iPhone 7 versus iPhone 3GS

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by iTurbo, Dec 24, 2016.

  1. iTurbo macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2008
    I am so frustrated right now. Why, because I just fired up my iPhone 3GS from the dead and I miss it very much.

    I finally upgraded to a new iPhone 7 on launch day after the ancient iPhone 3GS failed after many many years. The touch screen stopped responding in the lower half after it was dropped. I got by with an old Samsung slider phone for a while, but that just totally sucked.

    Now that I have been using a new iPhone 7 for a few months (since launch), here are my thoughts.

    1. Even the 'regular' iPhone 7 is RIDICULOUSLY large. It requires two hands to use. I can't imagine being one of you poor souls that got the Plus model.

    2. Touch ID never worked for me. What a stupid gimmick. I finally disabled it because it never worked and now I have to put in my code with two hands because it is so large.

    3. This thing is so big that it wears out my jean pockets at work and especially because of the required Otter box case to protect my investment.

    4. What exactly is my return on investment for buying this thing in the first place?
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    Other considerations....

    If you are outside and shoveling snow, there is no way the iP7 will register your print or accessing the so called 'home' button.

    The whole Touch ID thing really burned me with this phone. I've been using Apple products since '91 but now that updating the Macintosh has become an afterthought.....well....

    I recently bought a Sony TV. It runs on Android and well, it just works.
  2. Gathomblipoob macrumors 601


    Mar 18, 2009
    Touch ID works every single time for me.
  3. iTurbo thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2008
    Basically it's been my biggest regrettable purchase of 2016. And I could have been considered an Apple fanboy long ago.
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    Touch ID has NEVER worked for me. I have tried many times going through the process with both thumbs and it never works and I eventually have to input my code. I finally disabled it entirely.
  4. Gathomblipoob macrumors 601


    Mar 18, 2009
    I remember my 3GS, and there is absolutely no comparison, in my opinion. My 7 Plus wins hands down.
  5. T5BRICK macrumors 604


    Aug 3, 2006
    If Apple hadn't released a larger phone I bet they would be losing market share at a much faster pace.

    Why didn't you just buy a SE?

    Touch ID works damn near every time for me. On the off chance it doesn't work, I just adjust my grip and try again.

    Why exactly did you buy it? The iPhone SE has been available for almost a year now. And why is a case required? I either don't use one or I have a couple of slim ones. It's a phone, not an "investment."

    What are you asking? It's a phone, not some sort of a museum piece.
  6. iTurbo thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2008
    I think firing up my old 3GS and realizing the physical size of it really made me miss it. Sure, it is way slow and runs an ancient version of iOS, but it worked so good for so many years!

    Probably the biggest selling point for me buying the new iP7 was the Touch ID. But it never worked for me. Maybe it's my fault. I work with a lot of tile, mortar, grout. Maybe I have just work down my prints so much. But it just won't work even half ass reliably for me. And the thing is freaking huge compared to the 3GS. Some of just need basic phone/texting capability and something that actually works without wearing a hole in your pocket.
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  7. Brandonjr36 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 12, 2016
    Might try to redo your finger print on the Touch ID. Maybe even add another print to it. Mine works perfect. My right hand works instantly. My left you have to push a little harder but still reads it prety quick. Touch ID works a lot better then my s7 print did.
  8. iTurbo thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2008
    I realize now that I should have gotten the SE instead. I just didn't realize how big this things have become.

    I bought it because my 3GS died and the super ancient Samsung slider phone just sucked altogether. Texting was a nightmare on that thing, but it very easy with any new smartphone.

    I work with a lot of grout, mortar, tile, drywall dust etc.....a case is very much required. And considering I spent nearly $1000 on this phone (no contract), it is very much an investment for me.
  9. Lloydbm41 macrumors 68040


    Oct 17, 2013
    Central California
    Sell it on Swappa.com and buy an SE.
  10. Relentless Power, Dec 24, 2016
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    Relentless Power macrumors P6

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I don't know what to make of this comparison. The iPhone 7 is ridiculously large? You didn't figure that before you purchased.

    Nothing personal, but your comparisons with the iPhone 7 and 3GS are outdated and unfair. The iPhone 7 wins without contest.
  11. iTurbo thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2008
    I will try to 'retrain' my iP7 to recognize my thumb prints. In my line of work, I may have eroded them too much. Maybe I'm constantly too dirty or cold for this to even work reliably though considering the new home button tech.
  12. Brandonjr36 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 12, 2016
    Let us no how it works for you.
  13. iTurbo thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2008
    Nothing personal taken, but I am invested in the iOS world, so an iPhone was the only choice. Like I said, I should have gotten the SE and would even prefer something smaller at this point. Like an iPhone Mini if that were possible.
  14. Relentless Power macrumors P6

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I owned the SE previous before my iPhone 7. Solid iPhone and will be for years.
  15. iTurbo thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2008
    I mean, surely I'm not the only one out there that needs call/text availability but all these new phones out there are just too much for me. I don't need to carry around a 'phablet' for god's sakes.

    At the time the iPhone 3GS was the 'flagship'. Nowadays, the iPhone 7 is. Drawing comparisons between the two doesn't seem to be that much of a stretch for people like me that don't see the value in upgrading phones every year.

