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      28.02.2014 17:54
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      It was good but has no real chance in the world of smartphones now.

      I had this phone 2 years ago which was given to me by a friend to try out and perhaps buy from him. In the end I did buy it from him and I was happy that I had.
      It has a 3.5 inch screen, nice curved edges and is apple so it has loads of apps available. At the time this phone was relatively decent specs wise but now it is rather slow compared to the Android beasts with 5 inch screens and 2GB of RAM.
      The battery was not particularly good, but it was good as a multimedia device and nothing else really came close at the time. The call quality was quite good as well from what I remember.
      The thing I really liked about this was the simplicity of the layout of the home screen and I think that its something that attracted a lot of loyal supporters to apple at the time. The phone is small and easily fits in your pocket.
      The messaging app was really good back in the day with IOS3 and since then it hasnt really changed all that much. Calender and contacts could sync with Google but I remember loads of problems with this not working whereas android phones at the time such as the HTC desire had no real problem with this.
      I remember at the time being really impressed with the Safari browser which at the time was the best in the world, and this was one of the reasons why I had wanted an iPhone. The main problem at the time had been the price, it was around £30 or more a month and being a student in secondary school, my parents really didn't want to fork out this much a month for me.
      Problem is, I'm not sure if apple will replace them for you anymore, I think if you have one and it gets damaged then you have to pay a little for an iphone 4 refurbished model.

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        16.09.2013 12:33

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        Decent phone!

        I have two phones, one for work and one personal. I think this puts me in a good position to write a review of android compared to iPhone. For reference, the iPhone is my personal phone. I have had it for some time now but it is still working well with great battery life. I like the apple interface and the ease of use compared to my android phone.
        The phone looks great, and is very sleek and stylish. As so many people have iPhones I find it very handy that I can always easily borrow a charger at work if I forget mine, and also, I find many phone ports, such as in my car, are only compatible with the iPhone but not my android device.
        There are a couple of negatives with the iPhone over the android though: One is that many apps are free on the android market but incur a charge on the iPhone. I never see this as very fair.
        The support in the apple shops is always fairy poor in my opinion, and I always struggle to find someone speak to if looking to buy a new case, ask a question etc.
        Finally, my work phone has a qwerty keyboard which makes it much easier to type with nails. I do under stand you can buy a qwerty keyboard to attach to the iPhone but from what I can see this makes it look much more bulky and ruins the design.
        Overall a decent phone.

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        10.05.2013 17:02
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        A decent option for an all-round phone, at a decent price.

        I've used a huge amount of phones over the last 10 years. I spent 3 years working for O2, so had plenty of chance then, and have generally upgraded my phone every 12 months since then - sometimes sooner - I'm a bit of a gadget freak with phones!

        Having recently made the decision to ditch my iPhone 5 as my company gave me a Galaxy S3, I found that after a few weeks I was missing some of the games I had on my iOS device. With this in mind, and having a purely 'personal' phone, I picked up a 3GS on eBay for about £40. It had a cracked screen, but I saw this as a little personal challenge to fix, having read plenty of articles online about how to replace it.

        Once it turned up, I'd ordered the replacement screen (£25 or so), and got it fitted - all in about 20 minutes, nice and simple. I'd never owned a 3GS previously, going straight from a 3 to a 4, then onto a 5, so I was curious to see what my thoughts were on it.

        Look/Feel - Even in 2013, the 3GS looks like a nice phone in my opinion. The tapered round back and distinctive metal bezel don't look out of place, but it is quite a lot thicker than most modern day smart phones, but not uncomfortably so. It weighs a lot more than the S3 or the IP5, but that's to be expected, and there's something reassuring about the weight/heft of it.

        Build Quality - Not something I can comment too much on here, due to the state of my 3GS when I bought it, but it's a fairly sturdy device. As I picked it up fairly cheaply I'm not too fussed about chucking it in a bag with my keys, but I've seen plenty of 3GS' that are heavily scratched with cracked screens. A simple case of taking care of the product I think - don't drop it!

        Screen - This is the most painful drop in quality for me, coming from an IP5/S3 - the screen quality is still good enough, but nowhere near pinsharp as 12/13's phones. It would be well suited to a child or older person perhaps, but I wouldn't want to be using it for reading long emails on.

        Camera - Adequate. That about sums up the 3MP camera. It's good enough for quick pics on a night out, but don't go expecting David Bailey quality here...

