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Apple iPhone 3GS

Apple iPhone 3GS

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84 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
84

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Summary

The mix of new features and an ever-growing App Store will be potent to new buyers -- but pricing schemes amounting to hundreds more for current owners might give existing iPhone owners reason for pause. Ultimately, it's a great time to jump ship, but we've come to expect a bit more from Apple.
84 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
84

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

84
 

User Reviews

80
xavier0220
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
80
dontstealmybeats
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
60
longnh
Nothing special.
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Score Breakdown

 
82
Average Critic Score
 
80
Engadget
Ultimately we're not saying it's time to jump ship, but we've come to expect a bit more pedal to the floor from Apple -- you've raised the bar guys, now it's time to jump over it.
 
90
Macworld
The iPhone 3GS is, without a doubt, the finest iPhone Apple has made. It addresses most of the fundamental weaknesses of the previous models, adding raw speed, voice-activated phone and music navigation, an improved autofocus camera, and video-recording features.
 
80
Gizmodo
As a whole, the iPhone 3GS is the best all-around smartphone available. If you're looking for a refined, augmented version of what you already know, a phone that, not for nothing, runs all the tens of thousands of apps on the App Store, choose the iPhone 3GS.
 
90
PC Mag
If you like apps or the Internet, go buy the iPhone 3GS right now. The new model's improved processor and graphics chipset significantly boost the speed of everything from Web browsing to games, cementing the iPhone's role as the nation's most flexible handheld computer.
 
80
CNET
The iPhone 3GS doesn't make the same grand leap that the iPhone 3G made from the first-generation model. The iPhone 3GS is faster and we appreciate the new features and extended battery life, but call quality and 3G reception still need improvement.
 
90
USA Today
The 3.0 software and 3G S phone may not check off everything on your iPhone wish list. But they give iPhone loyalists plenty of new reasons to celebrate.
 
80
Wired
The new phone introduces a long list of improvements, big and small. Taken together, they're enough to re-establish Apple's once-shrinking lead in a brutal technology competition that is making the chariot race in Ben Hur look like a stroll in the park.
 
80
New York Times
All of these changes make it much harder to resist the iPhone on intellectual, feature-counting grounds. The new iPhone doesn't just catch up to its rivals — it vaults a year ahead of them. At this point, the usual 10 rational objections to the iPhone have been whittled down to about three: no physical keyboard, no way to swap the battery yourself and no way to avoid using AT&T as your carrier. In short, the substantially improved, still elegant iPhone 3G S makes it dangerously easy for your heart and your head to agree.
 
70
Ars Technica
The iPhone 3GS has launched and Apple claims that it's faster than ever. Ars Technica put the device through its paces and found that, while the camera could still use some work, its other new features are useful and the phone's speed definitely lives up to its name.
 
70
AllThingsD
Both the new iPhone and iPhone OS are packed with features that make a great product even better. But, for many users, the software may be enough of a boost to keep them from buying the new model.

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