlockedApple iPhone 3G 8GB - Unlocked

Jan, 2018

Consumer review by: (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Apple iPhone 3G

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Apple iPhone 3G from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 2.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.ca.

50% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: iPhone 3G 8GB (Unlocked)iPhone 3G 8GB (Unlocked)

Jan, 2018

Expert review by: Anand Lal Shimpi (anandtech.com)

Apple's Town Hall iPhone Event Live Blog

 

10:36AM PDT - 64-bit!!!!

11:11AM PDT - Listing to Elvis Costello now, the live blog is over, we'll be back with hands on time asap. Thanks for reading!

Sep, 2013

Expert review by: Anand Lal Shimpi (anandtech.com)

iPhone 3G Preview - Buying Today? Find out if you Should

 

We take a quick look at the EVGA X58 Classified and provide an early BIOS guide for getting the most out of this X58 board and others.

Feb, 2009

Expert review by: (pcworld.com)

iPhone 3G Torture Tests

 

In our second annual iPhone Stress Tests, Senior Editor Tim Moynihan applied a serious beating to the Apple iPhone 3G using keys, breakfast cereal, water, dish soap, and city sidewalks.

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Feb, 2009

Expert review by: Mat Honan (wired.com)

Review: Apple iPhone 3G

 

[Editor's note: We've spent an entire week testing every single nuance of the iPhone 3G and what follows is Wired‘s official, pull-no-punches, boiled-down, just-the-facts review....

Without exception, the best user interface of any phone. WiFi and zippy 3G network fetch websites faster than a Labrador on a sirloin. GPS with Google Maps integration beats many handheld navigators. Bright, beautiful, highly responsive touchscreen...

Battery drains juice faster than a toddler in the desert. AT&T’s 3G network riddled with more holes than Krispy Kreme. Want to cut and paste? Bust out the scissors and glue. Plastic back highly susceptible to nicks and scratches. Still no MMS. Did we...

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: GSMArena team (gsmarena.com)

iPhone 3G review: Twice the hype, half the novelty

 

It's finally here - the iPhone 3G. No, we mean that literally. It's finally at our office and boy, are we excited! GPS, HSDPA purring under the new iPhone hood with a hefty number of software enhancements. But all them software goodies...

3.5" 16M-color TFT display with a resolution of 480 x 320 pixels ; Quad-band GSM support ; Tri-band UMTS support with HSDPA ; Built-in GPS receiver ; Wi-Fi ; 8 to 16GB of onboard storage ; Accelerometer, proximity sensor and ambient light sensor ; 2...

No video calls over the 3G network ; The handset wobbles on hard even surfaces ; There are a number of messaging downers ; Camera has no auto focus, nor video recording… nor any settings at all ; Safari browser doesn't support Flash and Java, doesn't...

So, back to the drill - the 3G-enabled iPhone was rumored ever since the iPhone 1G surfaced last year. Now that we have the real thing in our hands, it doesn't seem that groundbreaking anymore. Nevertheless, there are quite a few things to cover so we...

Aug, 2008

Expert review by: (pcworld.com)

Apple iPhone 3G Smart Phone

 

The latest iPhone's 3G wireless radio accelerates data surfing, but the new model offers little else to justify upgrading from the previous iPhone.

Has a 3G radio for faster wireless data ; Integrates assisted GPS

Service plan is more expensive

If you already own a first-generation iPhone, though, you should be wary of upgrading. You'll pay more for service, and if you don't live in a 3G-friendly area, or can manage well enough using a Wi-Fi network for Web browsing instead of a cellular...

Jul, 2008

Expert review by: Melissa J. Perenson (pcworld.com)

Apple 16GB iPhone 3G

 

Innovative design and seamless integration between software and hardware propelled the first-generation iPhone to instant stardom. Its successor, the iPhone 3G, at once expands upon that innovation--and delivers it at half the entry price of its...

Has a 3G radio for faster wireless data ; Integrates assisted GPS

Service plan is more expensive ; Mediocre battery life

With a lower price, 3G radio, and GPS, this smart phone is in a class by itself.

Jul, 2008

Expert review by: ZDNet (zdnet.com)

Apple iPhone 3G (16GB)

 

Parts of the iPhone 3G are superb -- Web browsing, email, App Store, GPS -- but these are met in equal measure by elements which are either absent or mediocre. When we use the iPhone 3G, we can't ignore the vast divide between what the iPhone is and...

3G, Wi-Fi and GPS, Outstanding Safari browser and email, iPod app is great, App Store is best of its kind

No navigation software, Dismal camera app, Disappointing battery life, Counter-intuitive menus and settings

Jul, 2008

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Mark Spoonauer (laptopmag.com)

iPhone 3G

 

Faster data speeds, business-grade e-mail, improved call quality, and a good selection of third-party applications solidify the iPhone 3G as the touchscreen phone to beat.

