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My iphone has lasted me 3 years now; it has been really useful in that time.
I have never had a shortage of space.
Despite dropping it a few times, my phone has never broken.
Unfortunately the camera is not so good. There is no front camera, so selfies are a thing to be forgotten, the camera takes too long to focus and is still not so HD.
Luckily, i do not buy a phone simply for its camera.
After my O2 Contract expired after 2 years I had this phone unlocked and started using Ovivo, for the one off £20 fee. Though looking at the reviews for the Motorola Moto G decided to compare it. The Motorola Moto G has much better graphics and is slightly quicker. Actually I am surprised how good this Android phone is. So I would say if anyone is thinking of buying a iphone 3GS or even a iphone 4s to do some research. I thought I would never leave apple. I got my phone from Tesco locked for £110 and paid £2 off eBay to unlock the SIM. The iphone is a good, basic little phone but there are much better phones out there that wont cost as much. I have found being listen to podcasts in the car very useful and the quality of the music from the earphones is very good. Overall now a tired out of date product.
If you have a £100 get a Motorola Moto G, unlock SIM and put in Ovivo SIM. Best £20 I have ever spent
I was given this phone by my brother after his contact ran out. Although it is a great phone I still prefer my android phone with similar specs.
At 3 megapixels it's not a bad camera but as it doesn't have a flash, unless the lighting is just right you can end up with poor quality/poorly lit pictures.
The screen is big and clear, which is spot on for watching videos and playing games on.
There is a wide range of free and paid apps available on the itunes store. Apps such as Angry Birds used to be released on apple products before they are released on android, howver recently apps seem to be getting released across all major platforms at the same time.
I have had no problems with the battery, i would normally charge it around once a day, which is what I would expect from a smartphone.
The interface is quite complex and does take a while to get used to. I'm not really keen on the restrictions put on by apple which means if you need to load anything onto your phone it all has to be done pretty much via Itunes.
Other phones of a similar price don't seem to have has much internal memory as Iphone phones do. The internal memory is great for downloading tv shows from such as iplayer and watching them later offline.
This phone has great features and is a great phone but overall (personal preference) I still prefer android over apple.
After years of watching my Brother go through the Iphones as a teenager, I've always been jealous. The problem has always been that my Brother has a good job and I'm still a student and the high price of Iphones has meant that I've had to put up with really outdated, awful phones. I made the jump to an Iphone in the Summer of 2012 due to being able to afford a better contract. This was the cheapest Iphone I could afford so I jumped at the low rates! My contract is currently £16 per month with unlimited texts, 50 mins and 500mb of Internet on O2.
I should probably state now that I'm extremelly clumsy so buying such and expensive phone meant that despite my best efforts, I've dropped the the phone so many times, its unreal. Yet the only damage is a crack in the back where the USB cable goes in! This is fantastic considering friends of mine who have the 4s have dropped theirs once and completelly written off their phones. 100 points for durability!
Features! The hardware consists of a USB input/output (which ever way you look at it), a headphone output, a lock button, mute switch and volume up and down buttons. Not forgetting the home button on the front. The phone contains a tiny set of speakers and a microphone. The back does not open up and instead, your simm card goes in a little slot at the top of the phone. A key to open up this slot comes with the phone but look after it because it is very small!
In terms of software feature; the phone comes with a select few apps such as weather, stocks, calendar, clock, caulculator and so forth as well as the usual mail apps and internet browser. The built in apps cannot be deleted which irritates me with the limited space there is on this phone. Other than that, the 'apps' you have on your phone are really up to the user. These can be downloaded online, most are free but a lot are paid and can cost anything upwards of 59p.
The camera is quite impressive for a phone. I have got quite a few really decent pictures from it. I occationally record live bands with mine and if I'm at a decent distance away, the sound quality is surprisingly alright. The only problem I have with the camera is the lack of a flash.
The earphones that come with the IPhone are really good and I prefer them to the usual in-ear earphones that you can pick up at HMV. The quality of sound is lovely and the build in mic allows you to answer the phone handsfree.
