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Apple iPhone 3G (2008)

iOS 3
Samsung S5L8900
PowerVR MBX
128 MB / 8 GB
3.5 inch (320 x 480 px)
2 MP, 1600 x 1200 px

This phone comes equipped with a 3.5 inch TFT display, a Samsung S5L8900 chipset, and 128 MB of RAM.

Keep reading to discover what makes this phone stand out!

Table of Contents

This article shares our personal experiences and thoughts about using the Apple iPhone 3G smartphone. We hope to offer helpful insights to others interested in this device.

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Apple iPhone 3G specifications

BrandApple
NameiPhone 3G
ModelIP3G
Release date2008

Weight, dimensions, colors

Weight4.69 oz
Dimensions4.55 x 2.44 x 0.48 inch
Colorsblack(8/16 gb), white (16 gb)
SIM typeMini SIM

The weight of Apple iPhone 3G is about 4.69 oz with battery. This is average for smartphones of the same size.

System, chipset, performance

OS versioniOS 3
SoCSamsung S5L8900
CPU412 MHz ARM 11
GPUPowerVR MBX

The Apple iPhone 3G comes with iOS 3 out of the box. iOS is a mobile operating system developed by Apple and used on its iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices. This CPU can be fast enough for basic phone operations. PowerVR GPUs have a reputation for being power-efficient and delivering strong performance.

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Display type, size, resolution

Display typeTFT
Screen size3.5 inch
Resolution320 x 480 px
Multitouch supportyes

The 3.5 inch phone comes with TFT display. A thin-film transistor (TFT) features a thin-film transistor for each individual pixel. Smaller smartphones are generally more compact and easier to handle. The size of the screen is measured diagonally, from corner to corner.

Memory, storage

RAM128 MB
Internal storage8 GB
Memory card slotno

128 MB of RAM is not typically considered to be enough for a smartphone. More RAM lets us keep more apps and processes open in the background. This keeps the device from slowing down. Most people think a smartphone needs at least 32 GB of storage. The iPhone 3G has only 8 GB. The internal storage of the Apple iPhone 3G (128 MB) cannot be expanded.

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Cameras, flash

Main camera2 MP, 1600 x 1200 px
Flashno
Selfie camerano

This single camera can be enough for many smartphone users, it depends on their photography needs and preferences. The main camera of iPhone 3G smartphone does not have OIS. The optical image stabilization (OIS) is an important feature in smartphones.

Connectivity, network, wireless

GSM 2G bands850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Network coverage2G / 3G
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 b/g
Bluetoothv2.0, A2DP
GPSA-GPS
NFCno
FM radiono
USB30-pin dock connector
Headphone3.5 mm jack

The 3G is obsolete now, because most phones can use 4G and 5G networks. The phone is capable of connecting to Wi-Fi networks. The iPhone 3G smartphone is capable of connecting to Bluetooth devices. The GPS allows this smartphone to find their exact location. It provides accurate navigation and mapping. The phone isn't NFC (Near Field Communication) capable. NFC is not essential for basic phone functionality, but it can be useful. The 3.5 mm headphone jack allows us to connect wired headphones or earphones to the device.

Battery type, capacity, charger

TypeLi-Ion 1150 mAh, non-removable

The Li-Ion 1150 mAh, non-removable battery gives the smartphone a good battery backup. The Li-ion is a low maintenance battery. It does not need periodic full discharge. The battery of iPhone 3G isn't removable without voiding the warranty.

Features, sensors, specials

Sensorsaccelerometer, proximity

Today, smartphones come with many sensors. They help make the user experience better. The accelerometer is a sensor. It measures the tilting motion and orientation of the phone.

Verdict, pros and cons

Every phone has its strengths and weaknesses, and this Apple phone is no exception. As with any device, there are aspects that shine and others that fall short. By examining both sides, we can paint a complete picture of what this phone has to offer. Let's explore its standout features and areas for improvement. Remember, this is just my opinion, and yours might be different.

Pros

  • none

Cons

  • TFT display
  • limited-size screen
  • insufficient memory
  • insufficient internal storage
  • non-expandable storage
  • single camera setup
  • no OIS function
  • lack of autofocus
  • no 4G support
  • no 5G support
  • no NFC feature
  • low-capacity battery
  • no digital compass
  • no fingerprint reader
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Lucas Bradley I'm Lucas Bradley, the founder of the Phone42.com site. I love technology, especially smartphones, and I've been working with tech stuff for more than 20 years. This means I've seen a lot of changes and have learned a bunch about what makes a good phone. On Phone42.com, I look at all kinds of phones. They can be from big, well-known companies or new ones trying to make their mark. I want to help people understand what's new and cool in the world of smartphones, in a way that's easy to get.
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