Yes, first-gen iPhone owners benefit from the 2.0 software upgrade, but that doesn’t diminish the magnitude of the iPhone 3G's faster data speeds and improved call quality. Upgrading isn’t exactly a no-brainer, however, especially since the monthly...

Jul, 2008

Expert review by: Kent German (cnet.com)

Apple iPhone 3G review

 

Editors' note: We have lowered the rating of this product from 8.3 to 8.0 in the wake of the release of the iPhone 3G S. For a full analysis of the iPhone OS 3.0 software update, please see our iPhone 3G S review . For ongoing coverage, please see our...

The Apple iPhone 3G offers critical new features including support for high-speed 3G networks, third-party applications, and expanded e-mail. Its call quality is improved and it continues to deliver an excellent music and video experience.

The iPhone 3G continues to lack some basic features that are available on even the simplest cell phone. Battery life was uneven, and the 3G connection tended to be shaky. Also, the e-mail syncing is not without its faults.

The iPhone 3G delivers on its promises by adding critical features and sharper call quality. The iTunes App Store is pretty amazing, and the 3G support is more than welcome. Critical features still are missing, and the battery depletes quickly under...

Jul, 2008

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Browsing time:10 / 5 / 6
Browsing time (3G):12 / 8
Browsing time (4G):10 / 13
Browsing time (Wi-Fi):10 / 12 / 13
Continuous audio playback time:24 / 40 / 50
Continuous video playback time:10 / 13 / 7
Standby time (2G):225 / 300
Standby time (3G):225 / 240 / 250
Talk time (2G):14 / 5
Talk time (3G):10 / 14 / 7 / 8
Wireless audio playback time:40
Wireless charging:Y
Wireless video playback time:13

Call Management

Call blocking:Y
Call divert:Y / Yes
Call hold:Y / Yes
Call timer:Y / Yes
Call waiting:Y / Yes
Caller ID:Y / Yes
Conference call:Y / Yes
Speakerphone:Y / Yes
Speed dialing: Yes
Vibrating alert:Y / Yes
Voice commands:Y / Yes
Voice dialing:Y / Yes

Camera

Auto focus:Y / Yes
Built-in camera: Yes
Built-in flash:Y / Yes
Digital Zoom:3 / 5
Face detection:Y / Yes
Flash Type:LED
Front Camera:Y
Front camera aperture number:2.2
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.2 / 7
Geotagging:Y / Yes
Image Stabilizer:Y
Main camera resolution (numeric):5 / 8
Maximum frame rate:240 / 30
Multi-shot:Y
Night mode:Y
Rear camera aperture number:1.8
Rear camera resolution (numeric):12 / 5 / 8
Rear camera type:Single camera
Resolution at capture speed:1280×720@30fps,1920x1080@120fps,1920x1080@30fps,1920x1080@60fps,3840x2160@30fps
Second camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:1.2
Self-timer:Y
Smile detection:Y
Video capture resolution (max):3840 x 2160 / 640 x 480
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video recording modes:1080p / 1080p, 720p / 720p / 720p,1080p,2160p
Video stabilizer:Y / Yes
Zoom capability:Y / Yes

Certificates

Body SAR:1.12
Body SAR (EU):0.95
Head SAR:1.18
Head SAR (EU):0.9

Design

Brand color:Space Gray
Color of product:Black / Blue / Green / Grey / Pink / Silver, White / White / Yellow
Fingerprint reader:Y / Yes
Form Factor:Bar
International Protection (IP) code:IP67
Protection features:Dust resistant, Splash proof, Water resistant

Display

Contrast ratio (typical):1400:1 / 800:1
Display brightness:500 / 625
Display Diagonal:3.5 / 4 / 4.7
Display Resolution:1136 x 640 / 1334 x 750 / 480 x 320 / 640 x 1136 / 960 x 640
Display Type:IPS / LED
Orientation sensor:Y / Yes
Pixel density:326
Screen shape:Flat
Second display:N
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Gyroscope:Y
Proximity sensor:Y / Yes

Messaging

Chat:Y / Yes
E-mail:Y
Instant messaging (IM):Y / Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y / Yes
Short Message Service (SMS):Y / Yes

