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Apple iPhone 3G S Review
|| Review: June 2009
Last updated May 2012.
In a nutshell: The iPhone 3G S
is more polished than earlier models and without the reception
problems that plague the iPhone 4. Highlights include GPS navigation
with a digital compass, OS X applications from the App Store,
super fast web browsing, Apple's famous music-playing capabilities,
up to 32 GB of built-in memory, and Wi-Fi. And the price is
now more realistic.
The iPhone 3G S launched in the UK on June 19th 2009 on O2, and is
now available on all the networks. It is available free on contract,
and finally, two years after launch, you can buy it for what seems like
a moderately fair price. The iPhone 3GS includes features like a video
camera, voice control and a digital compass. The camera has been upgraded
to 3 megapixels with autofocus. Battery life has been improved and applications
run faster. And, set your eyebrows to "shocked" because you
can now copy and paste text, and forward messages.
There was never any doubt about the basic platform on which the iPhone
is built. The original iPhone set the benchmark for touchscreen phones,
and the iPhone is arguably still the best touchscreen-driven phone on
the market in terms of usability. What was lacking in the first two
generations of iPhone was the featureset that users expect from a modern
phone. Now, with the 3G S, we can say that there is nothing essential
missing. That's not to say that it's the best in every department. The
camera is still basic when compared to the 8 megapixel camera with HD
video on the iPhone 4S for instance.
And the Samsung Galaxy S2 has a
much higher resolution screen. Etc, etc. The point is that the perfect
phone doesn't exist - will never exist - and as buyers we have to weigh
up the options and choose the one that seems to meet our most important
needs. Previous versions of the iPhone often failed to meet quite basic
needs, and had to be excluded from the shortlist, but the 3GS does enough
to be considered a player.
First off, there can be no doubting the sheer style, ease-of-use and
fun that the iPhone 3G S delivers. It's such a slim, tactile, good-looking
phone with such gorgeous graphics that we want to just kiss it - phwa!
The iPhone delivers on its promise to replace three devices with one.
One - it works brilliantly as a phone, and once you've started touching
your friends' names in the contacts list to make a call, you'll never
want to go back to a conventional phone. Two - it replaces your iPod,
obviously, no contest. Three - it's one of the top mobile internet devices
around, with the wonderful Safari web browser and the easy scrolling
and zooming of full web pages, displayed in all their glory. It's also
brilliant at email. But the iPhone has more than this. It also has the
App Store, which is now a mature library of thousands of applications,
many of which you can download for free. Whether you want to play games,
access Facebook, edit your photos or plan your finances, you can probably
find an app that does what you want.
The camera is a considerable improvement on the previous iPhone. It's
now up to 3 megapixels and crucially has autofocus. This works really
well in fact - you just tap the screen to tell the camera where you
want to focus - quite a brilliant innovation we think. Although the
camera can't match most similarly-priced smartphones, it's good enough
for casual snaps.The video camera isn't totally useless, with a VGA
resolution and up to 30 frames per second.
The GPS system has been upgraded, with a digital compass added, which
is very handy. There are other improvements across the board, such as
enhanced YouTube support, voice memos and voice support, and faster
apps. All these improvements make a big difference in fact.
The iPhone 3G S works well as a phone, brilliantly as a media player
and portable internet device, and perhaps most of all as a portable
mini computer internet games music camera thingy that is so good it's
virtually a must-have. Once you have it, you'll ask yourself how you
ever lived without it. It's good value when compared with the iPhone
4 or iPhone 4S, but Android phones
like the Samsung Galaxy S2 or the
HTC Sensation XE will give you a
lot more for your money.
Features of the Apple iPhone 3GS include:
- OS X Operating System
- Assisted GPS with digital compass
- 3 megapixel camera with autofocus
- Video camera (VGA, 30 frames per second)
- Display: 480 x 320 pixels (3.5 inch) touchscreen
- Music player (AAC, Protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible (formats
1, 2, and 3), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV formats)
- Voice control, voice memos
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, email
- Memory: 16GB or 32GB flash drive
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi (802.11b/g), 3.5mm
- WAP, EDGE, HSDPA
- Size: 116 x 62 x 12.3 mm
- Weight: 135g
- Quad-band (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz) plus UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900,
- Talktime: 5 - 12 hours
- Battery standby: 300 hours
- Audio playback: Up to 30 hours
Apple iPhone 3G S User Reviews
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Average rating from 122 reviews:
Reviewed by James from UK on 16th Dec 2012
This phone is really old now and most new users of this phone will be
purchasing it as used. A word of warning for anyone coming in late to
have/use this phone.
I have had this phone from new and couldn't fault it. Obviously it is
far outclassed now by Apple's later versions. I currently have the 4S
and so I do know what I'm talking about.
I kept the 3GS as my back up phone and kept it regularly charged. Here
is the warning!
Last week I noticed that the rear of the phone looked distorted and
had developed several cracks. Now the phone spent the majority if its
time in a drawer and so I knew it had not been dropped or worse, stood
After a few more days the phone had visibly expanded and now the screen
is bowed and popping away from the frame.
A quick search of the Internet later and low and behold other users
have experienced the same unexplained occurrence. It would appear that
the battery has failed and its "safety/protection" is to expand within
its packaging rather than leak fluid into the phone. This "safety" feature
has destroyed my phone from the inside out.
I've booked an appointment at the Genius Bar to probably be told I'll
have to pay for a replacement.
I'm not holding out any hope for a reasonable solution and I'm expecting
my relationship with Apple the company to be massively damaged.
I'll keep you updated.
In it's day this was a 5 Star phone. Today that has dropped significantly
purely through evolution.
Reviewed by Ryan from Wales on 20th Oct 2012
I noticed I'd forgot to update my original review - I had a brilliant
few months with my 3GS between Jan - May when Orange offered me the
4s and iPad new for just £6 extra then I simply couldn't say no - anyway
back to the point I would definitely recommend the 3GS to anyone looking
for a good value iPhone it may not have the fancy gadgets of the 4s
I'm not able to review the iPhone 5 as I'm interested in something different
next time - but the 3GS does the basics extremely well and IMOi it feels
nicer to hold than later models
Reviewed by Chloe from Scotland on 11th Oct 2012
I have the I phone 3GS and my contract is for renewal at the end of
October and I am shall not be getting another I phone. My phone today
had blow me. It won't load for anything rebooted it the lot nothing
happening. It's being binned by the end of tonight. SAMSUNG❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤
Reviewed by HARIS KHAN from Pakistan on 22nd Apr
salam to all viewers....
i m very happy to found iphone 3gs in pakistan itz very cheap now a
days around 15000 PKR around 160$ you can get gud iphone 3gs 8gb version
with cable and charger....
i m iphone lover installed ios 5.1 threated very gud responce no lag
camera quality iz very gud and specially love iphone application no
1 can beat them like android apps....
love ma iphone very much.....
Reviewed by jovan from uk on 16th Apr 2012
What a silly phone. I can't say how bad this phone is. Internet is slow,
google maps most of the time take ages to load. After 2 years silence
button broke and if on silent it still rings loudly, but can start vibrating
at any time by itself. For this reason went to apple shop and they said
they can't repair it (the silence button!?) but would replace my phone
for new one for 119 pounds!! Daylight robbery.
In addition, after updating with newest software on the through itunes,
the phone actually got slower and more unresponsive - how is that for
Don't buy this brick, for this is the only good use for it.
Reviewed by Demi from UK on 11th Apr 2012
I owned an Iphone 3Gs and got fed up of it after a month. Comparing
Iphones to other android phones such as 'Sony Xperia S' or 'Samsung
Galaxy S2' Iphones are rubbish! No. 1 the camera has no quality to it.
No. 2 The aerials built in Iphones are not so good for signal so unless
your surrounded by 3G then getting service can sometimes be unsuccessful.
No. 3 When wanting to tranfer music, images ect from your PC to an Iphone
it's not as simple, unlike most phones you have to download Itunes onto
your PC and sync items you want to tranfer that way and you can't delete
the items you've sync off your handset, you have to plug it back in
to your pc and delete through Itunes. No 4 You can only download apps
from Itunes and most of them cost! No. 5 Bluetooth was never successful
for me. No. 6 When using Itunes it said i had to update otherwise i
couldn't sync anything so after updating it, it came up with 'This sim
card is no longer supported' and after that the Iphone would no longer
let me recieve or take calls and messages so the Iphone became useless
to me. In my opinion for the huge cost of an Iphone and all the negative
points ive experienced with, they're are not worth it!
Reviewed by yugi from boston on 27th Mar 2012
i love it the life camra and omg the apps!