        Operating System - My 3GS is running iOS 6, just about. It's not too bad, and whilst there's the slight lag you'd expect on older hardware running new software, it's definitely manageable. iOS is still the leading OS on a mobile for me, and it's ease of use and simplicity is unparalleled in the mobile world. Everyone, from 5 year olds to 85 year olds will be able to pick up an iPhone and use it quickly, it's that intuitive. If you'd like a more in-depth review of the OS, i'd highly recommend checking out Engadget's review of it here: http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/18/ios-6-review/

        Day to Day Use - I only use mine for WhatsApp, the occasional call, and games, so the battery tends to last me pretty much a full day, from 9am through to 6/7pm. Turning the screen brightness down always helps, as does having wifi off, but mine runs with wifi on and full screen brightness the whole day, and I'm happy with the results.

        Conclusion: The 3GS is still a solid phone in a market flooded with much more powerful options. I wouldn't recommend the 3GS for a teenager or business person, but it would make a great first phone for a younger teen (buy second-hand and you can grab a bargain still!), or an older person who would like to try the iOS experience.

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        02.05.2013 11:43

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        Best iPhone, retro, less common and easier to use than others

        Ihave had an iPhone 3GS for 5 years now and I have declined opportunities to 'upgrade' to an iPhone 4/4S/5 as I much prefer the shape of this phone. The phone feels more like a tablet and less 'bricky' than it's older siblings. The rounded and flatter shape makes it easier to hold and use. I find the iPhone 4/4S/5 far too common now and I have remained unique by keeping hold of this phone.
        The features are all very similar to the iPhone 4/4S/5, same apps available as long as you keep the software up to date via the free itunes download. The processing speed is slightly slower but still not slow enough to lose your patience.
        I have the white phone which seems to be very rare these days. I I was looking to take the leap into buying an iPhone I would completely recommend the 3GS as it is unique and retro. You can get almost everything the newer phones have apart from Siri which in my opinion I do not need. You can also download apps that are very similar to Siri anyway.
        Great phone, practical, modern and retro!

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        26.01.2013 13:17
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        still worth buying even with the iphone 5 on the market

        There is talk of a new cheaper iphone being released.
        Personaly I don't like this idea, I buy an iphone because I like the premium feel and don't mind the premium price, an iphone that doesn't have that luxury just then becomes a phone that runs IOS- I have a horrible feeling I might be less impressed with the system when it's presented

        Plus I think I would never make calls in public with such a device, I'd have to try and hide the shame of owning the iAMPOOR.

        There's no shame in owning an older iphone, for me it's a concious choice as I like the older shape of the 3g series, it doesn't put unnessecary preasure on your hands with those sharp edges as the 4g and 5 do. I also find that a scratched plastic back is easier to live with than a scratched glass back (4) and scratched metal back (5).

        I'm not a big 'app's guy', I use the dictionary app and play a bit of 3d pinball, the 'need' for quadcore smart phones is laughable, I am one of these people that
        The 3g was a dog slow phone, the 3gs a noticable improvement, but never have I felt hampered by the 3gs in every day use, maybe if you're a heavy apper, or a gamer then you'll feel the benefit, but for those who just want to browse the net or send emails it's perfectly fine.

        Call quality on the 3gs is it's big let down- there's no noise cancelling mic, and the microphones don't seem to pick up as well (perhaps mine are full of fluff).

        Camera quality is also a let down- but really the difference in quality between this and an iphone 5- you could buy a pretty good camera with those extra $$$ and leave the iphone in the dust. Even the iphone 4 (not tried the 5) has huge problems with dynamic range, low light performance, a weedy flash incapable of illuminating anything and they're all awkward to hold.

        If you want an iphone, and you're able to look past the latest and greatest, then by all means look to the older models- a 'budget' iphone is more likely to fall to pieces or break (intentionally), my 3gs is still in great condition and the only really bad point is that the battery life isn't what it used to be.

        update: I have owned the 8gb and 16gb model, the 8gb was stolen from me and I replaced it with the 16gb. Even with the 16gb model I am running out of space due to having lots of photos and lots of music, unless you're not planning to use it as an ipod I wouldn't get the 8gb version, with used prices as they are the 16gb or 32gb options give you more future proofing, so pay the extra for a bit more space

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          17.08.2012 18:06

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          one of the best smartphones in the market

          I got this iPhone from my brother who had it for a year and, him not being the best taking care of his technology, it had already dents and cracks on the back due to falls and simply bad treatment. I'm pretty sure it's more resistent with better care or keeping it in a case.

