Apple iPhone 3GS User Reviews
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NVPMOTHAF has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
This device was the first advanced device that actually had a lot to do on it with so little bugs and the best browser of any smartphone. The Iphone 3g and 3gs innovated the way we make smartphones today.
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.Report
Apple has got it figured out. You can't touch the responsiveness of the iPhones. Try it, if you havent already.
I still have the first 2g iPhone and it works incredible after MULTIPLE drops.
The 3gs is amazing.
The iPhone is just fun, you can't deny it.
11 out of 17 people found this review helpful.Report
In my opinion, this is the dream phone coming true for many of us. Since more a decade ago, I've been exchanging phones from Nokias to SonyErissons to Motorollas... and I usually get bored quickly enough until the iPhone came.
Everyday I feel that the iPhone is somehow a different phone from the day before. That is because of the many apps available!! usually I change a phone because of some new feature it offers from the old phone, but the iphone is differant: you want a new feature? just buy it, and not only that, the apps are soooo much cheaper that any other app for Symbian or WinMo...
And I can't wait what Apple will come up with on June.
One thing I see what Apple is doing with his products, they're so perfectly designed and built that I almost can say that Apple has become a brand like Rolex or Rolls Rolls.
4 out of 12 people found this review helpful.Report
A good phone but outdated quickly
chanpion01 has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
This phone is an alright phone. Build isnt the greatest, cracks easily. Calls are good, iOS is easy to use although the hardware couldnt support the software after iOS6 so it ran very slow. Camera is poor but UI is good. Everyday use is ok and battery was hopeless for me. Display pixellated at times.
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pedrobertella has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
I got my iPhone 3GS in 2009 and it was a revolution for me, and december last year it was still working like a charm, only this year he start to slow down and bug the old iOS 6, the back was cracked and the original battery died, but for a 5 years phone is totally understandable.
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.Report
3GS - is your average phone
THEKING12343 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Now this would be a suprise for people as it has horrible reception, camera,multimedia and its other bad stuff BUT it does have a good side like the internet speed,the call quality,UI speed,and its build quility
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Brane has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
Iphone is good phone.But battery is too bad.It can hold 3 hours.Touch is very quickly responsible,but this phone has only 256 mb RAM which is very small,and not good for games and other apps.Camera is very good,but dosent have the flash.
1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.Report
worst phone i ever had
N3090n3 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
i hated that phone it never did what i told it to do it was slow responce time s**t net and would constantly crash out on me cuz i would load tooo many apps or videos on to the phone i thought i pods where suppose to be for media driven people. if you dont mind your phone locking up or having to factory reset it every few days go for it
0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.Report
The best Apple iPhone ever
sixkiller has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
It is very stylish phone with a lot of functions. Now it si outdated, but it's normal. But for it's time it was very good phone. It has a lot of applications , some of them are ot so useful bu the AppStore is so great. It is highly recommended to get jailbreak , because without jailbreak is no more useful.
3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.Report
Iphone is all hype
I have owned three Iphones, they have not lasted more then a week each. I am, by no means, hard on my phones. I mean, come on, less then a week on each? Half the battle is these little guys are stuck on the AT&T network. Between the poor customer service, the awful coverage, the dropped calls, and the dreadful call quality, these things have already shot themselves. I had multiple problems with the screen freezing up. I would hear the double beep, my call would drop, and I would have to hard reset the phone, as the entire screen was locked up. The operating system lagged and would constantly reset. This happened on at least 2 of the 3 phones. The battery life is HORRIBLE. I could get a full day out of any of my Blackberrys, while on the Iphone, I was lucky to get 6-7 hours of use. This is NOT constant use mind you, I am not in a roaming area either. So, its not like the phone was reaching for a signal constantly. I even turned the wifi off and all other battery sucking features. Still, no dice. I finally called it quits on the Iphone when I dropped 10 calls in less then 30 minutes and I was in various locations when this happened. The only good thing about this phone is conversation mode on the texting, and the shake feature on ipod. I have traded it in for the Moto Droid on the Verizon network, and I won't...
8 out of 19 people found this review helpful.Report
It's really, really great for music. If you're into childish little apps and games, then it's great for that too.
It has pretty bad call quality, and I drop calls quite a lot. My 3G barely ever works. In addition, it's pretty damn ugly. And so are the menus. There is seriously no customization whatsoever. The camera is also pretty disappointing.
If you are connected to WiFi, the internet is amazing! Very easy to use. It also has great GPS and Facebook and Twitter apps.
It's a decent device, but as a phone, its pretty sub-par.