Reviewed by Nader from Egypt on 15th Mar 2012
I've been a 2 months user for the iphone 3gs , it's an Amazing phone
, it came with ios 4.1 , the Performance was Superb, everything seemed
to be Running Very Smooth! , i Adore this phone & then i Upgraded to
ios 5.0.1 , for those saying there is Performance issues , well i say
that i have 155mb of Free RAM!! , which is Absolutely Amazing! , it's
really Awesome when you'r holding a Smart phone made since 2009 & it's
still one of the BEST EVER!, i'am Totally Satisfied with my iphone 3gs
, i love Gaming on it all the time, & for the Draining BAttery , i bought
a Varta portable Battery Charger which Doubled the Fun time !!! :)
Reviewed by tarby from England on 15th Mar 2012
Had mine now for six months, and I can't fault it.
The Iphone is a mini computer really, so if you was using your laptop
the same way you use the iphone playing games, downloading, and internet
I bet you will have to charge your laptop twice a day.
As for me I turn of 3g and Wifi and only turn them on when I need them,
this way I can get 3-4 days between charging.
Reviewed by Karen J Taylor from Australia on 12th
My Personal Thourghts On 3G S IPHONES,
Firstly , All the Big Company's , Make It Impossible to New People,With
New Tecnology , Just by upgrading from a Plain Mobile.... I Started
With A Pager, Upgraded to now what's known as a Brick, Then a Couple
Plain Mobiles.. Reaching Out to "A Computer Phone" At My Age, With No
!!Computer Skills Whatsoever , was Scary to say the least, Have No Computer
Skills, no Laptop, table type Computer..
So Now I Find Myself in The Hands Of Yes Big Companies, And now Feel
As Soon as I purchased This 3G S , and it Cost a Lot Of Money To Me,
that it's Way Out Dated, but in the Mobile Shop It Was This Huge Display
For a Prepaid Yes!!! 3G S ...
The Shop set it up to my Carrier, Saving what they Could, found out
Later, I had only Phone Numbers, All Photos Gone, and all the Nice
Wall papers, Ring Tones Everything gone. So Now What do I do, ...
Ended Up being Hooked up On Line , by A Computer in Queensland ,
By , a relation... The fact of the Matter They put the Wrong Information
Wrong No' Wrong Name Wrong DOB...
So my World Of A New 3G S, Turned Into A Night Mare...Was told To Fix
It.. Full Stop!!
So With One Little 3G S and me.. Have Had To Work Day and Night,
To put Things Right !!With No Other Computer!!
Thirdly, Almost There With Not Much Fun, Now Find Big Company's
Are At Me Left And Right, getting me to Change passwords, not just that
Retype in Capcha Scibble, so Called Letters, that are Not Even IN SIGHT
over and over Again...
Now I Find Myself Without Email , Why Do I Even Bother Now With This
Tiny 3G S
Without a Social Friend Page, A Moodle, A Vahvoo, and Nobody Has A Customer
Care Landline To
Call, except Apple, and Optus,
All and will say It Again ALL others, Want to to Fix Things On Line..
So it all Comes Back To This 3G S IPONE and Me,
Where Does One Start!!!! OR Do They Thow Out A 3G S
Because they Have Social Phobia, Anxiaty Diabetes, and Depression..
They can't. Even Get To A Libary, Let Alone Use A Big Computer
Because they shake to Much, Causing a Panick Attack.. Full Stop....................
Reviewed by Cheryl from England on 11th Mar 2012
I've had the IPhone 3Gs since May 2011.....not had any problems apart
from sometimes logs me out of what I'm doing & sends me back to main
menu! Can be a tad annoying at times but not really a problem, people
moan about the battery life, yes it doesn't last a day but how hard
is it to charge it through the night when your sleeping!!! Just got
the IPhone4 so have to see how that goes!
Reviewed by protik from bangladesh on 11th Mar
i have been using iphone3GS for 3 months.it is a superfast smartphone
and i can easily use pc apps and games with it.
Reviewed by Biswajit from India on 29th Feb 2012
I own an iphone 3GS for the last several months. And I have mixed reactions.
First I want to tell that its a superb phone if you analyze from the
point of view ease of use and interface along with iOS X, though it
doesn't have the best screen resolution but it happily manages to take
for granted. The app store is awesome with its wide range of apps just
ready to be downloaded. 3G connectivity works fine. But the battery
life is not so good. Battery drains heavily if you browse on 3G connectivity,
as a result I need to recharge the phone even twice a day! There is
another thing, I didn't update to ios 5 after reading countless negative
replies by the users who updated their device. I'm still using the iOS
4.3.5. So overall that's my experience with the device. I like it. And
would definitely recommend for others even in 2012! Good bye!
Reviewed by Phil young from United Kingdom on
17th Feb 2012
I have an iPone 3GS. At the age of 56 taking to this type of innovation
was extremely easy. I find the unit easy to use & easy to see. It has
minor problems when using the note book facility. The size of the script
cannot be enlarged using two fingers as when using the web. The camera
also is very slow when taking a picture & often the subject being photographed
moves creating a blurred & poor photograph. Another problem when switching
from my Blackberry is the lack of a word processing facility that will
read MS Word & the lack of a spreadsheet able to read MS Exell. The
iPhone 3GS has a far better touch screen compared with the Blackberry.
I have a problem with the iPones Bluetooth system as it will not connect
to my Mercedes. Neither my service provider or Mercedes can sort out
this problem. So to resolve this problem I have had to use a seperste
Bluetooth device clipped to my sun visor. The battery life between charges
is quite poor. Other than that it is a very user friendly device. I
now await the launch of the iPhone 5 to see how it performs. I have
heard rounded that it is unlikely to be launched until the launch date
coensides with that of the first iPones to make the take up match the
end of contracts.
Reviewed by Merv from England on 17th Feb 2012
I have had IPhone 3GS for twelve months it is excellent I was very unsure
about getting one when reading reviews my daughter bought me mine secound
hand. I don't feel like I want anything else
As a phone I use it to its full use calander. For every day use email.
And Internet and after loads of research on apps have found. About 6
very every day useful. Apps . The Bluetooth connects ever time I am
in my car Toyota hands free the battery lasts though out the day if
running low I plug it in
On charge it works fine why do people moan. It is very well designed.
Phone with extras.. My first phone twenty years a go was like a brick
the battery was four times the size of the iPhone . I use iCloud with
my iPhone switch on computer calander is updated people that write poor
reviews have they really put the iPhone to uses. My big step is should
I change up when content with iPhone 3GS
Reviewed by Jennifer from Scotland on 11th Feb
So brilliant, I can't bear to update to i4!! I only once had a problem,
the "end call" did not respond, but the usual trick of switching off
and on again did the trick. I've had it for at least 2 years now - since
they first came out. Still love it.
Reviewed by glenda nyondo from zambia on 22nd
The battery on my apple iphone does not last for two days and yet am
not downloaing anything......
Reply by James from England on 24th
I'm sorry but i'd like you to find ANY smartphone on the market that
has a battery that would last 2 days!
Reply by Steve from UK on 24th Apr 2012
My Google Nexus S will easily last for 3-4 days with 3G switched on
and automated software updates enabled.
Reply by KIARA from LEEDS on 9th May
GETTA SAMSUNG GALAXY ACE BATTERY=6-8 DAYS
Reviewed by Ryan from Wales on 18th Jan 2012
My first iPhone - and I love it does everything I need and unlike the
4 and 4s it looks and feels like a million dollars not to mention a
lot cheaper - here's to a long and happy partnership with my iPad 2
Reviewed by janet from england on 15th Jan 2012
Amazing phone i love it i have had 4 blackberry curves all broke in
1 week do not get blackberrys get iphone 3gs its much better than other
iphones and from £15.32 a month its a great deal
Reviewed by iphone 3GS from UK on 7th Jan 2012
Bad News, I have owned two iphone 3GS, and they are both just as bad
as each other. The iphone freezes in the middle of a conversations.
Software updates does not seem to help, and sending it for repair is
a waste of time. At times , the phone gets very hot and shuts down.
It restarts after an hour in the freezer!!! .... Fact
Reviewed by Lizzie from England on 22nd Dec 2011
Im 12 and i have had this phone for about a month now, i think it is
brilliant! It always has fast internet accsess, the app store has millions
of free apps to choose from and the phone has loads of memory. The texting
is simpla and the touch screen is very responsive which means the letters
are easy to tap but some times you could try to be writing something
and it atoumaticly changes it. I dont know why Lee Clark said he hated
the phone because i found it enjoyable and easy to use.
