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Engadget
Score
84

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

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Model
8GB

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone (iOS)
Talk time
2G, 3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
8 GB
Screen size
3.5 inches

General

Type
Smartphone (iOS)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
yes

Power

Talk time
2G, 3G (up to12 hour) (up to5 hour)
Standby time (max)
300 hours
Battery type
Li-ion (1219 capacity mAh)

Camera

Camera
yes (3 megapixels) (Records video, Auto focus, Contact pictures) (no)

Location

Location support
yes (GPS, Cellular location, WiFi location, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
8 GB

Connectivity

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g) (WEP, WPA, WPA2) (no)
UMA support
no
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR (HSP [headset], HFP [hands-free], A2DP [stereo audio], AVRCP [media control])

Media

Media playback
yes (AAC, MP3, WAV) (h.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, Quicktime) (Streaming / internet) (GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF)

Messaging

SMS
yes
MMS
yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript)
Email
yes (POP3, IMAP, Push email)

Sync

Sync PIM data
yes (OTA sync) (Windows, Mac OS)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Games, Maps, Notes, Stocks, Stopwatch, Tasks / to-dos, Voice recorder, Weather
Java
None

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
yes (MP3 / audio, Contact ringtones)
Vibrate mode
yes
Sound profiles
no

Carriers

Regions offered
Asia, Europe, Middle East, North America, Oceania, South America (US, Canada)

Radio type

Comm standard
GSM (GSM, GPRS, EDGE) (UMTS / WCDMA, HSDPA) (yes)
Subscriber identity
SIM card

Display

Screen size
3.5 inches
Screen resolution
320 x 480
Pixel density
163 PPI
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
no

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (yes) (no)
Voice dial
Speaker independent

Hardware

CPU
600 MHz
CPU cores
Single-core
RAM
256 MB
USB
2.0 (Other / proprietary) (USB charging)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer (motion), Ambient light, Proximity

Controls

External controls
Mute switch

Other features

Flight mode
yes
FM tuner
no
FM transmitter
no
Infrared port
no
Kickstand
no
NFC or RFID payment
no
PictBridge
no
Ruggedized
no
TTY / TDD
yes
TV-out
yes (Composite (proprietary))
Model
16GB

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone (iOS)
Talk time
2G, 3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
3.5 inches

General

Type
Smartphone (iOS)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
yes

Power

Talk time
2G, 3G (up to12 hour) (up to5 hour)
Standby time (max)
300 hours
Battery type
Li-ion (1219 capacity mAh)

Camera

Camera
yes (3 megapixels) (Records video, Auto focus, Contact pictures) (no)

Location

Location support
yes (GPS, Cellular location, WiFi location, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB

Connectivity

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g) (WEP, WPA, WPA2) (no)
UMA support
no
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR (HSP [headset], HFP [hands-free], A2DP [stereo audio], AVRCP [media control], PAN [ad hoc network])

Media

Media playback
yes (AAC, MP3, WAV) (h.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, Quicktime) (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF)

Messaging

SMS
yes
MMS
yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript)
Email
yes (POP3, IMAP, Push email)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Games, Maps, Notes, Stocks, Stopwatch, Tasks / to-dos, Voice recorder, Weather
Java
None

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
yes (MP3 / audio, Contact ringtones)
Vibrate mode
yes
Sound profiles
no

Carriers

Regions offered
Asia, Europe, Middle East, North America, Oceania, South America (US, Canada)

Radio type

Comm standard
GSM (GSM, GPRS, EDGE) (UMTS / WCDMA, HSDPA) (yes)
Subscriber identity
SIM card

Display

Screen size
3.5 inches
Screen resolution
320 x 480
Pixel density
163 PPI
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
no

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (yes) (no)
Voice dial
Speaker independent

Hardware

CPU
600 MHz
CPU cores
Single-core
RAM
256 MB
USB
2.0 (Other / proprietary) (USB charging)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer (motion), Ambient light, Proximity

Controls

External controls
Mute switch

Other features

Flight mode
yes
FM tuner
no
FM transmitter
no
Infrared port
no
NFC or RFID payment
no
PictBridge
no
Ruggedized
no
TTY / TDD
yes
TV-out
yes (Composite (proprietary))
Model
16 GB

Key Specs

Internal memory
16 GB

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB
Model
Apple iPhone 3GS

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone (iOS)
Talk time
2G, 3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
32 MB

General

Type
Smartphone (iOS)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
yes

Power

Talk time
2G, 3G (up to12 hour) (up to5 hour)
Standby time (max)
300 hours
Battery type
Li-ion

Camera

Camera
yes (3 megapixels) (Records video, Auto focus) (no)

Location

Location support
yes (GPS, Cellular location, WiFi location, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
32 MB

Connectivity

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g)
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR

Radio type

Comm standard
GSM

Alternate display

Secondary screen
no
Model
Apple iPhone 3G S 32 GB

Key Specs

Internal memory
32 MB

Storage

Internal memory
32 MB
Model
32GB

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone (iOS)
Talk time
2G, 3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
32 GB
Screen size
3.5 inches

General

Type
Smartphone (iOS)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
yes

Power

Talk time
2G, 3G (up to12 hour) (up to5 hour)
Standby time (max)
300 hours
Battery type
Li-ion (1219 capacity mAh)

Camera

Camera
yes (3 megapixels) (Records video, Auto focus, Contact pictures) (no)

Location

Location support
yes (GPS, Cellular location, WiFi location, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
32 GB

Connectivity

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g) (WEP, WPA, WPA2) (no)
UMA support
no
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR (HSP [headset], HFP [hands-free], A2DP [stereo audio], AVRCP [media control], PAN [ad hoc network])

Media

Media playback
yes (AAC, MP3, WAV) (h.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, Quicktime) (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF)

Messaging

SMS
yes
MMS
yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript)
Email
yes (POP3, IMAP, Push email)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Games, Maps, Notes, Stocks, Stopwatch, Tasks / to-dos, Voice recorder, Weather
Java
None

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
yes (MP3 / audio, Contact ringtones)
Vibrate mode
yes
Sound profiles
no

Carriers

Regions offered
Asia, Europe, Middle East, North America, Oceania, South America (US, Canada)

Radio type

Comm standard
GSM (GSM, GPRS, EDGE) (UMTS / WCDMA, HSDPA) (yes)
Subscriber identity
SIM card

Display

Screen size
3.5 inches
Screen resolution
320 x 480
Pixel density
163 PPI
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
no

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (yes) (no)
Voice dial
Speaker independent

Hardware

CPU
600 MHz
CPU cores
Single-core
RAM
256 MB
USB
2.0 (Other / proprietary) (USB charging)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer (motion), Ambient light, Proximity

Controls

External controls
Mute switch

Other features

Flight mode
yes
FM tuner
no
FM transmitter
no
Infrared port
no
NFC or RFID payment
no
PictBridge
no
Ruggedized
no
TTY / TDD
yes
TV-out
yes (Composite (proprietary))