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The first thing you'll notice about iPhone 3GS is how quickly you can launch applications. Web pages render in a fraction of the time, and you can vie...

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published 09/04/2012 | gaz_close
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Pro Apps, music, touchscreen
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"So close, but yet so far..."

Apple iPhone 3GS 16GB

Apple iPhone 3GS 16GB

Probably a little late on this review since there has been at least another 2 upgrades to this but I'm still rockin' mine so thought I'd go for it.

I was a little sceptical about getting an iPhone at first but thought I would go with the crowd so when my contract was ready for an upgrade I decided to join the iPhone club. I have never been a fan of Apple products or software & this phone pretty much sums up why.

So I get my eagerly awaited package from the delivery guy, open the box & immediately I am at a loss. Not being one for instructions I crack on & just want it to work immediately but my first problem...Where do you put the sim card? This had me at a loss for a little while till I finally figure out that it goes in a little slot in the top which already, before I even have the thing switched on, has annoyed me. So you get a little tool in the box to fit in the ridiculously small hole to get the slot to pop out, I'm sure there are some people that are very careful with their things, but I am certainly not. I lost that very quickly so from then on if you ever want to take out your sim card you have to find a pin or something very thin to fit in. I know this is a bit of a minor grumble as how often do you take your sim card out but still, not off to a good start.

So sim card in, surely just switch it on & ready to rock? Nah, it is Apple after all. Before you can do anything you have to plug it into your PC & get it set up on that. I know just about everyone in the world has at least access to a PC or laptop it still seems a bit crazy you MUST have one just to get the thing going. To be honest I have no idea about most other phones but any phone I have ever had (& that's a lot!) this has not been the case.

So the first two things I need to do with this thing have already annoyed the hell out of me. BOOOOOOO!

Ok I'll stop moaning briefly & lay down the technical specs as taken from the Apple website:


Height: 4.5 inches (115.5 mm)

Width: 2.4 inches (62.1 mm)

Depth: 0.48 inch (12.3mm)

Weight: 4.8 ounces (135 grams)


Black or White
8GB or 16GB flash drive


UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)
GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

802.11b/g Wi-Fi

Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR wireless technology


Assisted GPS

Digital compass




3.5-inch (diagonal) widescreen Multi-Touch display

480-by-320-pixel resolution at 163 ppi

Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating

Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously


Video recording, VGA up to 30 frames per second with audio

3-megapixel still camera


Tap to focus

Photo and video geotagging


Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery

Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter

Talk time: Up to 5 hours on 3G, up to 12 hours on 2G

Standby time: Up to 300 hours

Internet use: Up to 5 hours on 3G, up to 9 hours on Wi-Fi

Video playback: Up to 10 hours

Audio playback: Up to 30 hours


Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz

Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV

User-configurable maximum volume limit


Video out support at 576p and 480p with Apple Component AV Cable; 576i and 480i with Apple Composite AV Cable (cables sold separately)

Video formats supported: H.264 video, up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Low-Complexity version of the H.264 Baseline Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; H.264 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Baseline Profile up to Level 3.0 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats


Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic

Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz

Impedance: 32 ohms


Viewable Document Types

.jpg, .tiff, .gif (images); .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word); .htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat); .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint); .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format); .vcf (contact information); .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel)



Proximity sensor

Ambient light sensor


Apple ID (required for some features)

Internet access

Syncing with iTunes on a Mac or PC requires:
â—¦Mac: OS X v10.5.8 or later
â—¦PC: Windows 7; Windows Vista; or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3 or later
â—¦iTunes 10.5 or later (free download from


Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)

Nonoperating temperature: -4° to 113° F (-20° to 45° C)

Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing

Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m)


iPhone 3GS

Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic

Dock Connector to USB Cable

USB Power Adapter


If you bothered to read that you can see that it is rather feature packed but I will start again by shooting it down some more,


This has got to be the worst point of the iPhone, it is just ridiculous. Stand by time isn't too bad but what is the point in having it if you aren't going to use it. I generally have to charge mines at least a couple times a day but I do use it rather a lot. Also with the battery being built in there is no option to carry a spare.


It is a handy little gadget indeed, the touch screen is very useable, I've had a touch screen before this & this is way better. No need for a stylus, which I'd lose rapidly anyway. The wifi is good on it but as to be expected the range isn't quite what you'd get with typical PC hardware but what can you expect from a phone, but the bluetooth... pointless is all I can say. You can play some games via bluetooth and thats about it. You can send pictures & video to another iPhone but thats it I believe. The sensors are very hand which brings us onto...