Reviewed by lee clark from england on 17th Dec
i hated it never had a phone as bad in my life and would never wont
a iphone ever again i got rid of it befor my upgrade is due thats how
bad i think it was i have give it a 1 star for poor becouse they is
no 0 for very poor or -1 for very very poor i just hope the ipads the
laptop and pc's are better than the phones becouse if not god help us
Reply by allheart from uk on 8th Mar
get a life
Reviewed by joey from Wales on 26th Sep 2009
I love my iPhone 3gs
Reviewed by Martin from United Kingdom on 26th
The iPhone is probably the best phone I have owned. Yes there may be
functions missing like Bluetooth or not the best camera but for me I
can live without Bluetooth (didn't use it much anyway) and if i do i
can easily email it. If I need 'proper' pictures I'll use my SLR camera.
I love the design of the device and how user friendly it is. Everything
just works. When planning on getting the phone I made sure my contacts
and iTunes were in order on my computer (iMac), this saved me a lot
of time as when I connected it for the first time everything (I selected)
synced across effortly. This also included my playlists, photos, calendar
entries, ringtones, podcasts and selected email accounts using Apple
Mail. Adding accounts like hotmail/yahoo/gmail was simple enough. The
amount of avaialble applications is impressive and has many categories;
business, games, social network sites, etc. I mainly use the free apps
which are sometimes stand alone applications or cut down versions of
the paid one. I bought a fitness app which I use to log my progress
and display charts. You can also create your own routines. The Internet
experience is like being on a computer. Navigation is fluid and easy
to control. Also my bookmarks from Safari were also carried across in
the sync. The battery life is something to be aware of simply because
of what it can do. Excellent responsive touchscreen, WIFI, GPS, push
email, etc something has to be give. Personally I just turn off what
I don't need. Simple. The supplied handsfree is very clear. My wife
has said she cannot hear any background noise, even when i'm driving
with the window down! The voice dialling is good too, you can either
say the contacts name or read out the number to dial. The keyboard for
some may take some practice but when you use it every five minutes to
check your emails/facebook/etc you will see your speed and accuracy
improve. The in built dictionary is helpful and learns what you type.
This review was written on the iPhone. In conclusion I am very happy
with this phone and would have regretted getting a Blackberry just for
messenger. This phone has more going for it and due to it's design could
have a whole new interface in one OS upgrade!
Reviewed by Steve from england on 26th Sep 2009
had the iphone 3gs since the day it was launched, so given it plenty
on time and..... it is absolutly amazing i seriously have recommended
this to all my friends i use the phone all the time and the apps are
superb and use them every day too.... yes there still are a few small
issues like the battery life is not best on market but it easily lasts
a whole day, and the incompatibility issues with bluetooth are a pain
and the fact you are locked into O2 is annoying however overall this
is by far and away the very best phone out there.
Reviewed by nizam from united kingdom on 26th
the iphone 3gs is very good but they should improve camera and battery
and also reliability and then it would be the best phone out and also
worth it. you should never buy this phone on pay as you go cause it
has loads of problems buy it with warranty (O2) for what it is, it is
expensive and not worth it you have to pay for most things its a rip
off pay for ringtone what the rip off i would recomend samsung jet its
Reviewed by Sean from Ireland on 22nd Sep 2009
Ive had every brand of phone under the sun...change my phone 2 or 3
times a year...ive had this iphone 3gs for 3 months now and i havnt
even picked up a carphone warehouse monthly mag.....this is easily the
best allrounder ive ever had....camera just ok..if u want a super dooper
100megapixel snapper go elsewhere..BUT the apps are unbelievable...i
have about 60 on my iphone and they wer all free...I CAN EVEN SET MY
SKY+ FROM MY PHONE...no matter wer i am...this alone is brill...e-mails
are a synch...the ipod sound and os are brill....tad expensive...BUT
WELL WORTH IT
Reviewed by billy bob from England on 21st Sep
Bought the iphone 3GS on PAYG for over £450 but has not been worth a
penny. The screen died the day after I bought it and I had to get it
fixed again after it died a second time. A joy turned into an absolute
nightmare. Only hope now, EBAY!! Have the Sony Erricson W995 or the
Nokia N97 if you want a top range phone, however plumping for the Samsung
Tocco Ultra is what im doing.Half a star!
Reviewed by pezzer from england on 18th Sep 2009
okay so the iphone can do this and can do that and the 3gs is better
than the 3g but weres the radio why didnt they put a 5 megapixal camera
on it when is the next iphone coming out and how much will it be apple
must be laughing there socks off why if its so fantastic are people
jailbraken it and putting there own themes on it apple need to listen
to the customer some ideas for the next apple phone camera 8mp memory
50 gig crank it up and give us a desent phone oh and by the way stop
the phones from blowing up and the touch as well
Reviewed by Angie from Surrey on 18th Sep 2009
My initial joy at this gorgeous sexy looking little phone is rapidly
turning to despair. I've had it a week and am SO fed up with the battery
life. It goes from 100% to 80% in about 2 hours and if I make a couple
of calls and send a couple of texts I'm completely out of battery within
about 6 hours. I then charge it and its showing 100% again within the
hour only for it to happen all over again. The other problem is that
each time its out of battery I have to put the sim lock code in and
it doesn't recognise it so I've had to call twice in the last 4 days
for my PUK code at which point I re-enter my sim code only for it not
to recognise it next time the phone dies. Texting with the keyboard
isn't quick compared to non touch phones and scrolling through contacts
is awful is it goes too quickly and whizzes past some entirely. Am about
to call O2 to see what they have to say but I'm currently bracing myself
to send it back before my 2 week trial period is up. There is no doubt
that this phone is gorgeous and the bits that work are great but the
battery life is a huge problem for me. Anyone else having this problem?
Reviewed by caroline from wales on 15th Sep 2009
not great, dude. the phone is just not good. i mean, its ok for a while,
then it gets annoying.. and its reaallyy slow and hasnt got good bluetooth
connection, in fact, it doesnt even connect most of the time. Poor phone.
Reviewed by Marc from UK on 15th Sep 2009
I have had my iphone for 3 weeks and, like most people here, I do love
it. However, I am off to the Apple Store this week as it keeps locking
up! It freezes completely and the screen just shows the power cord and
the itunes pic. I know that this means that it needs 'synching' but,
connecting to itunes only brings up a message that there is a fault.
I have to say that both O2 and Carphone have said that they will replace
it but............ they have no stocks! I am hoping that Apple can sort
out the software problem and that I can have my iphone back and working
as I have been without it for a week now and am using my old Omnia,
which feels awful by comparison. I will update when I have news but
has anyone else had the same problem?
Reviewed by Evie from UK on 14th Sep 2009
I have had this phone for a week now and it is nothing short of fantastic.
Can I say was happy with my LG Viewty and was going to upgrade to and
LG Viewty Smart, until I played around with my friend's brand new iphone
3GS and couldn't put it down then I just had to have it. It is by a
mile, the best phone I have ever had and by far and way the best phone
on the market. It doesn't come with a complicated book of instructions,
everything is easy to install from itunes. The speed at which you can
get on the internet and the clarity of the screen is impressive. It
is smooth and sleek and everything is touch screen driven, the applications
are a fantastic added function, if you like games on your hand set you
are spoilt for choice, most are free from the apps store. Texting is
a breeze, the qwerty keyboard is much easier to get used to than I thought,
because I like predictive text messaging. Although the camera is 3.2
mpx it takes really good photos and even better pictures than my LG
Viewty which was a 5mpx camera. The video which I understand is new
to the iphone has amazing clarity. Depending on what you are looking
for on a phone, I don't think you can get a better gadget phone anywhere
and no other phone can do all of the things the iphone does - it is
not in the slightest bit overrated. It is like having a mini computer
designed from outer space in your pocket. For those who live in the
London area and desperate to get their hands on an iphone and are being
told by the O2 shops that they are out of stock on the 16g phones (the
same online too), if you can get to the Apple store in Regent street,
they are not out of stock and can upgrade or get you a new O2 contract
in store. If you are wavering and have thought like I did that the iphone
is an expensive gimmick, waver no more – just get it, you won't
Reviewed by sophia from uk on 14th Sep 2009
I love this phone, easy to use, great touch screen, whats not to like!
