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Apple iPhone 3GS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8456 reviews of Apple iPhone 3GS. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. People really like the size and price. The design and performance also get good feedback, but the reliability and reception get negative views. Views are divided on the sound.

usability, performance, design, price, size

battery, camera, reception, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Apple iPhone 3GS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

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

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 344 user reviews of Apple iPhone 3GS from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.co.uk. Views about the design and portability are overall positive. The performance and price are also appreciated. Many are negative about the reception and battery, while views about the sound and reliability are different.

usability, price, performance, portability, design

battery, reception

82% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: 3 MC637B/A Apple iPhone 3GS Black 8GB3 MC637B/A Apple iPhone 3GS Black 8GB

Apr, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple iPhone 3GS

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1824 user reviews of Apple iPhone 3GS from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the screen and portability. The performance and price also get good views, whereas some have doubts about the connectivity and reliability.

usability, price, performance, portability, screen

reliability, connectivity

67% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: iPhone 3gS Screen Repair Kit - Apple iPhone 3gS Lcd Glass Screen Cover with Touch Screen Digitizer, Frame, Home Flex Button, Ear Speaker and TooliPhone 3gS Screen Repair Kit - Apple iPhone 3gS Lcd Glass Screen Cover with Touch Screen Digitizer, Frame, Home Flex Button, Ear Speaker and Tool

Apr, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Apple iPhone 3GS

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Apple iPhone 3GS from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.ca. Reviewers really like the performance. The price is also mentioned favorably, but many are negative about the usability.

price, performance

usability

89% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iPhone 3GS 8GB Black Factory Unlocked / Not JailbrokenApple iPhone 3GS 8GB Black Factory Unlocked / Not Jailbroken

Apr, 2018

Expert review by : Will Smith (maximumpc.com)

Apple iPhone 3GS

 

Once upon a time, I dismissed the iPhone as a wannabe smartphone, lacking the key features that truly warranted that label. Since I wrote that column about two years ago, Apple has gone on a feature-adding rampage—adding push email, support for...

Faster everything; improved camera is great; it's got a compass

Battery life could be better; still can't change some alert tones

Where does that leave the iPhone 3GS? For users of the original iPhone, it’s a great upgrade. Owners of the 3G should probably wait and see what Apple has planned for next year before they make the upgrade. And even if you have a moral objection to...

Oct, 2009

Expert review by : GSMArena team (gsmarena.com)

Apple iPhone 3GS review: Same clothes, new feel

 

The Apple iPhone 3GS is probably not the next revolutionary iPhone as you might have expected it. But the performance boost, the sharper camera with video and the purportedly improved battery life certainly...

The truth about the iPhone is this - perhaps about 20 million people around the globe are quoted as having given in to the iPhone temptation ever since the frenzy started. Now, 2 years later, the rest of the modern world is already sick to death of...

Jun, 2009

Expert review by : Vincent Nguyen (slashgear.com)

iPhone 3GS Review

 

With over one million iPhone 3GS units sold in the first three days, there's no shortage of opinion as to Apple's successes in their latest smartphone. We've covered the basics in our hands-on first-impressions piece; with a few more days of intensive...

Jun, 2009

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by : Mark Spoonauer (laptopmag.com)

Apple iPhone 3GS

 

Blazing performance, video recording, and longer endurance make the latest iPhone the smart phone to beat.

Over the past year the smart phone landscape has changed, and Apple faces a formidable new competitor in the Palm Pre, which features a striking user interface, strong data performance, and the ability to multitask (although its battery life and app...

Jun, 2009

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

Apple 32GB iPhone 3GS

 

It would be easy to dismiss the Apple iPhone 3GS as an inconsequential hardware upgrade. But to do so would underestimate how much, collectively, the phone's new features augment the iPhone experience. With the iPhone 3GS, Apple solidifies its...

Faster processor improves performance Improved camera with video recording ; Bright, high-quality fingerprint-resistant touchscreen ; Built-in GPS and compass ; Decent autofocus camera with SD video capability ; Extremely fast and responsive ; Large...

Battery life still disappoints Still no true multitasking ; Onboard video trimming is destructive ; Requires two-year commitment to AT&T Wireless for lowest prices ; Soft-looking video ; Voice Control lacks some polish

Performance enhancements distinguish the otherwise evolutionary step-up iPhone 3GS from its previous iterations.

Jun, 2009

Expert review by : Steven Levy (wired.com)

Review: Apple iPhone 3GS

 

The iPhone 3GS combines hardware and software enhancements that, combined, keep Apple at the top of the smartphone game.