4 out of 15 people found this review helpful.Report
The i cant do phone
The phone that cant do many things
Dont get me wrong its a nice phone but what good is a phone if the network sucks
I would never buy this phone even if it was free
But thats just my opinion others think it is the best phone out
3 out of 13 people found this review helpful.Report
ATT Customer Service???
First I'd like to say how much ATT customer service S!@#%!!! They are idiots. That said, ATT has the better reception in the area I live. I cannot get one of these phones to save my life. I ordered one through apple online. After over a week of the phone not being shipped I made my way to the apple store. They had them in stock. I canceled my online order and suddenly my upgrade date changed to September!!! I was told by apple I now had to pay full price for this phone. I then went to the ATT store across the street. They could not help me b/c I apparently ordered the phone online and it was out of their hands. I spoke to ATT customer service (oxymoron) and the person I spoke to could not comprehend my situation. It was like a broken record, "your upgrade date is September, blah, blah... I finally spoke to a supervisor over the phone who told me I could now only buy the phone thru ATT b/c the note in the computer is only available to be viewed by ATT. I ordered the phone on Monday. Was told phone would be shipped shortly and as of today has it been shipped....NO!!! Has customer service and common sense been thrown out the window b/c the computer says so??? Thanks for letting me vent. Sincerely, love the iphone but think ATT are idiots.
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Not too bad
Drew has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
at&t has the iPhone 3gs on sale for $49.99. the camera and the screen resolution may not match up with other androids on the market, but the os is where it is at. you will not find a phone with response time like this unless you are going to go with the iPhone 4. Their are alot of apple haters out there but they should really step back and take a look at things... you think your iPhone freezes up alot? get yourself an android phone and enjoy all the force closes and inability to type well when you are trying to send a text. Also does anyone notice how apple does not come out with 10 new devices a year? they spend their time on one device rather then creating a bunch of useless devices that dont end up lasting their full 2 year service agreement. dont get me wrong i have owned many android devices but from here on out i will be a loyal apple customer. no more wasting my time taking the battery out of a frozen device.
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.Report
I've had my iPhone 3GS/32GB for about 10 months now and I've begun to hate it. Sure, the user interface is really good, web browsing rocks, the choice of apps is awesome and the overall design is pretty slick. It kinda ends there, unfortunately. The battery life is terrible (8 hours with very moderate use - my LAPTOP does better!), the hardware quality is bad (I'm on my THIRD iPhone in 10 months), some base apps are crap (email, sms...) and the operating system / firmware is full of bugs. Jailbreaking it makes it MUCH better but the shortcomings are still numerous for a 'smartphone' of that price. One of the worst things is you must use this abomination of a software named iTunes to sync and manage it.I would rather have an iPod Touch *and* a real phone. Because, you see, the iPhone is a terrible phone! Signal reception sucks, it can't do what a 10 year old dumbphone can do in regards to managing contacts from one app to another (can't call an SMS contact directly, WTF?), is basically useless with no signal, etc.Despite all this, I do love it for the great entertainment value it offers - which I could get from an iPod Touch anyway. I'm definitely sold on the superphone concept. I don't know what my next phone will be but I doubt it'll be an Apple product though. Android is technically nice but most devices have crap battery life...
3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.Report
just a toy
I used to think my iPhone was the coolest thing. Why? Because it had a hefty retail price tag and because it's made from Apple of course. After months of usage, I found myself getting so bored of the homescreen, the UI and other stuff. Among some things that i dont like are the disability to multitask and run apps in the background. Sure iOS4 has added that feature but it's still very poor because you can only have that if the app even supports the multitask feature. I feel like i only wanted it because everyone has one and it's cool to have. i Play games on it more than i use it to call and text. iPhone is so big that i dont even want to text on it and if i call someone i always use speakerphone cus i dont like how the phone/screen feels against my ear, not comfortable!! I find myself switching back to my blackberry because i love the tactile feel of the keys when im typing. But recently i got the mytouch slide and Im loving it. The UI is truly. We should just call the iPhone what it really is, a toy.
2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.Report
could be better...ALOT.
In the beginning i thought i had the BEST phone on the market...it really seems flawless when you first have it for a couple of months, then the flaws start to show. I really do not like the camera, it has poor resolution, and my phone freezes alot which isn't helpful.A few times by phone would just shut off even when i had a full battery - no problem i'd just turn it back on. However, six months down the line it shut off and wouldn't turn back on for about three hours..i do l like how much this phone has to offer and it is good, but there are some glitches.
3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.Report
Not as great as comments have you believe
only real positive experience is ease of access to this application centered device. got tired of the cartoonish home screen, no multitasking or mms, among other things that I value in a phone, Just got it because many others purchased it. I found it to be more of a fad, for technically challanged, then a full functional multi media cellular device.