All in all I think this phone is brilliant. The novelty hasn't worn off and I haven't had a single problem with it. I love the vast selection of apps which make my phone into anything I need it to be. As a music student, I have used it to trigger samples through the internet to a computer during a performance which just shows that the possibilities are endless with these phones. Its always a good thing to point out that all Iphone apps are compatible with the Iphone 3GS which means that you are not missing out from buying an older phone.
Thanks for reading this review, I hope it is helpful!
i got an iphone 3gs through an 18 month contract with o2 in november 2011. its the first time ive had an iphone, as previously i never bought into all the hype surrounding apple goods! however on using the iphone 3gs, i soon understood why people rave about them. maybe its the choice of apps available or the ease of downloading them, but personally i found the iphone and its in built features which impressed me the most. the camera, for instance may not have the most pixels available to it, but i still found its ease of use and picture quality second to none. with itunes available to me for the first time i qiuckly had my phone filled to capacity with music and apps, such was the choice available to me. which brings me to the 8gb capacity, which i quickly used up in no time frustratingly! personally i would have preferred it if the phone had 16gb available to it. but my number one bugbear with this phone is its pathetic battery life. my phone came with a brand new battery and i found myself having to charge the phone on a daily basis very quickly, even if i did not use it that often. ive since changed the battery to one with double capacity, bought on ebay. however, this made minimal difference and has rendered the warranty disqualified. also, although i managed to successfully change my battery, its not something i would recommend others to undertake, as the process is a lot trickier than changing the battery in any other phone. so to summarise, a great product with lots of handy features, marred only by a poor battery.
Well earlier today I reviewed my new iPhone 4S, so it was only natural that I would also review my older phone, the iPhone 3GS. I used this phone for over two years and as it was the first iPhone I've ever used it still holds a special place in my heart. So this is what I make of the iPhone 3GS.
First of all the look, it was pretty similar to the earlier models, a nice light phone that is very thin. The screen is huge and very clear. The back has a good solid piece of plastic which after two years of use has stood up very well to all the little knocks it has taken. The buttons on the side are very subtle and you hardly notice them and the on off button is tucked away neatly. One thing to mention if you are not familiar with the iPhone, the little slot where you pop your SIM card in is only opened using a little pin key.
When you are using the phone you notice how easy everything is. Back two years ago when I was first introduced to the iPhone it took me no time at all to pick up all the basic functions. I like the way that if you don't know how to do something you should just do what seems to make sense and this is usually the way the iPhone works. The touch screen is fantastic and works very well, after two years of use it still works as well as the first day I bought the phone.
The phone comes with certain apps already loaded in. So you have your little tools like an alarm clock, calculator, compass etc... Then you have the brilliant Google maps which is such a clever tool as well as other things like you tube and itunes. It is dead easy to download new apps from the app store and also download music to play on the phone. It is also very easy to sinc the phone with your computer, it all does it for you automatically when you plug it in.
The sound quality is good although the more recent versions of the iPhone are now slightly better. The camera is of a very high standard and works well, the 3GS does not come with a flash however which was something that I missed a bit with my phone. The earphones that came with the phone are also very good and have a little remote so you can alter the volume or skip through the track listing.
Overall I would have to say this is a superb phone. You can pick these up second hand now for around £80 and that is a real bargain. The 8GB memory was a little small as I had pretty much used it all so I had to delete content if I wanted to put new music on or download more apps, plus I had to be careful how many photos I took. But 8GB does give you plenty of space for lots of content, I had over a thousand songs on there. So there are now better versions of the iPhone out but if you want a really good quality one that is still perfectly good for modern day use then look no further than the 3GS.
Now that the iPhone 4, 4S, and 5 came out, nobody seems to care about the "old" iPhone 3GS. In my opinion, I still love this iPhone. It's not slow, it has a decent camera, it's supported to be upgraded to Apple's latest iOS 6 software, it has a great design, etc. It may lack some features that the new devices have but it could save you over a hundred Euros when you're buying a used iPhone. The iPhone 5 is approximately 619 Euros without a contract. The iPhone 3GS is approximately just 245 Euros without a contract.
