- Older iPhones – any good?
The 3Gs is a perfectly good phone, but is now four years old, introduced in 2009, and technology moves very quickly, so it’s pretty ancient by current standards. As a way of finding out how you’d get on using iOS and it’s ecosystem, though, it’s probably a cheap way to do it. If nothing else, it gives you a pretty good iPod Touch, but with navigation built in.Posted 4 years ago
Don’t expect it to be as fast as current generation phones, ‘cos its processor will struggle a bit. The fact that it’s still being sold, though, shows that for a lot of people, it still works perfectly well.
I can’t give any more info regarding advantages, ‘cos I don’t know anything about Galaxy phones or Android; I’ve had three iPhones, a 3, 4, and 5, so can’t give any comparisons, I’m afraid.
As the chief sez, if you can lay your hands on an iP4, you’ll get a much improved phone in just about every way; better screen, better processor, better camera, better GPS, and the fact that the whole structure of the phone changed makes a huge difference; the 3Gs has a curved plastic back, whereas the 4 has a stainless steel frame with Gorilla Glass front and rear, which makes the phone heavier, but much more robust. I still use mine all the time, it makes a great iPod Touch, and I use it for navigation in the car. I just got it unlocked and put a 3 sim in it, for the unlimited data allowance.Posted 4 years agoleekspannermonkeyMember
i use a iphone 3 all day long in my garage and im really happy with it.Posted 4 years ago
very strong small phone,does everything i need and more besides.
ive owned several galaxy s2’s and its just as easy to use.
i prefer the email reading on the iphone ,just simple to glance at when your in a hurry.
id say £60 is a good buy if its been checked overRustyNissanPrairieMember
Dont bother with the 3GS – I have my Mrs old one and its bloody annoying – the last few OS updates have really slowed it down. Ebay and Facebook apps especially take an age to open compared to a split second on a 5, Tunein radio app buffers constantly.
If you could install an older OS or jailbreak and improve it then possibly consider it but otherwise I’d pony up for a 4 or 4S insteadPosted 4 years agoska-49Member
My girlfriend is rocking the 3gs and I’ve got the 4s. I can’t tell the difference between using them. Identical interface, from what I can tell. Had no issues with speed. Camera isn’t as good and theres a few apps that dont work. Surfing the net on the go is also slower but on wifi it’s identicle.
For £60 it’s a bargain!I’d be tempted to pick one up for that price just for strava.
Maybe I’m just the equvielnt of a phone ‘mincer’ but I would have thought that for a sub £100 phone you can’t do better.Posted 4 years agoFuzzyWuzzyMember
Mine’s OK (it’s a work one hence why I haven’t upgraded it), I suspect a lot of it is just being used to it and if I used a 4s or 5 for a week I’d hate going back to the 3GS. I wouldn’t say it’s sluggish in apps I use a lot though, some of the more resource-hungry games are but standard apps (maps, banking, notes, readers, calendars etc.) are fine. If buying one now I’d be a bit concerned about the battery as if it’s original it must be starting to lose battery life by now (although mine doesn’t seem noticeably worse yet and is over 3 years old).Posted 4 years agoGrahamSSubscriber
My girlfriend is rocking the 3gs and I’ve got the 4s. I can’t tell the difference between using them. Identical interface, from what I can tell.
Same interface, yes, but the 4 had double the screen resolution of the 3 which makes a massive difference.
4S will be my last Apple phone until they bring back Google Maps.
Erm you can just download the Google Maps app from the App Store.
OP: missus has a 3GS. Still works fine enough for basic stuff but there are better options out there these days.Posted 4 years agobombermanMember
I’ve just gone from a 3GS to a galaxy ace 1 and I hate the galaxy. It works but compared to the iPhone it’s poor In all departments and much slower, even though I upgraded the 3GS to iOS 6 which slowed it down considerably. I can’t speak for the Ace 2 which is probably better but I’ll list the differences…
-Feels poorly made/plasticky.
-wi-fi cuts out during prolonged use. Every time.
-battery life is the same and I have hammered the iPhone (ace is new)
-predictive text makes me want to tear my hair out
-I can only have 4 windows open on the browser, the iPhone lets me have 8
-the touch screen isn’t as sensitive which makes it clumsy to use
-it has no phone memory, I’ve downloaded 5 apps and it’s full
-just finding someone on contacts and calling them takes effort
-call quality isn’t as clear
-maps app isn’t as high resolution
-I can’t turn the volume down enough, one click is too loud so I leave it on silent and miss calls because of it
-it crashes often.
-I’m typing this on the iPhone which I now use as an iPod touch.
This is all in comparison to the Ace which is an inferior phone to yours so I’m guessing that Samsung improved the ace 2 but it’s built on the same foundations if you know what I’m saying. Id take a punt on the 3GS I think you’ll find it’s not as quick as the 4G but it’s still a nice phone and it makes a great iPod touch if you decide to retire it.
Hope that’s helpful.Posted 4 years ago
althepal – Member
(*cough) I have a 4 for sale in the classifieds if you you’re 4-curious, great phone that’s served me well..
Selling as I was given a good upgrade offer.. give me a shout if you’re interested.. (*cough).
‘Tis a damned good phone, very solid, just feels good in the hand, well engineered. Mine could do with a new battery, after two and a half years of almost continual use, it’s starting to die a bit. New ones aren’t expensive.Posted 4 years agoshotsawayMember
I sold my 3GS recently and replaced it with the 5. Tbh I wouldn’t bother with the 3gs if I was you. It’s really slow, I found it very frustrating towards the end.
My wife just ordered a 5 last night, to replace her 3 year old 3GS for that very reason. Just opening an app or going back to the home button would take an age. I recently did a hard reset but that made no difference. I guess the processor is beyond its best?Posted 4 years agotronMember
My mum bought an iPhone 3GS. It’s so slow that it’s verging on unusable if you ask me. Upgrade iOS and it gets even slower. Don’t upgrade iOS and you can’t download a lot of useful apps, as they’re built for more recent versions. I really can’t see why you’d bother – because there’s no feedback in terms of a button physically clicking, you spend half your life going “it’s loading… it’s loading… oh hang on, did that touch actually register?”.
I’d look at a second hand Android phone – maybe a HTC Desire S or Samsung Galaxy S2. Or even one of the very cheap phones like a Huawei – they’re a bit fragile but they work well enough.Posted 4 years agoFuzzyWuzzyMember
Not sure what’s up with the incredibly slow 3GS some people are reporting, mine’s on the latest iOS and is perfectly usable. I have 9 pages worth of apps, jumping back from any of them to the home screen is about half a second. Opening a few test apps (weather, settings, notes, photos) takes less than 3 seconds for each, maps took 9 seconds to fully load and display the map which isn’t exactly lightning fast but quick enough (and you have to factor in the location stuff working in that time). I’d say get the most recent iPhone you can afford but if that’s the 3GS then it should be fine, if it’s very sluggish then either you’re using very recent heavy-weight apps designed for the 4+ or something’s wrong with your phone.Posted 4 years agostilltortoiseSubscriber
One person’s sluggish performance is another person’s acceptable. Personally I thought Facebook on the iPhone 4 was appallingly slow to load, so I dread to think how slow it is on the 3GS. It’s much quicker on the 5.
In answer to one of the questions above, software moves on to take advantage of the latest hardware. When the 3GS was new, app developers wrote their apps to work effectively on that platform. Now they’re writing them for faster hardware, so they don’t perform as well on older, slower hardware. If that bothers you, don’t get the 3GS.
Try before you buy.Posted 4 years ago
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