iPhone 3GS: A Timeless Classic in Smartphone Evolution

The iPhone 3GS, unveiled by Apple in June 2009, marked a significant milestone in the history of smartphones. It was the successor to the iPhone 3G and introduced a range of improvements that captured the imagination of tech enthusiasts. But what did the 'S' in 3GS stand for, and what made this version so special?
  • Battery
  • Camera
  • Operating System
  • Design and Display
  • Sensors
4.3/5Overall Score
Specs
  • Weight: The iPhone 3GS was relatively lightweight, making it easy to carry in a pocket or purse.
  • Camera placement: The rear-facing 3-megapixel camera was positioned in the top-left corner on the back of the device. The placement made it easy to capture photos and videos in both landscape and portrait orientations.
  • Color Options: The iPhone 3GS was available in two color options: black and white. These choices allowed users to select the color that best suited their style and preferences.
Pros
  • The iPhone 3GS was a notable improvement in terms of speed and overall performance compared to its predecessors.
  • It introduced a 3-megapixel camera with autofocus, a significant upgrade at the time.
  • The iPhone 3GS played a pivotal role in expanding the App Store's offerings.
Cons
  • While it offered different storage capacities, the maximum was 32GB.
  • The iPhone 3GS is no longer supported by Apple's latest iOS updates.
  • The 3.5-inch display with a 480x320 pixel resolution, while impressive in its time.
Apple iPhone 3G
Battery
1219 mAh 97%
Processor
600 MHz ARM Cortex-A8 96%
Operating System
iOS 3 (upgradable to iOS 6) 91%
Internal Storage
8GB, 16GB, 32GB 95%
Dimensions
115.5 x 62.1 x 12.3 mm 94%
RAM
256MB 98%
Technology
TFT capacitive touchscreen 93%
Resolution
480 x 320 pixels 96%
Features
Accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor 98%

Display

Size:

3.5 inches

Resolution:

480 x 320 pixels

Technology:

TFT capacitive touchscreen

Refresh rate:

Not specified

Screen to body:

Not specified

Features:

Accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor

Front cover display:

Corning Gorilla Glass, oleophobic coating

Display

Size:

3.5 inches

Resolution:

480 x 320 pixels

Technology:

TFT capacitive touchscreen

Refresh rate:

Not specified

Screen to body:

Not specified

Features:

Accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor

Front cover display:

Corning Gorilla Glass, oleophobic coating

HARDWARE

System chip :

Apple APL0098 (S5L8920X)

Processor :

600 MHz ARM Cortex-A8

GPU:

PowerVR SGX535

RAM:

256MB

Internal storage:

8GB, 16GB, 32GB

Device type:

Smartphone

OS:

iOS 3 (upgradable to iOS 6)

HARDWARE

System chip :

Apple APL0098 (S5L8920X)

Processor :

600 MHz ARM Cortex-A8

GPU:

PowerVR SGX535

RAM:

256MB

Internal storage:

8GB, 16GB, 32GB

Device type:

Smartphone

OS:

iOS 3 (upgradable to iOS 6)

BATTERY

Capacity:

1219 mAh

Type:

Li-Ion

Charging:

Standard USB, AC adapter

Max charge speed:

Not specified

BATTERY

Capacity:

1219 mAh

Type:

Li-Ion

Charging:

Standard USB, AC adapter

Max charge speed:

Not specified

CAMERA

Rear:

3-megapixel, autofocus

Main camera:

Not specified

Specifications:

Not applicable

Second camera:

None

Specifications:

Not applicable

Third camera:

None

Specifications:

Not applicable

Video recording:

480p at 30fps

Front:

None

CAMERA

Rear:

3-megapixel, autofocus

Main camera:

Not specified

Specifications:

Not applicable

Second camera:

None

Specifications:

Not applicable

Third camera:

None

Specifications:

Not applicable

Video recording:

480p at 30fps

Front:

None

DESIGN

Dimensions:

115.5 x 62.1 x 12.3 mm

Folded:

N/A

Weight:

135 grams (4.76 oz)

Biometrics:

None

Colors:

Black, White

DESIGN

Dimensions:

115.5 x 62.1 x 12.3 mm

Folded:

N/A

Weight:

135 grams (4.76 oz)

Biometrics:

None

Colors:

Black, White

CELLULAR

5G:

Not available

Data Speed:

HSPA, 7.2 Mbps

SIM type:

Mini-SIM

Wi-Fi Speed:

802.11 b/g

CELLULAR

5G:

Not available

Data Speed:

HSPA, 7.2 Mbps

SIM type:

Mini-SIM

Wi-Fi Speed:

802.11 b/g

MULTIMEDIA

Headphones:

3.5mm jack

Speakers:

Mono

Screen mirroring:

Not available

Additional microphone(s) :

Yes

MULTIMEDIA

Headphones:

3.5mm jack

Speakers:

Mono

Screen mirroring:

Not available

Additional microphone(s) :

Yes

CONNECTIVITY & FEATURES

Bluetooth:

2.1 with A2DP

Wi-Fi:

802.11 b/g

USB:

2.0

Features:

Accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor

Location :

A-GPS

Sensors:

Accelerometer, ambient light, and proximity sensors

Other:

Organizer, VoiceMemo, predictive text input

CONNECTIVITY & FEATURES

Bluetooth:

2.1 with A2DP

Wi-Fi:

802.11 b/g

USB:

2.0

Features:

Accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor

Location :

A-GPS

Sensors:

Accelerometer, ambient light, and proximity sensors

Other:

Organizer, VoiceMemo, predictive text input

ALTERNATIVE VARIANTS

RAM:

256MB

Internal storage:

8GB, 16GB, 32GB

storage:

Not expandable

motherboard :

Not specified

ALTERNATIVE VARIANTS

RAM:

256MB

Internal storage:

8GB, 16GB, 32GB

storage:

Not expandable

motherboard:

Not specified

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