Now it all comes down to perspective. If your looking for one of the latest and hottest phones on the market you probably need to stop reading this review. If your looking for a cheap smartphone that's very reliable continue reading. The iPhone 3GS is a perfect phone in my perspective. The main things/features you will miss out from the other latest iPhones is the front camera, retina display, high camera quality, and faster processors (The iPhone 3GS still is very reliable, performance wise...). If you don't mind a few differences, than the iPhone 3GS is the phone for you.
As you can see by this review, I love the iPhone 3GS. It's a simple and classic phone that's always there when you need it. Even though it's one of Apple's older phones, quality or performance doesn't lack too much. You won't be faced with any problems if you take good care of your phone. Plus there is still iTunes support so if you are faced with a software error, you will be able to fix it in less that 20 minutes.
i have had this phone for 18mths now, i like it as far as phones go. as you can tell im not a massive app lover etc i think technology is overtaking me somewhat!! lol i use my phone for texting and making calls. i dont like the fact that it sometimes calls people in your pocket (however i appreciate any phone could do this) i do like the fact that you can come away from your calls and read texts for reference etc whilst still on a call thats quite cool to me, you can do this by pressing the bottom round button whilst the calll is active, this would bring you back to the menu screen, at which point you can navigate around your phone refering back to what your looking for i.e someone elses phone number in contacts, a date etc in messages, or a picture etc. i think the camera is quite good although after looking at my husbands upgrade to a 4 the camera is much better on that (which is only to be expected) my new found love for this phone is the ipod facility so i can set my music playing and plug headphones in and it will automatically cut the music out when i get a call, i find the upload of music very easy through itunes as you only have to log in on your phone and you can purchase whichever songs you want, usually 99p a pop. The headphone socket is a normal headphone jack point so can take all the latest beat headphones etc, if you are going to take a call whilst having headphones plugged in though i would advise to purchase/use the earphones that have a buikt in speaker otherwise the other person cant hear you very well. i also really like how the messages are listed i.e each persons conversation is kept on one screen, therefore its easier to look back on a conversation without having to flick forward and back between inbox and outbox etc, you can also delete either complete conversations or select the single message to be deleted, at the top of the message screen on the top right there is also the option to add to contacts which has proved invaluable. x x i have already had to have one screen replaced from dropping it which cost 60 so make sure you get a cover, my husband uses an army cover that protects it from water, sand, drops etc x x
This review shall be based on the working order of my iPhone after having it for two years, but I shall also note on the differences between now and when I first received it.
What is it?
The iPhone 3GS is a Smartphone developed and produced by Apple Inc which was first introduced by the company on June 19, 2009. Over the first weekend this product was able to sell over 1 million units and over 37 million overall.
Though still possibly the most popular choice of iPhone since the iPhone 5 has been released the iPhone 3GS has since been discontinued.
The current Operating System for all iPhone Devices excluding the iPhone 2G is iOS 6.0, this particular Operating System takes up 23% of the phone's data memory just by being on the phone, but is necessary for advantages such as iBooks, Folders, News Stand, Game Center, Notification Center and unfortunately the disappearance of the built-in Youtube option, forcing all iPhone users to download a Youtube App which luckily has ended up working a lot better.
Because of this product being discontinued I am unable to tell you exactly how much the price of it was, but if I remember correctly for 8GB it was around £400 for £16 it was around £420 and for 32GB it was around £450.
The weight of this device is 135g.
Look of the Device
In my personal opinion I believe the iPhone itself has a very sleek, sophisticated look unlike it's rival Blackberry, a lot of people believe the Blackberry looks more like a professional business phone, but I disagree I would chose the look of the iPhone any day.
