Product Review: iPhone 3GS

When the first iPhone hit the streets a few years ago, it took everyone by storm. Finally consumers could wield the hand held device made to customize for our own liking. It was an iPod and a phone, it introduced us to the concept of the App Store and it gave us the ability to use a Mac operating system using a touch screen. Everything seemed peachy for a few months; then came the criticisms. It was too slow, applications would crash, iPhones were over heating and the complaints began to pile up. So, like all Apple products, the creators of the iPhone listened and early last year released the iPhone 3GS. The more powerful, faster and crisper iPhone seemed to calm everyone down for a while and up until about a month ago, everything was peachy again. If you’re thinking of picking up an iPhone 3GS, there are some good points and bad points to watch out for.

Give It A Chance Because…

Everything about  the iPhone 3GS is based on the low performance rate of the first iterations of the iPhone. The faster processing speed allows you to open applications a lot faster than before and experience them on a crisper screen. The touch-technology hasn’t changed much from the original, but the faster processor results in a better response time (although barely noticeable). The iPhone 3GS comes with a built-in video camera that allows you to shoot, clip and share videos via email and SMS. The camera has improved to 3-mega pixels and comes equipped with an auto-zoom feature that comes in very handy. But overall, the iPhone 3GS‘s main benefit is speed and performance. Where the original iPhone was too slow, the iPhone 3GS is much faster.

Not Entirely Worth It Because…

Although the iPhone 3GS is literally faster than any other iPhone, speed might not be your deciding factor. The great thing about the original iPhone is that most applications can still be installed so the functionality of the original and the 3GS really doesn’t differ. The price difference may not look too bad (the regular iPhone goes for $99 while the 3GS goes for $199), but in the end, the 3GS really isn’t twice as good as the original. Finally, and this will probably swing your decision greatly, is this. The iPhone 4G is coming and it is a drastic improvement from the 3GS. Not only will the speed of programs improve, but the iPhone has been redesigned aesthetically to include a front facing camera enabling video chat and new flat-back and aluminum siding. Although launch dates have not been released, just knowing what is to come will probably sway your decision.

Base Your Verdict On…

The iPhone 3GS is the best and most powerful iPhone on the market right now. With a major update to the hardware coming this Summer, the 3GS will remain to be the best iPhone option for at least a little while. The price is no longer astronomical and at the end of the day, there isn’t a ton wrong with the phone. The only decision you’ll need to make is deciding, “how long is too long to wait for the 4G?”