Faster. More storage. Better camera, with video recording capability. Search encompasses more data, not just one app at a time. Voice navigation. Feature-rich iPhone 3.0 software is free to current iPhone users

Multitasking still limited. No tethering or MMS support yet for AT&T users. Recent iPhone 3G customers must pay a fortune to upgrade

Jun, 2009

Expert review by : Joshua Topolsky (engadget.com)

iPhone 3GS review

 

If it ain't broke, don't fix it -- right? We know countless reviews of the iPhone 3GS may begin with that cliché, but there's little chance you'd find a better way to describe the strategy that Apple has just put into play with its latest smartphone....

Best-in-class UI ; Huge amount of apps available ; Much faster than previous versions

Lacks multitasking ; Not a big change from the iPhone 3G ; Locked to AT&T's unreliable network

Jun, 2009

Expert review by : Kent German (cnet.com)

Apple iPhone 3GS review

 

On October 24, 2011, we lowered the rating of the iPhone 3Gs following the release of the iPhone 4S.

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...

Jun, 2009

Expert review by : ZDNet (zdnet.com)

Apple iPhone 3GS

 

The iPhone 3GS is faster and we appreciate the new features and extended battery life, but call quality and 3G reception still need improvement.

Jun, 2009

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by (pcmag.com)

Apple iPhone 3GS (AT&T)

 

The phone's body is the same slab as ever (it's available in either black or white), with one important change: an invisible "oleophobic" screen coating that repels grease and fingerprints, making watching videos on the phone much more enjoyable. The...

Best handheld computer ever. Faster and more powerful than the iPhone 3G. Excellent video camera mode

Phone performance is still mediocre. Browser still lacks Flash. Still won't be IT managers' first choice

The iPhone 3GS gives new life to the 50,000 available iPhone apps with its much faster performance. This is a terrific handheld computing and Internet device, but understand that voice calls aren't its top priority.

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Browsing time (3G):5
Browsing time (Wi-Fi):9
Continuous audio playback time:30
Continuous video playback time:10
Standby time (2G):300
Standby time (3G):300
Talk time (2G):12 / 5
Talk time (3G):5

Call Management

Call timer: Yes
Call waiting: Yes

Camera

Auto focus:Y / Yes
Built-in camera:Y / Yes
Built-in flash: No
Front Camera:N
Geotagging: Yes
Main camera resolution (numeric):3
Rear camera resolution (numeric):3
Second camera: No
Video capture resolution (max):640 x 480
Video recording: Yes

Design

Color of product:Black / White
Form Factor:Bar

Display

Display Diagonal:3.5
Display Resolution:480 x 320
Orientation sensor: Yes
Touch screen: Yes
Touchscreen:Y

Ergonomics

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes

Messaging

E-mail:Y
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y / Yes

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:AAC, HE-AAC, AAX, AAX+, AIFF, M4A, WAV, MP3 / AAC, MP3 / AAC, MP3, WMA / AAC,MP3,WMA
Document formats supported:HTML, KEY, TXT, VCF, PDF, XLS, DOC, XLSX, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, HTM, RTF
FM radio:N / No
Image formats supported:GIF, JPG / TIF, GIF, JPG
Video compression format:m4v, mov, mp4
Video compression formats:MPEG4, H.264
Video formats supported:M4V,MOV,MP4

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y / Yes
Electronic compass: Yes
GPS:No / Yes
GPS (satellite):N / Y
Position location:Y

Networking

2G standards:EDGE / EDGE,GPRS,GSM / EDGE,GSM
3G:Y / Yes
3G standards:HSDPA / HSDPA,UMTS / UMTS,HSDPA
4G:N
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:2.0+EDR / 2.1+EDR
SIM card capability:Single SIM
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g

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

Music player:Y / Yes
Ringer type:Monophonic / Polyphonic
Voice recording: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:USB
Headset included: Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, 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
Operating system installed:iOS
Personal info management:Calculator, Calendar
Personal info management (PIM):Calculator, Calendar
Proximity sensor: Yes
Subscription type:No subscription
Support for contact groups:Y / Yes
Video call:Y / Yes
Windows operating systems supported: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Docking connector: Yes
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB port:N

Processor

Processor frequency:0.6

Software

Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, 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
Operating system installed:iOS
Windows operating systems supported: Yes

Storage

Compatible memory cards:No / Not supported
Internal memory:16 / 16384 / 32768 / 8192
Internal storage capacity:32 / 8

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Video

Video call: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.484
Height:4.55 / 4.57
Weight:4.76
Width:2.44