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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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Review of "Apple iPhone 3GS 32GB"

published 20/10/2010 | icetsunami
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Pro Strong brand, design, build quality, interface
Cons Limited bluetooth, need latest software for best experience
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"iPhone 3GS Evolves with OS4"

Following a brief romantic flirtation with the idea of the iPhone and a successful spell with Samsung's Galaxy Portal running Android 2.1 I am back on side and using the the 3GS 32Gb. At a higher capacity and running the updated iOS4 it is a powerful handset in a smartphone market saturated with great phones including it's bigger brother the iPhone 4.

Perhaps some may question the relevance of the 3GS in light of the technically superior model from the parent company but this is unfair. The iPhone 4 is only available on the higher monthly tariffs and many operators seem to be favouring 24 month contracts in the current climate. Additionally, if you wish to purchase a sim free handset you can expect to pay in the region of £600 for the 16Gb version and upwards of £800 for the flagship model.

At first sight the technical specifications are rather modest for the 3GS. The camera is a mere 3Mp and has no flash. There is no front facing camera at all. The display is 3.5" with a resolution of 320*480 and is excellent but now inferior to the AMOLED screens that are becoming the norm on high end phones. Wifi and A-GPS are both present but this is a given in smartphone circles and does not move it into the higher echelons of excellence.

On the surface then we have a product from a premium company which doesn't quite seem to be worthy of the prestigious Apple logo. In itself this is misleading. The mark of excellence is not in the features of the product but in how they are implemented and here Apple once again prove to be leaps and bounds in front of everyone else though the gap is closing.

The update to the 4th edition of the Apple OS brings the 3GS bang up to date with excellent multitasking which really should have been there already Apple! Being able to run simultaneous applications means using the phones iPod heritage and have music whilst you work. This also allows the use of VoiP services such as Skype and the streaming of online media from your favourite sources.

The execution of file management means dragging and dropping apps into folders with a familiar swipe and allocation of files through iTunes is pain free and easy. These basic features should never have been missing but they illustrate an important point about the genesis of the iPhone as a brand and a phone. They have taken every little thing and made it that bit better. And then they have gone and done it again. This process of refinement points to what is so vitally intrinsic to the iPhones success. Apple software running on Apple hardware. It is a simple formula that works well.

It is true that users become familiar with operating systems when they are loyal to a particular brand such as Nokia whose interface has remained largely unchanged for many years. Everything is where it always was. Personally I found migrating to Android was a bit more of a steep learning curve. After the simplicity of the Nokia some of the layout was quite alien and defied logic, at least in the Nokia sense. With iOS, if an icon says something then it does that something. The text and graphical representations lead you where you need to be without having to look at the PDF help file. Everything about it says simple. And that is what I am looking for, a simple way to implement powerful features with which to make the best use of the phone.

The one thing that all the smartphone brands have in common is there own dedicated applications market. Whilst all are useful and bring much to their respective handsets there are really only two that truly make the grade in successful terms namely Android and iPhone. I previously championed the Android cause and think it is brilliant with a huge range of both free and paid for apps. In the US Android is the biggest growing app market overtaking the once omnipotent Apple. However there are over 200,000 applications currently available for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. They range from the indispensable to the bizarre but by sheer number alone you will find many you simply must have. Being such a successful and recognised brand has meant that many companies develop their apps specifically for the iPhone. The real world value of this is that you can shop for your groceries via the handset, arrange a delivery time and then find what's on in your area for entertainment. Whilst you may not wish to, you can effectively manage your life through the iPhone.


Well there has to be something not like surely? Not much really but for reasons known only to Apple, probably commercial, they have crippled bluetooth data transfer. So, I am sat at my shiny new iMac and need to send a file to my phone. Simply pair the Mac and iPhone and away you go. NO!! Despite being the same manufacturer they don't pair at all. Now my wives Nokia paired first time and sent the file straightway which I found both puzzling and annoying. It seems this more a problem with the Mac than the phone in itself but you will equally surprised to hear that you can only pair iPhones to other iPhones. Simply pointless.

Other than that I would have liked a flash for the camera. Nothing else.


Even in the shadow of the newer iPhone 4 the 3GS remains an excellent choice of smartphone giving you powerful real world usability along with premium brand ownership. Everything about the 3GS says class and the user interface is the most fluid I have ever used on any handset. Everything just seems to work the way you know it should.

The wealth of apps take solid, if slightly uninspiring technical specifications and generate a user experience that means the phone is actually quite difficult to be without. I had feedback from a friend who said the phone was rarely out of his hand and I couldn't quite understand this. Within a short time however I understood more than ever. The iPhone 3GS 32Gb with the latest software is near perfect, and we all know that perfection is impossible.

Technical Specifications:

480x320 resolution
163 ppi

3 megapixels
Tap to focus
VGA video recording
Tap to focus while recording

802.11b/g Wi-Fi
7.2Mbps HSDPA

Battery Life:

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
Audio playback:
up to 30 hours
Video playback:
up to 10 hours


Fantastic phone which packs a punch. Buy it or blow the family tax credits AND the overtime on the even better iPhone 4. Simple as that.
Summary: Super excellent smartphone

Originally published on Dooyoo as Icetsunami - original work

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  • jipp05 published 20/10/2010
    Brilliant review, nearly missed it though with the white dot :-)
  • Drewster-Rooster published 20/10/2010
    Fab review! nice to see you over this side too!
  • Hishyeness published 20/10/2010
    Nicely done. Welcome aboard - didn't realise you were on here as well 8^)
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Product Information : Apple iPhone 3GS 32GB

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 32 GB - GSM - smartphone, Apple iPhone 3GS - white - 3G 32 GB - GSM - smartphone

Product Type: Smartphone

Mobile Broadband Generation: 3G

Smartphone Memory: 32 GB

Service Provider: Not specified, Orange, O2

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, 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 As You Go, Pay & Go

Cellular / Operating System: iOS

Cellular / Type: Smartphone

Cellular / Phone Design: Candybar

Long Name: iPhone 3G S (3GS)

Cellular / Phone Form Factor: Classic

Manufacturer: Apple

Phone Design: Classic


MPN: MC133T/A, K2760B/A, K2720B/A, K2719B/A, MB717LL/A, K2759B/A, MC133

Product Type: Smartphone

Form Factor: Touch

Protection: Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating

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

Aerial: Internal

Width: 62 mm

Depth: 12 mm

Height: 116 mm

Weight: 135 g

Body Colour: Black, White


Technology: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM

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

Mobile Broadband Generation: 3G

Service Provider: Not specified, Orange, O2

Operating System: iOS

SIM Card Type: Mini SIM

Input Device(s): Multi-touch

Bundled Service: Pay As You Go, Pay & 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, call timer, conference call, voice dialing

Polyphonic Ringer: Yes

Sensors: Accelerometer, ambient light sensor

Additional Features: Integrated digital compass, TTY compatible


Personal Information Management: Calculator

Media Player

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

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


User Memory: 32 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

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


Run Time Details: Talk - up to 720 min ¦ Standby - up to 300 hrs

Technology: Lithium Ion


Included Accessories: Hands-free headset, cellular phone docking station, USB cable, power adapter


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