What is the 3GS like on 5.0+?


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Nov 16, 2008
Well..Ask your mother.
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?


macrumors 68000
Jul 29, 2012
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!


macrumors 68030
Dec 5, 2009
The Tri-State Area
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.


macrumors 6502a
Jan 20, 2008
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.


macrumors 6502
Mar 11, 2009
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.

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macrumors 6502
Sep 11, 2009
General feelings are to set it up as a new phone to allow a clean install.
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.