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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

The world is somewhat divided on video recording on a mobile phone. Sure, it's a fun tool once in a blue moon, but it's probably way, way down on the list of things users are looking for in a prospective new device.

Apple's position has traditionally been that it's not a necessary extra when building a mobile phone, but it has clearly changed its mind and whacked on a pretty good effort. It's a shame that video recording is one of the (few) features that you'll be getting as an upgrade from the iPhone 3G, as it's hardly a deal-breaker.

The new video recording is very good though, ie enough to film your mates playing Frisbee in the park or whatever it is people use mobile phone video cameras for. And the quality plays back well on a computer screen, although it's not going to win any awards at Cannes unless you were posting it in an 'ironic' way (probably wearing a beret).

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From early hype, it seems people are very excited about the possibility of trimming video on their iPhone before posting it to the internet via YouTube and the like. We're struggling to see why this is such a decent feature, as not only is it a bit useless 90 per cent of the time, but it also means that once you edit a video, there's no way to view the original.

Perhaps that's something for Apple to think about in the future as more updates come out to the 3.0 firmware.

In terms of beating the best on the market, which we think is currently the Samsung i8910 HD 720p video capture, it doesn't really match up, and the fact that very few others don't bother with video editing on the device should tell Apple it's a pointless feature. It's nice to have, it's just not essential.

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It would have been much nicer to have a forward facing camera for iChat, and a lot of industry insiders were predicting this would happen on the iPhone 3GS, which makes it strange that it hasn't happened, as it would be a logical step for Jobs' lot.

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