The iPhone 3GS has a Multi-Touch Touch-screen display with the dimensions 7.5cm x 5.5cm, the screen is extremely sensitive to human contact which can occasionally cause issues when using the device, for example although these may sound petty and not really a problems they have been extremely frustrating for me personally:
-Occasionally when I go to enter my passcode I will press the key slightly to close to another and end up having to type it in again and again.
-When I'm listening to Music I will accidentally tap the iTunes store button and be taken completely out of the iPod section.
-When I'm playing apps and a pop-up appears I will accidentally tap that and again be taken completely out of it.
The Keyboard for iPhone 3GS is a Touch-Screen Keyboard consisting of all the necessary keys of a keyboard, generally I find this keyboard much easier to use compared to say a keyboard with three letters on each key or a Blackberry Keyboard.
The only Glitch I have found with the Keyboard is that it can occasionally freeze to the point where you have to restart your device but this is very rarely.
The iPhone's camera is a 3.5 megapixel camera with option to zoom in and out and take both pictures and video , I myself find that it is very good quality and I have successful taken some professional looking photo's with it, however in using the iPhone to record gigs or performances I have found that the sound will prove to much for it and the microphone will just block it out, which is a real shame, apart from that the only other thing is that it sometimes has trouble focusing.
There are a range of Apps to choose from such as Games, Photo Editing, Social Networking and lots more and they are all available to this device the only apps you aren't able to access and the ones made specifically for iPhone 4, 4S and 5.
Occasionally Apps will freeze, but remember I've had my phone for over 2 years.
The iPod section on the iPhone has a very neat layout with the choice of Album, Artists and Songs, it's easy to understand and arrange, plus music takes up a lot less room than photo's so it's much simpler to upload the variety of music that you desire!
As soon as I received my iPhone I instantly understood how to use it, so personally I would say this device is extremely easy to use.
The Internet Provider on iPhone is obviously Safari seeing as it's an Apple device, personally I have found downloading the Google app much more useful and easy to use and Safari occasionally takes longer to load and freezes.
Another problem I have discovered is that the iPhone 3GS deliberately fails to connect to the Wi-Fi in your home almost 50% of the time, personally I believe that this is a deliberate tactic Apple have used to force you to spend more money on credit to use their built-in "Ethernet" option.
Personally I haven't really used Voice Control much as I have no real need to, but when I have tried it out I have found that as long as you use a clear voice it will do what you require, although don't expect it to be up to the job of Siri as it's nowhere near that level!
My device after owning it for two years has only been left with a few miner scratches and dents much to my pleasure, although I do know quite a lot of people who also own this device and have dropped and destroyed the entire screen (although this can easily be replaced) so my advice would be if you own this device cover it because overall it is generally very sustainable, just not when dropping from a great height.
Depending on how bright you have the screen, the iPhone's battery can last anywhere from 2 1/2 hours to 12 hours.
Overall, although highlighting a lot of the bad points involved in owning this device, I am personally very happy with my phone and haven't yet felt the need to upgrade it at all, it's all still in working order and does exactly as I need it to do, I think it's a shame that it's been discontinued but it's still available from certain places online, so I would recommend buying it as it's now only £150-£200!
I've had loads of different mobile phones over the years but this is by far the best, I don't know how I lived without it, it's so easy to use, great for the basics calls/texts but also love the apps and games, especially as most are free or very cheap, the touch screen is responsive and good camera to, I can't think of any bad
Points, and with it not being the latest model anymore they are great value for money, the only slight grumble that i have is the battery life, if your using it for calls texts and just on standby the battery is fine but some apps and games seem to drain it, meaning if your a high Internet user like me you will probably meed to charge it every day, but its not a big problem and i still love my iphone, I would highly recommended it.
As with Snow White's poisoned apple the iphone 3GS will leave you in a coma-like state on your sofa. With an app for almost everything you can end up staring at the screen all day with no need to leave your phone. It is slimline and easy to use for any technophobes.
