What is the 3GS like on 5.0+?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by pyromaniaque, Aug 11, 2012.

  1. pyromaniaque macrumors 6502

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    My mum will be giving me her 3gs and she doesn't have iOs 5.

    I know the 3gs is a pretty quick and snappy phone in its original OS version, BUT on the latest OS, does it still run smoothly?
     
  2. Beeplance macrumors 65816

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    I have my iPhone 3GS on the latest firmware iOS 5.1.1, & I can safely tell u that the performance is very good. Notifications works very well, seldom lack in the interface & safari loads very quickly. Overall, the experience is a very decent one. However, I've heard some 3GS owners complaining about everything being very leggy & such.

    From my point of view, I strongly encourage u to update to iOS 5. Many new features that enhances the user experience!
     
  3. Xenomorph macrumors 65816

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    The iPhone 3GS running iOS 5.x is similar in performance to the iPhone 3GS running iOS 4.3.x.
     
  4. Agent-P macrumors 68030

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    When I had my 3GS, it was running 5.1.1 and I found it to run rather well. No major issues on my end. I think you should be fine upgrading. The notification centre alone makes it worth it.
     
  5. na1577 macrumors 6502a

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    Coming from a 3GS, it can be slow at times but overall it's not that bad. Performance in iOS 6 is a bit slower but still usable.
     
  6. bandofbrothers macrumors 601

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    General feelings are to set it up as a new phone to allow a clean install.
     
  7. riveting macrumors 6502

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    it should be fine, mine works fine at 5.0, i expect 6.0 would be similar, too bad the phone still sells for $375 unlocked from Apple, more expensive than Galaxy Nexus :mad: And used once can easily have all kinds of cracking problem and battery problem consider how old it is.
     
  8. Identity Fraud macrumors 6502

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    My first 3GS that I got a few months after launch was updated to every OS up to 5. It was very sluggish and I wanted to do a clean instal but never got around to it. Well, I broke my phone by dropping it and borrowed an 8Gig 3GS from a buddy who wasn't using his so I did a clean restore/instal on his. Marked improvement was noticed, still had some slow downs but not as often as I did before.
     

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