          However since I got it I have not been able to be away from it for a single moment. Its 3.5 touch screen makes it so cool and easy to handle, unlike those big samsungs that with my small hands I just would not be able to reach everything I wanted with one hand. The best thing about the iPhone is the possibility of jailbreak which adds even more features with tweaks downloaded from cydia and themes installed through winterboard. Mine has got 16 GB of storage which is a fair amount for having the most useful apps, a respectable collection of music and the space to register loads of photos and videos. I work in languages so it has been more than useful to have translating apps, huge dictionaries in various languages at the touch of a finger rather than having to bring my laptop with me wherever I go and find an internet connection.

          The worst issue I've had with it is the battery. With time, I started noticing that it did not last the same couple of days and since a couple of months ago it has been crashing suddenly when it has more than half the battery life. This may be due to wear and tear and its age. I think the newer Iphones will not have this problem. Another problem is the lock button which gets faulty with normal use. I had to install a tweak that allows locking the iphone just shaking it in order to not use and keep working that button in case I sell it in the future.

          Thanks for reading!

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          15.08.2012 21:03

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          Great phone, definitely worth the investment, would recommend to anyone!

          I purchased the iPhone 3GS 16GB, second hand, off a friend. It has treated me great and beat the Android phone I had before.

          The best thing with iPhone's simply has to be the App Store. Billions of apps available for FREE or low prices. You simply cannot beat it! With the 16GB version of the 3GS you can fit quite a few apps on it.

          The camera on the 3GS isn't the best quality, and if you have that extra money, I would definitely consider purchasing the latest iPhone.

          Apple go out of their way with the packaging. They manage to fit the phone charger, earphones and the iPhone all in a small box.

          Would I recommend the iPhone 3GS to a friend?
          Yes! You can still buy the 3GS directly from Apple for just over £300.

          Is it still worth getting?
          If you are on a small budget, and can't afford the latest iPhone then go for the 3GS. But if you can stretch your money and buy the latest, I would definitely recommend that. I won't go into reason's why in this review but a friend of mine has the iPhone 4S and I will admit, sometimes I do get slightly jealous. But... Give it around a month and I will have the next iPhone. (Name still not decided)

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          05.08.2012 02:35

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          A good phone, all rounder, Just proceed with caution with second hand models. And get a case!

          The first time i used an Iphone i was like "WOW!". I couldnt believe how incredibly adaptive it was. A powerful machine, apps galore at my finger tips. Simple touch screen, slender. I didnt even consider having to use the one year warranty...
          HOWEVER
          Twelve months on, my network provider tell me that my warranty is up. The problems?
          For a start the silence button on the side comes on and off at will for no apparent reason, vibrating all through the night at times, the audio jack insert has been populated by fluff and I have to use a needle to pull it out every week, the apps crash for no apparent reason, the phone has crashed 3 or 4 times losing all my numbers and app history, its incredibly complex to use with I tunes if you are from the Windows drag and drop school of thought. Despite all this, it is a good phone. Durable, reliable, occasional signal issues but generally ok. The wi-fi drops out at times for no reason and I have to reset all my network settings in order to make it work. It is however reliable for photo and video, although the camera could do with being a bit more advanced, it wouldnt have hurt to give it a decent camera as the photos are grainy and the zoom button isnt really any good for close ups.
          Music on the I phone is basically a stripped down version of I tunes, again easy to use.
          All in all a good phone, just be wary if you were to buy a second hand one, check on the apple forums to know what faults to look for.....

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          22.07.2012 17:18
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          A good phone, but the newer iPhones are better.

          I bought the iPhone 3GS shortly after it was announced, and I've been using the same iPhone for the past 3 years. It has definitely been very durable -- I'm not very careful with my items - I've dropped my iPhone into a bucket of water (and quickly searched the Internet to find the miracle solution of using a packet of rice to 'dehydrate' the phone), and I've also dropped my phone on the floor countless of times, resulting in broken iPhone cases but still an intact phone.

          THE SMART PHONE
          The iPhone 3GS is my very first and only smartphone, and as with all other Apple converters, I would have to say that it's probably going to be the only brand of smartphone that I'll ever use until something way more innovative comes out. I absolutely adore the range of applications (thanks to all the iPhone app developers) from games to utilities to entertainment, and the AppStore is pretty much unbeatable. The ease of use of the iPhone 3GS is stunning - as crude as it sounds, this smart phone is made for the dumb. Everything you do on the phone is pretty much second nature to someone who has at least have had some exposure to recent technology. Scrolling sideways, pressing the right buttons, turning the phone... You really don't need the manual to work your way around the smart phone - you either figure it out by yourself or someone will teach you anyway (there are way too many iPhone users)!