Reviewed by Shnex from London, UK on 13th Sep
I've had my iphone for about a month now, and think it's the greatest
thing since sliced bread. The apps are cool, but I also love the email
features, contact management features, the camera isn't the greatest
but it's good enough for me, and the voicemail system is amazing (you
really want to check that out btw). Now, it's true that the battery
life appears to be short, but I believe there's a very good reason for
that: Normally , when you have a regular phone, you pretty much only
use it to, well, make phone calls and text people, with the occasional
go on crappy built in games (Snake II, looool). But the iphone is one
of those devices you can't help but touch, play with, all the time,
more than any other phone. hence the battery life problems. Another
thing I've noticed is that some people who have an iphone and don't
like it actually haven't managed to configure it properly. Of course
it's a useless waste of space and money if you only use it for phone
calls! but if you spend 5 minutes figuring out what it can do... well,
you won't be able to live without it. Finally, every single time I hear
someone moaning about the iphone, it's always someone who's never used
one. But even my most hardcore anti-apple friends have all spent ages
on my phone playing this and that, or just being amazed at the slick,
smooth, fast yet simple and intuitive interface. Yes, there are phones
that, on paper have better specs (N97) or better battery life, and that
are cheaper, or more geared towards business (Blackberries) than the
iphone, but none, and i really mean NONE can do what what an iphone
does as well as it does it. None has the wealth of apps available and
none can pretend to have an OS as slick and functionnal. Anyway, if
you don't like the iphone, good for you! you can get a lovely buggy
brick of a Nokia N97, nice and clunky, for free! Ain't it a beautiful
Reviewed by thomas from uk on 12th Sep 2009
right lets all be honest with ourselves the iphone is beautiful stunning
and has the aaaaaaaaaaaahhhh factor every time you pick it up i have
a lg renoir a i love it and although the renoir has got a better camera
the renoir and all other phones like it i.e.pixon, tocco ultra, lg crystal
all are missing the aaaaaaah factor. to finnish my point the iphone
is easily the best hand held multimedia device ever purely because no
other phone makes you feel what the iphone 3gs does.
Reviewed by lyndon from u.k on 7th Sep 2009
I,ve had this phone 2 weeks now and i have to say its mighty impressive.Yes
the camera isnt as good as my Nokia n82 but its still very good,and
when you do take a photo its very quick not like the nokia.Battery life
i find acceptable 1-2 days with average use(3g off),regarding ringtones
if you go on to youtube they show how to convert from m4a to m4r.i,ve
done it and i now have 8 songs of my choice,the video recording is top
notch almost dvd quality.I do miss bluetooth transfer but there is a
app so that you can transfer from iphone to iphone and maybe in the
future there will be one from phone to iphone.Transfering your photos
from your iphone to your pc can also be done,if you go into accessories
then scanner and camera wizard then pick iphone it should start loading(windows
xp).The music player is great,sending a text message is easier than
the nokia as are mms messages.The operating system is very fast no bug
or crashes,a great device for the doing most things.Highly recommeded
Reviewed by gary f from england on 6th Sep 2009
the best phone i have ever had. And believe me you name it ive had it.
i would reccomend this phone to anyone it's fast no software crashes
and if you alter a few settings the battery life will be alot better.
top class phone.
Reviewed by patric mohan from london on 3rd Sep
i do agree with some reviews about this iphone, its neat and let me
say ticks some of the boxes, as far as i'm concerned, i certainly would
not pay £469.00 i think it,was? on any phone, it would be a complete
waste of money, and let me tell you why/ half of the technology people
will not use or have any idea it excists, i certanly think the iphone
is good but not that good having to charge this beast up everyday is
a pain,thats for using it moderatly, i have a nokia,E72 and boy what
a powerhouse, as in very heavy use when fully charged lasts for 15 days
about? it takes 2 hours to fully recharge it again, connection is very
very fast/good, yes my wife bought this little beauty for me on my birthday,,
so i suggest before you splash out nearly £500.00 quid on payg i would
have a long hard think unless of course your a very very rich man/women,
Regards Patric Mohan rating 3
Reviewed by Nick from England on 2nd Sep 2009
I am very disappointed with the battery life, which seems to last an
average 5-7 hours normal useage - and that's with 3G, WIFI and location
services turned off. My other biggest critisism is the inability to
customise. There is no way of changing the ringtones, not even to mp3s
and no way of making the menu system look different. The camera is appauling,
even though it's now 3mpx. The slightest moving with the hand, and you
end up with a blurred picture. Voice control never seems to work for
me or my family - and I wouldn't say I have much of a local accent/dialect.
I am impressed with the voice recording feature and of course, the smoothness
of the touch screen. But now, I deeply regret not buying an 8GB iPhone
Reviewed by ojik from indonesia on 2nd Sep 2009
i love this phone because the future this phone so simple... i lovit...
now i can buy this phone... wwhhhooo...!!
Reviewed by Bern from Ireland on 1st Sep 2009
Let's be honest, it's REALLY overrated.
Reviewed by zak from leicester on 1st Sep 2009
i think the iphone is a good phone, touchscreen very effective, however
the only thing it is good at is the applications, apart from that, its
not wort the money you pay for, after downladin so many applications,
the phone becomes boring and sad, i gave mine back, and got a n97 wow
now thats a great phone. iphone overrated not wortth the money go for
Reviewed by Jack from UK on 31st Aug 2009
I don't like the phone its just to big
Reviewed by Ryan from Manchester UK on 31st Aug
Quick note on issue with the voice control , is anybody else noticing
sometimes that this application tends to turn the screen off and makes
it unable to cancel the call usually i find it happens the first time
i use it of the day the screen flashes and then goes off whilst still
keeping the call , i was testing the voice control and said an Ex's
name as it was a peculiar name to see if the iPhone could get it right...it
did...and it rang her with the screen off so i could not cancel the
call or turn the phone off !!!!! A minor issue on a fab phone but could
be an embarassing one too in future.
Reviewed by Andrea from England on 30th Aug 2009
It has been one of the best investments I've ever made buying one of
these. Very entertaining and addictive! Free apps of iTunes is brill
bring on them rainy days I'll never be board again lol thanks apple.
Altho these are like gold dust at present but worth waiting for!!
Reviewed by Martyn Hickford from England on 29th
Had this phone now for a couple of months and now I have come to the
conclusion;If you just want a phone to make and receive calls, store
and listen to all your music, check and send basic emails, send and
receive basic text messages, then buy yourself an iphone 3gs it saves
carrying your MP3 player along as well......All other stuff like MMS
etc etc use a mobile that can handle these much better than the iphone.....Maybe
next year Apple will have listened to enough gripes about this phone
and bring out the version that everybody needs and wants,the trouble
with Apple is it takes them ages for the PENNY TO DROP and that little
light bulb above their heads to suddenly light up.......Still a good
ipod/iphone but I will still carry my Nokia e71 around with me....
Reviewed by Ben from England on 27th Aug 2009
Just picked this phone up a few days ago and man do I feel like an idiot.
I usually check up on all the data on phones before hand and this one
seemed sound, but how could I miss the fact that you can't transfer
files from phone to phone via bluetooth, let alone actively pick and
choose what files do and don't go on without having to sync it up with
itunes.. seems a shame that apple can't implement a simple feature that
other phones have had for years which means no more sending pictures,vids,music
etc with my mates.
Reviewed by george rosbrook from uk on 27th Aug
i bought this phone yesterday and it was amazing i have 100's of apps
and i love surfing the internet on the lush 3.5 inch touchscreen. i
Reviewed by meldrew from England on 22nd Aug 2009
I had the 3g version and took it back 2 days later,no video etc..but
yesterday got the 3gs and wow!This is the phone for all us people who
love our gadgets it has almost everything and is near perfect.
Reviewed by Alex from Australia on 21st Aug 2009
For few years now i read reviews for Iphone and always kep away from
it as to many people gave bad reviews on the phone. I went through Samsing
Omnia, Nokia's and few others, to finally deciding to purchase Iphone.
ITS THE AWSOME PHONE! Please ignore all the winges who complain about
things and put Iphone down.Most of the time, this winges can not afford
one and hence always put it down. From personal experience now having
owned most smart phones-Iphone is the winner-not only in features but
in ease of use and looks. The Iphone 3gS is very easy to use and navigate.
