iOS 4 and iPhone 3G: Worst combination ever.

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by dotdotdot, Jun 27, 2010.

  1. dotdotdot macrumors 68020

    Jan 23, 2005
    Why is iOS 4 the worst possible thing I could have done to my iPhone? I went from having a quick, cool and slick iPhone 3G to a slow, buggy and annoying one.

    It takes me 10 seconds to load text messages and I miss calls because when people call and I slide the slider, it takes a few seconds to register. Apps frequently crash, and if they don't crash they run incredibly slow. I was listening to a song on the radio and tried to use the app Shazam to figure out what it was, and the song was literally on for a minute but Shazam was too slow to record the 10-second clip it needs. Thus, I hate my iPhone 3G now.

    Is there anything I can do to speed up my iPhone? Or if I were to downgrade (if this is even possible) can I keep all my texts and stuff?
  2. omizzle macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2009
    i think they should have just made it so 3Gs couldnt upgrade
  3. yanki01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 28, 2009
    yea i agree, my mom has the 3G and her's was already slow, now it seems slower. maybe its just me comming from the 3GS for a year and now the iPhone 4? it should of only been for the 3GS and iPhone 4.

    off topic, i have an iPhone 3GS for sale if your ready for an upgrade? :D
  4. JackSpearo macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2008
    I am in the same boat you are in dotdotdot...

    They want us to hate our 3g so we will go out and get a new iphone 4... haha...

    which is what I'm going to do when the white one is available!

    anyways, is there any way we can downgrade?
  5. stphnman20 macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    Yea mine is really slow as heck! I have to turn it off every once in a while for it to act right. gimme a break!
  6. trekkie604 macrumors 65816


    Feb 25, 2008
    Vancouver, Canada
    Yeah, to reply to an SMS it lags like crazy... iPhone 4 can't launch soon enough up here in Canada.
  7. Figbash Acrobat macrumors 6502a

    Figbash Acrobat

    Apr 15, 2009
    :mad: Same results here. In fact, I suspected this might be the case so before I upgraded I went on a similar thread to ask about the performance. Sure enough, several people said that their 3G was significantly quicker with iOS4!

    MAYBE the transitions between some screens is quicker, slightly more responsive. But most of the time the data (yes, especially with SMS) loads either much slower or after a delay that basically makes what responsiveness improvements a moot point. And yes, it's way buggier with iOS4 and extremely annoying.

    Sad. I should've known better. Good thing I'm going to get the new phone, but I feel bad for my girl, since she's getting this hand me down that would've been better off with 3.1.3 or whatever was on there. Poor girl, it will be her first iPhone and I'm currently trying to convince her to at least upgrade to a 3GS if not iPhone 4.
  8. nickspohn macrumors 68040


    Jun 9, 2007
    The 3G lagged with 3.0. I have a 3G in my hands and I was comparing it to the speeds of loading a page in Safari on WiFi. You guys need to sell those things and upgrade when you can! They have come a long way in 2 years :D.
  9. imac9556 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 12, 2004
  10. dotdotdot thread starter macrumors 68020

    Jan 23, 2005
    That looks like a cool option, but I can't restore anything from 4.0.

    I havent deleted my text messages since I got my iPhone two years ago, and have gotten quite a few since the upgrade to 4.0. I also took pictures and changed my email settings (and a few others) since the upgrade. I guess I'll deal with sluggish and instable for another few weeks until the white iPhone 4.

    Thanks for the link though!
  11. Sloppy Joe macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2010
    I have an 8GB 3g and it's definitely slower to load apps and lags a bit, but it's not TOO bad (yet). Another thing I noticed that actually bothered me more is that my capacity (as listed in Settings) went down from 7.1 GB to 6.9 GB. At first I thought maybe it was because iOS 4 just requires more space, but that should only affect the available space, not the capacity. And is it really 200 MB bigger than OS 3.1? It sucks because I was already pretty close to capacity, and now I'm really at redline.
  12. rjschanz macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2010
    I also have the 3G and the new system runs very slow. It was never slow before. I wish I read the forums before "upgrading". Very dissapointed in Apple for this sub-standard product.
  13. ndpitch macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2010
    Most people I talked to had problems when upgrading to iOS4 on a 3G. Try doing a restore and starting fresh with iOS4 (no backup restores).