There's an app for that. Over 500,000, actually. This is clearly the main selling point of the phone. There is literally an app for just about anything you can imagine, I just downloaded one called runpee, which tells you when it's safe to go to the toilet so you don't miss anything important in the film, loads of games, some good, some not so good, news, weather, sport, you can even watch tv on it which is great. The head start Apple have got with all the apps will make it very hard for other competitors to catch up. I believe the latest Windows phone has around 70,000 apps, which is still a lot but compared to the amount you get with this it seems frankly rather poor. The apps are broken down into the following categories:

Health & Fitness
Photo & Video
Social Networking

So as you can see, there really is an app for just about anything.

You also have a featured app section & a top 25 section as well as genius which is taken from iTunes.



Have to say the iPhone was really easy to get to grips with, very user friendly & everything kinda works how you would expect it to. It can be a little tricky fiddling about with settings but generally one of the easiest phones I have used.



Have to say the sound through the headphones is very good, no complaints there at all but through the external speakers it is pretty poor, even compared to most other phones I've heard but if you get a half decent docking station then you're laughing. The ability to limit the max headphone volume I would imagine is very good for parents who are concerned about ear damage to the kiddies but for me it can never be lound enough.



As a phone, it is pretty basic but more than does the job, the keypad when you open up the phone is nice and large for all of you with fat fingers, contact list is straight forward, texting is actually quite good on it although the corrective texting can get quite annoying at times, the e-mail is pretty good on it & the safari internet is fairly decent too.



Well I have to say my phones get a hard life & that's been about 2 years I've had this & it's still on the go, I do have a crack along the corner of the screen & the back is a bit of a scratchy mess but I did decide to get the white one & I don't do covers so musn't grumble. I have dropped it so many times drunk it's amazing it's still alive. So on the basis my phones have a very hard life I give it top marks here considering it's not specifically designed for punishment like a few other phones are.



This really should have been the best phone ever & it so nearly is but just too many stupid things that annoy me about it. Ideally I would like to plug my phone into my PC and just drag files such as MP3 and pictures and video in & out but everything has to be done through iTunes. It's not a programme I would ever use on my computer if I didn't have an iPhone. The whole point in this really is that you have everything you need all rolled into one & you pretty much have, I can phone, text, e-mail, surf, listen to music, play games, check the weather, book tickets, find restaurants, even use it as sat nav but with the terrible battery life it almost makes more sense to have a normal phone & get an iPod touch which makes it pointless. It wouldn't take much to sort it out & make it virtually perfect but Apple will never make this happen unfortunately. I'm sure a few of the niggles have been improved in the later models but the OS is basically the same so they'll be a bit faster, maybe a couple new features but essentially the same thing in a new box.


Not everyone will agree with me, plus I do like a good moan & I'm hard to please. I'd still recommend it to just about anyone & the amount I use it I do have a cheek to moan.

Thanks for reading!

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  • daisyleex published 09/04/2012
    I love my iphone :D
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Product Information : Apple iPhone 3GS 16GB

Manufacturer's product description

The first thing you'll notice about iPhone 3GS is how quickly you can launch applications. Web pages render in a fraction of the time, and you can view email attachments faster. Improved performance and updated 3D graphics deliver an incredible gaming experience, too. In fact, everything you do on iPhone 3GS is up to 2x faster and more responsive than iPhone 3G. Now you can shoot video, edit it, and share it - all on your iPhone 3GS. Shoot high-quality VGA video in portrait or landscape. Trim your footage by adjusting start and end points. Then share your video in an email, post it to your MobileMe gallery, publish it on YouTube, or sync it back to your Mac or PC using iTunes. The 3-megapixel camera takes great still photos, too, thanks to built-in autofocus and a handy feature that lets you tap the display to focus on anything (or anyone) you want. Voice Control can find anybody in your contacts list. Simply say a name to make a call. Or say a phone number. iPhone repeats your voice commands to confirm them, then dials away. Voice Control knows the music in your iPod, too. Ask your iPhone what song is playing (and hear it answer). Tell it to play your favorite album. Even have it play more songs like the one you're listening to. With a built-in digital compass, iPhone 3GS can point the way. Use the Compass app, or watch as it automatically reorients maps to match the direction you're facing. Cut, copy, and paste words and photos, even between applications. Copy and paste images and content from the web, too. iPhone includes built-in Nike + iPod support. Just slip the Nike + iPod Sensor (available separately) into your Nike+ shoe and start your workout.

