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Apple iPhone 4 vs. iPhone 3GS: side by side

0. phoneArena posted on 29 Jun 2010, 08:05

In this comparison, we're going to compare and contrast some of the different features between the two iPhone handsets so you can judge for yourself whether or not it's a compelling argument to jump up to the iPhone 4...

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. NOVAinc (Posts: 99; Member since: 24 Jun 2010)

I think a video would be extremely more useful this time, for a side by side performance comparison. But why loose the time with another iPhone? What we really want to see is a proper comparison between the iPhone 4 and the EVO (or the DROID X). You know, performance, camera, OS speed, etc. Even signal reception, I have no problem, I want a fair comparison... All the comparisons we have until now are only commenters with serious fanboysm either for apple or for google (or android)

posted on 29 Jun 2010, 12:01

2. ads496 (Posts: 2; Member since: 08 Dec 2009)

No big difference except the design and camera.

posted on 29 Jun 2010, 12:30

3. ace1122 (Posts: 237; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)

But that's no surprise.

posted on 29 Jun 2010, 12:59

4. Mark3 (Posts: 12; Member since: 10 Dec 2009)

You are forgetting the new display, and... well, nothing else.

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 01:04

5. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3117; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

Thank god they had captions on the photos with the iphone 3GS and iphone 4, I wouldn't have been able to tell them apart lol

posted on 19 Jul 2010, 12:41

6. nimo (Posts: 72; Member since: 11 Jun 2010)

I just got a free 3 GS on upgrade, Ebay here i come :-)

posted on 29 Sep 2010, 17:13

7. Simo (unregistered)

3GS is easy and pleasing to hold in your palm. One can not say that for 4.Big mistake in design.

posted on 07 Nov 2010, 22:41

8. bing j (unregistered)

i been using my 3gs for over a year now and you are very much correct, the 3gs can still hold water beside a iPhone4 and it feels more elegant to hold. Robyrevolution nailed it right- their photos are almost indistinguishable.. If i need serious photos and vids i wil use my EOS instead since i bought my 3gs first and foremost as a phone (i suppose thats why they called it iPhone and not iCamera) and in the phone signal department, the 3gs simply demolished the iPhone4.

posted on 22 Nov 2010, 05:49

9. Donnie (unregistered)

iPhone 3GS FTW! definitely more worth it. I used to condemn the 3GS when it first came out, criticising its lack of new features over the 3G. But now, the price is SUPER low. Without contract, you can get it really cheap now. Don't get me started on second hand pricing.
Only things I would find worthy of noting on the iPhone 4, are the 5mp camera with HD recording. But after a jailbreak, my 3GS is perfectly capable of 720p HD recording at 30fps too.
iPhone 4, feels really fragile. My mate plonked it onto his coffe table, and we couldnt hear the loud crack. When he lifted it up, there was a MASSIVE crack with a chip fallen out the back. my 3GS on the other hand, i have literally thrown it against a wall, and nothing really happened; cept fr minor scratches.
Reasons to upgrade from 3GS to 4: 5mp camera, and LED flash.

posted on 18 Sep 2011, 00:09

10. widi (unregistered)

hey @Donnie, but Throwing it is not the primary function.. LOL

posted on 27 Jan 2014, 22:43

11. IphoneGuy52 (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Jan 2014)

wow, I bet you guys feel stupid now for saying bad things about the Iphone 4. Its what like 4 years later and all the new IPhones (exept the 5c) has been made like the Iphone 4. If the design was so bad then why would apple keep useing it. Also the Iphone 4 is way better than the 3Gs it can actually get IOS 7. And the screen is better the chips in it are better it has flash a better camera and a front camera the crappy old 3gs dosent have any of that.

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