Apple iPhone 3GS (16GB) Reviews and Deals

1062 customer reviews

+ This mobile phone scores high on features. - It scores very poorly on battery life.

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8.6 out of 10 based on 1062 reviews.
Apple iPhone 3GS (16GB): Smartphone with 3MP camera, Touchscreen and 320 x 480 display. See full product description
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Confirmed purchaser Business or web user

Score 2.0/10
Good points:
Looks good, Touchscreen probably best on market, Wireless & VPN work. Huge range of Apps. Built in GPS
Bad points:
Where do I start???
It's APPLE!
It has a built in music player (ipod) but you can't simply assign a track as a ringtone like every other phone I've had.
You have to use iTunes which doesn't always pick up album art.
If you're used to:
organising your photo's into folders forget it!
copy & paste - forget it!
drag & drop - forget it!
Although it has a built in GPS it doesn't work as a sat-nav unless you buy an app.

Honest opinion - Most over hyped product ever. Don't waste your money!!! Glad the one I have is through work & I'm not paying the bill.
Overall rating 2.0
Ease of use 1.0
Features 8.0
Battery life 3.0
Design 9.0
Value for money 6.0
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Confirmed purchase: 31 Dec 2009

William, Halifax Business or web user

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Slick and easy to use. Love the app store with its wide selection and ease of use. Browsing on the internet is fluid and the email is excellent. The touchscreen is very responsive and makes gaming a joy. Overall, i would say it is avery good all rounder that i think almost everyone would be pleased with, if pure specs dont mean everything to you
Bad points:
It is really expensive !!!!!!!! The cameras are also not the best although they are good enough for the occasional shot on the move. The battery is also quite poor, although it normally lasts just over a day so i just charge it at night. It is also reasonably quick to charge taking 1 to 2 hours to completely fill it up. However, this does decrease dramatically under heavy app use and i would recommend turning gps off and reducing the screen brightness.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 10.0
Features 9.0
Battery life 3.0
Design 6.0
Value for money 3.0
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Confirmed purchase: 20 Mar 2010

alan, new brighton Music and entertainment lover

Score 4.0/10
Good points:
Reviewer left no comment
Bad points:
battery life poor expensive to run on pay as you go no manual how do you cancel apps

no signal in parts of house no problem with previous phone
Overall rating 4.0
Ease of use 4.0
Features 4.0
Battery life 3.0
Design 7.0
Value for money 3.0
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Confirmed purchase: 18 Nov 2010

Confirmed purchaser Music and entertainment lover

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Apps and connectivity are good
Bad points:
Not as user friendly as I had hoped - is difficult to work out how to operate at first

Battery life is poor
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Features 10.0
Battery life 3.0
Design 9.0
Value for money 5.0
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Confirmed purchase: 17 Dec 2010

Confirmed purchaser Business or web user

Score 2.0/10
Good points:
Fairly easy to use
Bad points:
crashes when downloading signal appalling
Overall rating 2.0
Ease of use 10.0
Features 10.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 4.0
Value for money 2.0
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Confirmed purchase: 17 Aug 2010

nick, watford Music and entertainment lover

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Reviewer left no comment
Bad points:
battery
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Features 10.0
Battery life 5.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 04 Sep 2010

Val, Bellingham Basic text and chat user

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Everything
Bad points:
none that I have found
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Features 10.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 02 Sep 2010

Product Features

Operating system iOS
Screen Resolution (pixels) 480x320
Type of phone Smartphone
Shape of phone bar
3G Yes
Touchscreen or keypad Touchscreen
Connections Bluetooth
Connections WiFi
Connections USB
Extra functions Satellite navigation
Extra functions Camera
Extra functions Email
Band Quad
Horizontal resolution (Pixels) 320
Vertical resolution (Pixels) 480
Camera resolution (MegaPixels) 3
Talk time (Hours) 12
Stand-by time (Days) 12.5
Depth in cm 1.23
Height in cm 11.55
Width in cm 6.21
Memory card slot No
Autofocus Yes
Weight (g) 135
EDGE Yes
FM tuner No
MP3 playback capable Yes
HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) Yes
Java No
Release date 2009-06-19

Also known as: Apple iPhone 3G S 16GB, Apple e 3GS 16GB

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Manufacturer's Description

iPhone 3GS. Now with even more to love.
Keep applications open in the background. Organise your apps with folders. Shop for books in the iBookstore. The 8GB iPhone 3GS takes advantage of all the great features of iOS 4.

Multitask
Now you can run your favourite third-party apps — and switch between them instantly — without slowing down the performance of the foreground app or draining the battery unnecessarily. So you can listen to a football game while emailing. Or receive a VoIP call while playing a game.

Folders
Drag and drop to organise apps into folders on your Home screens and get fast access to your favourites.

iBooks
More than a full-colour ebook reader, iBooks is also an amazing place to browse and shop for books anytime you feel like it.2 It works with PDFs that you can sync using iTunes on your Mac or PC. And you can customise iBooks to suit the way you read — adjust the brightness, change the text size and more.

Phone
On iPhone, making a call is as simple as tapping a name or number. And Visual Voicemail lets you play messages in any order — just like email.

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