    Some people say starting fresh is a pain, but I started fresh on my iPhone4 and it took maybe an hour or 2 to get everything to where I wanted in terms of settings. I lost text messages and game saves, but do you really need all of those?
  14. BeckyG macrumors member


    Mar 24, 2010
    Lehigh Valley, PA
    I downgraded

    My 3G was incredibly slow/quirky after I did the GM thing. So, I followed the directions on the site you provided and now my phone is back to normal and all of my old pictures, text messages, and important apps with data (iPeriod especially!) are back too. I feel like myself again. :)
  15. acfusion29 macrumors 68040


    Nov 8, 2007
    you don't need to have all those texts.

    as for pictures, those can be saved back to your computer, and resynced with the phone if that necessary.

    email can be reconfigured in a few minutes.
  16. Razeus macrumors 603

    Jul 11, 2008
    Yep. I upgraded my girl's 3G to iOS 4. Now it's a piece of crap. She only had it since Christmas. I'm taking it to the Apple store to see if they can put it back to 3.1.3. iOS 4 SHOULD NOT be able to upgrade on a 3G.
  17. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    This is why I didn't upgrade mine. Geez, if I could, I would probably revert back to the final version of iOS 2.
  18. VenusianSky macrumors 65816


    Aug 28, 2008
    My 3G isn't really any more slow with 4 than it was with 3.x. It was slow then and is slow now. Only a couple more weeks, hopefully, for white iPhone 4. My 3G will then become an iPod/backup phone.
  19. yegon macrumors 68030

    Oct 20, 2007
    Before getting the 4 I ran 4.0 on my old 3G for a week, fresh install ran like an utter turd, sluggish as hell, lock screen lagged, iPod took almost 10 seconds to load, and it was generally unstable. I've sold it now, but if I'd had to keep it I would downgraded at the first opportunity. Tbh, I didn't realise how slow 3.1.3 was till I got an iPad, 4.0 made it far worse.
  20. xqb4dpx macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2010
    So true. iOS 3 already stabbed a piece of the 3G.
  21. CP1091 macrumors regular


    Aug 28, 2007
    I get so many typos now cause the lag is so bad! Frustrating! Patiently awaiting "Prepared for Shipment" to change to "Shipped"
  22. TurdFerguson macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2009
    I did a full restore 'start new iPhone' style and my
    3G got faster! you just need to clean the crap out of it. Upload photos to your computer then resync them via iPhoto. Get rid of old texts and any old junk data hiding in the depths of your phone. I had jailbroke mine a few times and I know when I did a restore from backup it didn't clear out all the JB data.
  23. Applepi macrumors 6502a


    Aug 15, 2007
    Was having lagging and battery display issues after upgrading my gf's 3G. Took it to the Apple Store yesterday and they just said it was a bad batch of 4.0 and restored it. Seems to be working fine.
  24. Vertigo50 macrumors 65816


    Apr 11, 2007
    I love the progression of these things, and how Apple can't win no matter what they do.

    When they announced IOS4, and that the 3G wouldn't get multi-tasking, everyone was up in arms about it. Everyone said Apple was just crippling the 3G to force an upgrade.

    Now, without even including multi-tasking, the 3G is STILL not able to handle IOS4, and everyone accuses Apple of purposely making it run slow on the 3G to force an upgrade.

    Has it occurred to any of these people that maybe Apple actually knew what the hell they were talking about to begin with?

    Given that IOS4 runs very well on the 3GS, and lightning-fast on the iPhone 4, I don't really think it's the software. The 3G is just too old and too slow to keep up now.
  25. Telecacher macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2010
    Not arguing it isn't old. But my Jailbroken 3G, running 3.1.2, multitasks just fine.

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