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iPhone 3GS review

The definitive verdict on the new 3G S iPhone

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 8 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 3 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 12 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 480 x 320

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For

  • Great touchscreen
  • Faster processor
  • iPhone 3.0 software
  • Camera with autofocus

Against

  • Poor coverage at times
  • Expensive to upgrade to
  • Internet tethering costs extra
  • Battery life doesn't seem to have been improved

Begged for by Apple fans for so long (even though it's a barely used function for a large percentage of users) it's finally turned up in the iPhone 3GS. The implementation is superb, with a round magnifying pane appearing if you hold your finger over some text.

The iphone 3g s

The iPhone 3GS will then attempt to smart-recognise which text you're after, and auto select it for you. Should you need more, you can drag the copying field using little markers at the corners.

The iphone 3g s

And it doesn't just stop there, you can drag and select swathes of text and pictures together, ready to pasted into a document or other application, as the phone will remember what you've placed on the clipboard even if you shut down the program.

This means that should you see a cool image on a website, you can simply hold your finger on it, select 'Copy' from the pop up menu, and paste it into a text in order to send it to a friend as either an MMS or move things up a technological notch and send it as an email.

Again, one of the things with the iPhone is that it doesn't necessarily bring something new, but what it does do it manages with mouth-watering simplicity (in most cases - things like message searching obviously don't manage that 'cool factor' at all).

It's a great system, one that you might not use all the time but will certainly miss should you use it on the odd occasion and then have to perform the same function on another non-Apple phone.

Voice control

The new iPhone 3.0 software brings voice control to the iPhone, accessed by holding down the home button on any screen, and gives you a whole host of options.

The iphone 3g s

It's intended for basically calling people in your phonebook and helping you interact with music. However, there are a couple of faults: it rarely manages to work out what you're after when using the bundled buds, and using your own headphones means the repeated voice command comes out the speaker, so if you're listening to Aqua, the train carriage will know about it.

However, when it gets it right, and you ask which track is currently on or you want to start playing a new album simply by saying its name, it is really cool, so hopefully Apple will update this in the near future to be more accurate.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBNo
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashNo
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSDPA
SAR Value0.45 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyiPhone 3GS
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution3 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemiOS
Brand NameApple
Battery Talk Time12 Hour
Product ModelMC637BA
Screen Size8.9 cm (3.5")
Screen Resolution480 x 320
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)135 g
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerARM
Operating System VersioniOS 4
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email
RealtoneYes
Call FeaturesCall Log
Height115.5 mm
Width62.1 mm
Depth12.3 mm
Radio TunerNo
ManufacturerApple, Inc
Product NameiPhone 3GS 8GB Smartphone
Processor Speed600 MHz
Processor TypeCortex
Product LineiPhone 3GS
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeDigital Compass, Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberMC637BA
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.apple.com/uk
Marketing Information

iPhone 3GS. More to love. Less to pay.

Keep applications open in the background. Organise your apps with folders. Shop for books in the iBookstore. The 8GB iPhone 3GS takes advantage of all the great features of iOS 4.

Multitasking

Now you can run your favourite third-party apps - and switch between them instantly - without slowing down the performance of the foreground app or draining the battery unnecessarily. So you can listen to a football game while emailing. Or receive a VoIP call while playing a game.

Folders

Drag and drop to organise apps into folders on your Home screens and get fast access to your favourites.

Package Contents
  • iPhone 3GS 8GB Smartphone
  • Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic
  • Dock Connector to USB Cable
  • USB Power Adapter
  • Documentation