Product Type: Apple Smartphone
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still worth buying even with the iphone 5 on the market
Apple iPhone 3GS 16 GB
Member Name: clarkjames
Apple iPhone 3GS 16 GB
Date: 26/01/13, updated on 28/01/13 (29 review reads)
Advantages: It's still a great phone and they're quite cheap to buy used
Disadvantages: it's slightly slower than the newer phone, might be a problem if you're a heavy apps user
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
Summary: still worth buying even with the iphone 5 on the market