          PACKAGING
          It comes in a small cuboid box, with the iPhone inside as well as an accompanying charger, earphones and a little black envelope that contains a manual and a little pin. The little pin is probably the most confusing thing of the entire packaging - you're meant to use it to open up the SIMcard slot so that you can actually insert your simcard. I shan't go into how to set up your phone - instructions can be easily phone in the manual or online.

          MOST USEFUL FUNCTIONS
          For the beginner iPhone user, let me just briefly introduce you to two functions/apps that I think are the most underrated:

          1) Whatsapp/Viber/free Internet messaging/call service
          As long as you've got an internet connection with your phone, hesitate not to make use of these messaging services that don't cost you a penny! Depending on where you come from, you may use Whatsapp/Kakaotalk/etc etc., which allows you to send messages/photos/videos even for free! Sorry I don't know if these apps currently cost but they were once free - so there you go! As for Viber, it's quite like Skype just that you can only do phone to phone calls. Some of these apps are also available for non-iPhone users ie Blackberry users so they're definitely very handy.

          2) iBooks
          I never thought much about the iBooks until I realised that I could actually save PDF files onto my iBook library and load them when offline. It is awfully handy when you're travelling and you've got all those PDF maps or train schedules that you can just save on your phone without having to worry that you can't access them just because you're offline! And of course, you can download books to read offline... food for the soul!

          Of course there's a hoard of other apps including Facebook, Instagram, games, news apps etc that are awesome too - discovering them yourself via the Appstore will be the best D:

          iPhone 3GS - THEN AND NOW
          When the phone first came out, it was absolutely awesome and fun. Back then other good Smartphones were yet to be established (ie those running on the android platform), so the iPhone was really the star of the day. Right now, I still applaud the iPhone for its ease of use, but I have to admit that there are some very handy features in other phones (such as the offline mapping function on the Android) that is highly appealing.

          Furthermore, now with the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 3GS does, in my opinion, pale in comparison. Not because of the better screen, or because of SIRI (not a very useful function in my opinion) - but simply because the rather old phone doesn't seem to function as compatibly with the newer OS, as much as the newer OS does have cool functions like iMessage etc. It can be quite irritably slow at times, and with some applications - it could hang as well. I've also got quite a number of Apps which refuse to update, and I think it's just because I'm still on an older model of the iPhone... The only thing that I might prefer about the 3GS over the 4 is its shape - it's just more stylish to have curved ends rather than to be like a block.

          STILL WORTH GETTING?
          With the iPhone 5 due to emerge soon, probably not. I highly doubt that a forward moving company like Apple would actually care whether or not the newest updates work very well with the older versions, and if you're getting a smart phone because you actually NEED one for work/life purposes, then something that doesn't function too well with the new software clearly isn't very useful.

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          12.07.2012 14:21
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          An older model, but capable of everything the newer phones are

          I used to have a 3gs as my old phone, after moving to the iphone line of products i have never found anything else as functional since. I know own a 4gs however i only upgraded because i wanted more memory so that i could use my phone like an ipod classic and carry my entire library around. The battery life, like all smart phones, is not great but if you charge it every night it will last all day without worry. It only takes a couple of hours to charge and can be charged via mains or your mac/pc. What you see on the image shows the basic apps that come bundled with the phone, these include ipod, email, web browser (safari), camera, calender and so on. The camera is not great at only 1.3mp but it does the job for those nights out when you dont have a different digital camera with you.
          The iphone can play back videos but they have to be in the right format to do so which can be a tad annoying formatting your movies. Itunes does include a "create ipod version" function though so this is not exactly difficult, just time consuming.
          The phone also includes gps chip, and a gyroscope which can be used with different apps.

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          21.06.2012 23:52

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          Its OK, wouldn't really rate it, i would prefer a blackberry

          I have this phone, its alright, i wouldn't rate it overly

          Positives:
          Despite its age the screen is still quite good, it is fairly easy to use. The touch screen is very responsive and the app store is very easy to use and buy new apps, with it being a 16g you really really do not have to worry about space or deleting things to make space, your SMS inbox never gets full unlike other phones, and it is easy to navigate around text messages

          However i can think of more negatives that positives

          Negatives:
          The touch screen is so small, you often spell words wrong and have to go back to change them, decreasing texting time, but with practice you can work around this.
          It is slow alot of the time, siding between slides it can freeze and it takes forever to work again, but this may be because mine is getting on now

          It doesn't have FaceTime and you cant get it for a 3GS, all in all i would buy a 4S if i had the choice again, its sleeker, better and faster. It looks better and it is better!!

          Buy it if your on a budget :)

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          16.06.2012 14:50
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          Amazing phone with poor battery life.