It offers excellent features and speed. Love the phone and i think from
now on will always stick to it. Some retards have compared Iphone to
N97-to those people: Have you actually owned either phones?-Answer is
Reviewed by Ryan from Manchester on 20th Aug 2009
I HAVE FOUND THE PERFECT PHONE. Many many reviews i have left on this
website for probably the last 30 phones i have had and never have i
been more impressed by a phone than i am with the 3GS version of Apples
monster , i owned the 3g version for a couple of hours as it lacked
voice dialling but this version is superb and so accurate on unboxing
and testing this facility i so expected it to get only about 6/10 commands
correct as with most speaker independant dialers a'la nokia but it got
every single one correct and not only that it did so to with music/tracks/shuffle
and so on....the 3GS does what its marketed to do better than any other
phone never mind what it lacks you know this before you buy it , it
does everything you need and more. Texting takes some getting used to
without haptic feedback and also discovering how to get your own ringtones
on is great , i have 53 of my own favourite tracks as ringtones for
friends now !!!! So happy with this phone deffo 10/10
Reviewed by archie from u.k on 16th Aug 2009
the iphone has nothing on blackberrys and high end nokias. On tec a
n97 nokia would eat the iphone, the iphone is just preety, and has a
unique name style, there is just better. And this iphone, the 3gs, is
what the the 1st one should have been, on the first one the lak of tec
in it, for example no video recorder, really let it down, and also they
scratch so easy however over all buid is good. Not to mention the rubish
camera,ok yes there is "unique apps " but other phones can do so much
Reviewed by Mark from Scotland on 14th Aug 2009
I was a long time deciding which phone to go for,I got the Samsung Jet
as an upgrade from Vodaphone but was so dissapointed with it I sent
it straight back,I couldn't stand the thought of being stuck with it
for 18 months.I took the plunge and shelled out for the 3gs 16gb which
arrived this morning and I have to say it is outstanding.There is literally
an app for just about everything with an impressive amount for free
and an equally impressive amount at very cheap prices.The phone is so
much more than just apps tho,for me its the fantastic user interface
which really makes it a joy to use and hard to put it down!My biggest
worry was battery life and its too soon for me to say but my initial
impressions are that my fears were mostly unfounded although I suspect
I'l be charging it most days.I was very close to buying a HTC hero,its
a cracking looking phone with great features but most of the reviews
I read said its just a bit laggy,not quite as nice to use.Anyhow,I'm
delighted with my choice of Iphone,can't put it down,highly recommend
it too anyone.I reviewed the samsung jet on this site and gave it a
poor review and had some people after me having a go at me,lighten up
lol,its only someone elses opinion,we're all entitled to one......5/5
for the Iphone!!!
Reviewed by MH from UK on 14th Aug 2009
My wife has had the 3GS for about a month now and for someone who has
no interest in Gadgets she absolutely adores it! On the rare occassions
I'm permitted to have a go I find it everybit as responsive and easy
to use as they say. I don't think it's for me as it's not as pocket
friendly as I would like plus there is no flash on the camera or a radio.
Still it deserves 5 stars as it is being marked for what it does not
what it doesn't. Shame the reviewer doesn't apply that same logic to
the HTC Hero which they marked down due to a lack of a front facing
camera and a radio, neither of which appear on the 3GS. Where is the
Reviewed by Steve from UK on 13th Aug 2009
Having had my iPhone 3GS for a while now, it's probably a good time
to write another review, to see if anything's changed. To be honest,
something has changed; I love this phone even more! Ok, the basics remain
unchanged. It's just the apps I download which amaze me more and more.
You could spend a lifetime exploring the app store... The phone itself
is great; there's been no slowdown or crashing as I've loaded more apps
and saved more data. There's been no overheating either. Battery life
is ok; I tend to charge it overnight each night to make sure it sees
me through the next day. But as I simply plug it into the charger on
my bedside table, where's the hardship in that? I've found O2 to be
a much better carrier than Vodafone (my last network). Where I live
- to the West of London - I get much better coverage with O2. I really
cannot think of a downside to this phone, other than the one I mentioned
last time - the lack of flash on the camera. This is a must-own phone!
Reviewed by Wulliam Floydie from UK on 13th Aug
When I was getting my iPhone, I was very excited and couldn't wait for
it to arrive. When it came though, it was a disappointment. Once you
get past the novelty of having apps, the phone is downright poor. Apart
from apps, the iPhone has nothing going for it, especially given the
extremely high price. I feel thoroughly ripped off, and wish I had gone
for something like the HTC Magic. For such a high price I would expect
to get top-notch features, but they give you a frankly rubbish camera
and its locked down so much - I can't use a different computer to put
music on, as I didn't activate it with that computer. The iPhone takes
an age to get online, and the battery life dies in less than a day if
you dare to use an app or make a call. The only Apple are good at is
marketing - but don't fall into their spell as I had, and make a bad
decision. Looking back, I wish I had gone for something Android like
the upcoming Samsung i7500 or the HTC Magic. Just avoid the iPhone at
Reviewed by Rich from UK on 13th Aug 2009
My dad has an iphone 3g s, which i have used and am getting mine tomorrow,
so i thought i'd give my thoughts. The Iphone is for a target audience,
someone who wants a simplistic, stylish and easy to use phone, its more
of a piece of art than a gadget phone, if you like design and the touch
screen, great web browsing, un matched music playing, and a very fun
phone and dont mind going without all the bells and whistles which are
on some of the gadget phones, then this is the phone for you. Like i
said, its not a James Bond phone with heat seaking missiles and a lazer
comming out through the camera lens, but it excells in touch screen,
web browsing, music and the aesthetics. This phone is for the people
who want something that looks and is special and are prepared to spend
the amount of money in comparison with other phones on the current market,
a reason i beleive some dont rate this phone so highly is because the
iphone isnt intended for them, they expect all the gadgets when this
phone isnt intented to be a gadget phone. Though it may not have some
features like a great camera, it has many innovative features which
the other "gadget phones" dont have, so even though there is the arguement
that it doesnt have certain things, on the other hand, it was some other
things which other phones dont have. To put it bluntly, dont get this
phone if you want all the gadgets... But get this phone if you want
something special and are happy with whats on it.
Reviewed by Dom from UK on 12th Aug 2009
After much anticipation about what phone to choose, ether a Blackberry
curve or the new iPhone 3GS I settled with the new iPhone, and after
a week with the phone i couldn't believe i even considered a Blackberry.
With countless of my friends all owning BB curves, i can easily judge
the speed differences between the phones, the 3GS doesn't just run quicker
that the curve, it blitz's them in every aspect of use. The original
iPhone, did have a few draw backs, but since the new updates (My favorite
being the ability to now flip the phone on its side for a larger keyboard
when writing texts) has made it the best phone you could want to own.
Some people on here have mentioned bad battery life, but in my case
the 3GS will easily run over 48 hours with internet and gaming use.
I even saw a review on here saying the BB storm's touch screen was better
than the iphone's! My boss is forever moaning about the touch screen
on his storm, but that could just be his experience. All in all, after
just over a month, i have yet to say a bad word about my new iPhone,
and would happily recommend it to anyone.
Reviewed by James from UK on 12th Aug 2009
I don't know what phone you're reviewing when talking about the iphone
32GS. But it's certainly a different one from the one I'm using and
you've certainly not worked it for any length of time. It's purely for
geeks. It's far too temperamental. A bloody pain to text with. One wrong
move and it's off into another application. Takes an age to go online
when compared to my girlfriend's Nokia E71 and you're forever pressing
the wrong letter when typing or looking for contacts. What idiot dreamt
up letters that tiny?. It's battery life, if you can call it that,is
the pits, and it won't start up direct from the mains when you've lost
a call through low battery life. Make no mistake this battery lasts
no longer than 3 hours tops with minimal use. Also, it's now being targetted
by hackers who are succeeding in wiping out all the applications via
sending you a rogue text. In a word! It's Rubbish! It's forever wanting
to copy and paste when attempting to re-read your texts, and doesn't
move up and down the text without displaying all sorts of unwanted requests.
Beware! This phone has not filled in the blanks, as you call them, it's
created and left behind an awfull lot more and shown that smart touch
phones are no where near the finished artical yet. Blacberry's Storm
click screen is streets ahead of Apple's over-sensitive touch screen.
I'm off to get a proper key board back, Nokia or Blackberry here I come,
Reviewed by Caroline from UK on 10th Aug 2009
I ordered my phone from the O2 website on a thursday, and had it in
my hands on Saturday morning - I've not been able to put it down since!
I was a little reluctant to switch to another provider after only ever
being with Vodafone. I haven't found any negatives with the phone or
O2 yet. Some things have taken a bit of getting used to, and looking
up (I couldn't work out how to zoom in on a webpage but realised I was
being a bit dim!). I find the camera perfectly sufficient for taking
snapshots. I downloaded a free zoom app too which works well. Be warned
- you can spend hours looking at all the apps that are available! This
is one of the aspects I love with the iphone - on previous phone's I've
had a game costs £3-5, but you can download loads free for the iphone.
I'm usually a 'size matters' girl, going for the smallest phone. But
the quality of the iphone screen for viewing films, web etc is fantastic.
I'd also like to add the O2 have been really helpful (my order got stuck
somewhere in the system but still had it within 2 days), 10 times better
than vodafone ever were.
Reviewed by David Grocott from UK on 8th Aug 2009
Had my iphone for a couple of months now. Can't fault it, battery life
is great, touch screen is great, it's ALL good. Would be nice to have
a flash on the camera, and there are some things you can't do, like
save a contact from a text, but that's apple all over, fun to use but
not always the most functional. Anyway, I bloomin' love it. get one.
