My review after a few hours of heavy use on my iPhone 3G with iOS 4.1

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by GodWhomIsMike, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. GodWhomIsMike macrumors 6502a

    Sep 24, 2007
    My review after a few hours of heavy use on my iPhone 3G with iOS 4.1:

    Cliff Notes: Phone is the fastest it have ever been, even faster than when it had OS 3.x!!!!

    I was very very reluctant to update to 4.1 this morning. My reasoning for doing so was this: It's already unusably slow, and barely able to run anything, so the worst that can happen is it stops working altogether.

    Well after I installed 4.1, I reboot the phone and started to use it. Now with 4.0.1, everything was scary slow - e-mail took 30+ seconds to load, web browsing took minutes to load a page and it would freeze often, the iPod took well over a minute to load, etc...

    Right now, everything is very very quick. Well, it's an iPhone 3G, so for the hardware it has - it's very quick. Text messages take about 3 seconds to load now, e-mail opens right up, web browsing is a significantly improved. The web browsing is a whole new experience compared to what I been dealing with all summer. The browser loads up in 3-5 seconds, the page doesn't try to automatically reload, browsing webpages is smooth without any freezing, and everything moves without any lagging and very fluid.

    The iPod takes about 6-10 seconds to load up fully. Not bad compared to before, when it took 45+ seconds and would crash often when it would try to load.

    Text messaging is another very smooth experience after it loads, there is no waiting after the initial application launch.

    The camera takes about 15-20 seconds to load and become ready to take a photo. A little better than before, but certainly won't be the best choice if you want to capture something very quickly.

    Switching between applications quickly is very quick, applications load within a couple of seconds, and are nothing is crashing or freezing.

    The whole UI experience is much much more fluid than before. Applications load, Mail launches quickly, text messages can be sent quickly, typing text is instantaneous without any sign of lag, all of the buttons respond the first time you press then and actually do what they were programmed to do.

    All of the horrible nightmares that came to the iPhone 3G have been completely erased with this new iOS 4.1 update. I am going to say that my phone now is actually FASTER than when it had iOS 3.x on it.

    If you have an iPhone 3G and your phone is a disaster with iOS 4.0.x, I highly highly recommend the upgrade to 4.1. It was most certainly worth the cost of losing my jailbreak and all the applications I had when downloaded when it was jailbroken.
  2. xenuprime macrumors 6502

    Aug 1, 2008
    Thank you for the in-depth review! Especially the load times and comparison to 3.x. I still have 3.1.3 and I feel a little better about updating now.
  3. MyBenz macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2010
    SF Peninsula
    Thank you for the info. For those still on the fence, I updated my 3G this morning, as well, from 3.1.3. After the disaster of initial update to 4 I downgraded back after 2 weeks so I was really reluctant to jump in again, but things looked positive. Didn't take as long, but a good 2 hours, with no glitches. Seems to be at least close to 3.1.3 on most things, but web is faster. My .02
  4. lukefinch macrumors 6502


    May 6, 2009
    South Yorkshire, England
    I updated my 3G today and i couldn't agree more. My iPhone is like an Apple product again now, it just works!
  5. GodWhomIsMike thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 24, 2007
    Even after further use, everything is still working great. No problems, slowdowns, freezing, or crashing whatsoever.
  6. Goldinboy17 macrumors 65816


    Jun 21, 2010
    San Francisco, Ca
    I agree. I was looking at buying my ten year old brother an iPhone 3G since he hates his Android MyTouch :D
    Anyways, now that I know it's usable it'll be a good phone for a ten year old without having to spend too much $. Thanks!
  7. WhatAmI macrumors 6502a


    Sep 2, 2009
    You're being way too nice to your kid brother, they are for slappin' around :p

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