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RIP, iPhone 3GS, you redefined the meaning of superb software support

0. phoneArena posted on 13 Sep 2012, 08:10

With yesterday's announcement of the iPhone 5, it became known that the iPhone 3GS will no longer be sold. During the past year, it was offered at the lovely price of free on contract, which made it arguably the best smartphone at that price-point...

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posted on 13 Sep 2012, 08:28 5

7. 1701nino (unregistered)

Well spoken,i curentlly own an iphone 3GS with the latest software and it works like a butter.The only thing missing is siri.Thank you apple for being a company that is really loyal to their customers.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 08:36 3

10. raunak (Posts: 507; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)

yeah and that leaves apple with three exactly same looking phones on the market

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 11:24 1

34. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)

too dumb to tell the difference.. huh

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 11:47 3

35. Peter27 (Posts: 233; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

Tell that to I fans who buying Samsung phones and tablets thinking that it is apple!!!

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 13:08 4

41. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1737; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Can YOU tell the difference between the 4 and 4S just by looking at it? Didn't think so...smh

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 08:37 2

11. shadowcell (Posts: 300; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)

I can appreciate a decent phone much like the 3GS but I think this article is misleading on the Moto Droid facts. Motorola was avidly continuing support up until November 2011. It may not have received Gingerbread OS or ICS but I think that's partly due to the hardware limitations.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 19:01

49. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

I agree. It not not have been a newer OS version....but it got maintenance updates. Thats support.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 08:38 3

12. Vinayakn73 (Posts: 197; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

see you in graveyard

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 08:46

13. fistigons (Posts: 353; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)

Hey you finally changed your comments. Congrats.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 10:55 2

30. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1737; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

How cute, you two should go on a date

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 23:29

51. Vinayakn73 (Posts: 197; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

fistigons is like my a$$. and as it features it always stays on my back.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 23:31 1

52. Vinayakn73 (Posts: 197; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

does iPA or aPPLE have you pay to stays on their sites. what you want in returen the new iPHONEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. hahahaha

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 09:26 1

18. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Samsung really shows signs of positive change - even the Galaxy S2 will receive android 4.1 before december. Even better, the lower range Ace 2 will jump from 2.3 to 4.1!
I think it's safe to assume that the S3 will be supported for at least another year and a half.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 09:39 1

20. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3798; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

I agree with this article, also, so I'm definitely not trying to troll here, but you've also got to keep in mind that Android has evolved a lot more since 2009 than iOS has. The difference from Eclair to Jellybean is so much more profound than the evolution from iOS 3 to iOS 6. When your operating system is evolving at a faster rate, it will obviously make phones obsolete more quickly.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 09:45 4

23. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)

With Android, it's all or nothing affair.. There's simply no crippled version of ICS..

And yes, not many people use the Nexus phones, but Google has always been on time about releasing updates, it's manufacturers and carriers that are to blame..

Have you ever read comments from android fans saying that Google is late in releasing updates? Most, if not all the time, they are blaming this manufacturer or that manufacturer, or carrier A or carrier B for withholding the updates..

If you want to talk about Nexus One not even getting ICS, well, that's the first Nexus phone, compare that with the first iOS phone.. See where we'll be..

And most of the tablets are getting timely updates as they are less likely to sport OEM's custom layout/skins. But phones are different, they are more likely to be skinned and they are mostly bound to a carrier..

I have to agree that 3GS has tremendous support, that phone is the best innovation from apple IMO. But I think it's wrong to say that Google doesn't give the same support. They always give, in fact it is usually within days, and not crippled OS version.

It is OEMs and carriers that have to be blamed. Remember, they are just phone makers who chose to use Android because it is open source and free to use, so they are less likely to be bothered to give timely update as they are still money oriented, and prefer to release a brand new device than to support the old ones and losing future sales.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 19:05

50. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Exactly to the first sentence. Google tried it with Froyo...some Android phones didnt get Flash.

After that? It was all or nothing. Both ways I agree with. I wouldnt mind a stripped down version just to get at some of the new features. Also....if my phone cant handle the full update....its time to get a new phone.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 09:51 1

24. Lwazi_N (Posts: 205; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)

You know, it actually pisses me off that Android OEMs would lie about RAM or 1/2/4 core issues when devices need to be updated to the current software. Because ICS did not come for the HTC Desire I used to have, and the phone was not even 3 years old yet- the specs were still ok that it could get scaled versions of ICS... Well, like many Androids out there that could have gotten ICS but didn't even though they did have higher RAMs. That indeed sucks.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 10:07 5