    The Touch ID thing bothers me more than anything else. Everybody tells me that I'm doing it wrong, but at this point I feel like I was sold a lemon.
  16. SSAJ macrumors 6502

    Aug 30, 2016
    You should have bought a 5S its a great device and I recommend it to everyone
  17. iTurbo thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2008
    Hindsight is 20/20. I wish I would have gotten the SE or a 5S at this point.

    The truth as far as I can tell is that the new home button on the iP7 is a real problem if you have dirty or cold hands or eroded prints from work. As you can see I'm trying to blame myself for this and not the iP7. I'm sure Apple has a lot of brilliant engineers working on it.

    I'm not out to bitch endlessly about this, but it is a real case scenario regardless.
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    I remember way back when the iPhone first came out and Steve Jobs did the whole thing about it and mentioned it ran on OS X. It was a total lie.

    I don't want/need iOS. It has only gotten in the way. Mac OS is still a better experience in every way unless you are a dipshit kid that grew up on it.
  18. Closingracer macrumors 68020

    Jul 13, 2010
    Because he wants to complain. He just is writing this to complain for the sake of it. I had an iPhone 6 plus and now the 7 and the 7 can be done one handed at least for me. Touch ID works even better on this phone and it was pretty good on my old phone. Only "issuse" I have with my iPhone is that it's smaller but I'll get used to it.
  19. Closingracer macrumors 68020

    Jul 13, 2010
    As somebody who uses windows and Mac OS..... Mac OS is not better in every way. If you're a gamer windows is way way way better period..... Mac os simply doesn't have the support for games to make it a viable machine for gamers. It's nice they are making some games now for it but it's an afterthought.
  20. Richardlench macrumors newbie


    Jun 20, 2016
    You're right. When I didn't have a phone, I didn't have to worry about any of these problems and life was much easier. I should go back to not using a phone
  21. cwwilson macrumors 65816


    Jan 27, 2009
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Sounds like you do dirty labor which will not play well with touchID. I keep my hands respectfully clean and I've never had problems getting the sensor to work (in fact it operates pretty much flawlessly).

    If your fingertips are dirty and full of corrosion from your job than I doubt touchID will work at all as you have already seen. Even soggy tips from your fingers being wet can affect the read and cause a rejection.
  22. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Most do their homework before they buy. Had you not see the size of the 7 before you bought or did you just buy without doing any research at all. You should have returned it within the grace period.
  23. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Wow, OP doesn't make any sense.
    Supposedly touch ID does not work for him and then he complains for buying an iPhone 7 that is in fact larger than his 3GS and never bother returning it within the grace period.
    Not sure what kind of assistance he's looking for?
    Maybe do his own research before next time and test it out before he purchases. Or if he doesn't like it return it within the 14 day period.
  24. Gathomblipoob macrumors 601


    Mar 18, 2009
    Touch ID sometimes works too well. I have difficulty taking a screenshot of my lock screen! :D
  25. eyoungren, Dec 25, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 25, 2016

    eyoungren macrumors P6


    Aug 31, 2011
    Phoenix • 85037
    I have the 6s+. I had a 6+ before that. I came from the iPhone 5. I used to have the 3GS.

    Took me less than 5 minutes to get used to the plus size and even though I love my iPhone 5 I will never go back to that size. It may be too big for you, the regular 7 may be too big for you. Just because it is for you doesn't mean it is for me or anyone else.

    BTW. No matter what size I use all my phones with two hands. Not interested in paying for the damage if I drop a several hundred dollar phone because I was trying to use it with one hand when I have two hands I can use. Don't know about you but I can't afford to just buy a new phone because I'm careless.

    Stupid gimmick to you. Useful to others. I have it off on my iPhone only because it's jailbroken and I have Activator set to unlock my phone with a press of the home button. With TouchID on, it automatically unlocks my iPhone which is not what I want happening.

    I do have it on on my iPad.

    What kind of pants do you wear? I wear cargo pants and the side pocket on the left has NEVER worn out.


    Required by work? Or required by yourself because you don't believe in using an iPhone caseless?

    My own iPhone and my iPad do not have cases (and definitely not a hideous Otterbox case) and I have no dents, dings or scratchs. Screens are still perfect. It's all in how you handle it.

    Ahhhh, so you're one of those customers that buy their iDevices for investment purposes - otherwise known as "what do I get out of this for the money I paid for it". You probably sell your device to finance the next purchase.

    No problem, lots of people do that. I'm not one of them though. My wife and I keep our devices until they die. We get enjoyment out of them for what they allow us to do.

    Why do you have a several hundred dollar device in your pocket while doing manual labor?

    That's dangerous. Are you the on-call type where you always need to be prepared to get a call? When I work outside my device is inside, safe. If anyone calls or texts they can damn well wait until I come back inside. If it's an emergency they have my wife's number and my son's number.

    So, TouchID is not any consideration for me while working outside.

    Hasn't burned me yet. But then again, I'm not out in the snow trying to text people or use my phone in conditions that are hazardous to it's continued functioning.

    As far as Macs…updates aren't everything. This message is being typed in on a 2003 17" PowerBook G4 1.0Ghz with 2GB ram. I own PowerMacs and PowerBooks but only ONE MacBook Pro and it's a 2006 17" MBP 2.16Ghz with 2GB ram maxed out at 10.6 Snow Leopard. No updates for me yet I seem to not have any issues getting things done.

    I have a Sanyo plasma TV I bought a few years back. No Android or iOS. It just works too.

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