It almost sounds perfect, so why did I choose to compare this phone to a poison apple? As beautiful as it may seem on the surface it has it issues. Firstly if you have bought this phone you are likely to want to use all the fun apps on the go, and surely this is the purpose of having an iphone. Well you may not get the happily ever after you hoped for with the battery running out very quickly. This can make having an iphone no more than a bad temptation on long journeys as it will die leaving you lost (this has happened to me a fair few times!) So say you try to turn off your phone to give yourself and it a nap, well don't rely on your phone to wake you up as the alarm only works when switched on.
These simple issues are what most other phone companies have been working on for years, instead Apple loves to concentrate on the sparkles and leave the practicalities for another more expensive new iphone who shall one day come along and be mine and your 'loves first kiss' (...from a phone) but until that day comes I would advise this phone for those who like to stay indoors or need internet on their mobiles.
This iPhone 3GS was my first touch screen phone and I was very dubious about touch phones before I got my hands on this bad boy. I can honestly say that Apple has the best touch screens in the world, having tried out your cheaper models and other highly priced phones like the Samsung Galaxy S they just dont meet the same standard of smoothness and response time is great. It really is effortless to use in comparison to others where you have some seriouse lag time and that's what I was worried about when getting an iPhone but this device quickly gets rid of those fears and you start to enjoy the phone for what it is. A fantastic iPod Touch that is a phone (Just kidding) but in some ways thats all this is, You have the apps, games and music the same as a touch but you feel like you are better and cooler than your friends when you say iPhone rather than iPod Touch. This phone is a great purchase for any first time touch phone users(If there are any left) as it is simple to use and very efficient. The battery is decent but dont expect to be playing games or watching videos for hours on end. It is very stylish and nice to look at but does lack the flatness to sit on a table without becoming annoying at some point, unlike the more up to date models the iPhone 4 & 4S. For the price it is almost guaranteed that unless you seek the new of the new that you should get this version of the iphone over going for the 4. It really doesnt make any sense to go for the 4 unless you (A) Hate the back that wont sit stable on the table (B) Love all the latest tweaks that apple continually add to the new models to add another £250 onto the price tag. Probably on the low side w/ £250 aswell. The phone is really good and I would recommend to everyone who wants and iPhone but doesnt want to pay the ridiculous prices the latest editions cost. The only other downside to this model is the 8GB memory, I'm afraid for me and many others that just doesnt cut the cake, but if you go higher expect another silly price increase.
So I have to state at the beginning of this review that I am not the most technology savvy person out there. I am largely self taught and I think generally I can work out the basics on how to use something, but beyond that I am all at sea. So...if you are looking for a super technical review of this phone then I'd have to say look elsewhere. This review will be a guide to the iPhone 3GS for regular people who use their phone on an everyday basis (and there may be some things that I miss, probably because I've yet to discover the phone has the capacity to carry out this function).
So hearing that you might be wondering why I own a iPhone in the first place. Well, I have owned what my friends affectionately referred to as 'the brick' for many years. I was never interested in having the newest phone or the latest gadget I just wanted something that worked and did everything I needed it to do. That was before the age of smart phones that can access the internet and just about do everything except give you a manicure. I used my brick happily for many years and was on a pay as you go contract which worked fine for me. That is until I started to find I was spending a lot of money on credit, more than I might on a monthly contract. So I went with my friend to a phone shop and talked to the salesperson about setting up a contract.
I had decided I wanted to switch to Orange as they offer great deals (like 241 cinema tickets and meals out) and generally any feedback I've had from friends has always been positive. So the man very kindly explained in layman's terms what I could expect to pay and what I would get for this. After his steadily trying to convince me to go for the most recent iPhone (the iPhone 4 at the time) and pay a whopping £90 for the phone I opted for the iPhone 3GS on a £35 a month contract with the phone for free. The contact is for 18 months and then I believe I get an upgrade...maybe.
I was pretty happy with my decision but the salesperson and the friend I took with my did look at me as though I was insane for not wanting the most recent phone on the market. To me it made very little difference, as long as it did everything I wanted it to do. So here are some of the positives and negatives of this phone.
