why buy a 3gs over 3g

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by tim2006, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. tim2006 macrumors 6502

    Jan 18, 2006
    my iphone is all beat-up. i was planning on getting a new one but waited for the announcement. i have a black 3g. why should i buy a 3gs over just another 3g. the 3g is cheaper. are there any design differences like a matte back? i understand the 3gs is faster, faster doing what? 3g is already fast and at home on wifi my phone is as fast as my macbook pro. I don't care about video. what are the other differences?
  2. peteryan7hao macrumors regular


    Jun 20, 2008
    I would buy it for its video camera and voice control

    But Im not going to because Ive got iPhone 3G already... cut&paste is all I need anyway
  3. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    Wirelessly posted (iPod touch 32GB: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_0 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/528.18 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile/7A341 Safari/528.16)

    Apart from video, the other differences are faster processor, longer battery life, voice control, compass, better camera, full support for the in ear headphones and autofocus

    also, the 3g will now only come as 8gb: if you want more storage space you need the 3GS

    there are no external differences
  4. nerdish macrumors regular

    Jan 28, 2009
    Manchester, UK
    I dont really see the benefit, its only worth upgrading if your contract is up!
  5. stockcerts macrumors 65816

    Jun 29, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
    I was hoping to get the new phone, but I'm not eligible for the full subsidized price until December. It's just not worth paying the extra couple hundred dollars for the new changes, only to have another IPhone released six months later from December. Potentially this will have me looking at other smart phones when my contract is up.
  6. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    The camera and the speed is tempting but there's really no other features that would tempt me to plunk down 399 for the phone. To be honest, if I had the opportunity to buy it at 299 I'd still wonder if I should.

    Now if I wasn't an iPhone owner then it would be a no-brainer to buy it, but the delta between the 3G and 3Gs isn't that great.
  7. Gathomblipoob macrumors 601


    Mar 18, 2009
  8. nfl46 macrumors 604

    Oct 5, 2008
    For the people who are eligible for the 399/499 price, just sell your current iPhone on eBay and use that money towards the new one. :D
  9. needthephone macrumors 6502a

    Apr 4, 2006
    If I didn't have a 3g I would definetly go for the 32G 3g S.

    But there is not enough to tempt me away from my 9 mnth old 3g so I'll wait until next year for the 4G.
  10. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    This is the primary difference, the speed bump is on a much higher order than the small speed bump the 2g iPod Touch received, this will make a difference in every aspect of the phone being faster. I am quite curious to see what the actual specs are, but I am guessing along with a new processor they also bumped up the ram.

    The other reason I am going for a 3GS is the camera, I have an HTC Touch right now with a 2MP camera that is half decent, but the new iPhones camera has autofocus and touch to focus which is very nice to have. I usually don't use my phones camera as it is painfully slow but I am hoping the iPhone's is quite a bit better. According to Engadget the Pre had a nice responsive camera so I am hoping Apple gives us similar.

    The video recording/cutting is nice also. And voice control. If I had a 3G I would definitely wait it out till next year because of the higher price, plus Apple will probably come out with something better....
  11. matttye macrumors 601

    Mar 25, 2009
    Lincoln, England
    The faster processor will make everything run more smoothly - including the rendering of web pages.
  12. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    At this point I am considering allowing AT&T to keep me as their whipping girl for two more years because of the processor upgrade. I didn't expect that they'd really give a damn how it ran, just that it did. Otherwise, I'm fairly ok without it all.

    I have no plans to unlock so AT&T will continue to get my cash and not give us simple features (MMS) because they're incapable of actually turning a switch on.

    I have to think about it and I have some time because I believe I am not eligible until 9/30/09.
  13. aneftp macrumors 601

    Jul 28, 2007
    Exactly. That's what I just did last night. I am supposely guaranteed 2 new iPhone 3G S 16GB (one for me and one for my wife).

    I just sold my 16GB iPhone 3G for $420. I can probably sell my wife's 16GB as soon as she gets her new iPhone 3G S (my wife can't live without her iphone...I have a G1 and a BB Bold as my "backup" phones).

    Essentially I am breaking even with selling the older iPhone 3g and upgrading to new iPhone 3G S.

