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84
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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.

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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.
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Scores

Engadget

84
 

User Reviews

100
Tariq Ismael
I bought all of the iPhones the day they were released in the US. The 3G was...read more
100
timm
I was on Verizon... I had an LG Voyager and I was happy. I decided to take...read more
90
Sir Jake
I upgraded from the 1st-Gen iPhone (4 GB). My 3GS adds everything that I have...read more
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Model
Apple iPhone 3G S 32 GB

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
IOS
Screen size
3.522
Internal memory
81
Camera
Yes
Talk time
2g, 3g
Carriers (US)
Att, Other

Storage

Internal memory
32 MB
Model
8GB

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
IOS
Screen size
3.522
Internal memory
81
Camera
Yes
Talk time
2g, 3g
Carriers (US)
Att, Other

General

Type
Smartphone (IOS)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

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

Power

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

Camera

Camera
Yes (3 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Contact pictures) (No)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc, Wifi loc, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
8 GB

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (No)
UMA support
No
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Wav) (H264, Mpeg4, Quicktime) (Streaming / internet) (Gif, Jpeg, Png, Tiff)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync) (Windows, Mac)

Apps

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

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Mp3 audio, Contact)
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, 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, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

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
Operating system
IOS
Screen size
3.522
Internal memory
81
Camera
Yes
Talk time
2g, 3g
Carriers (US)
Att, Other

General

Type
Smartphone (IOS)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

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

Power

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

Camera

Camera
Yes (3 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Contact pictures) (No)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc, Wifi loc, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (No)
UMA support
No
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp, Pan)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Wav) (H264, Mpeg4, Quicktime) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png, Tiff)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Apps

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

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Mp3 audio, Contact)
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, 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, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

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
32GB

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
IOS
Screen size
3.522
Internal memory
81
Camera
Yes
Talk time
2g, 3g
Carriers (US)
Att, Other

General

Type
Smartphone (IOS)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

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

Power

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

Camera

Camera
Yes (3 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Contact pictures) (No)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc, Wifi loc, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
32 GB

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (No)
UMA support
No
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp, Pan)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Wav) (H264, Mpeg4, Quicktime) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png, Tiff)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Apps

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

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Mp3 audio, Contact)
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, 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, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

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
Apple iPhone 3GS

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
IOS
Screen size
3.522
Internal memory
81
Camera
Yes
Talk time
2g, 3g
Carriers (US)
Att, Other

General

Type
Smartphone (IOS)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Talk time
2g, 3g
Standby time (max)
300 hours
Battery type
Li-ion

Camera

Camera
Yes

Location

Location support
Yes

Storage

Internal memory
32 MB

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR

Radio type

Comm standard
GSM

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No
Model
16 GB

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
IOS
Screen size
3.522
Internal memory
81
Camera
Yes
Talk time
2g, 3g
Carriers (US)
Att, Other

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB
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