Read: "I have no money to upgrade."
He doesn't compare it to anything else. Possibly because he can't. Sorry, just a dumb column. Reminds me of a writer profile segment on television where the subject argues that he still uses a typewriter because the physical manipulation of the key's is 'writing.' It's interesting in the same way that odd things are interesting.
All of the points he's stating make perfect sense... given that he has nothing to compare it to. The 3Gs was my first smartphone too and I was also using one in October 2013 (when this article was written), but having since moved on to the 5s and currently 6, picking up a 3Gs again (I still have a working one in my drawer) it's a joke compared to modern devices. The tiny screen combined with the low resolution is not good.
The point of this wasnt to compare it to anything, it's to merely show my appreciation for such a good device. You are entitled to your opinions, of course. But you're all taking this out of context.
You feel compelled to start a thread about why you like a 6-year old smartphone? You need to tell people this? Why? You still like it, that's great. But why feel compelled to announce it to the world? Good grief.