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Apple iPhone 3G

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6123 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the screen and GPS navigation are generally positive. The design and price are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the reception and reliability.

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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 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for Apple iPhone 3G


alaTest has collected and analyzed 280 user reviews of Apple iPhone 3G from The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones on Reviews about the battery and performance are on the whole positive. The portability and price also get good reviews, but many are critical about the size. Reviews about the reception and reliability are different.

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70% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iPhone 3G 8GB SIM-Free - BlackApple iPhone 3G 16GB SIM-FreeApple iPhone 3G Black (8GB) Mobile Phone

Jul, 2015

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Apple iPhone 3G


alaTest has collected and analyzed 1756 user reviews of Apple iPhone 3G from The average user rating for this product is 2.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.7/5 for other Cell phones on Comments about the screen and portability are generally positive. The performance and usability are also mentioned favorably. There are mixed opinions on the reception and sound. Some have doubts about the reliability.

price, usability, performance, portability, screen


55% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iPhone 3G 8GB - UnlockedApple iPhone 3G Ipod Touch Stylus Pen - BlackiPhone 3G Stylus

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: Ray Aguilera (

Apple iPhone 3G


The first iPhone was still hot off the press when rumors of a 3G model began to circulate. Fueled by the prevalence of 3G networks outside the United States-and the comparative pokiness of AT&T's EDGE network-the speculation has finally come to an end.

App store offers tons more functionality. Faster 3G network. GPS

Mediocre battery life. Some apps could have used more testing. Higher data plan rates. No bundled SMS

Small glitches can give the iPhone 3G a 1.0 feel, but its broad capabilities make it a winner for anyone who needs to stay connected to more than just a phone line.

Sep, 2008

Expert review by: Roberto Baldwin (

iPhone 3G Reader Review


You watched the WWDC keynote, you stood in line for five hours, and finally, you secured your very own iPhone 3G. Now that you've had a chance to play around with your new toy, why not share your thoughts on the latest iPhone. Rate the iPhone in the...

Rate the iPhone in the poll below and share your impressions in the comments below

Dec, 2007

Expert review by: Anand Lal Shimpi (

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


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Feb, 2009

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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: Mathew Honan (

Apple iPhone 3G


There's much to love about Apple's new burner: GPS, 3G, Exchange support and an upgraded OS with hundreds of downloadable apps. Yet the camera still stinks,

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 (

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: Adam Berberich (

Apple iPhone 3G 8GB


The iPhone 3G is mostly what we were hoping for in the second version of the too-popular-for-itself handset. Apple addressed call quality concerns, as well as demands for a faster Web experience via 3G and corporate email support, already making it a...

Very good call quality; faster web browsing; excellent 3rd party app support; plenty of features

No video recording or native MMS; 3G drains battery fast; no expandable memory

If you are lucky enough to get your hands on one, it'll be well worth it for personal use...

Aug, 2008

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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 (

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 (

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

Product Specifications

Cut, copy, and paste with a tap. Send text, photos, locations, and more. Search across your iPhone. The iPhone 3G has some great features. Phone, iPod, and Internet device in one, iPhone 3G offers desktop-class email, an amazing maps application, and safari - the world's most advanced mobile web browser.


Antenna Type:Internal


Talk Time (PB):600minutes



CE Input Device

Type:Touch sensitive screen (multi-touch)


Band:WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Combined with:With digital camera / digital player/With digital camera / digital player / GPS receiver
Integrated Components:Digital camera / Digital player / GPS receiver/Digital camera / Digital player/Digital camera / Digital player / GPS receiver
Phone Form Factor:Monoblock
Service Provider:AT&T/AT&T / Not specified/Not specified
Technology:WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
Wireless Interface:Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR/IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11b / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR

Communicator Features

Operating System:OS X

Dimensions & Weight



Diagonal Size:3.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.9cm
Type:LCD display


Model:3G 16GB/3G 8GB
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Apple iPhone

Messaging & Data Services

EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates For Global Evolution): Yes
HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access): Yes
Internet Browser: Yes


Color:Black/Black / White/White

Optical Sensor

Sensor Resolution:2Megapixel