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Apple iPhone 3G

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5137 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 really like the portability and design. The performance and price are also appreciated, whereas the reception and reliability get negative views.

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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 (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. Reviewers are impressed by the design and portability. The performance and usability also get good opinions. Some have doubts 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

Jul, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple iPhone 3G

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1595 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 are also appreciated, but there are some mixed views about the usability. Many are negative about the battery and durability.

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

Jul, 2018

Consumer review (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)

Jul, 2018

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 (engadget.com)

iPhone 3G review

 

It's hard to think of any other device that's enjoyed the level of exposure and hype that Apple found in the launch of the first iPhone. Who could forget it? Everyone got to be a gadget nerd for a day; even those completely disinterested in ...

Jul, 2008

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 (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 : 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

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Expert review by (pcmag.com)

Apple iPhone 3G

 

Since the 3G has been around for a while, we know a lot about it. It's a terrific Internet and e-mail gadget, and those features have only been improved by the new OS 3.0 update. It's a world-beating music and video player, and OS 3.0 tweaks have...

3G. True GPS. App Store adds hundreds of third-party programs. Voice quality is much improved from the original iPhone. No more recessed headphone jack. Surprisingly good battery life

An unknown number of buggy units have been released. Still missing video recording, voice dialing, stereo Bluetooth support, picture messaging, and document editing. Earbuds are still lousy ; Watch the iPhone 3G Video Review

The iPhone 3G represents the birth of a new computing platform. It's also one very cool phone. While it's not perfect, it makes other options on AT&T look tired.

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

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:1960 / 2900
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Browsing time:10 / 5 / 6
Browsing time (3G):1 / 10 / 12 / 13
Browsing time (4G):10 / 12 / 13
Browsing time (Wi-Fi):11 / 12 / 14 / 15
Continuous audio playback time:24 / 40 / 50 / 80
Continuous video playback time:10 / 11 / 14 / 7
Standby time (2G):300
Standby time (3G):225 / 240 / 384
Talk time (2G):14 / 5
Talk time (3G):14 / 21 / 24 / 7 / 8
Wireless audio playback time:40 / 60
Wireless charging:N
Wireless video playback time:13 / 14

Call Management

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 exposure:Y
Auto focus:Y / Yes
Built-in camera: Yes
Built-in flash:Y / Yes
Digital Zoom:10 / 3 / 5
Face detection:Y / Yes
Flash Type:LED
Front Camera:Y
Front camera aperture number:2.2
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.2 / 5 / 7
Geotagging:Y / Yes
Image Stabilizer:Y
Main camera resolution (numeric):12 / 5
Maximum frame rate:240 / 30
Multi-shot:Y / Yes
Night mode:Y
Optical Zoom:2
Rear camera aperture number:1.8 / 2.2
Rear camera resolution (numeric):12 / 5 / 8
Rear camera type:Dual camera / Single camera
Resolution at capture speed:3840x2160@30fps
Second camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:5
Second rear camera aperture number:2.8
Second rear camera resolution (numeric):12
Self-timer:Y / Yes
Smile detection:Y
Video capture resolution (max):3840 x 2160 / 640 x 480
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video recording modes:1080p / 720p / 720p, 1080p, 2160p / 720p,1080p,2160p
Video stabilizer:Y / Yes
Zoom capability:Y / Yes

Certificates

Body SAR:1.14
Body SAR (EU):0.95 / 1.14 / 1.39
Body SAR (USA):1.17 / 1.2
Head SAR:1.14
Head SAR (EU):0.9 / 1.14 / 1.34 / 1.37
Head SAR (USA):1.19

Design

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

Display

Contrast ratio (typical):1300:1 / 1400:1 / 800:1
Display brightness:500 / 625
Display Diagonal:3.5 / 4 / 4.7 / 5.5
Display Resolution:1136 x 640 / 1334 x 750 / 1920 x 1080 / 480 x 320 / 960 x 640
Display Type:IPS / LED
Orientation sensor:Y / Yes
Pixel density:326 / 401
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 / Yes
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, M4A, MP3, WMA / AAC, AIFF, MP3, WAV / AAC, MP3 / AAC,AAX,AAX+,AIFF,HE-AAC,M4A,MP3,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, HTM, HTML, 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
FM radio: No
Image formats supported:GIF, JPG, TIF / GIF,JPG,TIF
Speakers:Mono / Stereo
Video compression format:AVI, H.264, M-JPEG, MP4 / AVI, M4V, MOV, MP4 / 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,M4V,MOV,MP4,MPEG4 / M-JPEG,M4V,MOV,MP4

Navigation

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

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G bands (secondary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE / EDGE, GSM / EDGE,GPRS / EDGE,GSM
3G:Y / Yes
3G bands supported:800,1900 / 850,900,1700,1900,2100 / 850,900,1900,2100
3G standards:CDMA,HSDPA,HSUPA / DC-HSDPA,HSPA+,TD-SCDMA,UMTS / DC-HSDPA,HSPA+,UMTS / HSDPA,HSUPA
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
Data network:3G / 3G, 4G
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y / Yes
SIM card capability:Single SIM
SIM card type:MicroSIM / NanoSIM
Tethering (modem-mode):Y
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g / 802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 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
Volume Control:Digital
Wireless connection:Y
Wireless connections: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:N / Y
Bundled software:FaceTime Safari iTunes Store App Store iBooks Game Center iCloud Drive / FaceTime, Safari, iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks, Game Center, iCloud Drive / FaceTime\nSafari\niTunes Store\nApp Store\niBooks\nGame Center\niCloud Drive / FaceTime\Safari\iTunes Store\App Store\iBooks\Game Center\iCloud Drive
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
Barometer: Yes
Flight mode:Y / Yes
Gyroscope: Yes
Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion / Yes
Microphone mute:Y / Yes
Operating system installed:iOS
Operating system version:4 / 9
Personal info management:Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes, Stopwatch, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, To-do list
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes, Stopwatch, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, To-do list
Personalization:Icons, Menu
Proximity sensor: Yes
Themes:Wallpapers
Video call:Y / Yes
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 / Yes

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:M10 / M9
Processor:A4 / A6 / A9
Processor cores:4
Processor family:Apple
Processor frequency:1
Processor model:A10 / A4 / A6 / A9

Software

Mac operating systems supported: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 10.7 Lion,Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion,Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks / Yes
Operating system installed:iOS
Operating system version:10 / 4 / 6 / 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 / Y / Yes

Storage

Compatible memory cards:No / Not supported
Internal memory:16000 / 8
Internal storage capacity:128 / 16 / 32 / 64 / 8
RAM capacity:2 / 3
RAM type:LPDDR4

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Technical Details

Color:Y
Material:Aluminium

Video

Video call: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.28 / 0.287 / 0.299 / 0.366 / 0.484
Height:4.53 / 4.57 / 4.87 / 5.43 / 5.44 / 6.23
Weight:3.95 / 4.69 / 4.83 / 4.87 / 5.04 / 6.63 / 6.77
Width:1.26 / 2.31 / 2.44 / 2.64 / 3.07