IPhone 3GS vs iPhone 4 (designwise)

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Reventon16, Aug 1, 2010.


Which design would u pick?

Poll closed Sep 3, 2010.
  1. 3GS design

    5 vote(s)
  2. 4 Design

    26 vote(s)
  1. Reventon16 macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2010
    If apple release didn't release the 3G, 3GS, and the 4 and on 2011 they release two phones with same features but different design. Which 1 would u pic the 1 with 3GS design or the 1 with iPhone 4 design? I would pick the 1 with the 3GS design.

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  2. toxictrix macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2009
    3GS if the new one still had the antenna issue.
  3. murdercitydevil macrumors 68000


    Feb 23, 2010
    4 all the way. By same features I assume you mean same antenna performance, so definitely the 4.
  4. HXGuy macrumors 68000

    Mar 25, 2010
    Visually the design of the 4 is much better, just looks more modern and up to date. The 3GS looks outdated and cheaper by comparison.

    However, in actually using the phone...not just looking at it...the 3GS is much more comfortable to hold. The rounded edges just fit your hand better. I find the 4 digs into you hand and even into your ear a bit, not a lot, but just noticeable enough if you are using the phone for a while.
  5. Mjmar macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2008
    The iPhone 4 is nicer to look at, and the 3GS is nicer to hold. I'd definitely take a 3GS design if it had all the 4's features.
  6. Reventon16 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2010
    the antenna performance wont be on the 3gs cuz of the disign and thats not a design thats an issue.
  7. whocaresit macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2010
  8. Pillar macrumors 6502


    May 25, 2010
  9. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

    Compile 'em all

    Apr 6, 2005
    The 3Gs looks prehistoric next to the iPhone 4, and I have both. If anything the iPhone 4 resembles more the original iPhone which was way way better than the 3G and 3GS.
  10. UCLAKoolman macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2010
    4. 3GS looks like a cheaper, fatter plastic toy in comparison.
  11. maddux2005 macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2010
    IPhone 4 all the way. My old 3G feels cheap and plastic now. (cuz it is)

    The iPhone 4 looks and feels amazing! And performs even better then it looks/feels!!
  12. mad-dog-one macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2009
    I prefer everything about the 4 over the 3GS, except the color. My 3GS is elegant white.
  13. nonocei macrumors member

    Oct 3, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    No. Not really.

    I loved my 3GS, but the 4 just looks and feels a bit more "high end" to me.
  14. iSaxon macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2010
    Pittsburgh, PA
  15. JonBook Pro macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2010
    I avoided the iPhone 3G and 3GS because of the plastic material. So naturally, I do prefer the iPhone 4 - design wise.

    Not sure about durability.
  16. iZac macrumors 68000


    Apr 28, 2003
    Technically the 3G/S is a more ergonomic design, the rounded back leaves much less opportunity for sharp corners. Furthermore, you could perhaps argue that since there are less sharp corners, the device is more capable of withstanding a knock to the corner since its more rounded and could spread the hit over a larger surface area.

    However (and obviously this is a subjective question and many subjective answers):

    I prefer the iPhone 4, because to me...

    Its functionally much more efficient, no rounded back means circuit boards and batteries can be more efficiently juggled around. Its a nice step toward functionalism dictating the ergonomics. (Incidentally I loved the original iPod whose shape was dictated by its main component (i.e. a 1.8" hd) and all the components were layered up like a sandwich, defined by that principle component) The sacrifice of ergonomics in hand (roundy) is one I'm willing to make for the more clinical, straight lines of the iPhone 4

    The bezel! no more chrome! ever! please!

    Dare I say the concept of the antenna providing major structural support and providing a secondary function is absolutely brilliant (if it worked)

    The inclusion of more machined, metal parts gives it a much more precise feel than the plastic shell surrounding the 3G/S and lest we forget the hairline crack problem of those plastic shells that we suffer from to this very day!
  17. itsmemuffins macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2010
    If all things being equal I would choose the iP4.

    If all things not being equal I would still choose the iP4.:cool:
  18. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
  19. thaddeusbear macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2010
    I still have an original, my kids have our 3Gs. Wife and I now have ip4. The latest has the best design.
  20. ddavid macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2008
    I LOVE how the black line on the bottom of the iPhone 4 visually balances out the volume buttons!

    I like the iPhone 4 design better but the 3Gs feels really good in your hands.
  21. whocaresit macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2010
    Sure, it does have the best design, although only cosmetically.
  22. helloimD4NNY macrumors regular

    Aug 15, 2009
    Las Vegas, NV
    I think the 3GS looks better, but the 4 feels better. Also, the 4 is also a fingerprint magnet(the back side) compared to the 3GS.

    I'd probably pick the 4 design because it is more distinguished from the 2G than the 3GS.
  23. extraextra macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2006
    I love the way the iPhone 4 looks but I would probably choose the 3GS. 1) It feels better 2) Less fragile
  24. nishishei macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2005
    I don't get Apple's fetish with Asian women in all of their marketing ads. And the Asian woman is always talking to some dorky white dude.


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