          The iphone 3GS is a great phone, with its pin-point accurate touch screen, and all the available applications that can be downloaded, for example popular gmes like Angry Birds and Draw Something.
          Apple are the future of technology with all the new devices being released.

          The iphone 3GS is a very smart looking phone with a smooth back and curved edges so it feels comfortable when its being held in your hand. Also the silver outline on the front gives it a desirable look.
          The back can be very easily scratched so it preferably needs a case on at all times.
          A common problem with this phone is if the charger is not pulled out of put into the phone carefully a crack appears on the back of the phone above the charger port, this can be avoided if the charger is carefully inserted and removed.

          The calibration of the screen itself is 100% accurate, which allows games and applications to be played with no error on the devices side. Although this is the case the screen can be very easily scratched on cracked with can of course effect the quality, the phone should also have both a screen protector and a case so this does not happen.

          The main thing which lets this phone down is the battery life, from new the battery will last for at least a day, that is with common use. if the phone is not commonly used the the battery life would last for about 3-4 days before needing charging.
          After a lot of use from the phone the battery life fails and only lasts for a few hours when being used commonly for applications and games, if the phone isnt used regularly it would last for about a day.

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            07.06.2012 01:22

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            A great phone which still looks cool 4 years after it came out!

            Apple have always been at the forefront of technology. They have a hardcore devoted following of especially the younger generation these days.

            The iPhone 3GS when it was first released was a revolution. It still is as you can tell by the price that it still commands on both the new and second hand market. This review is going to give reasons why if you decide against the iPhone 4 or 4S why the iPhone 3GS is the next best thing.

            The iPhone 3GS on it's appearance is very sleek, it fits perfectly in your hand with the curvature of the back of the phone. The glossy sheen it has adds to the sexiness and the silver trim around the edge is also something which adds to the appeal.

            The capacitive screen is still in my opinion way ahead of anything on any other phone with just the iPhone 4 and 4S beating it. The responsiveness is amazing and even with screen protectors on it it still reacts to the slightest touch.

            The battery is where it lets itself down. The major downsides to the battery are that it isn't removable so if it goes wrong you have to send it away and also when running apps especially the ones that have advertising in them (So mainly the free version of apps) the battery seems to drain.

            One other thing that I tend to find with the 3GS is that the button on the side that changes the volume from on to silent sometimes has a habit of malfunctioning and you get your phone vibrating every time that switch touches anything which can be very annoying and I think this is a common problem in the 3GS.

            It is so useful though to organise things, have music playing, watch videos and read ebooks......It's hard to think of an item which has more influence in your day to day life than the iPhones that Apple produce. If the battery had been better I would have given this a 5 star rating because this phone really started off the smartphone boom. However due to the battery life and the stupid fragile silence switch will have to give this a 4 star rating. A very good alternative to the more more expensive iPhone 4 and 4S.

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            04.05.2012 03:15
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            Fantastic little phone

            Although the phone's model is considered to be quite old now, the iPhone 3GS handles the new iOS 5 software amazingly well, and implements it in a way a Iphone 4 would. It has a low retail price now, both on Pay as you Go, as-well as Pay monthly, it is the best option to get into having an Iphone if you do not want to fork out an extra couple hundred pound for the Iphone 4 or 4S. From personal experience I believe the Iphone 3GS works perectly well as appose to the Iphone 4, the battery seems to actually be better as-well.

            So over-all I believe it is a fantastic phone to have, and considering it is quite old and there are newer models of this Iphone, it is fantastic, cheap, serves it's purpose and looks wonderful with and even without a case. Buy this phone without a doubt!

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            23.04.2012 15:31

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            A good phone, not the best however.

            The iPhone 3GS is one of the older iPhones now behind the 4S and the 4! However it is still a great phone that is worth getting.
            The iPhone 3GS is very quick and has a great touch screen display that allows you to text quicker and navigate your way through the menu's and help you find what your looking for alot quicker. The screen is very clear and sensitive, this allows you to play games and apps without getting annoyed that the phone isn't doing what you want it too..
            The App store is a HUGE thing for Apple and it's products and with the 3GS you will be able to download tones of Apps that will enhance your Apple experience and allow you to play games against friends online.

            The battery life is pretty good however that is the only thing that i would improve giving the chance, it will last about a day if used to search the internet a few times and text quite alot.

            The design is very nice and easy to look at, the phone is quite small and will not make a massive bulge in your trouser pocket, and being quite light you won't notice is resting there.

            The 3GS is worth a buy if you cannot afford the 4 or the 4S, it is still able to do nearly everything that the 4 and 4S can do and with the App store you will have lots of fun with it!

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