Reviewed by Martyn Hickford from England on 8th
This is my first iphone and I bought it so I could use this for my music
etc rather than carry my iPod and my mobile together, which was getting
very annoying as my pockets arent very big. After updating the phone
on iTunes check the data settings..I found that on mine the cellular
data network settings and mms settings kept going back to the original
idata.o2.co.uk settings,it might just be my iphone or have others experienced
this problem.. few niggles to point out; MMS not very good takes a few
attempts at sending sometimes doesnt send at all; 3gs very slow I expected
it to be faster than my Nokia e71 but it is not; Cannot send data via
bluetooth,have tried photos,wallpapers,business cards to know avail..
I still like it though as when in doors and using WI-FI it work brilliantly
and saves me having to start up my computer to check mail etc..Phone
calls are clear so is texting,camera is ok I know people are not happy
that there is know zoom or that it is 3mp but if you want great photos
then use a proper camera..The ipod on the phone is good the sounds are
perfect and the layout is better than my iPod classic[my opinion] overall
a great piece of machinery,very pleased that I bought it.........
Reviewed by Dave from UK on 7th Aug 2009
Although Carphone Warehouse sent me a non-working sim with this phone,
once I managed to get it working it is easily the best phone ever. The
camera may not be great, but everything else but considering everything
else the iPhone can do it doesn't really matter. Easily the best phone
I've ever owned and if you can get it, then definately get it.
Reviewed by Andrew from UK on 5th Aug 2009
This is a great phone and deserves five stars but.... I do think there
are a few weaknesses even though it is better than the competition...
firstly the camera at 3mega pixel is fairly poor... remember on a two
year contract you will be stuck with it for ages when a better iPhone
(with better camera comes out). People say this is no small thing but
what about video quality. What about the ability to digitally zoom in
and not lose too much quality. The whole point of this device is to
serve all purposes but the camera one it has failed at miserably. So
I think I will wait until a 5 megapixel iPhone comes out. Only ten more
months to go.
Reviewed by Gfrsh from UK on 5th Aug 2009
I love this phone. Simply the best i have ever had and better than i
thought it would be. HAd it a week and still finding really useful functionality.
Nothing can compete. Believe the hype.
Reviewed by Rolf from Switzerland on 4th Aug 2009
OK, most of the time I have GPS and WiFi switched off, but I never had
any overheating problems. So calling them "common" is not entirely correct.
I charge it every 2 - 3 days, but I usually don't make hour-long calls
with it. I do use internet via 3G frequently adn play the occasional
game. The camera is at least somewhat of an improvement over the 3G
one. And the videos look quite nice actually. The user interface is
still outstanding in my opinion, after having tried out various LG and
Samsung ones. It's just so damn slick and beautiful! I have to repeat
what many say: It doesn't do everything, but what it does, it does fabulously!
Reviewed by Rampart from UK on 4th Aug 2009
It's very rare that I'll write a review or even voice an opinion on
a phone I don't have let alone one I don't intend to get but, here goes:
I am one of those people that has spent collectively, hours on the iPhone
in both 02 and The Carphone Warehouse, I've spent more hours playing
with and investigating friends and colleagues iPhones and have come
to the opinion that, as brilliant as the iPhone is, it has serious limitations.
The camera, in this day and age, on a £500+ phone, the best they can
manage is three megapix..? Ditto the limitations on the video facility.
YouTube: I tried turning up the volume but (and forgive me if I've missed
something here) the +/- button on the side only fast forwarded the video
I was watching, there appeared to be no 'in house' way of turning up
the volume, why not..? I don't want to fast forward the video, I want
to watch it, that's why I chose to view it, I want to hear it. The pricing
plan: 2 years is a lifetime in technological terminology but it gives
Apple plenty of time to hold you on a tether until the next iPhone comes
out. The apps: brilliant, simply brilliant but if I want to find a good
restaurant or such, I'll ask Google thanks. How long can the games justify
the pricing plan? The problem for me is the iPhone just isn't grown
up enough for me. Don't get me wrong, it's still brilliant at what it
does, the UI is one of the best and I don't want to put down anyone
that got one but before you buy, try looking at (say...) the HTC Hero
reviews or reading up on the soon the be Sony Idou. And yes, this is
only my opinon.
Reviewed by Matt from Uk on 3rd Aug 2009
I was very sceptical about the iPhone for a long time - lack of basic
features, cost, could I cope with a touch screen, would it be better
than my current Nseries phone - the usual stuff that people seem to
go on about. Well here I am writing this review on my shiny new iPhone
3gs and I can safely say I absoluetly love it. First of all let's get
the only major issue out of the way - the camera. Whilst I'll never
be the next Ansell Adams using my iPhone, it does take decent enough
point and click pictures. Sure there's no flash, but hey, apple have
gotta leave something for next year. Now the best thing about this phone
- OS X. What an absolute joy to use. My old nokia n82 is really slow
and clunky in comparison. On the iPhone everything opens up as soon
as you touch the screen. Honestly, it feels like I could have gone an
made a cup of tea whilst waiting for things to open up when using the
symbian based n82. The iPhone is just so responsive and smooth. I haven't
put it down since I got it home. It's just that much of a joy to use.
Typing on the qwerty touchscreen is easy, especially as the iPhone automatically
corrects around 80% of the typos making. I simply don't care that the
iPhone doesn't have the latest and greatest camera or whatever other
criticisms are thrown at it, it's just so easy to use. It really is
a thing of beauty. I've never owned an apple product before, so I can
hardly be called a fanboy, but honestly I will never go back to the
clunky, unreliable, bug ridden phones of other manufacturers. My last
nokia was completely unusable until nokia released updated firmware
for it about three weeks after I bought it. The iPhone just works, straight
put of the box, no fuss, no frustration. The other manufacturers could
learn a massive lesson from apple in terms of their build quality and
attention to detail. Internet is a joy to use, so quick and easy. Gps
works perfectly and is far more reliable than my n82. The iPod function
blows all other media players Out of the water (although SEs Walkman
phones are pretty good). The app store really does have an app for everything.Battery
is as good if not better than my n82 which needed charging everyday,
but I am a heavy Internet/wifi user. I am tied down to o2 for the next
24 months, but I've never has a problem with them for the last 3 years,
and this review os about the phone, not the network. Bottom line is,
I love it and will be recommending above all other phones to anyone
who asks me. 5 stars simply isn't enough. thosbpjone is how things should
be done. Take note nokia, se, samsung, lg, motorola, blackberry because
this iPhone is a masterclass in design and usability!
Reviewed by Pete from UK on 1st Aug 2009
Love this phone
Reviewed by Arpna from UK on 31st Jul 2009
I GOT IT! I love this phone, it's the best phone i have ever had!!!!
I have been using it for about 5 days and i am loving it more and more
everyday - it is so easy to use and the touch screen is so responsive
that it makes other touch screens seem a bit sluggish. I would reccommend
this phone to anyone who is preapred to pay the high monthly line rental
to go for it - it really is worth it!
Reviewed by Fergus from UK on 29th Jul 2009
I think the problem for all other phone manufacturers is the software
hardware combination its a balance, Apple have been making Operating
systems for more than 20 years at the same time crafting their hardware
and software to a symbiotic end. All the rest wrestle with phones that
look good, seem to be better and offer more but only on the TV commercials.
I have tried a fair few of the new batch of touch screens and to be
honest if they worked Apple would have cause for concern, as it stands
they don't.. not a good reason for not bringing out upgrades more frequently
though. Nokia... seem to be on the right track only if you have a pocket
big enough to house the power station you will need to power it. Not
good if you are on a power card..lol if their phones get any bigger
or heavier they will be unusable, the new N97 gets hot for some reason
while in use. Not good and the Os stalls. That was in the showroom as
well. The 5800 xpress music was quite the thing until the interface
stalled and a week later the touch screen went non responsive, Samsung
seem to have wigged out and lost the plot, so what if it doesn’t
work it does new flashy things for about a day then doesn’t, LG
an interesting paperweight it turned out to be until it went back, Sony
Eriksson, well if these guys were building my house it would fall down
a day after completion they have a build quality and usability that
is appalling. I bought my daughter one; it fell apart while she was
leaving the store and had to go back for repair. got it back a week
or so later since then 2 months ago the back fell off the front panel
dropped off and it dials out for no explicable reason without being
asked. With the majority of phones its where it was made that depends
on the build quality, they try to pack in so much they require a power
station to run them and the OS is seldom compatible with the hardware.
This is what makes the Apple iPhone so good a good balance of both with
good quality control but a slightly annoying price tag. One has to consider
is it worth the price or rental+ insurance which you will really need.