    I have to pay $399 for "early upgrade" But I just figure, I am getting a new phone with new 1 year warranty and it's really not costing me any money. Sure I would have like to get the full subsidized price but it's not big deal. I'm out very little cash with the trade in. I don't plan on leaving ATT anytime soon so renewing my contract another 2 years is not bothering me.
  14. iKieran macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2009
    I am still not sure whether to upgrade or not, only things that make me want to get one is the new 3.2mp camera with autofocus and video recording and voice control. I don't think the iPhone 3g is that slow in performance really

    I am hoping they will release voice control on a later version of 3.0 software for 3g
  15. Goona macrumors 68020


    Mar 11, 2009
    People were saying the same thing over the first iphone and the 3g but yet people gobbled up the 3g.
  16. dornoforpyros macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2004
    Calgary, AB
    I think people need to realize that with the iPhone apple doesn't expect you to upgrade every single year. Just to play nice with the carriers they'll provide minor updates every year and maybe "big" updates every 2 years (aka: the length of a contract everywhere except canada). So this year there isn't a lot to entice people to upgrade and renew their contracts, but maybe next year?

    I mean do you really need a new phone every year? Or should the life of your iPhone last at least 2 years?

    Just my 2cents on the matter.
  17. vivithemage macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2008
    Isn't the 3GS much much quicker , and better battery life?
  18. John T macrumors 68020

    John T

    Mar 18, 2006
    Absolutely! - Unless of course you are a "technoposer" who has to show off his latest bit if kit and "keep up with the latest technology" or a school kid, who, as the result of peer pressure, has to maintain his stature with his mates. ;) :D
  19. coma macrumors newbie

    Dec 9, 2006
    are you still able to buy an iphone off the shelf without a contract in the usa? i did that with the iphone 2g as i live outside the usa.
  20. Razeus macrumors 603

    Jul 11, 2008
    coming from an 8GB Gen 1:

    Video camera and recording
    3MP camera with auto focus, auto exposure, auto white balance, macro-mode
    Larger capacity
    Faster CPU
    More RAM
    Voice Control
    7.2Mbps 3G speeds
    improved battery life
    new screen to reduce oil and finger prints
  21. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    I'm in for the faster processor, more ram, more storage, better battery life, and better camera.
  22. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    And what if you want the things that the new device offers and you can afford it?
  23. UbuntuFu macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2007
    I still have the original 8gb iPhone, which I bought in Oct 07.

    The screen is starting to develop a white blob in the upper right corner. I like the design of this phone better, so I was disappointed that they kept the 3g design.

    I'm not a fan of the $15 increase a month though, but I just pre ordered a 32gb.
  24. Gamst macrumors regular


    Jun 29, 2008
    Manchester, U.K.
    Razeus, I stole your list to make some points, hope you don't mind? :)

    Video camera and recording - If the quality is like that shown on the keynote, it'll be great. Especially being able to upload it to youtube, mobileme etc in a push of a button.

    3MP camera with auto focus, auto exposure, auto white balance, macro-mode - Better pictures obviously. Auto focus will enable apps such as ShopSavvy to work (which is a great little app if you've never tried it on a G1) Macro mode will be usefull.

    Larger capacity - Obvious again, the more space the better! No need to trim your collection as much for your iPhone.

    Compass - Should improve maps a LOT. Also since it knows the direction you are pointing, could open up all sorts of possibilities for apps! Imagine a city guide, that can tell you what you are looking at and tell you more details/information!

    Faster CPU - will speed up the general use of the device and maybe enable more CPU intensive games to run. Though by having 3GS only apps, they may alienate 3G/1st Users.

    More RAM - As above. Very useful if you plan to jailbreak(should it be possible!) and want to use backgrounder.

    Voice Control - Sounds more of a gimmick to me, will impress your mates/family :)

    7.2Mbps 3G speeds - Excellent it available, don't hold your breath if you are on o2 and not in London though!

    improved battery life - Big plus in my opinion! My 3G rarely makes it through a day of heavy use.

    new screen to reduce oil and finger prints - less fingerprints?! Sounds very good to me! Where's my cloth for wiping my 3G again!?
  25. stevepeck macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2008
    Wow as it a compass? really...well lm throwing my 3G in the bin and going to pre order a 3GS.
    How do people manage to live without a compass on there mobile phone beats me.

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