- Text Messaging -
I find texting way easier on this phone than any one I've used before. With my brick you would receive a message, read it, and then go to reply. It would constantly annoy me that you couldn't see the message as you wrote your reply and also that you couldn't see your previous response either. In the iPhone this is solved because the messages appear in one continuous stream, each person being given a colour to indicate the respective messages. I love this system and it definitely has made my life far easier. I also really like the qwerty key board on the phone, which is relatively easy to use design the obvious autocorrect related hilarity. My fingers are quite small and so are the keys so it is fine for me but I can imagine with larger fingers people might struggle to use this keyboard, though the majority of people out there seem to cope just fine. My only major dislike is that once a message is being sent you have no way of cancelling it, I had this option on my old phone and it was a life saver when you realised you'd sent it to the wrong person or made an embarrassing spelling/grammatical mistake. You also as it is sending can't see the recipients name, which always sends me into a wild panic thinking I might have sent it to the wrong person.
- Phone Calls -
Phone calls are also really easy on the iPhone. You have a little phone symbol at the bottom of your screen which then gives you the option of either selecting a favourite, recent, contacts or a keyboard to type in the number. From here you can also access your voicemail. I like this new system as it helps me organise my numbers really clearly and also see my recent calls very clearly on screen. When someone calls you it appears on the screen and you just have to slide the bar across the answer, this is easy in theory but when you are trying to hold a million things I think I'd just prefer a simple button.
- Battery -
This was one of the things I struggled most with when I first got the phone because the battery life seems to drain ridiculously quickly. I have since discovered if you adjust the brightness settings and turn off wifi etc you can save yourself energy if the phone is really low. It only comes with one charger which I have plugged in next to my bed so I can't keep one in my handbag for emergencies. And there are plenty of times where I've forgotten to charge it and it switches off, which is deeply irritating especially when you work as much as I do. I've got into a bit more of a groove with charging it lately and tend to do it every 2 days. It takes about an hour to charge fully which is fine for me, I guess it just takes a bit of getting used to.
- Camera -
The camera is really good on the phone, you basically get an album of all the photos you've taken and they are easy to view and flick through. The quality of the camera is good, though the iPhone 3 doesn't have flash like the 4 which means you can't use it in the dark or at night. I don't tend to use mine that much but it is nice to have it if there is a special occasion. They have recently updated software on apple so my last update on my phone through my laptop gave me the added function that when I press the round button you can drag a little camera to open the camera ready to take a photo. This is really handy for me as often it is quite a lot of hassle unlocking the phone and opening the camera, especially in those candid moments that you might otherwise miss. The photos can be uploaded onto your PC and can also be posted on facebook through your phone, I find this really handy and another great advantage to this phone.
- Music -
So this phone is basically an ipod too. My ipod nano broke a year or so ago so it is really handy having this phone to store my music on. Mine is almost full to the brim because it is only an 8GB, which seems to hold roughly 20-30 albums on it. This is fine for me but for someone with a more extensive collection it might be better going for a phone with a large memory, they do come in a 16GB and 32GB as well as the 8GB. They also give you these great apple headphones with a little switch on the wire which means you can remotely change the song and the volume. This is a great advantage for me as the hassle of getting the phone out of the case would probably put me off listening to music otherwise. You can also play music without the headphones though this can sound a little tinny as phones and laptops tend to and, by the way, is totally anti-social to do in public.
- Apps -
It took me a while to figure out apps but basically they are these fun little things you download onto your phone, some are free and some you pay under £1 for. There are absolutely millions of these but I'll tell you a few of my favourites.
Orange Wednesdays - saves you from sending a text to orange, you just click to get the code.
Odeon - a great app for film times and bookings, works better than the website!
My Fitness Pal - you basically tell the app how much you want to weigh, your current weight and other measurements and then you tap in what you are eating and it tots up your calorie intake against how much you should be having. Totally free and really handy.
