Whats the difference between the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by mrsir2009, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    I'm a long time Mac user - Been using Macs for as long as I've been using computers :)... Anyway, I'm looking to buy an iPhone now, and I'm wondering what the difference is between the iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4? And why does Apple sell them BOTH still? They haven't done that with any of their Mac products before.

  2. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040


    May 20, 2010
    Boulder, CO
    First of all, yes they have. Remember the aluminum MacBook? They sold the white one along with that.

    Casing-iPhone 3GS has a plastic casing while the iPhone 4 has a glass/stainless steel casing.
    Antenna-the iPhone 3GS has an internal antenna while the iPhone 4 has an external antenna.
    Gyro-The iPhone 4 has a gyroscope while the iPhone 3GS does not.
    Screen-The iPhone 4 has a hi-res Retina display while the iPhone 3GS does not.
    Camera-the iPhone 4 has a 5mp camera that can record in HD and has a flash. The iPhone 3GS has a 3.2mp camera without a flash.
    Processor: iPhone 4 has an Apple A4 chip while the iPhone 3GS has a 600MHz ARM Cortex A8 chip.
  3. Reach9 macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2010
    In America
    Big difference. If you're looking into buying an iPhone, you should wait 3 more months and get the iPhone 5.
    They sell both of them so people can get a cheaper alternative to the newest device. When the iPhone 5 comes out, the iPhone 4 will become the cheaper one.

    Here's a good comparison of them:
  4. Dandrews524 macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2009
    New York
    iPhone 3gs vs. iPhone 4
  5. mgmusicman94 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2008
    You forgot the front camera.
  6. mrsir2009 thread starter macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    Ah ok, it seems like the iPhone 3GS is like a MacBook while the iPhone 4 is like a MacBook Pro. Got it :D

    And yeah, I certainly will wait for the iPhone 5 - I made the mistake when buying my latest iMac and my MBP... :p
  7. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    if you can wait, get the new one that is supposed to come out around july or get the iPhone 4 at a cheaper price on that same month.

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