Its not one to haul out on the bus put it that way. Although I have
been superficial with most of the phones its no more than anyone would
do in normal use, we tap them fiddle about with them sit on them occasionally,
drop them.. And find other uses for them. but they have to be made to
withstand every day use and be ready for use when we need them to be.
something that many makers are forgetting, some now need such delicate
handling or charge time that they can no longer be considered a mobile
phone or they are now so large and heavy that they qualify for a mobility
allowance. And so complex to use that you have to ask the muggers to
wait for 10 min while you call the police and could they hold up the
Manuel to the light. So I think the iPhone gets the full 5 stars, its
definitely the best of all compromises.
Reviewed by Brad from UK on 27th Jul 2009
I feel that i'm possible able so provide a great review, if your looking
at either the iphone or the N97. I have both on trial, my needs are
push email, camera, gps, and music player, and most of all good battery
life and stability. The N97, looks very nice and has a good camera,
push email using googlemail/yahoo mail, is a bit hit and miss,so i downloaded
Nokia's messaging software which supports push email,on a trial period,
send and receive are fine, though you can't read the attachment, and
when sending a picture via email, the phone uses the default email,
so that wont work. so you have to get the picture id, then trawl through
the phone in nokia messenger and find it.although this isn't a problem
its just another thing to remember. Gps works well, though in a car
moving the digital compass doesn't work.Music is fine. Now the problem,
the Os is very glitchey and you feel that the phones is going to freeze
and it it on many occasions.email needed constant tapping to read.everything
felt difficult to use and such an effort. iphone 3g S, "the smooth operator",
gps, excellent, music player,excellent, push email and contacs, excellent.
os, excellent, camera good. Both the batteries lasted about a day on
heavy use. so for me i'm keeping the iphone, oh and by the way the N97
got really hot and warm.
Reviewed by Stephen from UK on 24th Jul 2009
First class product, battery life as a mobile very good but use the
apps and it will soon need a recharge. The apps on wifi are very quick
and OK on the mobiles HSDPA. Lots of useful apps to down load. If you
are not used to a touch phone allow your self time to get used to it
after saying this it is a positive feel mobile to use. Camera OK but
not top quality and no flash for a high price mobile. The real negative
factor of this mobile it will not accept ring tones to use as ring tones
on the phone even if you down load them from apple you are stuck with
the master tones on the iphone. So think again if you feel the need
to have a personalized mobile
Reviewed by Yasmin from UK on 24th Jul 2009
This Phone Is Very Good I Defo Recomend It
Reviewed by Alex from America on 24th Jul 2009
To be honest i absolutly LOVE this phone! I highly recomend this phone
and its much better than the Samsung Tocco Ultra!
Reviewed by KarenP from UK on 22nd Jul 2009
I got the 3Gs on the day of release. My first iphone. I had thought
it was an expensive over rated device, but how wrong I was. After playing
with an ipod touch I decided to go for the new iphone when released.
I love this phone!! So much functionality. So many choices for applications.
OK so its not a small device, but when I no longer need to carry around
so many other things thats more than compensated for. No problems with
mine so far. Its great and the customer service from apple is outstanding.
Reviewed by TimR from UK on 22nd Jul 2009
You know what, I almost, very nearly, fell for it. After questioning
your review of the first iphone (which you very decently modified after
all the complaints) I thought the new iphone might finally be the one
for me. Oops. No. My girl friend bought one and in many ways she loves
it. But after two weeks the flaws are coming through. Battery life is
hopeless if you are travelling. Heavy internet or music use renders
it senseless after just a few hours. No good if you on the road and
nowhere near a mains power socket. The camera is still poor to average
and now -today - the dreaded 'screen of death' - kicked in (or out depending
on how you look at it). She looked at it for several minutes in despair
when it turned to black and then white, and then nothing. A bug that
rendered her phone useless and left her scrambling to find the nearest
computer to Google for help. She discovered within minutes that she
is not alone. Why oh why do Apple do this? Great product, great design,
pushing back the barriers - but rushing out new toys that haven't been
properly road tested or with niggles that undermine the concept. End
result for me is that I won't be buying one after all. It's back to
a Nokia upgrade for another year. Next time, I hope, maybe in 18 months,
the Mac available at that time will be the one I have been waiting for.
Reviewed by Rosy from England on 19th Jul 2009
i previously had the iphone 3g but then i got the new one, there isnt
much difference i have to say but it is considerably better
Reviewed by Ovie A. from Mosogar, Nigeria on 18th
I think the last but one reviewer erred to suggest that we are not commenting
well on the iphone 3g s. It is unfortunate because I still believe that
everyone is entitle to his own opinion. I have been using the iphone
3g s for over 2 weeks now and I have not encountered the problem of
overheating. The battery life barely takes me throughout the day, but
who cares? I am a heavy user. I love the video player, wifi and the
camera features of the iphone. Moreover the stanza application makes
me to read a whole lots of ebooks. The reason why I am so much in love
with the iphone 3g s is because the interface is fluid. THe best ever.
VEry responsive. Hardly any lag. Delay in launching any application
or browsing its contents is virtually imperceptible. Nokia N97 cannot
compare. Palm Pre is only an imitation, trying to pose as an iphone
on itunes. But thank God that apple has finally disabled that charade
in its itunes 220.127.116.11 update. Iphone 3g s is far ahead of its competition.
Other phone s can only copy. BUT THERE IS NOTHING AND NEVER WILL BE
ANYTHING CALLED AN iphone killer!
Reviewed by Lorraine from Uk on 17th Jul 2009
I got this iphone on 19/06/2009 and submitted a review to say it was
great. Well after having it nearly a month now, I still think it is
great, and have had no problems whatsoever. It does need charging daily
(but I use it all the time), the Apps are fantastic. There is an App
called MBOX for Hotmail accounts (one reveiwer having trouble getting
hotmail to work, this is the answer). There are also Apps for radio
stations (another reviewer's niggles)I think the camera is SO easy to
use and the pictures are fine! Still 5 stars for me!
Reviewed by Sunny from Mauritius on 16th Jul 2009
Too good things written about iPhone here. I would request buyers to
be very careful, since this S version has a lot of drawbacks, one of
which being the most common is over-heating.
Reviewed by ElviN from USA on 16th Jul 2009
This is my first iPhone that I have been using for 6 days now and I
think whatever is written on review is totally true! My friends had
the previous 2 versions of this phone and I used to play with all of
em, but the 3GS is different in many ways not even speaking of its improved
GPS and Camera...Although it is definitely NOT a camera phone the device
still does the job and I am satisfied with it! The only reason why it
gets 4 starts instead of 5 is that some stuff like bluetooth and ringtones
can't be used as easy as in Nokia or other models...too many factory
limitations (although the phone is capable of doing it)
Reviewed by Simon from Uk on 13th Jul 2009
This is my first iPhone, I've always been a bit anti iPhone but when
I did a list of what I wanted from a phone with mobile Internet at the
top of the list the iPhone seemed to be the answer & when the 3g s came
out I had no choice but to get one & it's the best phone I've ever had.
Don't get me wrong I don't think the iPhone is perfect (but what phone
is?) but what it does do makes up for what it doesn't do. For example
it's daft that I can't go to a song on the phone & set it as a ringtone,
there is a way around this which you can find on the net which when
you know what you're doing only takes a couple of minutes. Also not
being able to Bluetooth pictures is a bit anoying but I'm willing to
put up with for this phone. The camera isn't great but then I've never
seen camera phone that has made me seriously consider getting one just
for that function. The user interface is spot on, even when not doing
anything I find myself just flicking through the screens as it's so
smooth. Surfing the net is a treat with the safari browser & when at
home I tend to use the iPhone more for going on the net than the pc,
it picks up my wifi as soon as I'm in the door & when I'm out the 3g
speeds are brilliant and even without 3g the page will load it just
takes a few more seconds. Email was no problem to set up as I have a
googlemail account & I now email as much as I text people. The apps
are brilliant I can spend ages looking at the app store, I haven't looked
at iTunes as I've always preferred amazon for my music. The iPod is
excellent & the video playback is great. I do need to charge the iPhone
in the evenings but then I'm always on it during the day, I would say
that the claims apple have made about the battery sound about right
to me apart from the standby time as I haven't been able to test this
as I can't put the phone down long enough. In summary although the iPhone
is missing some simple functions it is in my opinion one of the best
phones going & I now understand why people will passionately defend
the iPhone. I can't give it 5 stars due to it missing simple functions
so it's a solid 4 out of 5.
