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iPhone 3G vs. iPhone 3GS: the tale of the tape

Chris Ziegler
June 8, 2009
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The very first thing we want to know about this newfangled iPhone 3G S is exactly what we're getting for our extra Benjamin (or two, depending on the model you spring for). We don't have all the answers just yet -- Apple's being coy about processor specs on the 3G S, for example -- but here's what we do know so far.

Basics

iPhone 3G


iPhone 3G S


Price $99 8GB ($299 for ineligible upgraders)

$199 16GB, $299 32GB ($399 and $499 for ineligible upgraders)

Processor 412MHz ARM 11

600MHz ARM 11

Graphics capability

OpenGL ES 1.1

OpenGL ES 2.0
Camera

2.0 megapixel fixed focus

3.0 megapixel autofocus with macro mode and auto white balance

Video recording None 30fps VGA with on-device editing capability
Voice control

None

Dialing, music control

Nike+ support

No

Yes

Wireless technologies 3.6Mbps HSDPA, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR 7.2Mbps HSDPA, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Water- and oil-resistant finish

No Yes
Integrated magnetic compass

No Yes

Included headphones

Standard Inline remote for music control

Battery life

Up to 5 hours talk time / data on 3G, 10 hours on 2G

Up to 6 hours data on WiFi

Up to 24 hours audio

Up to 7 hours video





Up to 5 hours talk time / data on 3G, 12 hours on 2G

Up to 9 hours data on WiFi

Up to 30 hours audio

Up to 10 hours video







Dimensions

115.5 x 62.1 x 12.3mm 115.5 x 62.1 x 12.3mm
Weight

133 grams / 4.69 oz.

135 grams / 4.76 oz.



Update: Turns out the original 3G only supports OpenGL ES 1.1, not 2.0. Thanks, Andri S.!





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