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Apple iPhone 3GS

Jun 8, 2009
Market status
Release date
Jun 19, 2009

US carrier availability

Discontinued: AT&T


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  • Low pixel density screen (165 ppi)
  • Lacks microSD slot for storage expansion
  • Single-core processor
  • Battery is not user replaceable
  • Low resolution display (320 x 480 pixels)
  • Low-resolution camera (3 megapixels)
  • The camera lacks flash
  • Low-resolution video capture
  • Proprietary USB connector - have to use its cable instead of a standard microUSB
  • No front-facing camera




Apple iPhone 3GS adds support for HSDPA 7.2 Mbps fast data and a digital compass. The new model from Cupertino's factory also has an improved battery life and working speed - loading is much more faster. The camera is upgraded to a 3-megapixel sensor with autofocus and tap to focus option and is capable of video recording with a VGA resolution (640x480 pixels). In the other aspects, Apple iPhone 3GS is pretty much the same as the previous version and has a 3.5" multi-touch display with resolution of 480x320 pixels, Wi-Fi, GPS and it has the same size.

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  • Device type:
    • Smart phone
  • OS:
    • iOS (6.1, 6, 5.1, 5, 4.x, 3.x)
  • Dimensions:
    • 4.50 x 2.40 x 0.48 inches (115.5 x 62.1 x 12.3 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 4.76 oz (135 g)
      the average is 5.2 oz (150 g)


  • Physical size:
    • 3.5 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 320 x 480 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 165 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • LCD
  • Screen-to-body ratio:
    • 52.35 %
  • Colors:
    • 16 777 216
  • Touchscreen:
      • Multi-touch
  • Features:
    • Light sensor, Proximity sensor


  • Camera:
      • 3 megapixels
    • Features:
      • Autofocus, Touch to focus, Geo tagging
  • Camcorder:
      • 640x480 (VGA) (30 fps)


  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Single core, 600 MHz
  • Graphics processor:
      • PowerVR SGX 535 GPU
  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 256 MB RAM
  • Built-in storage:
    • 32 GB


  • Talk time:
    • 12.00 hours
      the average is 15 h (884 min)
  • Stand-by time:
    • 12.5 days (300 hours)
      the average is 18 days (425 h)
  • Music playback:
    • 30.00 hours
  • Video playback:
    • 10.00 hours
  • Capacity:
    • 1219 mAh
  • Not user replaceable:
    • Yes


  • Speakers:
    • Earpiece, Loudspeaker
  • YouTube player:
    • Yes

Internet browsing

  • Browser:
      • Safari
  • Built-in online services support:
    • YouTube (upload)


  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 850, 1900, 2100 MHz
  • Data:
    • HSDPA 7.2 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE
  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

    • GPS
  • Navigation:
    • Yes
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  • Bluetooth:
      • 2.1, EDR
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 b, g
  • USB:
      • USB 2.0
    • Connector:
      • Proprietary
  • Other:
    • Computer sync, OTA sync

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Phone profiles, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer, Compass
    • Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording


  • Officially announced:
    • 08 Jun 2009

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This device is also known as Apple iPhone 3G S

Alternative variants

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Apple iPhone 3GS 8GB

  • Built-in storage:
    • 8 GB

Apple iPhone 3GS 16GB

  • Built-in storage:
    • 16 GB

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