1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.Report
By far the best phone on the market
Words cant express how great this phone is.But like all things ,phones are a personal device .Each and every phone is for a particular person.If you like games internet and touchscreen .This is by far the best phone when it comes to software, gui interface, and internet expierience. i work for verizon wireless and i see every phone that comes out .what phone do they always come back to compare it to the iphone . The droids were all toted as iphone killers. yet to this day the iphone still stands on top. If you want the best digital camera on your phone and you dont care about gaming or internet than this phone is not for you. If you want a phone where you can customize every aspect of the phone then this phone is not for you the only probelm with this phone is the service with att .If you have att you should already have this phone.If you are on verizon check the map on the att website.if it sucks dont get it.You should get the droid incredible which is a great alterantive. Like i said earlier a phone is very personal and for me it is perfect. I do not call people on my phone. I almost completely rely on text messages.I always have service becasue i live in maryland .If you check the map maryland is great for att.
7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.Report
I have had the iPhone for a week now and I love it! I cant live without it. You can take notes on it. (Good for people in school) Very nice shape. Screen doesn't scratch easily!!! Has a lot of extra stuff on it. Plays music WAY louder then on the iPod touch.
7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.Report
Great phone and i am sure with the new iphone 4.0 , its gonna get even better. So far as drawbacks are concerned, well the worst was multitasking and that too is taken care of now in the new update. Performance of iphone is matchless and maybe it does not do everything like many other phones, but whatever it does it does in the most elegant style. Recommended always.
4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.Report
not impressed. why? because this phone has nothing to it, just a big price tag for a big block of s**t. i can't believe ppl are dumb enough to pay for apps that are already available on other phones. these are the most useless apps ever. the games also suck on this phone. they're much better on the N900 that i just bought. N900 makes this phone look prehistoric. and the camera on the N900 wipes the floor with the iphone.there's no flash on the iphone. i like to party and go out at night, but no flash when you're late means Terrible pictures.another is the sound quality. it's HORRIBLE. ipod garbage sound. the screen was what appealed to me in the first place. sure it's crips and sweet but that's not enough. the N900 has a pretty sweet screen too and it's far more sharp than this.
6 out of 31 people found this review helpful.Report
my 2 cents
this is the only apple product i own so this is an unbiased review, i came from a blackberry bold 9000 which is a nice phone but slow considering the bold has a faster cpu than the 3gs does, the apps are nice most are very useful most are just absurd although i do favor the logitech touch mouse, the web browser is awsome to bad RIM cannot make a better browser for there products, all in all i would recomend this phone to friends, it does have its pro's and con's which i shall list.
8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.Report
there are 2 types of people in the world....those who own an apple iphone and those who keep craving that they had an apple iphone.why must one buy this phone, which now is more of an icon than a phone, is entirely dependent on one's choices in life.can you live without a good camera on your phone? can you depend entirely on a touch keyboard without feeling the need for hard keys? can you keep adding applications time and again to increase functionality of your phone? can you keep using a cable to connect your phone to a pc for synchronising. so given a few drawbacks, i assume that one can make a choice and go with the iphone and become the envy of a very large number of people in the world or go with a better "equipped", high feature smartphone and despite having better functionality in almost every aspect of the mobile phone, keep envying those who flaunt their near perfect iphones!!!Its like in Robert M Pirsig's "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance"... the protagonist has a great bike which he loves to keep modifying or in geek words "Overclocking" but it also breaks down several times. Whereas his friend Sutherland has the latest BMW Bike which he never pays much attention to, and still gets the best ride, speed and comfort possible!So in the case of the iphone....owners of the iphone are the Sutherlands of the world and the others represent the protagonist of the book.So you decide, whether you wanna be a Sutherland or the protagonist!!!
10 out of 20 people found this review helpful.Report
iPhone is iCool
There has been a lot of hype going on about the iPhone and it, most of the time, lives up to its reputation. The App Store features a lot of different Apps that do just about anything. With built in Mail, iPod, Internet, Compass, Voice Memos and heaps of other Apps, the App feature is probably the best part of the iPhone. Everything works almost perfectly, although, some Apps cause the phone to malfunction or crash. This is annoying and should be fixed. The camera is quite bad, no zoom bad quality. Viruses have been made for it. Voice control is disfuctional. Bluetooth has minimal functions and the cost is way too much (although, Apple likes to overprice things and stuff).Overall it is a good phone, but the price is too much and it isn't worth all that money. You could easily buy something more useful, like a Navman GPS or a really old Nokia phone with a green screen!!
13 out of 16 people found this review helpful.Report