The iPhone 3GS in 2018 real review

In this day and age, smartphones are the hype of many including the iPhone. This ranges from screen size, camera quality, processing power, battery life and the list goes on from one manufacturer to the other. Most of the time, people tend to be greedy, not being satisfied or content with what they currently have. That being said, I decided to take a trip down memory lane and do a quick review on what was once considered the greatest smartphone of that time.

This is the iPhone 3GS quick review in 2018.iPhone

Isn’t it a beauty? In all honesty, and this might be a subjective comment but smartphones back in the day had character. Nowadays, it’s all about who fires up the first design, and a few others just copy and place their own spin, just by changing the position of the camera, antenna lines or whatever.

Back in 2009 when this was first released, it was the talk of the town. It’s like, the mass population of the planet had an elite group, and if you’re not using an iPhone, you’re not part of it. This, of course, was still very subjective, since the vast majority of people (at least from where I’m from) was still using semi-smartphones that still revolves around keypads, or resistive touchscreen phones, in other words, the early implementations of Android.

So what exactly does this diamond in the rough actually offer? I know, I know, in today’s standards, the specifications of this device won’t exactly reach even the value of an entry-level Android device, but for its purpose, this can still do wonders.

For instance, if you look closely, it doesn’t have those cartoony looking icons of what iOS is known for by today’s standards. Despite the small screen, the colors and image are crisp and soothing to look at, unlike others that are quite saturated or giving you eye-strain after a period of time. Another thing to mention is how classy the icons look, it’s true that you can easily install icon packs on your Android device, but not having to go to that extent, is always a fine choice.


The one thing that most people love about the early versions of iOS and iPhones, in general, is the elegant and sophisticated looking keyboard. Typing on this device was just a rather stellar experience, and coming from an Android user, this was lightyears ahead.

Aside from the design and UI of the device, it also comes with the following features, which may not be as much, but innovation is still innovation, and back in 2009, who’s to complain?

A 3.15 MP shooter with a f/2.8 aperture, and autofocus. This may not sound as much, but back in the day, if your phone’s camera is anything higher than 2 MP, you’re phone was already considered high-end. This also comes with auto-focus which is always a nice addition and can record 480p videos.

The screen on this device is sized at 3.5″, which by today’s standards is very small, even smaller than the iPhone 4s. Back then, however, this was already considered the standards, and you’re using a device that’s way bigger than this, you’d be considered weird.

It was actually cool that they had implemented the use of Gorilla glass, which is basically a hardened layer of glass covering the actual panel of the display. This basically helps protect your phone’s display getting scratched up easily. Compared to its rivals, This was an easy win, as most counterparts would simply use a plastic layer.

The battery on this jewel is relatively big considering it’s size, a 1,220 mAh Lithium-ion battery. On an average use, this thing, despite its size could actually last a day of regular use, not bad for a dated piece of tech.

Here’s the most interesting part, the cost. By today’s standards of what iPhones are being priced at, believe it or not, back in 2009 an iPhone 3GS costs around roughly 39,000 pesos (38,850). That’s actually in between the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 plus’s price, and despite the course of time of evolution, that price has stuck in that same range, interesting isn’t it? šŸ™‚

Now, I’m not saying “go buy an iPhone 3GS if you can”, given as to how much evolution has taken place, this wouldn’t be a good purchase in 2018 unless you plan on keeping this as a collector’s item. However, I’m not saying that this device is worthless either, you can still use this as a regular go-to device for your basic communication, music listening sessions and probably the occasional movie watching and social media, but nothing more.

This was indeed one of the greats back in 2009 and is still considered a legend, and if you happen to have one, don’t just throw it away, it’s always nice to keep things that shook the planet as this can serve as a memory, and not just a dated piece of technology.

If by any chance you’re considering that thought of getting one though, it’s gonna be a big challenge finding one brand new, but should you accept this challenge, and managed to find one, especially if it’s in mint condition, or at least all functions working? That’s gonna be one awesome story to share with your future generations and as to how Apple made an impact in our society.

Thank you for checking out my quick review of the iPhone 3GS in 2018.




  • i had the iphone 3! and man was i famous. šŸ˜…šŸ˜…

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  • Is it worth buying one for 20$ now because I have plenty of speaker docks that use the 30 pin cable and there is a phone aux on them but none of them seem to work so I think this is the only one that will work

    • Honestly, it’s really up to you. Some prefer to use the older versions of the iPhone simply because the sound quality of an iPhone regardless of the model is superb, at least when plugged into an external speaker. So it really depends, if you have one lying around then yes it’s a good device to have, but if you’re planning to buy one, you may consider getting a 4/4s so that the performance is relatively better, and the storage segment is bigger, just make sure it’s not updated to 9.5 otherwise it’s gonna be super sluggish.

  • If I get a 3gs will some apps be supported or is it best for me to get a 4 or 4s

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  • Good review. I bought a mint 3GS 16Gb on ebay for GBP20 for use at the beach and such. What a great little phone. I still love the early ios icons, the camera is Ok for casual snapping and its so easy to use, compact too. I have a payg sim and yes it is a very good device for making phone calls. Imessage works well as does vanilla sms. Lasts for 2 days plus on one charge. I can see why it was such a must have phone back in the day.

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