Multimedia

Archive formats supported:ZIP
Audio formats supported:AAC, AAX, AAX+, AIFF, HE-AAC, M4A, MP3, WAV / AAC, AAX, AAX+, AIFF, HE-AAC, MP3, WAV / AAC, AAX, AAX+, HE-AAC, MP3, WAV / AAC, AIFF, MP3, WAV / AAC, MP3 / AAC,AAX,AAX+,AIFF,HE-AAC,M4A,MP3,WAV / AAC,AAX,AAX+,AIFF,HE-AAC,M4A,WAV
Document formats supported:DOC, DOCX, HTM, HTML, ICS, KEY, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT, VCF, XLS, XLSX / DOC, DOCX, HTM, HTML, KEY, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT, VCF, XLS, XLSX / DOC, DOCX, HTML, KEY, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT, VCF, XLS, XLSX / DOC, DOCX, PDF, TXT, XLS, XLX / DOC,DOCX,HTM,HTML,ICS,PDF,PPT,PPTX,RTF,TXT,VCF,XLS,XLSX
Equalizer:Y
FM radio: No
Image formats supported:GIF, JPG, PNG / GIF, JPG, TIF / GIF,JPG,TIF / JPG, TIF
Speakers:Mono / Stereo
Video compression format:AVI, H.264, M-JPEG, MP4 / AVI, M4V, MOV, MP4 / H.264, M-JPEG, MPEG4 / H.264, M4V, MOV, MP4, MPEG4 / M-JPEG, M4V, MOV, MP4
Video compression formats:H.264, M-JPEG, MPEG4 / H.264,M-JPEG,MPEG4
Video formats supported:AVI,H.264,M-JPEG,MP4 / AVI,M4V,MOV,MP4 / H.264,M-JPEG,MPEG4 / H.264,M4V,MOV,MP4,MPEG4 / M-JPEG,M4V,MOV,MP4

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y / Yes
Barometer:Y
Electronic compass:Y / Yes
GLONASS:Y
GPS:No / Yes
GPS (satellite):N / Y
GPS antenna: Yes
Position location:Y
Wi-Fi positioning:Y / Yes

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE / EDGE,GPRS / EDGE,GPRS,GSM / EDGE,GSM
3G:Y / Yes
3G bands supported:800,1900 / 800,900,1900,2100 / 850,900,1700,1900,2100 / 850,900,1900,2100
3G standards:CDMA,HSDPA,HSUPA / DC-HSDPA,EVDO,HSPA+,UMTS / DC-HSDPA,HSPA+,UMTS / HSDPA,HSPA+,UMTS / HSDPA,HSUPA / HSPA+
4G:Y
4G standard:LTE
AirPlay:Y / Yes
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP
Bluetooth version:2.0+EDR / 2.1+EDR / 4.0 / 4.2 / 5.0
Data network:3G / 3G, 4G
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y
SIM card capability:Single SIM
SIM card type:MicroSIM / NanoSIM
Tethering (modem-mode):Y
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Operating altitude:0 - 118110.2
Operating relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Operating relative humidity range:5 - 95
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 45
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 45

Other Features

Camera included: Yes
EDGE: Yes
Music player: Yes
Polyphonic ring: Yes
Ringer type:Monophonic / MP3 / Polyphonic
Rotating: Yes
Video playback: Yes
Voice recording: Yes
Volume Control:Digital
Wireless connection:Y
Wireless connections: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Bundled software:FaceTime\nSafari\niTunes Store\nApp Store
Cables included:Lightning / USB
Headset included:Y / Yes
Interface adapters included:Lightning male - 3.5 mm female
Quick start guide:Y / Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Flight mode:Y / Yes
Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion / Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion / Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
Microphone mute:Y / Yes
Office support: Yes
Operating system installed:iOS
Operating system version:4 / 6 / 7
Personal info management:Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes, Stopwatch, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, To-do list
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes, Stopwatch, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, To-do list
Personalization:Icons, Menu / Menu
Proximity sensor: Yes
Themes:Wallpapers
Video call:Y / Yes
Windows operating systems supported:-60 - 10000 / 13 x 1.77 x 3.15 / Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Basic x64, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Starter x64, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 8, Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows 8 Enterprise x64, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Pro x64, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Business x64, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Enterprise x64, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Basic x64, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Home Premium x64, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate x64, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Home x64, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Professional x64 / Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Starter x64, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Business x64, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Basic x64, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Home Premium x64, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate x64, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Home x64, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Professional x64

Ports & interfaces

Docking connector: Yes
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm / Lightning
Lightning connector:Y
TV out:Y
TV-out: Yes
USB port:N

Processor

64-bit computing:Y / Yes
Coprocessor:Y
Coprocessor model:M11 / M9
Processor:A4 / A6
Processor cores:6
Processor family:Apple
Processor frequency:1
Processor model:A11 / A4 / A6 / A9

Software

Mac compatibility:Y
Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite,Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan,Mac OS X 10.12 Sierra,Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks / Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite,Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan,Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks / Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion / Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion / Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
Office support: Yes
Operating system installed:iOS
Operating system version:11 / 4 / 6 / 7 / 9
Windows operating systems supported:Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Starter x64, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Business x64, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Basic x64, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Home Premium x64, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate x64, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Home x64, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Professional x64

Storage

Compatible memory cards:No / Not supported
Internal memory:16000 / 8
Internal storage capacity:16 / 256 / 32 / 64 / 8

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Video

Video call: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.287 / 0.299 / 0.353 / 0.366 / 0.484
Height:4.53 / 4.57 / 4.87 / 4.88 / 5.45
Weight:3.95 / 3.99 / 4.66 / 4.69 / 4.83 / 5.22
Width:1.26 / 2.31 / 2.33 / 2.44 / 2.65