Draw something - I'm sure you know this one but its a fun game that lets you connect with friends and draw for points which can buy you new colours. Addictive, but drains my battery too much.
Whatsapp - basically like a messenger service that allows you to connect with people who have different phone, like blackberries. Only 69p and worth every penny.
- Internet and Emails -
So you have a little button on your screen which allows you to go on the internet and another for your emails. The emails you connect to your hotmail or gmail for example and then you can opt in to have notifications every time you receive an email. I don't because I found these quite annoying but it is probably useful if you use your email for work. The only thing I found really annoying is that if you delete emails on your laptop they don't get deleted on your phone, so you end up having to delete the same email twice which is dull and repetitive. The internet is very easy to use, even for a techniphobe, and allows me to access dooyoo when not at home and other favourite sites. Be careful that where you can you log into known wifi or hotpots because otherwise your bill can have some added charges if you go over your internet allowance. I tend to be fine, but it's best to join a connected wifi when you can as this doesn't use up your quota.
- Other Functions -
So there are standard things like a calender, weather, maps, calculator etc. The best one for me is the alarm which I use everyday. You programme in times for the alarm to be set to and then each night I just switch the times on that I want and it rings in the morning as directed. I find this great because on my old phone you had to programme each time in separately every night, whereas on this phone they are stored for you.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this phone. It has some great and really useful applications for modern life.
I was always a Nokia kind of girl; I wanted something dependable, indestructible and comfortable. I didn't want an iPhone because a) they were expensive even on contract and b) I didn't really see the need.
The more I got to thinking about it though, the more I liked the idea of being able to keep my music, phone and diary in the same place. Admittedly I still carry a diary in my bag, and I often forget my headphones, but the thought is there.
My 3GS is on PAYG - I was lucky that when Mom's contract ended, she gave me this "old" phone. It had a crack up the back (all four in my family seem to?) but apart from that it was in good nick. I've had to get the Home button replaced and that cost £40. Seems a lot but it'd be costing me that a month on contract I guess, and by that point the phone would have been out of warranty anyway. I looked it up and you can buy the button for a couple of pounds and do it yourself. I did take the phone apart but stopped short of soldering it - leave that to the experts!
I was quoted £40 to get the back casing replaced as well; again you can buy these for a few pounds so I think if you can get the original off, it's not worth spending the extra on.
What I like best about this phone is the flexibility that comes from the app store. There really is an app for everything and most of the ones I like are free. One thing that does bug me is that I can't change the ring tone for a music track - even my Nokia could do that! But to be honest it's easier to keep the phone on silent. What I am surprised about is the battery life - my phone does really well! That said, I do have the internet turned off because that was costing me a fortune on PAYG, so maybe it does a little less than other peoples.
I know that there is a new version of the iPhone now but there is nothing at all wrong with this one. The only thing that concerns me is whether in another year or too (and I'm sure my phone will still be going strong) the Apple software will stop being compatible with the phones - this happened with the iPod touch 1st gen and it screwed mine over.
The size as well isn't the best, but you wouldn't want a smaller touch screen so it's a trade off. I couldn't go back to a smaller phone now after having all the functionality of this one.
Camera is a bit rubbish (heaven forbid you should try to take an action shot) but I think that if you can't afford the newer model with a better camera, this and a cheap digital camera are a good compromise.
I've always said "i'm not getting a stupid touch screen phone because they irritate me".
Then my poor Nokia E63 died on me. So I went to the 3 store and asked them what I should get as I had no experience with phones and needed something to be able to email with.
Obviously they directed me straight to the Iphone 4s which I told them to bugger off because I'm not paying almost £50 a month for a phone contract. That's just stupid.
So they took me over to the Iphone 3GS. I cringed at the thought of joining the Iphone gang as all you ever see is people clicking away on their phones and turning into social zombies.
Go on then, give me an Iphone and I just hope I get on with it.
Getting home I took it out of the box and immediately fell in love with the sleek black back it has. So shiny and smooth!. I cringed and carried on setting it up.