26. Ray.S (Posts: 385; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)

Hey guys, just wanted to clarify - I never said that Google isn't doing a good job of keeping Android up to date. However, even though Google is pushing numerous updates a year, for one reason or another (carriers, OEMs, custom UIs, etc.), those updates rarely reach end-users of existing devices. That was my point. Google is OK, but the rest of the ecosystem - not so much.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 10:30 2

29. johnny9000 (Posts: 50; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)

I agree the support for this phone was excellent, but it's existence meant Apple had to limit what iOS could do in order to allow it to still work on the 3GS. And to say it is arguably the "best phone for free this past year" is a completely false statement. Sure, if Android phones that were multiple years old were still available to buy new they would be free too, but Android innovates and grows and moves on, so the phone you buy new is going to have been launched, at the latest, probably 6 months ago. And that is NOT a bad thing. There are many new people to Android / smartphones who really have no idea what is better than what, so the fact that they can only buy the latest phones when they buy Android means they are getting something relatively cutting edge even if they don't know it. But Apple's name recognition means people will buy anything they offer, just because "IT'S APPLE!" And if there is something free, they will buy that, no matter what it is, just because it's free. So Apple + Free = gimmie gimmie, even if it's a 2-3 year old device. With this in mind, I wonder which will sell better, the iphone 5 or the FREE!!!! iphone 4?

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 11:08 1

32. cncrim (Posts: 900; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)

Apple is the best when come down to ios upgrade.... all device support device get lastest update. This is biggestlet down on android, I hope google and manufacture can get tis loop hole fix.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 12:25 1

37. Jyakotu (Posts: 852; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)

Though Apple releases more of the same with the iPhone, nobody can deny about their support for devices. Part of the reason is, obviously, because there's only a few variations of the iPhone: 2G, 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S, and 5. Android has multiple OEMs making phones for the OS, however, carriers and OEMs alike, often delay updates. It was one of the main reasons why I chose the Galaxy Nexus as my upgrade device because it got updated to Android 4.1 JB yesterday. But having a carrier branded Nexus device doesn't even save you from slow updates.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 12:36

38. PatcheZ (Posts: 3; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)

how come no one is complaining about the lack of support from google regarding the android ports/emulators on the iphone?

i think the look or physical form of android and apple phones should be considered.
different manufactures give android phones variation where as the iphone only has 2 looks: 2G vs 4s[which i hate btw]

i don't think it's fair just to compare os' like this, especially when android is used by multiple manufactures.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 12:39

39. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

Been saying this about Android manufactures for a while. Why didnt the manufacturers offer more legacy support of popular android models like the Droid, Evo, etc. The Droid could have easily been supported to early 2012 and the Evo could still be kickin' it as a free on-contract handset. But the manufacturers instead would opt to release new skus all the time.

So instead of giving us say, a Galaxy S1 for Free, carriers and manufacturers would rather give us some crappy handset that uses newer tech but is actually inferior to it for free. And they rather not update for phones, they seem hellbent on EOLing phones as quickly as possible these days. Surely this has to hurt manufacturers more than it helps them?

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 12:41 1

40. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

Yet another iPhone spam.

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 07:03 1

53. muhsen (Posts: 281; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)

lame article, 3gs DID not redefine smartphone support!,this is unfair,this credit is not due to apple, r they too blind to not see that all nokia smartphones since n95 get support for at least 3 years?! not to mention that the 5800 is 4 year old and still gets updates with new features,nokia even support their 50$ phones for couple of years!

posted on 15 Sep 2012, 13:30

56. OSFantasma (Posts: 119; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)

So here is what you should really know also i have no idea why ray didn't add this. When apple updates the 3gs so called support model they really do it to cripple it. They do this to iOS users like a push to move on to the latest model just entice them by telling them that the reason it runs slow is because its outdated Hardware. anyway Ray calls a update to ios 6 support I hope he know he will probably regret writing such a praising article about the iPhone 3gs. also from personal experience and please don't give me crap because i have 3 iPhone 3gs and notice that with each update the os made the phone slow to the point that if you weren't paying attention you would assume that the new iPhone is faster but really six gens later and they still keep bogging down there old hardware. i for one won't buy into apple.

yes each year they sweet talk the world. Then the next year they make a watered down version of the previous year model or even the previous 2 year model... look at iPhone 4 8gb really 8GB on flash memory they bottle neck the Moore's law and pocket the profits. I understand its a business but I for one need to see innovation not re-branded features borrowed from other os's just to be marketed as revolutionary. I saw the keynote and let me tell you that i was disgusted to how far apple gets away and even corporate heads buy into this but yeah i guess time will be on the users side they can't go on for ever.

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 06:20

57. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)

can your android do that? (no hating) and im just pointing out!

so stop this stupid hating and act like professionals!

gosh this world wont have peace if people wont stop hating!

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