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Apple IPhone 3GS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4947 reviews of Apple IPhone 3GS. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Views about the design and size are on the whole positive. The portability and price are also appreciated. Opinions about the camera and durability are different, while the reception and reliability get critical opinions.

usability, price, portability, size, design

battery, reliability, reception

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 by: ( review summary for Apple IPhone 3GS


alaTest has collected and analyzed 300 user reviews of Apple IPhone 3GS from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones on Reviewers really like the reliability and performance. The portability and price also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the durability and battery. Reviews are divided on the size.

usability, price, portability, performance, reliability

battery, durability

79% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iPhone 3GS - 16GB Unlocked (White)Apple iPhone 3GS Black 8GBApple iPhone 3GS 32GB UNLOCKED Mobile Phone

Jun, 2015

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Apple IPhone 3GS


alaTest has collected and analyzed 1667 user reviews of Apple IPhone 3GS from The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Reviews about the portability and screen are generally positive. The performance and price also get good feedback. There are some negative comments about the connectivity and durability. There are some mixed views about the GPS navigation and reception.

usability, price, performance, screen, portability

reliability, sound, durability, connectivity

63% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Jun, 2015

Expert review by: Will Smith (

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: Hubert Nguyen (

iPhone 3GS Review


By now, there's no need to introduce the iPhone 3GS: if you're looking at this review, chances are that you [...]

Today, the iPhone 3GS is the king of touch phones, not only because it has good hardware, but because it also has the best applications. I suspect that it will continue to become increasingly popular with the self-employed and small businesses as well....

Aug, 2009

Expert review by: Cory Bohon (

iPhone 3GS Limited To Only 384 Kbps Upstream Speeds?


While the iPhone 3GS might stand for speed, the older UMTS chip used in it is painfully slow when it comes to upstream speeds on the cell network.

This isn't surprising..

Jul, 2009

Expert review by: GSMArena team (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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: Vincent Nguyen (

Apple iPhone 3GS hands-on


The first new US iPhone 3GS users are picking up their handsets today, and SlashGear is among them. We've been down at the Apple Store in NYC this morning, and have been eagerly playing with the new smartphone to see whether all the hype was worth it....

Jun, 2009


Expert review by: Digital Trends Staff (

Apple iPhone 3GS 16GB


The third time's the charm for the new iPhone 3G S, the latest addition to Apple Inc.'s successful smartphone family that has sold more than 20 million units in less than two years.

Offers many new features and improvements over predecessors ; Addition of video recording capability ; Doubles as portable media player ; Bundled with the new iPhone OS 3.0

Camera still lags behind other smartphones (fewer megapixels ; no flash or zoom) ; Still no expandable memory solution

If you've been holding out on buying an iPhone, there

Jun, 2009

Expert review by: Steven Levy (

Speed, Smarts Keep iPhone 3GS at the Front of the Mobile Race


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

Jun, 2009

Product Specifications

Processor Brand:Apple / ARM / Samsung
Processor Number:CORTEX-A8 / S5L8920


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Camera: Yes
Built-in Flash: No
Swivel Camera: No
Video Resolution in Pixel:640 x 480 (VGA)


Audio Formats : Yes
Audio Playback: Yes
Dual SIM Card: No
GPS Receiver:Built-in
I-Mode: No
Integrated Radio: No
Integrated TV Tuner: No
Java: No
MP3 Playback: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Push to Talk: No
Realtone: Yes
User Interface for Text:Touchscreen
Video Client: Yes
XHTML Browser: No


A2DP:No / Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Infrared Interface: No
Memory Card Slot: No
Multi SIM Card: No
Near Field Communication: No
USB: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
WiFi Data Exchange: Yes

Data Transfer

Technology:GSM/PCN / WCDMA (UMTS)


Display Technology:TFT Display
Number of Display Colours:16 Millions / 16 Mio
Number of Displays:1

General Features

Elderly Friendly Phone: No
Multi Band:Quad Band
Operating System:Apple iOS / iOS / iPhone OS
Operating System Version:iOS 4.3 / Unknown
Operator:3 / EE / O2 / Orange / Sim Free / T-MOBILE / Tesco MB / Virgin / Vodafone
Product Type:Mobile Phone / Smartphone
Way of Buying:Contract / Prepay Pack / Sim Free


E-Mail Functionality: Yes
Instant Messaging: No
Push email: Yes


Processor Brand:Apple / ARM / Samsung
Processor Number:CORTEX-A8 / S5L8920