The Iphone 3GS:
Upon taking it out of the box and finding out how to set it up, I had to use a little metal bar (and little it is!) and get the part out to put my new sim card.
My old phone looking up at me crying because I'd betrayed it.
I put it in and got started with setting it up. Not a lot was needed to be done!.
Except....the app store was set to German and I had no clue how to set it back. I was ringing round all my friends with Iphones trying to find out how to change it. Ended up being super simple and just needed to plug it into the computer.. See? I'm not set for having such advanced technology. I can't handle it.
Once it was all sorted I started to browse the phone to get to know what it did. It took me a while to actually press things properly and you need to have match stick fingers to not make any mistakes!.
I started off easy and entered all my phone contacts to my new phone and that was simple enough!. Go to the Phone app at the bottom of the screen and type the number then the little man with a + sign next to his head will add the number to contacts.
The phone it's self is pretty sleek. When it's off or you've locked the phone, the screen is black and all that is visible is the top speaker and the middle button at the bottom. Turn it over to the shiny black back and you will see the apple logo and some gobbledygook writing. The teeny tiny camera is in the top left corner also!. (obviously you can get the Iphone in white too, so if it is white, it won't be black on the back!).
I got the Iphone with 8gb of memory for me to fill up with music or data from useless apps.
I've added about 11 songs and the only apps that have been downloaded are ones for shopping and banking. I have a laptop to do everything I need on, So I don't need to turn my Iphone into a Playstation 3 with thousands of games on it.
I did download What's App which cost me £0.69 so I can text and send photos/videos and voice recordings for free. Well not free....It cost me 69p to download!
The Iphone is a brilliant piece of technology and has taken the whole world by a storm and everywhere you go there is someone with an Iphone. I love how brilliant the speakers are on this phone. I listen to music before bed and I don't wear the headphones, I just put the volume down on the phone (so my daughter doesn't wake up to the sounds of Bon Iver) and lay it next to me. Best thing about only having 11 songs? if I fall asleep, It's only got to play through 11 songs and my battery won't be battered.
You can set your phone up with a password so when you want to unlock the phone, you need to enter a 4 digit pin. It's a good idea to do this if you do use online banking on the phone or have some info on there that you don't want being used if your phone is lost or stolen.
My daughter LOVES the fact I have an Iphone. She's 3 and can work the phone better than I can! she rocks up onto Youtube and gets her programmes up on there or she finds the Peppa Pig game app she made me download.
SUCK! everyday it needs charging. Litterally.
I found it does charge up very quickly, but the fact that it dies very quickly has made me thing I made a mistake buying it as my old phone would need charging every 3-4 days. To me it was the God of phones.
I'm sure everyone can say that the battery is rubbish on them and apparently worse on the 4S. Glad I didn't opt for that one then!.
Have I made the right choice of phone?:
I'm not sure yet. I like having everything at the touch of a button and I can check my bank balance when I'm out and about, or send photos of silly things I see when out and about and send them to friends super quick, but I don't think I like the touch screen still. It's irritating and I touch too much or not enough sometimes. The amount of texts I've sent with the autocorrect sending something totally inappropriate instead of something simple is beyond me. There is a website just for reading hilarious auto correct messages. (damnyouautocorrect.com) Which I ended up spending 1-2 hours reading them all.
I am swayed to say yes. I think I have made the right choice as I run a business and this phone makes everything so much easier for me to do. Emails come in and send in a few seconds (as long as I have 3G signal or wifi to connect to) and I can even get onto my website and edit things and add products from my phone. I've had the phone a little over a month now, So tackling the touch screen will take a while, but I'm sure when I have, the phone will be my best one yet.
Would I recommend it? I don't think I need to! Everyone I would recommend one to, has one already!.
If you don't know what an Iphone is or haven't even seen one even in a newspaper or poster, then I'm afraid you've been living the last few years without any connection to the world.
I'm giving it 4/5 stars because of how excellent the phone is, but the touch screen....I can't get used to it just yet.
Thanks for reading my review!