Product Details

Product Description: Apple iPhone 3GS - black - 3G 16 GB - GSM - smartphone, Apple iPhone 3GS - white - 3G 16 GB - GSM - smartphone

Product Type: Smartphone

Mobile Broadband Generation: 3G

Smartphone Memory: 16 GB

Service Provider: Not specified, O2, Orange

Form Factor: Touch

Protection: Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating

Dimensions (WxDxH): 62 mm x 12 mm x 116 mm

Weight: 135 g

Colour: Black, White

Technology: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM

Band: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900

Integrated Components: Digital camera, digital player, GPS receiver, voice recorder

Rear-facing Camera Resolution: 3 Megapixel

Wireless Interface: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

Display: LCD display - colour - 3.5" - TFT

Input Device(s): Touch sensitive screen (multi-touch)

Operating System: iOS

Playback Digital Standards: WAV, AAC, AIFF, Audible, MP3, Apple Lossless , MPEG-4, H.264

Talk Time: Up to 720 minutes, Up to 600 minutes

Standby Time: Up to 300 hours

Bundled Service: Pay & Go, Pay As You Go

Cellular / Operating System: iOS

Cellular / Type: Smartphone

Long Name: iPhone 3GS

Cellular / Phone Form Factor: Slate

Manufacturer: Apple

Phone Design: Slate


MPN: MB715LL/A, MC131, K2718B/A, K2758B/A, K2757B/A, K2717B/A, MC132T/A

Product Type: Smartphone

Form Factor: Touch

Protection: Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating

Integrated Components: Digital camera, digital player, GPS receiver, voice recorder

Width: 62 mm

Depth: 12 mm

Height: 116 mm

Weight: 135 g

Body Colour: Black, White

Aerial: Internal


Technology: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM

Band: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900

Mobile Broadband Generation: 3G

Service Provider: Not specified, O2, Orange

Operating System: iOS

SIM Card Type: Mini SIM

Input Device(s): Multi-touch

Bundled Service: Pay & Go, Pay As You Go

Messaging & Internet

Cellular Messaging Services: MMS, SMS

Supported Email Protocols: POP3, IMAP4

Messaging & Data Features: PDF support, Microsoft Word support, Microsoft Excel support


Data Transmission: GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA

Wireless Interface: Bluetooth 2.1 EDR, IEEE 802.11b/g

Bluetooth Profiles: Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)

Communication Features: Mobile Email client, Internet browser

Phone Features

Phone Functions: Speakerphone, voice control, call timer, conference call, voice dialing

Polyphonic Ringer: Yes

Sensors: Accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, digital compass

Additional Features: TTY compatible, Integrated digital compass


Personal Information Management: Calendar, synchronization with PC, calculator, reminder, alarm clock

Media Player

Supported Digital Audio Standards: WAV, AAC, AIFF, Audible, MP3, Apple Lossless

Supported Digital Video Standards: MPEG-4, H.264


User Memory: 16 GB

Digital Camera

Rear-facing Camera Resolution: 3 Megapixel

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Video Recorder Resolutions: 640 x 480 (VGA)

Digital Video Formats: H.264

Features: Video recording, Geo-tagging

Navigation System

Navigation: A-GPS receiver

Navigation Software & Services: Maps+Compass


Type: LCD display - colour

Technology: TFT

Diagonal Size: 3.5"

Display Resolution: 320 x 480 pixels

Display Illumination Colour: White

Multi-language Menu: Yes


Connector Type: 1 x headset jack - mini-phone 3.5mm ¦ 1 x dock connector - 30 pin dock connector


Technology: Lithium Ion

Run Time Details: Talk ( GSM ) - up to 720 min ¦ Talk ( WCDMA ) - up to 300 min ¦ Standby - up to 300 hrs ¦ Continuous browsing ( WCDMA ) - up to 5 hrs ¦ Continuous browsing ( Wi-Fi ) - up to 9 hrs ¦ Playback ( video ) - up to 10 hrs ¦ Playback ( audio ) - up to 30 hrs


Included Accessories: Stereo headset, USB cable, power adapter


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