Apple iPhone 3GS Reviewed

At a Glance

Performance enhancements distinguish the otherwise evolutionary step-up iPhone 3GS from its previous iterations.

Price when rated: $299 (with two-year contract); varies for other levels of AT&T contract commitment; $699 (no commitment)

Pros

  • Bright, high-quality fingerprint-resistant touchscreen
  • Faster processor improves performance Improved camera with video recording
  • Built-in GPS and compass
  • Decent autofocus camera with SD video capability
  • Extremely fast and responsive
  • Large amount of internal storage
  • All the new features of iPhone OS 3.0 Software Update
  • Voice control for phone dialing and music

Cons

  • Battery life still disappoints Still no true multitasking
  • Onboard video trimming is destructive
  • Requires two-year commitment to AT&T Wireless for lowest prices
  • Soft-looking video
  • Voice Control lacks some polish
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At a Glance

Third-generation Apple mobile phone

Price when rated: $199 (with two-year contract); varies for other levels of AT&T contract commitment; $599 (no commitment)

Pros

  • Bright, high-quality fingerprint-resistant touchscreen
  • Built-in GPS and compass
  • Decent autofocus camera with SD video capability
  • Extremely fast and responsive
  • All the new features of iPhone OS 3.0 Software Update
  • Voice control for phone dialing and music

Cons

  • Onboard video trimming is destructive
  • Requires two-year commitment to AT&T Wireless for lowest prices
  • Soft-looking video
  • Voice Control lacks some polish
 Compare

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