The Good Latest iOS 5; Classic design; Online data storage with iCloud; Loads of apps and games available.
The Bad Small screen; Non-removable battery; No Siri voice-activated assistant.
The Bottom Line Despite its age, the iPhone 3GS handles iOS 5 with surprising grace. New features such as improved notifications and iCloud combine with a low retail and contract price to make this veteran device one of the cheapest ways to hop onto the iPhone bandwagon.
Apple iPhone 3GS
The iPhone 3GS is one of Apple's oldermodels, having originally hit the market way back in 2009. It comes in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB variants and has recently been updated to -- the latest version of Apple's world-beating mobile operating system.
Refurbished, the 3GS is available for free on a two-year contract, with prices starting as low as £13.50 per month. Pay as you go models will cost you about £290, while some retailers are selling SIM-free handsets for as little as £200. If you shop around, you could bag yourself a bargain.
Hardened tech-addicts may consider it foolish to even think of purchasing a phone that is over two years old, but there's clearly still a large market for the iPhone 3GS. According to recent US figures, it outsold every available Android model during the third quarter of 2011.
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