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Old Nov 16, 2012, 12:17 AM   #1
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Anyone else think the iphone 3G/3GS had the best shape?

Dear Macrumors community, as I debate whether or not to upgrade to the iphone 5 or 4S, I have come to a realization: the iphone 3g, even though lacking in features, had the most pleasing shape to hold. Smooth like some pebble you find on a beach and easy to hold as you spoke on the phone. I came across a 3g and like the shape so much, i wish I could get a 4s and find some case that would make it look like a 3gs.... Am I just crazy or is this a view shared by others?
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 12:22 AM   #2
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I liked the 3GS. The square-ness of our phones now feels more premium , but less comfortable to hold for long amounts of time in my opinion.
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 12:25 AM   #3
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Yeah I think so too. I'm still using my 3GS & I love the curve body design. Sometimes I wish Apple could put a A5/A6 chip inside together with a retina display & 8 MP camera. That will be an ideal phone for me. But most iPhone 5 users will feel the 3GS to be very heavy, I guess, cos its quite bulky.
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 12:37 AM   #4
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I don't think so.
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 12:57 AM   #5
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It may be the most pleasant shape to hold but felt plasticky and cheap, unlike the 4/4S and 5.
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 02:25 AM   #6
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Yeah I think so too. I'm still using my 3GS & I love the curve body design. Sometimes I wish Apple could put a A5/A6 chip inside together with a retina display & 8 MP camera. That will be an ideal phone for me. But most iPhone 5 users will feel the 3GS to be very heavy, I guess, cos its quite bulky.
I have felt this way since the beginning.

I'll even settle for the 3.5 inch screen.

What I'd do for a 3GS with an A6 processor, 8mp camera, retina display, Siri, iMessage, iOS 6, bigger battery life.
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 06:27 AM   #7
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For looks:
The elegant design of the 4/4S/5.

For everyday use such as holding the phone for long periods of time:
The more ergonomic design of the 3G/3GS

Just my opinion
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 06:35 AM   #8
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 06:37 AM   #9
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I liked the shape of the 3g/3gs, but it wasn't the best. I still say the first gen iPhone had the best shape.
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 06:40 AM   #10
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First gen iPhone>* but I love the iPhone 5 form factor.
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 07:10 AM   #11
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I don't see a phone being uncomfortable regardless of shape. I however think the 3g/3gs should be wiped from the books forever. Fugly phone IMHO.
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 07:36 AM   #12
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First gen iPhone>* but I love the iPhone 5 form factor.
Yeah come to think of it, the original iPhone 2G has the best shape, even thinner than the 3G/3GS.
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 07:49 AM   #13
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Posting from the original. Still the best ever looking phone, and so comfortable to hold. The 3g(s) might be comfortable too but the plastic felt cheap. I get new phones from IT every 6 months, but I always come back to this, despite being stuck at 3.2.

Apart from the amazing engineering the 4-5 fail to impress; never liked the looks of them and they have a non-inviting shape for a hand held.
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 08:21 AM   #14
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I tolerated, but never really liked the 3G/3GS shape and design. It definitely had a cheap feel to it especially coming from the original iPhone which felt way more sturdy, but it was a step up and provided 3G data, so I went along with it.

The 4 design and the 5 though, I think are way better. haven't really noticed a problem with holding it for phone calls. Then gain, I've always preferred using a headset or headphones if the call is going to be a long one.
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 10:21 AM   #15
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Posting from the original. Still the best ever looking phone, and so comfortable to hold. The 3g(s) might be comfortable too but the plastic felt cheap. I get new phones from IT every 6 months, but I always come back to this, despite being stuck at 3.2.

Apart from the amazing engineering the 4-5 fail to impress; never liked the looks of them and they have a non-inviting shape for a hand held.
Love the original. Still have mine. But edge is too painful these days, and no multitasking on iOS 3 is a killer.
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 11:07 AM   #16
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Wife & I have 3GS and love the shape & Comfort. Son has the 5, real nice looking but feels funny in hands. Not saying I could not get use to it in time though. But as long as 3GS does everything I need it to, will keep with it. Wouldn't even consider 4 or 4S. Just to square & bulky for us with smaller hands.
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 11:22 AM   #17
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3GS was comfortable to hold that's true, although I do like the shape of my iPhone 4, as its square shape allows me to stand it on its end on my desk and keep an eye on who's calling, whereas with the 3GS I had to prop that up on something...
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 12:04 PM   #18
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I liked the comfort of the 3GS, but it was a fat little porker.
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 01:41 PM   #19
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I prefer the wider width of the 3G/3GS. I find the 4's and 5 too narrow.
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 02:16 PM   #20
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The two-step design of my droid incredible 2 was probably the most comfortable phone I've had. It had the perfect place for my fingers/palm to hold it while maintaining solid grip of the phone.

The matte plastic back was also extremely durable and grippy. I went naked with that phone and it still looks new after 2 years.

I personally think the original iPhone is still my favorite. I don't mind a little heft with my mobile devices. My iPhone 5 (which I love) feels like a very fragile device.
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 03:17 PM   #21
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I prefer the wider width of the 3G/3GS. I find the 4's and 5 too narrow.
I bet when they re-design it in two years (iPhone 6), they'll shrink the wasted space above and below the screen and make it wider like the 3G/3GS, essentially upping the screen size while maintaining the overall size.
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 03:25 PM   #22
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Am I just crazy or is this a view shared by others?
A little from column A...

Seriously, though, does it matter? Your preference is your preference. You don't need others to justify it.

See also:
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1005277
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1203481
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1238269
...and so on.
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 04:48 PM   #23
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Hats off to you sir....

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Posting from the original. Still the best ever looking phone, and so comfortable to hold. The 3g(s) might be comfortable too but the plastic felt cheap. I get new phones from IT every 6 months, but I always come back to this, despite being stuck at 3.2.

Apart from the amazing engineering the 4-5 fail to impress; never liked the looks of them and they have a non-inviting shape for a hand held.
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 06:04 PM   #24
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I think it is, I'd love to have a 3G-shaped iPhone 5 with the two tones & the anodized back in the round-shape the 3G(s) has.
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