iPhone 3GS: The PERFECT Phone

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by superspiffy, Nov 2, 2009.

  1. superspiffy macrumors 6502a

    Feb 6, 2007
    I just traded my black 16 gb iPhone 3G for a white 32 gb 3GS and I could finally say I have the perfect phone. A++!

    Even though I loved my 3G (which is the first cell phone that I've truly enjoyed) I still couldn't give it a higher grade than an A-. It's biggest problem... it was just too slow for what it tries to do. It gets bogged down when refreshing web pages, finding directions, loading the iPod app, etc... and crashes happen a little too much. And some of the more graphic intensive games lagged too much that it really wasn't practical to play them on the 3G.

    I did jailbreak the 3G but I did not install any resource hogging apps like Backgrounder, winterboard, themes, etc. And I've heard jailbreaking in of itself wouldn't slow the phone down anyway. But I've jailbroken my 3GS with confidence and there's no slow down whatsoever. I can actually appreciate must have functions like multitasking through Backgrounder.

    The 3GS with its faster processor and doubled RAM is really what the iPhone 3G should've been (I know I know. lol) And the added magnetometer, voice control, are the icing on an already delicious :apple: cake.
  2. knoxtown macrumors 6502

    Nov 19, 2007
  3. Cask Guest

    Jul 14, 2008
    While I wouldn't go as far as calling it perfect, the 3GS is a major improvement over the original 3G, and makes it a lot more enjoyable to use. The speed differences and RAM were worth it by themselves. And while it still crashes sometimes, never as frequently as the 3G. Would have like it better screen resolution + refreshed design to go with it, but it is still an amazing phone!

    Games like DOOM Resurrection, Need for Speed or MC: Sandstorm run a lot better and smoother on the 3GS compared to the original.
  4. bbplayer5 macrumors 68030

    Apr 13, 2007
    Its def a great phone. Im just getting bored of iphones in general though :p I need to switch to something lesser to remind myself how much I miss it haha.
  5. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    I say it 90% perfect. 5% loss needing better notifications & another 5% for lack of email & sms/mms tone configuration. It's the sacrafice I'm willing to deal with since everything else is so flawless. Once apple fixes the these small little setbacks, then critics will surely have nothing valid to say.
  6. 2000m macrumors member


    Jul 17, 2008
  7. otis123 macrumors 6502a

    May 4, 2006
    i just upgraded from a 16gb 3G to a 32gb 3GS on friday, and I really can't believe the difference! no more crashes, no more battery issues, it loads webpages superfast, and best of all, the anti-grease coating! my phone no longer feels like a piece of bacon, it feels like i just cleaned it every time i use it.
  8. needthephone macrumors 6502a

    Apr 4, 2006
    I would have to say I agree.

    Best phone / mp3 player/ turn by turn gps/ internet browser/ calculator/ games console/video camera (it plays video you would not believe was taken on a phone on a 42 inch screen honestly) book reader oh and before I forget alarm clock Iv'e EVER owned.
  9. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    I sure hope it's not.

    I was looking forward to a new iPhone in 2010. That's going to be hard for Apple if this one is perfect! :)
  10. str1f3 macrumors 68000

    Aug 24, 2008
    Can't agree with that. It has some good specs but it still missing:

    -5MP camera
    -camera flash
    -higher res camera (maybe support for their new 960x540 iFrame format)

    The reason I ask for a better res for camera and video is so it can look better on the Apple TV. It's fine for the web but not for living room screens.

    As for the software, there is still a ways to go even though it's not apart of this topic. Things like multitasking, better push notification system, API for apps to communicate with each other (like editing Office email attachments).
  11. labman macrumors 604


    Jun 9, 2009
    Mich near Detroit

    higher res does not mean better a mistake often made a better sensor honestly would be preferred the sensor is vg but not in low light situations but I have seen my 3gs take better photo's then many 5gb cell phones out there. btw there is software out there that can increase the size of megapixals to anything you want I don't remember the name of the software at the moment software is pretty cool you can make a 3gs photo large enough to cover a wall. if somebody else doesn't post it I will find out what it is. if you want. btw my problems are software such as running apps in the background so I have to JB making so not perfect out of the box. ;)
  12. str1f3 macrumors 68000

    Aug 24, 2008
    I concede there are many other factors involved such as the sensor and lens but essentially all I want is the current quality with a larger size. Currently iPhone shots on a 27" HDTV look really grainy. Apple is good at providing an end to end solution. While the pictures are good for sites like flickr, it doesn't look on an Apple TV. If there is a software solution for this I'll gladly get it.

    I'd agree with your comment that it does look better than many 5MP phones such as the recently released Droid.

    All in all, though, I would say that the 3GS is fine and much of the work that needs to be done is with the OS right now because things like the PNS look like patchwork rather than a refined solution.
  13. Zedsdead185 macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2006
    Its just a shame its not available on the perfect service carrier :rolleyes:
  14. Timmbo macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2008
    It was too slow, bogged down when common and everyday tasks, crashes happened too much and intensive games weren't playable... yet you'd give it an A-?
  15. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    I agree that the 3GS is currently the best overall phone out there. However, there is *finally* going to be some notable competition this year which will hopefully prompt Apple to include some interesting new features in the next version.
  16. ctt1wbw macrumors 68000


    Jan 17, 2008
    Seaford VA
    Those are OS improvements, not physical phone improvements.
  17. lavinci macrumors 6502

    Jun 19, 2009
    I would like the home button to glow for messages haha
  18. aluren macrumors 65816

    Sep 9, 2008
    I have a 3GS and when I was checking out my friend's 3G, I could not believe just how slow it was. Even just flipping through the app pages have lag.
  19. djstarrock macrumors 6502a


    Nov 23, 2006
    UK, Scotland, Glasgow
    I have a 1st gen iPod touch how do you think I feel.
  20. iDeve1oper macrumors member

    Jul 8, 2009
    A few complaints but mostly restrictions and make Android 2.0 seem very tempting

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