Apple iPhone 3GS

The Good The iPhone 3GS finally adds common cell phone features like multimedia messaging, video recording, and voice dialing. It runs faster; its promised battery life is longer; and the multimedia quality continues to shine.

The Bad The iPhone 3GS' call quality shows no improvements and the 3G signal reception remains uneven. We still don't get Flash Lite, USB transfer and storage, or multitasking.

The Bottom Line The iPhone 3GS doesn't make the same grand leap that the iPhone 3G made from the first-generation model, but the latest Apple handset is still a compelling upgrade for some users. The iPhone 3GS is faster and we appreciate the new features and extended battery life, but call quality and 3G reception still need improvement.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 9.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 8.0
8.0 Overall

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Apple iPhone 3GS

Editors' note: On September 25, 2009, AT&T activated multimedia messaging for the iPhone 3G and 3GS. Also, for more on the TomTom Car Kit for iPhone, please see our full review.

On October 24, 2011, we lowered the rating of the iPhone 3Gs following the release of the iPhone 4S.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Apple
  • Service Provider AT&T
  • Diagonal Size 3.5 in
  • Weight 4.76 oz
  • Sensors Accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, digital compass
  • Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
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