Reviewed by Lee from UK on 12th Jul 2009
Ive had this phone for a week now, wanted to test it for a few days
before submitting a review and I must say I'm surprised by how much
I'm enjoying it! I was really excited when Apple first announced the
iphone and awaited it like a little kid waits for xmas! But after reading
about all the problems it first had I became a die hard hater of the
phone! When they announced the 3gs I started to soften towards it and
bought myself an ipod touch to play with to test out the touchscreen
as I've always had problems with touchscreens. After biting the bullet
last week and getting the iphone 3gs I really wanted to be proved wrong
about how good it was but so far its not happened, I can't help but
love the thing! I'm playing with it every day, downloading apps and
taking pictures and videos. The video quality I think is great, I know
there's better out there but come on it's not bad for a phone! The sound
quality is excellent and the touchscreen has amazed me, I had a Blackberry
curve before so am used to the qwerty keyboard but I can type much quicker
than I could with the curve. The only downsize I would say is the battery
life, I fully charged it first off and waited for it to expel fully
before charging it again and have carried on like that but still need
to charge it almost daily as I keep playing with it all the time! It
would have been nice for Apple to realise that with such a feature rich
phone they need a super duper battery to cope with it! Another downside
would be that I've always liked to personalize my phones with message
tones and ring tones and as far as I can see you can not assign tones
to anything other than the ones pre-programmed, if there is any other
way I would be grateful if they could let me know! Overall I would definitely
recommend this phone to anyone, it is now my new best friend and love
showing it off especially as I have the gorgeous white version!
Reviewed by j from FO on 12th Jul 2009
be fair to the competitors. Most competitors deliver same functionality
at a considerable lower price ! And beat it on specs in every area.
iPhone is still an iPod with a added on mobile phone.
Reviewed by dfewgoodmen from Sapele, Nigeria on
12th Jul 2009
THe Iphone 3G S is really the phone for the moment. ANd perhaps, for
the Future. It is sweet, with its futuristic curved design and its inevitable
apple logo at the back makes it a formidable foe against any mobile.
It is a phone to beat. The interface is fluid and it has a load of apps
from the apple apps store to complement it. At last count, I guess it
was 50,000 or so applications with one billion downloads and still counting.
The downside though are things I feel Steve Jobs and Apple should try
to change or emulate the trends from other smart phone manufactutrers.
1. No self-replaceable battery! 2. No memory card! Forget the 32Gbyte
version. I still need a memory card to improve functionality. 3. No
way to upload files like documents unto the phone without third party
application like quick office suite. It would be good to be able to
upload pdf, doc, excel files etc to the iphone. Why was it called a
'smart phone' if it can't do this function we all take for granted in
other phones?, anyway, even in some non-smartphones? 4. One should be
able to save web pages while using the very old fashioned safari browser.
It would be perfect to save web pages just as is done with opera mini
and view them off-line. One cnnot always be on-line 24 hours a day!!!!!!
Sometimes it is so much easier to check a web page of line. When will
Apple learn that? 5. Apple should allow third party app like opera mini
in their app store. Is APple afraid that Opera mini with beat the over-hyped
safari and relegate it to the basement? 6Finally, Apple should allow
one to be able to edit files like music files and also create more complex
playlist from the iphone itself instead of relying on i-tunes all the
time. The on-the-go playlist on the iphone is at best mediocre and bland.
Despite all this short comings, it is still difficult to give the iphone
3G S, anything less than a 4 star? Why? It is still way ahead of the
competition on most features that count! AS far as I am concerned, the
interface counts best in any OS. But then, I think apple should still
work hard on their OS X more. By the way, How about forwarding a text
message without using cut-and-paste? ALso missing.
Reviewed by james from uk on 11th Jul 2009
the best phone i have owned so far!!
Reviewed by Naomi from UK on 11th Jul 2009
Fantastic, easy to use, apart from very trivial problems. Excellent
signal anywhere, battery lasts ages and great memory. Camera is best
ive ever seen & wouldn't trade it for the world!
Reviewed by chris from Canada on 10th Jul 2009
best phone ever,wont trade it for anything
Reviewed by Al from UK on 9th Jul 2009
Fantastic phone apart from a couple of minor problems. In response to
OZ I would suggest the iphone has poor reception as opposed to 02 Iv
been through several phones with 02 and never had receptions problems
but am now getting reception problems with the iphone. The battery life
is also pretty dismal need to charge on a daily basis. Apart from that
Reviewed by Stu from Uk on 8th Jul 2009
What can I say best phone ever not a big apple fan like some however
this is about 100 times better than my old nokia n95. As I say not apple
fan so the not so good battery life is just over one day and the cam
as good as it is it's no n95... Still if you need a new phone like I
did don't get anything else!!!
Reviewed by Mick from Uk on 8th Jul 2009
Best mobile phone / gadget i've ever seen or owned
Reviewed by Simon from England on 7th Jul 2009
Exceptional phone but why no radio?
Reviewed by Jayce from Uk/ VI on 7th Jul 2009
The iPhone 3G S is by far the most advance mobile phone on the market
to date. Apple has not added all that needed to be added and its a wonderful
phone to have despite the price. Cool-C you're mistaken the 3.0 OS do
allow forwarding son. From the text you want to forward just hit the
edit from on top of the screen then you select which portion of the
text message you want to forward..... this iPhone deserves 5 stars...
My other phone will be the Palm Pre when its released for GSM networks.
Reviewed by Jamie from UK on 6th Jul 2009
Used to have a Blackberry Storm (BB user for years!). I must say, it
was probably the worst Blackberry I have owned for a long time (slow,
unresponsive). Bought the 3GS after mulling over the idea of an iPhone
and using a friend's original one, and have to say, WOW! UI is super
slick and fast, and the phone feature is only a small part of it: having
a full iPod feature on it is great. Only quibble is that I had to switch
to O2 from Vodafone to get it. Coverage not too good, bad experience
in the O2 shop and MMS/tethering prices are a joke. iPhone 3GS: 5 stars.
O2: 2 stars.
Reviewed by Steve from UK on 3rd Jul 2009
My first iPhone; I was hoping for a new improved model ever since my
last contract ran out in March and when it was announced I was glad
to find it addressed the two features missing from the previous one,
namely video recording and poor camera. I'm so glad I got this phone,
it's brilliant. Every feature it has works really well and the apps
store has got me hooked. I've downloaded some great ones and some silly
ones but they're easy to delete if you get bored with them. If I had
any complaints it would be the slightly fiddly QWERTY keyboard and the
lack of flash on the camera. But other than that... fantastic!!!
Reviewed by Clear cut chap from UK on 3rd Jul
Having used the 'iPhone 3G S' for a couple of weeks, I think it does
not still deserve 5 stars. No doubt it is still the benchmark for the
user-interface, aesthetics and general styling icons and now many of
the basic functions(eg. Copy-and-paste, MMS,etc) However considering
its pricing, functions like the Camera -which are very integral with
mobile phones medium to top-of the line- is below par. Moreover functions
like A2DP (Stereo bluetooth) are at best average- the sound does not
have depth and comes across as plain flat!-The bench mark has always
been Sony Ericsson in this regard and they have just raised the bar
with their latest Walkman 4.0 release! The iPhone has also never been
assessed for its durability here. It is a fragile device-considering
it has a compacitative touch screen made of glass(not tempered!!!)screen,
which many people seem to be unaware it is always shrouded in some case
or the other. Whats the point of making a fantastic looking device that
is so fragile it need to be covered up. Otherwise if knocked/dropeed
the glass might crack and that would become a potential hazard to use
again. In comparison, while sacrificing a bit of tactility, the resistive
(plastic) touchscreen of the Nokia 5800 allows it to be much more durable
and able to take knocks without showing wear easily. I have both phones
so this is a mercilessly objective view on these aspects of the new
iPhone which when compared to many other phones of similar specifications
-including those made by HTC - do not suggest it is yet a 5-star phone.
Not in the pure objective sense. If, as the review above says, it does
not tick all the boxes (especially fundamental ones - Camera, average
battery life-non user changeable) and is priced so high, it does not
deserve a 5 star rating, at best 4 stars.
Reviewed by Kool-C from UK on 3rd Jul 2009
You still can't forward a text - you have to cut n paste - what an oversite
for otherwise a great phone!
Reviewed by OZ from UK on 1st Jul 2009
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Absolutely awesome phone, but battery life could be better. The real
let down for me is the O2 network, I get dire reception where I work
(Southwark), I cannot even make or recieve calls half the time, but
seems to be ok(ish) in other parts of London. Never had any issues with
t-mobile over the last 6 years or so. May have to cancel this contract
and return to t-mobile which is a shame as I do love this phone. Anyone
else agree with me on this? 5 stars for the phone itself!
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